GuardiaN: "We knew that if we picked Cache we would crush [Cloud9]"

Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's FaZe exacted revenge on Cloud9 at StarSeries, after which we talked to the Slovakian about facing the North Americans, the Major and time off.

FaZe made quick work out of Tarik "tarik" Celik and co. today, winning Cache 16-1 before closing out the series with a 16-8 on Inferno. With this win, the European side went up 2-0 at the tournament and are now only one win away from the playoffs.

GuardiaN thinks that taking a post-Major break was a great decision

In a short post-match interview, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács revealed details about the time following the Major and their Cache.

After the Major finished, there was that small break and a lot of teams were busy with roster shuffles, qualifiers starting. You didn't have any of that, so since the Major finished, what did you do as a team?

Since we didn't really have a winter break before the Major, we were playing individually the whole time, we were always practicing and we didn't have any time to take off. So we decided that, after the Major, we will have a break, at least 10 days long. That was actually the best decision we ever made, because after the lost final it was needed.

We didn't do anything special, we started to practice I think a week before StarLadder, we started fixing the mistakes we made during the final. So all we did was talk about the Major final, the game, the mistakes we made... We are trying to fix them even now at StarLadder, we are practicing every day, we are trying to get back into shape and get even better than we were.

How do you feel as a team now? Finishing the year it was year it was you and SK battling for the number one spot, but now, with a few a tournaments in the year, Cloud9 won the Major and finished second at cs_summit. So how do you feel coming here, would you say that you are favorites?

It's hard to say if we are favorites, I mean, I have no idea if other teams are practicing more than us, or if they had the same amount of time. We will see in the playoffs, if we qualify. I mean, SK is SK, they are a strong team, and we want to finally beat them in a BO3. That's our goal, but it's hard to say if we are in the best shape after one week of practice following the break. We have to see, but we will do our best.

After you beat SK here, you drew Cloud9, so the rematch of the Major final. First of all, getting them, was it a bit exciting, having the chance to get revenge?

Of course, we wanted to get revenge because of the final, I don't feel like we lost it to them completely. Of course, they played well, and in overtime, in the last map, they played much better than us. But until the overtime it was 15-11, so we were supposed to win the final, but somehow we made so many mistakes that it cost us the final. It's hard to say if they were completely better or if we made huge mistakes that lost us the final.

We wanted to win this game and we knew that if we played them with our 100% confidence, we would crush them on our maps. Because we knew that they would pick Inferno, and Inferno is still sloppy for us, we are trying to figure out the roles completely. I wouldn't say it is working 100% yet, we are still doing the same mistakes sometimes. But we knew that if we picked Cache we would crush them, we knew how they play and what they do. So we were ready for Cache and the other maps were up to them and how they vetoed. I'm happy we got the revenge, it's sweet.

As you mentioned, you had a great performance on Cache here, but it's not a map you play that much. Is it more about other people banning it against you, would you like to play it more, if it's available?

I think it differs from opponent to opponent, because not many teams are playing Cache and the teams that are playing it they are either leaving it as a third map or leaving us to pick it. So when we are confident in Cache, we pick it and I think it happened in the final of ELEAGUE Premier against Astralis, I'm not sure who picked it there though. We are pretty confident on Cache even though we didn't have that much practice on it. Now, personally I think it's our top2, top3 map, I practice it a lot. I think Cache is one of our best maps.

Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
K
2018-02-19 00:05
MOM I GOT IT
2018-02-19 00:05
so ez
2018-02-19 00:06
Ez af bro
2018-02-19 00:06
#35
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
eZaF for luytehbear, GuardiaN and FaZe
2018-02-19 00:21
A lot of coincidences in just one sentence
2018-02-19 00:22
#15
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Brazil LucarioME 
Aee mano parabéns. English: Nice my friend
2018-02-19 00:09
Thx bro, edit ur comment, only English here, u can get banned
2018-02-19 00:07
#2
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Belgium Hjawesomme 
m
2018-02-19 00:05
#3
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India transformer 
Gg faze
2018-02-19 00:05
Yes
2018-02-19 00:05
Hahahaha ez
2018-02-19 00:05
GG
2018-02-19 00:05
EZ
2018-02-19 00:06
#10
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Austria SPatrick_ 
k
2018-02-19 00:06
no
2018-02-19 00:06
rip see nine
2018-02-19 00:06
#13
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
good
2018-02-19 00:06
yes gg
2018-02-19 00:06
Disrespectful
2018-02-19 00:06
#19
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United States Nohj_10years 
im gonna go to teh sweet shop and buy some chocolate
2018-02-19 00:07
Too bad you didn't pick it at the major. Maybe one day you can join the ranks of the greatest players of all time along with Tarik.
2018-02-19 00:07
haHAA Major winner does not equal greatest player of all time
2018-02-19 00:08
HYPERLUL
2018-02-19 00:08
tarik on the greatest players of all time ? XDDDDD
2018-02-19 00:14
Good one
2018-02-19 00:15
#32
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Turkey darknight53 
Tarik is good player but don't
2018-02-19 00:17
#39
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Romania Tise 
There's no great Amerimutt player, Tyrone
2018-02-19 00:34
#41
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India yashrai7 
guardian is a better player than tarik ever will be
2018-02-19 02:22
#42
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Indonesia Bisapakai 
Seriusly?? 16-1 on cache?? For boston champion???
2018-02-19 02:46
#49
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India yeetmeister 
Looolllll peanut brain turok?!?!? A single major for last year's 4-5 events. Nty. Shit chike9 winning was inevitable. Na crowd, na major, na team. Ez
2018-02-19 04:41
0/8
2018-02-19 07:34
Idiot braindead eurofags falling for bait OMEGALUL KEK
2018-02-19 09:00
Troll?
2018-02-19 10:04
#67
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Singapore Wadufuk 
Typical na kids,won 1 major,think na are the best
2018-02-19 11:52
OMEGALUL
2018-02-19 00:07
Who cares about C9 anyway? They won one tournament, and will never win anything again...
2018-02-19 00:08
#34
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Denmark Poopoohead123 
You realize thats what everybody said when esl pro league season4? ANd that was with a REALLY bad roster
2018-02-19 00:21
#40
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Paraguay imjustmau 
Yeah but realize that C9 had to play an entire BO3. There's no physical way for them to win because they were so tired. Not an excuse btw but every time they play tired they lose
2018-02-19 00:54
Who cares about faze anyway? They play good during groupstage and then get demolished in playoffs.
2018-02-19 04:19
#52
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Shut up. Cloud9 fan. The only thing that's dope in your team is the name cuz 8+1 = 9 ezzzzzz
2018-02-19 06:27
#27
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Finland Smoonah 
hopes and dreams crushed
2018-02-19 00:12
Cloud9 aren't out yet, remember even in the major they were 0-2 and came back to win the whole thing. FaZe had an easy run in group, and then proceeded to get raped by cloud9 in front of the crowd.
2018-02-19 04:18
#50
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Finland Smoonah 
lol
2018-02-19 06:02
#53
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Lol
2018-02-19 06:28
#58
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Israel Trust_me_bro 
+1
2018-02-19 06:36
#69
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Sweden Zaser5 
True true
2018-02-19 18:55
Its sweet
2018-02-19 00:13
pfff won bo3 swiss round ,acting like major champ dont be so sure about yourself another team ll come and crush your dreams mate
2018-02-19 00:17
Did they beat SK here?
2018-02-19 00:18
#54
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
I was thinking the same thing too lol
2018-02-19 06:28
a wrong statement by HLTV
2018-02-19 14:06
#37
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Other Phinks 
<3
2018-02-19 00:30
Tryharding in group stage
2018-02-19 00:31
#43
fnx | 
United States MrFaZe 
cry me a river
2018-02-19 02:52
#55
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
The damage is done so I guess I'll be leaving
2018-02-19 06:28
#47
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United States pepehands420 
Faze will get demolished in the playoffs again, probably by SK again. When the pressure is on these guys are some of the worst chokers ive ever seen.
2018-02-19 04:24
#56
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Kkkkk Cloud (8+1) = 9 fan
2018-02-19 06:29
So salty noscener Niko faze fan don't worry faze will keep choking in playoffs and not win anything no need to cry
2018-02-19 07:08
#60
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Okay we'll see Cloud (8+1) fanboy. Try to reach the playoffs first lol
2018-02-19 07:10
Did you just assume my gender?
2018-02-19 07:11
#62
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Shit. I'm sorry ;__; I didn't mean to do a micro aggression I swear. Forgive me plox ;___;
2018-02-19 07:19
tl;dr We did what no team does and prepped for C9 up against their 2 worst maps
2018-02-19 04:29
#57
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Inferno there worst map? kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-02-19 06:30
#51
Poland hqs- 
i dont like faze that much. this fake confidence that they build themselves with. its so hard to like it
2018-02-19 06:03
The best team in europe & the northern hemisphere saying they will crush a one hit wonder NA team is fake confidence?
2018-02-19 07:31
Losing a Major Final and taking "revenge" in a meaningless slavic tournament hahaha
2018-02-19 20:11
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