NBK: "shox will have two weeks off at the very minimum"

On the semi-finals day of IEM Katowice, G2 came by the press area and Nathan "NBK" Schmitt gave us an interview about the team's recent struggles and how Richard "shox" Papillon's surgery will affect them in the near future.

G2 finished February with a group stage exit at IEM Katowice, continuing their streak of disappointing results dating back to their triumph at DreamHack Masters Malmö in September last year.

As the Frenchmen now have about a month and a half of no offline tournaments ahead of them, we asked Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt about how the team will tackle their issues and how Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon's surgery will affect their attempts to find a way to better consistency.

"There is always something missing, we have to go back and work," says NBK

We naturally also asked him about the Krieg, his weapon of choice on the Terrorist side in recent times, so NBK- told us about his reasons for using it and about its advantages over the AK.

There's really no denying that you have struggled recently, particularly here at IEM Katowice but StarSeries didn't go well either in the playoffs. Obviously you haven't been able to figure out what it is that you need to fix, how are you going to tackle these issues?

It's going to be a bit of a wide answer, but it's going to be the same thing over and over again - we're going to try to find out what's going to be the thing for the future. Gaining more stability is the most important, I think, because we're trying things, it's not working, we try something different, it's not working... When we find something it doesn't hold, so there is always something that is missing. We have to go back, we have to work, we have to figure out what the actual solution is. It's always the same thing, go back and work, there isn't anything else.

The biggest change that you guys made lately was shox going back to lurking, why do you think that hasn't worked out?

I think it helped a bit with the individual level in general, but it also made us a bit more split as a team. It was a bit harder to focus on some very specific things in Counter-Strike and it kind of detached shox from the group, being more strict in the game in that sense, respecting crossfires, making sure that we take zones in a map with all the smokes and flashes...

So we gained on one side, we lost on the other one, so that's what we tried for these tournaments, playing a bit more loose and having players being a bit more free. For teams that are trained to set up a very structured gameplan, it's hard to play against them now, they have the motivation of being a new team on the first hand, and on the second hand they have a very clear gameplan, so they're going to follow this stuff 100%. And that's why it's hard for us right now to play against them.

You have about a month and a half before DreamHack Masters, quite a bit more time than normally given that you've been going more or less from tournament to tournament, do you see having such a long time as a good thing?

It's kind of good, because we have online games we will have to take seriously anyway, those are big leagues that we have to play, so you can try things online and see if the adaptation works. So I think it's not a bad thing to have time to actually figure out what can make us more consistent. shox is going to have his surgery, so it's going to be a bit more loose, so maybe it's going to help us in that sense to feel more free and enjoy playing Counter-Strike more together.

How much is it going to affect your practice, is shox going to have multiple weeks off after the surgery?

Yeah, for sure he'll have two weeks off at the very minimum, if the healing goes perfectly well which you can't really count on, you'd rather take more time and be sure to be healthy than the other way around. We're counting on at least a month or two to make sure that he comes back at a 100%. How we're going to adapt, I don't know, we don't really have a specific plan, we're going to try to first fix the team and then we'll see how we do when we arrive at that point.

Is SmithZz going to step in for online games in the meantime?

Yeah, correct, he'll step in for online games for the whole time where shox is going to be absent.

The last thing I'd like to talk about is your weaponry choices, let's put it that way. Especially the Krieg, that's the most prominent that you've been using...

Beautiful weapon.

What is the reasoning behind that?

Yeah, the base reason for it was just because I felt like it. There was really no reasoning behind it, I just felt like playing with this weapon. A bit of a change is never bad. I play a lot of other games, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and it helps me keep my mind open to anything. I don't give a f*ck if the idea comes from other games, but for instance when I became very good with the Deagle at some point it was because I was playing Overwatch a ton. I'm not closed to those kinds of things, so the Krieg to me is just a fun way to come in and play differently and it makes me happy to play with that.

If you want to get a bit more technical, I think it's an insane weapon to peek angles with and to peek some specific positions, snipers, to hold angles as well. f0rest knows that it's very bad against USPs, because he just destroyed me in a 1v1 aim battle with a USP (laughs) and I had a scoped Krieg. I think it's just great, I think it's a very viable weapon, it's got a higher fire rate, all that kind of stuff, there are so many good things about this weapons and it's only $300 more expensive, only!

Have you noticed any significant changes in your playstyle because of it?

I'm more confident in my peeks in general, especially mid distance against rifles I know that I'm going to destroy the guy against me. If you go in with that mentality you're going to win 70 or 80% of the duels in those kinds of positions. And aside from that no real change, I'm not changing the way I play because of that, it just makes me a bit more aggressive because I feel more confident. Whether it is scoped or not scoped, I'll go ahead and use it, because this weapon is just too good. It's too good!

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
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2018-03-03 17:58
2018-03-03 17:58
Unfortunately it would not work. If people that you're supposed to lead and tell what to do don't like you and think you're a failure they will not really listen to you or they will not like so much what you say that they will fail themselves. It's like when you do what you hate to do - although you do it you do not put enough effort into it, you do not like it so the only thing that you do like is when it's all over. If you listen to those interviews with NBK by Thorin NBK does think that Ex6TenZ is overrated and NBK doesn't like what Ex6TenZ does, so it will not ever work. apEX & kennyS - escaped to Happy & NBK because they lost any belief that Ex6 would ever succeed NBK - the guy that said it so many times that Ex6TenZ was nothing special, and I guess it was he who said that Happy actually made up much more cool tactics shox, ScreaM, RpK - the guys that wanted (shox) or at least allowed Ex6TenZ to get kicked. I mean, Ex6TenZ has no space in G2 nor nV, those guys don't believe in him and his leadership. The best he can do is to gather a team with devo, amanek and mixwell and try to become a solid T2 team, it's his ceiling, and it's sad a bit.
2018-03-03 22:07
Norway Scrotimus
+1 He was maybe one of the best in his time, however his time is fare gone
2018-03-03 23:12
Go relax a bit, your're tired.
2018-03-03 23:52
2018-03-04 00:10
United States _waterrr
NBK has never vouched for Happy ever.
2018-03-04 02:30
2018-03-03 19:13
2018-03-03 19:14
2018-03-03 19:20
Surgery? Did smiths finally break his dick off in shoxs butthole?
2018-03-03 20:14
wrist surgery
2018-03-03 20:52
8/8 had to laugh
2018-03-04 01:39
yeah boi
2018-03-04 10:38
+smithzz they said
2018-03-04 20:18
Kick nbk
2018-03-03 17:58
2018-03-06 08:48
Zywoo hype is dead?
2018-03-03 17:58
Czech Republic InTrALEX
he prefer school than 15k E / month
2018-03-03 17:59
Will he lose his skill after he finishes school? Why would he be in a rush? He's a young kid and he will have many years of chances, especially taking into account that the French scene is inconsistent as fuck and they will need him anyway.
2018-03-03 18:05
They could give him some online games, better than smitzz.
2018-03-03 18:10
SmithZz best csgo player ever.
2018-03-03 18:43
2018-03-04 01:12
especially with the autosniper
2018-03-04 01:47
8/8 de_dust2 100% accuracy
2018-03-04 05:57
BAC is what you get when you graduate highchool in France basically. Baccalauréat is viewed as very important in France, you're useless w/o it and iirc once you're over a certain age you can't do it anymore. In almost any other country this would be good risk to take but france its definitely a no if you want to be successful after Counter-Strike
2018-03-03 19:36
> once you're over a certain age you can't do it anymore It's fucked up but yeah that exacltly why I don't fucking get why do so many people not understand that ZywOo has more than 10 years after he gets a degree. but after those 10 years he may easily be left without any place in CS:GO, there are much more players than there are big orgs, so every pro should have options outside CS:GO. I'm glad the kid knows it and refuses to join big teams now.
2018-03-03 19:49
+1 its only a few months now people need to stop pretending like its impossible for him to get the same offer
2018-03-03 20:12
You won't make 15k per month finishing school. Maybe the top 1%
2018-03-03 20:16
ok but hes going to get the same 15k offer once he finishes if you think otherwise you're fucking braindead
2018-03-03 20:17
College is just for people that can't make it doing something else.
2018-03-04 14:24
Never heard anything more autistic in my life. He's not in College btw since you're that mentally retarded, he's in High school, AKA like 2 months. Fuck you've set a new record for autism on this site tbh
2018-03-04 19:01
csgo it's not alive forever, he will have to find a job when he retires.
2018-03-03 18:08
cs will never die. cs go might die in future. the scene will exist forever.
2018-03-03 18:09
but he will retire anyways.
2018-03-03 18:10
i agree.
2018-03-03 18:12
won't he in any career?
2018-03-03 18:21
Argentina Joaqqo1
Exactly, the best option rn for him is to make a lot of money and don't be worried when he retire
2018-03-03 18:28
He prob will retire in cs at the age of 28 or so since that is the normal expectation in a cs career. After that he wont have a job and the money he makes now wont be enough to live 50+ years with it
2018-03-04 01:50
What he gonna do when he gonna get VAC, he is really intelligent to finish his school.
2018-03-03 20:02
Wish G2 all the best :’(
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2018-03-03 17:59
Peru cookiesA
shoxie :(
2018-03-03 17:59
2018-03-03 17:59
New Zealand onelover11
shoxieeeee :/
2018-03-03 17:59
malta | 
Malta vfXy0
-smithzz +ex6tenz
2018-03-03 17:59
new cheat coding incoming
2018-03-03 18:01
-input human cheat lol
2018-03-03 19:06
NBKrieg Should be penalized by 3000$ every time he buys it
2018-03-03 18:01
2018-03-03 18:41
f0rest ?
2018-03-03 18:03
Stop playing other games maybe?
2018-03-03 18:08
You're right. As a professional he should only be allowed to play CS and nothing else. Come on, that's just dumb.
2018-03-03 19:05
Depends if you do it in the time you would be practising CSGO or in your free time.
2018-03-04 00:13
That's like saying football or basketball pros can't play other sports because they should just concentrate on their own.
2018-03-03 20:09
kkt | 
Czech Republic cortan
But its true. Just can't
2018-03-05 08:34
France Deadfish
lol, if he loves COD that much, he should drop csgo.
2018-03-03 23:22
United Kingdom foolio
Could be exactly what the team needs.
2018-03-03 18:11
Germany sunnyrain
they wont make any changes until they are like vp
2018-03-03 18:12
Spain Alser
SmithZz back to playing
2018-03-03 18:13
Ukraine ksay
excited to see smithzz playing again :0
2018-03-03 18:15
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd
2018-03-03 18:17
The return of yo les noobs
2018-03-03 18:23
This is probably silent kick... They make it look like he is sick, but they actually want to remove him for poor IGL-ing
2018-03-03 18:27
Lmao, remove best player cause he's bad at something he was never meant for.
2018-03-03 19:46
NBK lol biggest bitch
2018-03-03 18:28
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2018-03-03 18:33
Finland ginbay
Try to find confidence. I try to find the perfect balance between speed consistency coz when I try too fast I always wonder why I won't hit and stuff. Sometimes when I just go chill I damn play well but when I don't get it I start wondering what is the problem but now I possibly now what it is. I'm just taking enemys reactions way too seriously and undergrading my own. I have never had any problems in mm coz I'm just focused on killing but when I'm focused I don't try to go crazy speeds like I often do. Gl, I really think shox has talent but many pros have same problems.
2018-03-03 18:36
shoxieJESUS :(
2018-03-03 18:39
notice how some of the best players ever had wrist issues LUL
2018-03-03 19:03
NBK don't be delusional. That roster doesn't work, you and boddy should make place for scream and rpk
2018-03-03 19:09
> delusional > make place for scream ULTRALUL
2018-03-03 19:37
Lol NBK saying USP no armour across mid is kriegs counter is delusional clips.twitch.tv/BrainyFrozenHorseradishA..
2018-03-03 19:40
he was joking lmao
2018-03-04 01:52
Ez b8
2018-03-04 02:45
2018-03-03 20:13
+1 One tap with less brain vs more brain & less skill? Haha no
2018-03-04 02:37
EnVy is now a solid team, I think they can do better than G2.
2018-03-04 05:58
solid tier 3 yes G2 solid t2
2018-03-04 14:21
read: dodging lans
2018-03-03 19:36
He is not subroza
2018-03-04 16:13
find a real IGL by then
2018-03-03 19:37
g2 is dead, so shox as csgo player
2018-03-03 20:36
Hahahah like that overrated bot plays any better after? Hahahahahahaha eat shit frogs, byebye.
2018-03-03 20:46
that reply about the krieg was great. many people probably won't get the psychological part he was explaining like "what do you mean you use this lame gun just because you like it? you are a professional blah blah blah...", however one shouldn't underestimate the value of creating your own mojo, especially when you belong to the highest echelons of a particular occupation. as for the weapon's role i think the most common mistake people usually make when they play with it is they get into this strange mindset where they think they can't shoot without zooming. zooming mid fight is a disadvantage. if that wasn't the case people would never quick scope with an awp. krieg should be played as if it was an ak with benefits. the reason it's not is most likely because getting the spray pattern mastered is too much of a hassle unless you only play krieg which isn't really viable because of how economy works. i bet we'd see more pros use it if the spray pattern was identical to ak.
2018-03-03 21:15
It should be played like an ak with benefits cause it is. The krieg is a great weapon and the aug too it's just that pros prefer to stay on the ak and on the m4 to not screw up their economy.
2018-03-05 19:31
French Super Shit Team
2018-03-03 21:29
well shoxie will be getting surgery soon, wonder if SmithZz kept some of his skill lul. and the big question is what will become of shox post surgery? will his csgo skill be the same? or will he become a decoy like seized
2018-03-03 22:07
Seized was the reason faze lost to Gambit on their best map.
2018-03-04 05:59
France Deadfish
I'm gonna be kicked, says NBK.
2018-03-03 23:14
kkt | 
Czech Republic cortan
2018-03-05 08:34
Netherlands EJVN
more than one year has passed. and only one single relevant tournament has been won. you have to be delusional to think G2 will overcome their problems, after they gave themselves numerous of 2nd chances. it seems like you guys never learn your lesson. Constant force buys and leaving kennyS with fucking galil and CZ constantly is not the way of playing. To force your best player not to play with his best weapon is seriously embarassing and annoying. That's something you will never see on FaZe, GuardiaN has the AWP in his hands like 80% of the time. That's why G2 needs a proper fucking IGL who will bring some sense into this team, because you have been a waste of talent for almost a year now.
2018-03-03 23:27
they have won 2 tournaments but yea i agree with the rest
2018-03-04 01:54
Finland Vkims
EPL S5 Dreamhack masters malmö Dreamhack Tours
2018-03-04 12:16
Netherlands EJVN
i said relevant tournaments, as in - proper, big tier1 tournaments.
2018-03-05 23:12
But there's no good IGL they are willing to play with in France.
2018-03-05 19:32
See u soon brother . . .
2018-03-04 03:06
Canada zizzle21
they should literally have 3 different executes on each site and just run them 100% of the time on T side, and on CT just make an aggressive play right of the bat, then just sit back and cross fire on sites.
2018-03-04 04:06
France Deadfish
NBK and his Krieg ruined G2
2018-03-04 05:45
s1mple has 12k hours and grinds on and those frenchies are losing everything and take a 2 week break as a reward
2018-03-07 21:46
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