NAF: "There's a lot that we need to learn and practice"

We had a quick chat with Keith "NAF" Markovic at IEM Katowice and found out more about his first month with Liquid, during which they won a smaller title and made semi-finals at two big events.

After winning cs_summit and placing third at StarSeries, Liquid ended their first month with Keith "NAF" Markovic with a semi-finals finish at IEM Katowice, losing to fnatic at the end of their journey in Poland.

NAF instantly brought Liquid to new heights with an MVP-worthy performance at summit

We talked to Liquid's newest addition about what makes him and the new lineup tick so well with barely any practice behind them.

Your first month in Liquid has obviously been very successful, a title at summit, third place at StarSeries, and semi-finals here in Poland - what is it that makes you guys tick this quickly?

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure, I think so far we're just playing really well. I mentioned in my previous interview that Twistzz and EliGE are both of the greatest NA players, so I think we just have a really high skill ceiling. Liquid removed jdm for me, so right now we're doing a full rifle lineup, so I think that brings a lot of firepower. You don't have to save for an AWP, everyone can just force, so overall I think our team just has a lot firepower. We don't really have a lot of practice right now, so I think just having the five-man rifle lineup is just really strong for us.

What about yourself personally? You're clearly very comfortable, putting up great stats, why is that?

I don't know, I feel like I'm really comfortable with plugging in and out of teams. I can play any spot or any role. When I joined Liquid I just told Nick I can play anything he wants me to, on Renegades I was the third or second guy in, but Liquid told me to just lurk. On CT side I can play any spot, I can just do anything that they want me to do and I'm pretty good at adapting to what they want me to do. That's my strong suit, I'm really good at adapting to anything.

The results have been great, but of course there's always room for improvement, especially for a young team like you - is there something in particular that you need to work on, perhaps adding a bit more structure?

Yeah, like I said we haven't had that much practice, we've been playing Overpass and we've been beating teams on it, we've NEVER practiced the map, the only practice we have on that map is just the officials we've been playing. Obviously there's a lot that we need to learn and practice, and I think there are no events for at least a month or so, so we should be able to come back really strong into our next events when we have legit practice. But yeah, even for myself, I'm just going to improve myself as a teammate and everything overall.

What do you think you guys were missing here to take it a step further, particularly in that series against fnatic where especially Mirage went badly?

Going into the semi-final against fnatic we were fairly confident, they gave us CT side on both maps, even on their pick they gave us the CT side, which is usually our strong side, but fnatic's feeling really good this event, I know KRIMZ is playing really well individually.

Overall on Inferno they won a few rounds, I don't want to say it was luck or anything, but they won a few rounds by spamming some people through smokes and that won them the round. Going into Mirage, every time we won a round we got reset instantly, we didn't have a chance in anything, overall they just outplayed us, they played really well. I don't think this best-of-five will be a one-sided affair for FaZe, I think it should be a close best-of-five between them both.

Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Liquid soon top3
2018-03-07 21:53
+1
2018-03-07 21:53
#12
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
NAFlearning
2018-03-07 21:54
xd
2018-03-08 01:11
#76
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United States Globebuster 
NA top 1 cry is free
2018-03-08 09:19
#77
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Europe Conq 
nc jk
2018-03-08 09:32
NAF is now self aware.
2018-03-08 14:18
+1
2018-03-09 21:59
#2
aslak | 
Finland SunMutsi 
Ez
2018-03-07 21:52
NAF-Sloth
2018-03-07 21:53
sure
2018-03-07 21:53
#7
device | 
Lithuania Jaguaras 
yes
2018-03-07 21:53
#9
NiKo | 
Lithuania r0uK 
Nice
2018-03-07 21:54
#15
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Germany AYEON 
n1111
2018-03-07 21:54
#16
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United States jay_320 
This team has a really bright future. I didn't think Steel would work out and I'm still not sure he will long term but they are putting together some fine results. It's going to be really interesting to see where things have shaken out by the end of the spring. This team has way too much faith in Twisttz though. The reality is that NAF, Elige and Nitro are the best players on the team. Twistzz just seems to talk shit about the rest of NA and put up mostly pedestrian numbers. I want to like this team but his personality annoys the hell out of me.
2018-03-07 21:57
how does twistzz talk shit about the NA scene?
2018-03-07 22:49
#36
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United States jay_320 
Last event he said that Elige and NAF are the best in NA. THey very well may be. I just think it's poor form especially when the first NA major ever was just won by your main rivals. I do get he's 19 or whatever but to me just shut up and let the results speak for themselves.
2018-03-07 23:57
lol
2018-03-08 00:00
#40
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United States jay_320 
What's funny? Sportmanship?
2018-03-08 00:00
Nah I just think some of the stuff you're saying is funny in a stupid way. I'm just a dude going on HLTV though, don't worry about what I find funny.
2018-03-08 01:42
NAF arguably is the best player in NA though. Look at the teams results before and after he joined. Carried renegades for a while though it was less because of NAF himself but more because they finally had a star player and now the run with Liquid. All while playing different roles.
2018-03-08 00:29
#59
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Luxembourg _hhh 
Him and auti are easily top 10 players in the world right now. Both are in such great form, and their stats show it.
2018-03-08 02:06
But with NAF you get so much more than his own insane performance. While he was at Renegades, all of their stats went up as well. To be that good at fragging in any position or role is insane.
2018-03-08 05:02
something's wrong with you
2018-03-08 01:13
#67
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United States Scvboy1 
He's right. Liquid top 3 players are better than anyone on C9 so of course Liquid are the better team.
2018-03-08 05:16
#33
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United States _newt 
Twistzz is also only 18...
2018-03-07 23:42
n1, liquid top5 ezez
2018-03-07 21:55
#19
strize | 
Canada DiiSCO 
rip Brundle-Fly
2018-03-07 21:58
#22
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Croatia mds818 
that's something what all the teams need to do
2018-03-07 22:02
"I don't want to say it was luck or anything, but they won a few rounds by spamming some people through smokes and that won them the round" Probs wasn't luck :)
2018-03-07 22:18
Canada's last hope
2018-03-07 22:25
twistzz?
2018-03-08 00:03
NAF
2018-03-08 00:07
No I understood who you meant, but what about twistzz? Just as high a skill ceiling as naf imo
2018-03-08 01:41
Nah, twistzz is the typical young star, but naf is like Niko or olofmeister level. He can just eat teams alive.
2018-03-08 04:43
He was easily one of the best players in NA in the fall, better aim than NAF too, mind you I think NAF is a smarter player. Like, I wouldn't say he's a generic star, that's more like SicK
2018-03-08 23:39
#30
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
God Naf will smash human cs
2018-03-07 22:30
#73
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Other Roosterboi 
marsian cs remains untouchable tho
2018-03-08 07:11
i like this guy hes like quite assasin =D WP NAF UR GOD!
2018-03-08 00:21
#55
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Poland Hell2k 
Liquid top 1 soon
2018-03-08 01:48
#57
Indonesia Elce 
He's good and never do some dumb movement
2018-03-08 01:58
#58
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Haven't read any comments already but LOL "on Renegades I was the third or second guy in"
2018-03-08 02:02
ELiGE and Twistzz aren't as good as autimatic, rush or Stewie(when he's in form). ELiGE maybe, but twistzz is a little unstable still. Both are great players though.
2018-03-08 04:42
He looks like a sloth
2018-03-08 13:40
rofl but best player in the NA
2018-03-08 13:50
#93
Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
"I don't think this best-of-five will be a one-sided affair for FaZe, I think it should be a close best-of-five between them both." And so it proved to be.
2018-03-08 13:51
#95
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United States jaeger_steam 
Tbf, it could have prolly been any team in top 20 facing faze in final and it would still be close game that faze manage to somehow lose...
2018-03-08 14:33
#96
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Brazil cadik 
Keith "OSsloth" Markovic
2018-03-08 14:36
#97
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United States Liquid_Fangay 
Cloud 9 out of sweet nectar phase and soon Liquid will come and destroy them and take their spot
2018-03-08 22:20
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