NaToSaphiX: "There has been a lot going on internally"

We spoke with Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen after Copenhagen Games to talk about Sprout’s performance at the Danish event.

Sprout began their journey through the BYOC open qualifier, sweeping their opponents until reaching the quarter-finals, in which they beat Red Reserve in a three-map series to qualify for the main tournament.

Sprout were then drawn in Group B alongside Heroic, Imperial and Kinguin, with Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend's side beating the Danes 2-1 in their first match before losing their next two encounters. 

NaToSaphiX was the third-highest rated player at the event at 1.22

Dust2.us writer Michael "Duck" Moriarty caught with Niels-Christian "NaToSaphiX" Sillassen after Copenhagen Games to ask the team's recent addition about their performances at the event, his role since joining the squad and his thoughts on the update efforts from Valve.

How has Copenhagen Games been for you this year?

As a team, we have had some shaky starts online, but we came here and beat Heroic, but then we lost to Kinguin, which was really bad for us. We then lost to Imperial, a match that we should have won...especially on Train. I am quite happy with the results, but it just hurts to know that we could have gone further.

Despite the delays on the first day, your team qualified through the open BYOC to reach the main stage. Could you tell us if those delays affected your team in terms of qualifying?

I am not the type of player who comes up with excuses, but being tired wasn’t the reason why we lost to Kinguin. I believe we had the upper hand against Heroic because they came into the game ‘cold’, while we had already been playing for so many hours. We did a lot better this Copenhagen Games than last year because we actually got some decent sleep each night. I don’t think it had a major impact since we have had long days here.

Recently, you moved out of the analyst role for various teams and organizations prior to joining Sprout. What was the turnaround point for you in terms of being thrown in at the ‘deep end’ when joining an up-and-coming top team?

Well, I don’t feel like I have been thrown in at the ‘deep end’, to be honest. I have been looking for an opportunity like this for the past six months to a year just to prove to myself and everyone else that I am actually capable of delivering at this level. I was super happy to be given this opportunity to play for Sprout. It has been a nice step up, and I feel like I have gained a lot of new supporters. I am enjoying my time on Sprout, so, for me, this has been a great experience, and I am very thankful.

Recently, your online performances have been mixed, to say the the least. Is that just a general phase of coming into a new team or is that just online games being the way they are?

We actually have a bit of trouble playing against CIS teams. We have suffered a lot of tough losses that we shouldn’t have, but, besides that, there has been a lot going on internally with the team. It has been something we have struggled with, focusing on our performances and getting proper practice. I am hoping that we can ‘grab the reins’ after Copenhagen Games and start focusing on practice and to make sure we fix the issues.

Valve recently updated the game once again, focusing on on Nuke and on and two other maps outside of the map pool, and introducing a trade restriction. Do you feel that the general pace of updates is supporting the competitive players or are they ignoring what the players want?

I think a lot of the changes Valve makes are not about what the community wants and the community can’t really see the idea behind the changes. I remember wanting to quit CS:GO when they changed the AWP moving speed and scope. It seems they have access to statistics that are not available to the public and they are basing the changes on those numbers rather than on community pressure. I believe that is the way to do it, but I don’t agree with all of their decisions.

Germany Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Kevin 'kRYSTAL' Amend
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1446
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Niels-Christian 'NaToSaphiX' Sillassen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
595
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.10
ezy pz
2018-04-04 20:46
#5
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
GOD NATO
2018-04-04 20:47
yOuTUbEr
2018-04-04 20:47
good work
2018-04-04 20:47
#3
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
Znajder to sprout?
2018-04-04 20:47
#22
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Other Phinks 
Who?
2018-04-04 20:51
old godsent player
2018-04-04 21:12
#32
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Brazil Eneas56 
Major winner newfag
2018-04-04 21:46
rekt
2018-04-04 21:52
He never won a major idiot lol
2018-04-05 12:36
#48
World 800k 
yes he did?
2018-04-05 12:38
rofl irrelevant there was no scene back then
2018-04-05 18:18
Znajder won Dreamhack Winter 2013 with Fnatic lol
2018-04-05 13:32
rofl irrelevant there was no scene back then
2018-04-05 18:18
#62
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Brazil Eneas56 
Who cares? A major is a major
2018-04-06 00:49
True
2018-04-06 03:32
7-1 LOL
2018-04-06 03:32
#61
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Other Phinks 
It was a joke retard.
2018-04-05 21:31
#63
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Brazil Eneas56 
It was a joke too, retarded
2018-04-06 00:50
#64
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Other Phinks 
No it wasnt. Just admit
2018-04-06 03:08
#68
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Brazil Eneas56 
R u mad?
2018-04-06 21:24
#70
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Other Phinks 
Im happier than u
2018-04-06 23:36
Signed up 2017-05-07
2018-04-04 22:16
#60
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Other Phinks 
It was a joke retard.
2018-04-05 21:31
#51
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Spain JasonRacism 
Major winner
2018-04-05 15:27
maybe but i think that he has a contract to godsent
2018-04-05 02:00
ok
2018-04-04 20:47
Like what?
2018-04-04 20:47
#7
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Slovakia jacob_svk555 
Online legend..in online Team xD
2018-04-04 20:47
#31
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Denmark Poopoohead123 
Hes actually just as decent on lan as he is online, 1-2 best on his team -2/8
2018-04-04 21:40
He's been hard carrying Sprout on LAN, check his stats at Copenhagen Games. They picked him just to try him out, and it turned out he was already too good for the team. He's going to be poached by a larger team pretty soon, calling it already.
2018-04-04 22:19
#38
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United Kingdom JMisok 
Signed up 2018-02-26
2018-04-04 23:01
#8
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United States Sillychubs 
dab
2018-04-04 20:47
wow that is not goood
2018-04-04 20:47
#11
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Malaysia byaIi 
naToSAPEX god
2018-04-04 20:47
spout is trash
2018-04-04 20:47
NaTo > Device JuGi > NaTo
2018-04-04 20:48
#16
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Netherlands jonsve 
Nato < HUNDEN
2018-04-04 20:49
ofc
2018-04-04 20:49
yes
2018-04-04 20:48
#15
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Netherlands jonsve 
Natosexgod
2018-04-04 20:48
#18
Jame | 
CIS ZILTOID 
last bit is so true
2018-04-04 20:49
who ?
2018-04-04 20:50
#20
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Romania silksz12 
GOD Nato
2018-04-04 20:51
just kick the germans and innocent
2018-04-04 20:51
What do you mean?
2018-04-04 20:54
Best player in sprout
2018-04-04 20:58
respiration, indigestion and such. biologicully coherent goblin guy is correct. -aem
2018-04-04 20:59
#26
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Turkey lulpump1 
Nice awper
2018-04-04 21:01
Valve remove trade restriction ffs
2018-04-04 21:02
already? lmao
2018-04-04 21:10
#29
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
ez for the next kennyS
2018-04-04 21:11
ez 4 twitch.tv/NorthAtlanticTreatyOrganizationsaphix2k14 from team sprout
2018-04-04 22:53
#39
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
+1
2018-04-04 23:06
Natosaphix looks like Jonas from Dark
2018-04-05 00:38
#43
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France remyos 
Haha
2018-04-05 08:21
#42
Australia vik^ 
Good player
2018-04-05 03:52
a team simply cannot have both spiidi and denis and find success. if they can get someone like HS and kick one of their german bots they might be a decent tier 3 team. but then again, innocent and krystal are pretty bad too...
2018-04-05 08:50
#52
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Spain JasonRacism 
Sprout - NaToSaphiX Innocent HS Znajder LoWel Zero also possible replacement for a rifler
2018-04-05 15:29
not znajder... better to keep krystal in that case, at least he has some IGL capabilities. unless someone else wants to IGL, then Zero could be a possible choice yes
2018-04-05 17:00
#56
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Spain JasonRacism 
Denis was IGL most recently
2018-04-05 17:12
Yeha in that case I see no reason to keep krystal. Not like he's a good fragger
2018-04-05 17:35
#65
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Spain JasonRacism 
He was suppose to be replaced by Znajder idk why it hasn’t happened yet
2018-04-06 03:30
#54
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Finland M0nzaa 
Thats what u get for hopping in a team with the two worst bots in cs :()
2018-04-05 16:58
#69
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Croatia R4sputin 
insane player, gl n2god
2018-04-06 22:04
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