FNS: "We just weren't as prepared as we thought we were"

Following Cloud9's elimination from IEM Sydney, we spoke to the team's in-game leader and their newest addition, Pujan "FNS" Mehta, who feels that his team needs more time to get the structure he wants.

The North American side couldn't make it past the group stage Down Under, as losses to TYLOO and FaZe eliminated them from the competition. Cloud9 still did place in the top half, finishing 7-8th.

Joining mid-season made things difficult for FNS

To hear about the team's performance, his ideas of how the team should run and more, we spoke with Pujan "FNS" Mehta.

Just to start it off with this tournament, can I get your general feel of it and what you are taking away from this?

General feel: pretty disappointing, we prepared going in, but not as much as we wanted to because we had Marseille about a week before. I won't make any excuses other than the fact that we just as weren't prepared as we thought we were. We used a lot of the stuff we used at the last event at this event, there was no new material coming in, I haven't had too much time to sit down and actually practice with the guys so we weren't necessarily completely surprised with this result. I think we played way below what our level is, but the truth is, we just haven't had any time to practice.

So the general feel of it—we are disappointed with our placing, but we are still doing okay as far as we haven't completely fallen off a cliff.

Tying on to that, what are the positives, I guess there are some positives to take away?

The only positive I guess, I'd say that I'm personally getting more experience with the team, I'm starting to get more of a feeling of how to play versus some of these top teams which I've kind of been out of practice against for a little bit, as far as high-level CS goes. In that sense it's good experience for me, personally I'm learning a lot as the events go by. It's also very difficult to get to know all the players inside the game and how they play, so I'm trying to figure out how I can make RUSH or Skadoodle play well. I know how to make the other two play well, they are naturally really great players, everyone is, but it's more that I've never played with RUSH or Skadoodle in past teams, so it's very difficult for me to gauge that. In that sense it's really good to have more tournaments so I can get a better feel for how they want to play.

Coming into Cloud9, what did you want to do, how did you want to structure the squad?

I definitely wanted structure, structure on the T-side and the CT-side, to know that we've gone over everything that we're actually running in matches, have a lot of reps. The problem is, with me coming in so late, the seasons were already happening, because of the lack of practice I had little time to implement what I want to implement in my team and in my system. A lot of a time we make mistake we wouldn't normally have made if we had more reps, scrims and stuff like that, even a bootcamp maybe.

Our plan for the coming months is definitely to get a couple of bootcamps in so I have time to implement my system in, so that way we don't make so many mistakes along the way.

Will there be any time, considering the schedule coming up? There is practically an event every week.

We definitely have more events coming up, we have EPL, ECS and all that stuff, they are massive events but we're going to do our best. We have three days after we get back home, to practice for EPL, hopefully we are able to use that time productively, we definitely will [try]. And learn from some of the better teams right now, like Astralis and FaZe and see what they are doing right that we could maybe implement to our game.

You mentioned Skadoodle before, he was obviously in the limbo of going out of the team, came back in the end. Is there anything special you are doing with him, trying to focus on him, getting him to be a star AWPer...? How do you see him fitting in the team now?

I'm trying my best to make sure that he is comfortable, but at the same time, I'm trying to get him out of being too comfortable. I want him to try new things, I want him to go for picks and stuff like that, so I've been trying my best to make sure that he is as impactful as he can be. I feel like this event I failed with that. I don't think it's the end of the world, but it's a big learning experience for me because I feel there is a lot of things that he can do that he doesn't do right now for us. Things that if I implement and give him the confidence that I want him to do specific things, maybe it will add an extra element to his game and make him a better player than he is right now.

Obviously every single player on my team is really good, I learn a lot from them every day and it's a learning process for me too. But AWPers playing under me usually do a really good job. With Skadoodle it's the same thing, I'm trying to do the best I can with him and that mainly comes to me making strats around him so that he feels that he has value on the team, that I'm not just relying on my riflers—I want my AWPer to be the best player on my team.

FNS' builds strats around Skadoodle to help him gain confidence

A player that said himself that he relies on structure is RUSH, and he has been having an upswing in performance since you joined, so how has it been working with him in particular?

He is really good, he's been a lot more assertive in that he let's me know when he wants to go for a specific pick, he lets me know what he is comfortable with and what he is uncomfortable with. In general, though, he is a pretty quiet person, he doesn't like to do too much media stuff, he stick to himself, which I respect. That being said, inside the game, he is a monster. You've guys have all seen it, at the Major final he carried the team. It comes down to the fact that I want that performance to be more consistent. I want him to do that more, so I want to figure out and disect what it is to figure out what it is that I can do to make that happen.

You are working with valens now as a coach, he is not here now tough, he has that kind of a relationship with the team I guess, he is not at every event. In the past you worked with ImAPet, can you maybe compare the two coaches and what they do?

Me and valens work really well together just like me and ImAPet work really well together. I guess the only big difference is that valens isn't focused on other teams and anti-stratting that much, while ImAPet focuses a lot on watching a lot of demos, antistratting, adding new setups to the team, he's very dedicated in that way. Wheras valens is a different kind of coach, he builds a lot of confidence in players, he is very motivational. When you want to talk to him, he's achieved a lot in his life so he's somebody you easily look up to.

Those would be the big differences between the two. But that being said, I've worked really well with both of them and both are pretty good at what they do, they really help me a lot. I've learned a lot from ImAPet in the past and I've learned a lot from valens as well, less about in-game stuff and more about how to be a leader on the team. In that sense, he is really good to have and we definitely missed him at this event.

Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Nice one fns Edit: I do think tactic and system wise he is a very underrated igl
2018-05-04 11:55
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Romania H4z0n 
+1 but sadly, he is bottom fragging
2018-05-04 12:03
2018-05-04 13:40
Lithuania jegeris 
skadoodle top awp eu 40 adr in bo3 confirmed
2018-05-04 12:05
not the best but not the worst
2018-05-04 13:06
Skadoodle 1 major Guardian 0 major Skadoodle>Guardian confirmed
2018-05-04 15:59
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Poland ShymiX 
2018-05-04 11:54
Denmark Snadefar 
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Norway namsayin 
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Russia PosT_Mahone 
stfu fns
2018-05-04 11:55
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oBo | 
France LauraS 
-FNS -Ska +Stewie2k +cerQ
2018-05-04 11:55
United States MrSuppressor 
+ethan +cerq
2018-05-04 18:49
2018-05-04 11:55
best of luck c9 and fns hope you guys fix your problems before EPL
2018-05-04 11:56
Europe WutZeFak 
I believe in u brotha
2018-05-04 11:59
An interview with tarik: "Bringing FNS on the team, WE are still trying to implement him into OUR system and he is trying to call at the same time. He doesn't know exactly how WE play, and at the same time, he is trying to bring his own playstyle so these types of situations are bound to come up." It sounds like they want to keep playing like they used to, they try to impose their old style on FNS, preventing him from bringing in new/different things, it's most likely doomed to fail.
2018-05-04 12:07
Australia sad_faze_fan 
Didn't tarik or someone say they like to play like SK or something along those lines like watch their Demos?
2018-05-04 12:11
Well the problem is they cant SUCCeed in their old style because of the lack of fire power the only 2 reliable players on c9 now are tim and will
2018-05-04 12:15
u mean tim and tarik right? Cos wills not that reliable
2018-05-04 12:18
No you mean Autimatic and Tarik because RUSH isn't reliable
2018-05-04 16:41
how isn't rush reliable? xD
2018-05-04 20:26
No I was saying since you don't know them call them by their professional name
2018-05-06 07:43
2018-05-06 11:44
That's like me calling elige Jonathan or Twistzz Russel
2018-05-06 18:48
oh I didn't see those replies earlier
2018-05-06 20:10
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Denmark MakeItHappen 
2018-05-04 12:08
We were we were we were we were
2018-05-04 12:11
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2018-05-04 12:20
these retards in cloud9 should just stop giving these interviews.Contradicting each other every fucking time.
2018-05-04 12:31
Norway felt 
maybe learn to spray son, how about that for a change
2018-05-04 12:40
Bosnia and Herzegovina mantisbp 
+1 For me that is most important skill for frager (worker), he dont have that skill for sure.
2018-05-04 13:35
I gonna agree with you... I spray better with a shitty computer
2018-05-04 20:26
Need to work even harder than current scenario.
2018-05-04 13:20
Maybe you should learn how to play the game first
2018-05-04 13:41
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Turkmenistan Autista 
Nice excuse
2018-05-04 13:50
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Brazil mwinter 
F*cking BOT.
2018-05-04 15:22
- fns - skadoodle + stewie2k + cerq/jugi/niffty
2018-05-04 16:02
Classic NA excuses LUL
2018-05-04 17:29
fns: “pee is stored in the balls” also, interviewing the loser. nice
2018-05-04 17:43
Finland Smoonah 
can’t be prepared with shit strats
2018-05-04 18:03
Just kick Skadoodle already, dude hasn't been consistently good since 2015. Seriously FNS do yourself a favor and pickup a good rifler or a consistent awper because this C9 team is going nowhere.
2018-05-04 21:11
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