Stewie2K: "coldzera has a lot more structure, while FalleN likes to give more freedom"

Striker
May 15th, 2018 22:40

We got a hold of Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, who gave us his point of view on SK's struggles with communication and elaborated on the team's leadership after Marcelo "coldzera" David took over the role following IEM Sydney.

After returning from IEM Sydney with their second group stage exit in a row behind them, SK have now got off to a good start at ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, as they took down NiP in overtime on Inferno.

Stewie2K shares his point of view on SK's struggles

After talking to Marcelo "coldzera" David about the team's issues with communication in Australia, we caught up with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip as well to find out his point of view on the matter. SK's newest addition also elaborated on the change in in-game leadership after IEM Sydney in our next interview from Dallas:

Obviously, you have had quite disappointing results during your first month with SK and you've shown your frustration with that on Twitter. Can you tell me about the struggles from your point of view, particularly the communication side?

I think I'm starting to learn the level they are at in English, I've got to understand how to communicate to them because if I communicate too fast in chaotic situations, it's hard for them to understand. A lot of the time in LAN matches it gets really chaotic and it's hard to stay calm, so when I communicate I know that sometimes they don't understand me, I have to repeat myself but say it slowly.

But this team is really good at staying composed and staying calm and I adapt to the environment pretty easily, so if I can stay calm and just communicate calmly, I think communication wouldn't be a problem.

Is this something that will quickly improve with time?

Yeah, with time they'll get used to it. I know cold is taking some English classes just for his own benefit and trying to benefit the team as well. I think boltz is getting better as well, he's starting to understand some of the keywords that we need to use, and there's usually no problem with fer and FalleN - sometimes there are problems here and there, little problems, but it's not a big deal.

Could you compare SK to Cloud9 in terms of how the system works and from the leadership perspective, as someone who led Cloud9 for the majority of the time?

If I were to compare our leadership roles with FalleN and cold, I'd say it's very different styles. If I were to compare Cloud9 to SK, what Cloud9's good at is what SK's bad at, but what SK is really good at is what Cloud9's missing.

There are both pros and cons, but we're missing the key points I think, but it seems they're always willing to learn, they're always willing to continue to practice hard, so I think with just a little more time, when we have off time, we can improve a lot better and hopefully they can take in what I say into consideration.

coldzera took over the IGL after Sydney, are there any major differences between him and FalleN?

cold and FalleN are pretty similar when it comes to the qualities they have as leaders. The way they work is the same, I think, cold has a lot more structure, but FalleN likes to give a lot more freedom. On the maps that require a lot of structure, cold started getting ideas and telling us how we need to play as a team and how we can react, and that helped out on a lot of maps.

FalleN still calls on some maps - cold tries to call on some maps, but FalleN's better at calling on those maps, so I think we're keeping with it, but cold gives a lot of input. That's something the outside doesn't really see. He gives a lot of input and he makes more structure within the team.

Do they actually switch depending on the map you're playing?

Yeah, they both call and I think it's always been like this even when I wasn't on the team, a lot of people didn't know that. They both still call, there's no bickering or anything, no arguments, it's just when someone has a good idea, then they're willing to do it.

Although you barely had any time between Sydney and Dallas, it seems like you have started off on the right foot here, defeating NiP in overtime this time. How is the team feeling now and going into the rest of the tournament?

Sydney was a big wakeup call for us, we should be putting up more of a fight against the teams we played. Now I think we feel the fire in us, we started practicing a lot harder, and we're not underestimating anyone anymore, we're just starting to play our own game, with no fear and playing calm.

Obviously, you have had quite disappointing results during your first month with SK and you've shown your frustration with that on Twitter. Can you tell me about the struggles from your point of view, particularly the communication side?


I think I'm starting to learn the level they are at in English, I've got to understand how to communicate to them because if I communicate too fast in chaotic situations, it's hard for them to understand. A lot of the time in LAN matches it gets really chaotic and it's hard to stay calm, so when I communicate I know that sometimes they don't understand me, I have to repeat myself but say it slowly. But this team is really good at staying composed and staying calm and I adapt to the environment pretty easily, so if I can stay calm and just communicate calmly, I think communication wouldn't be a problem.


Is the fact that this is quite likely only a matter of time before everyone gets used to it making it easier?


Yeah, with time they'll get used to it. I know cold is taking some English classes just for his own benefit and trying to benefit the team as well. I think boltz is getting better as well, he's starting to understand some of the keywords that we need to use, and there's usually no problem with fer and FalleN - sometimes there are problems here and there, little problems, but it's not a big deal.


Could you compare SK to Cloud9 in terms of how the system works and from the leadership perspective, as someone who led Cloud9 for the majority of the time? 


If I were to compare our leadership roles with FalleN and cold, I'd say it's very different styles. If I were to compare Cloud9 to SK, what Cloud9's good at is what SK's bad at, but what SK is really good at is what Cloud9's missing. There are both pros and cons, but we're missing the key points I think, but it seems they're always willing to learn, they're always willing to continue to practice hard, so I think with just a little more time, when we have off time, we can improve a lot better and hopefully they can take in what I say into consideration.


coldzera took over the IGL after Sydney, are there any major differences between him and FalleN?


cold and FalleN are pretty similar when it comes to the qualities they have as leaders. The way they work is the same, I think, cold has a lot more structure, but FalleN likes to give a lot more freedom. On the maps that require a lot of structure, cold started getting ideas and telling us how we need to play as a team and how we can react, and that helped out on a lot of maps. FalleN still calls on some maps - cold tries to call on some maps, but FalleN's better at calling on those maps, so I think we're keeping with it, but cold gives a lot of input. That's something the outside doesn't really see. He gives a lot of input and he makes more structure within the team.


Do they actually switch depending on what map you're playing?


Yeah, they both call and I think it's always been like this even when I wasn't on the team, a lot of people didn't know that. They both still call, there's no bickering or anything, no arguments, it's just when someone has a good idea, then they're willing to do it. 


Although you barely had any time between Sydney and Dallas, it seems like you have started off on the right foot here, defeating NiP in overtime this time. How is the team feeling now and going into the rest of the tournament?


Sydney was a big wakeup call for us, we should be putting up more of a fight against the teams we played. Now I think we feel the fire in us, we started practicing a lot harder, and we're not underestimating anyone anymore, we're just starting to play our own game, with no fear and playing calm.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
833
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#1
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Poland HotMuslim 
no taco no cold
2018-05-15 22:40
Expected
2018-05-15 22:41
#8
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Europe Z4NY 
Fuck off. It was expected
2018-05-15 22:41
#29
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Austria shaakeh 
It was expected coldzera: cold go bait coldzera: ok
2018-05-15 23:05
#63
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France GenezizFR 
lol
2018-05-16 20:21
#9
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Germany FuckMIBR 
FUCK SK
2018-05-15 22:41
LoL the cry is freeeee
2018-05-16 17:39
#14
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Netherlands Deji 
Fuck off
2018-05-15 22:43
#25
NiKo | 
Austria adse_ 
Expected
2018-05-15 22:53
#6
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Europe Z4NY 
Expected
2018-05-15 22:41
#20
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Did you see the latest game? #GODZERA
2018-05-15 22:50
#20
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Did you see the latest game? #GODZERA
2018-05-15 22:50
still bad.Nip was actually playing braindead CS.
2018-05-15 22:40
#28
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Brazil _Awper 
well, if was not REZ making blind kills and one taps like a monster, sk would won really ez the game.
2018-05-15 22:54
It's spelt R_EZ
2018-05-16 07:34
#58
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Germany Vini_1337 
I think the way nip plays its very hard for sk to adapt to. im a huge sk and nip fan and i think both played great but very different cs. Nip cs looked more sloppy due to rez having high impact rounds which noone can prepare for but overall it was a great game. Btw astralis will get destroyed today =D
2018-05-16 16:25
yup destroyed alright.Do you even know what youre talking about,quit being a fanboy and just get realistic with the CS being played.
2018-05-17 10:38
#78
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Germany Vini_1337 
inb4 astralis choke another finals =D
2018-05-17 10:43
Cold tier10 in 2018
2018-05-15 22:40
#12
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Bulgaria nekzcs 
scream fans cant critisice cold :)
2018-05-15 22:42
+1
2018-05-15 23:44
#39
SPUNJ | 
United Kingdom UKChef 
That's actually true even though cold does play like shit
2018-05-16 00:17
Yes Micheal Jordan fans can criticise LeBron James fans. ScreaM is a legend. Cold is like a high school star.
2018-05-16 07:35
#45
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Bulgaria nekzcs 
u dont get the point
2018-05-16 07:35
U don't get my point
2018-05-16 07:36
I hate to be the one to say this but... "ScreaM in 2018 OMEGALUL"
2018-05-16 08:28
What? Cold has been way more consistent and accomplished so much more than Scream over the course of their careers. Not to mention being the #1 player two years in a row, and scream hasn't even hit top 5.
2018-05-16 11:06
ScreaM is still a legend. Consistency aside, why do you think people love scream so much? Because he made one taps famous. He can out-aim cold any day of the year. ScreaM is famous for his mechanical aim. He's a fan favourite. That's what I meant by "legend".
2018-05-16 11:22
#60
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Bulgaria nekzcs 
dumbass
2018-05-16 18:20
I like scream as a player. I cheer for other teams as well. Cold needs a baiter and that was Taco. ScreaM is a legend and I like his one tap mechanics. He played good with shox under ex6 but obviously he can be inconsistent under a team that has not chimestry,even rpk is a beast but he cannot succede in a team like this. Beside all of this I just like scream as individual player, I don't even watch nV matches cause are boring.
2018-05-16 20:29
#64
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World nakTriceps 
- boltz + Scream ?
2018-05-16 20:23
#4
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Brazil junera 
Nice coldzera IGL SK Gaming Coldzera is dictator IGL Fallen is liberal IGL Very nice
2018-05-15 22:43
#17
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Brazil davidzor 
TopKek
2018-05-15 22:45
#27
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Brazil Kelmec 
+100000 lul
2018-05-15 22:54
+1 omegalul
2018-05-16 16:09
#7
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Denmark Snadefar 
bot
2018-05-15 22:41
Coldzeras hard Fallen soft
2018-05-15 22:41
#11
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Germany remind00 
COLD was real success of LG
2018-05-15 22:42
#13
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Russia Nikosimus 
They played poorly They should be glad NiP made silly teamplay mistakes and let them win, ez 2-0 Astralis for sure Even this game NiP could have won after 3/4 2v4s,you cant play like that Stew
2018-05-15 22:43
exactly. as usual coming from an NA player , there is always some delusion in stewie's interview.
2018-05-15 22:47
#54
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Europe V1rus_ 
+1
2018-05-16 11:24
expected from stewie twofaced TOLEDO
2018-05-15 22:43
"NBK has a lot more structure, while shox likes to give more freedom" (c) any person with common sense
2018-05-15 22:44
Explains. C9 always had structure and thats why you never see them get crazy kills but have nice structure in their plays. Thats why SK always gets crazy kills and Taco was a good entry fragger because he loved that freedom. This is what has been bringing SK down and why I understand their pick of Stewie. They need 2017 Stewie when he was a fresh pick on C9 and would get those crazy kills. After playing with C9 so long they had to tame him a bit and get him structured but trust me when they get Stew to be free again to make crazy plays SK will be one hell of a team if Cold gave more freedom.
2018-05-15 22:46
#34
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South Africa shakazuluCSGO 
+1 agreed
2018-05-15 23:40
Actually Stewie was a fresh pick in 2016.
2018-05-16 07:40
#22
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Brazil Verloren 
The ALPHA supreme dictator Chadzera vs The BETA liberal soft leader Virginllen
2018-05-15 22:50
#23
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Macedonia trashbait 
not expected
2018-05-15 22:51
NiP tier 100000 lul
2018-05-15 22:51
tl;dr SK finally founded someone who can bait for coldzera,FalleN jkjk
2018-05-15 22:53
Stewie <3
2018-05-15 23:12
#31
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Germany Tunio 
Stfu stewie this team is dead because of you
2018-05-15 23:17
#32
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Czech Republic Kuba! 
Traitor amerikano joining these not very idra monkis
2018-05-15 23:25
always the igl and captain it will be fallen
2018-05-15 23:26
#35
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
thanks for those kind words Stew! You've my respect as a teammate! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm <3
2018-05-15 23:41
#37
RpK | 
France hltvuser1 
nice stew keep up
2018-05-15 23:45
#38
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Greece Theabsolute 
Nice lets goooo guys top20 isnt far!!!
2018-05-15 23:58
#41
Nifty | 
Greece Stefan9 
SK Only!!! :D
2018-05-16 05:59
so he thinks fallen is the better igl
2018-05-16 04:27
#44
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United States NA_BEST 
jake 'two-snaked' toledo
2018-05-16 07:35
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
2018-05-16 07:51
Maybe you should be the one taking classes in Portuguese eh?
2018-05-16 11:08
english is more easy and they need english for interviews, to talk with fans. if someone is kicked (like boltz) he can go to any NA team.
2018-05-16 11:15
Sk wants to learn english it's not like he made them speak english
2018-05-16 16:20
#61
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
yeah but the amount of time for several people to learn english versus 1 guy to learn portugese could be argued/ would be beneficial if someone like boltz or cold calls something out in portugese that they don't know/remember in english and stewie can still understand
2018-05-16 19:10
make sure u read what did u just wrote :D english for them in all ways is definitely better than stewie to learn portuguese.
2018-05-16 22:04
#69
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
looks like their not the only ones needing to learn english mate :S
2018-05-16 22:12
English is not my primary-language, and what was that wrong that u can not understand me somewhere, huh?
2018-05-16 22:15
btw: they're, not their, dear friend :) if you say so
2018-05-16 22:17
#72
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
yeah, your english is choppy as hell, need to work on sentence structure and word choice
2018-05-16 22:23
and what man? i can speak, u can understand, u can speak, i understand everything, don't be such a bitch :D
2018-05-16 22:43
#75
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
but your dad loves when i am the bitch...
2018-05-16 23:00
well, my dad passed away few months ago, but as long as u didn't knew it, it's fine. and these type of jokes are not even funny, my friend. Goodnight.
2018-05-17 00:48
#81
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
yeah he died due to exhaustion, dude was a hard worker if you know what i mean ;)
2018-05-17 19:05
#55
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United Kingdom skullfellout 
-cold +hiko
2018-05-16 15:33
#62
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Slovakia Aarryah 
STEWWWIEEEE
2018-05-16 19:55
godzera
2018-05-16 21:16
to be honest, too much hate for them, they are still a TEAM, and they're trying their best to find out a way, but at least i'm feeling good for those silly kids SK 'fans'! (everyone knows what i'm about:D) cs is beautiful, let's enjoy it, not destroy it!
2018-05-16 21:52
#74
MAJ3R | 
United States Fanzera 
HLTV will never stop
2018-05-16 22:45
#79
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Russia Regnandum 
Once again i can't understand why Stewie doesn't learn Portuguese? Why the hell 4 Brazilians should communicate in English? Lazy Americans.
2018-05-17 15:54
#80
REZ | 
Sweden klangoo 
whoa, you have a really fair point bro
2018-05-17 16:19
Would imagine english being the lingua franca has something to do with it. Everyone uses english when they play in NA fpl / rank S games.
2018-05-17 21:44
#83
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United States VerySmartGuy 
+1
2018-05-18 16:16
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