Ex6TenZ: "I would like for us to be at our best after one year or more"

The new G2 are still alive in London after eliminating Luminosity at the ECS Season 5 Finals. We managed to ask their new captain Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans about the challenge of leading the team after being inactive since February.

The 28-year-old Belgian is back in G2, forming the new lineup alongside Richard "shox" Papillon, Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro, Kenny "kennyS" Schrub and former coach Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux.

The squad entered the ECS Finals in London after a long period of speculation about who shox would be playing with as he returned from inactivity after wrist surgery.

Ez6TenZ is back in G2

They lost their initial matchup in groups against NRG but managed to 2-0 the Brazilians in Luminosity. Next up, G2 will meet FaZe in a battle to reach the playoffs.

The French team has confirmed that Ex6TenZ, who is currently listed as a standin, will continue as the team's captain after the tournament until a 'final decision is made'. We sat down with the 28-year-old and quizzed him about the new lineup:

So, you're a new team now and you obviously have two players, yourself included, that don't have recent experience. What were your own expectations going into this event?

We're trying to do our best, we had like no preparation with only ten days of practice. We knew it was gonna be a very big challenge, so yeah, we're going to try out best. Afterwards, we're gonna watch all the games and treat them as reference games.

How long do you think it will take before you reach your potential, before you stop being rusty?

Usually, it's like three to five months. I expect this team to keep improving in the long term. Usually, in French teams, we reach our peak at like five months. I would like us to be at our best after one year or maybe even longer than that.

So, you and SmithZz don't have that much experience from the last months. Do you think that it will be hard to come back after not playing for a while?

Yeah, it will be hard in the beginning. I think it will be harder for SmithZz because he didn't play for like a whole year. For me, it was around 5 months. So yes, it's gonna be hard at first, we will need at least 1 month before we're back [individually].

So, you've been named captain for this event at least. Did you expect to come back as captain or just as a player?

Usually I'm the captain, and I've always had that role. So it's an obligation, it's my role, so it would be very difficult to change that.

I'm asking because looking from the outside, the in game leader for this team might as well have been shox. Why didn't you guys go for shox for the role?

Firstly, it was his own choice. And he preferred it to be me. He wanted to come back as a player because of his two years of experience in that role. He came to the conclusion that I would do a better job in the long term.

France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1607
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
khaos | 
Greece SneakPete 
Tier 3 French cs
2018-06-09 19:52
#5
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Netherlands Deji 
WHat
2018-06-09 19:50
wHaT
2018-06-09 19:50
#14
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected waste
2018-06-09 19:51
#15
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New Zealand onelover11 
wHAt
2018-06-09 19:51
What
2018-06-09 19:59
#42
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France Static2k 
wHAT
2018-06-09 20:07
#99
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Serbia Venna 
wHAt
2018-06-10 16:44
Greek cs-?
2018-06-09 19:58
You sound like a gold nova 3, faze clan fan OmegaLUL
2018-06-09 21:05
Faze clan in 2018 loool?
2018-06-09 21:05
French era
2018-06-09 21:31
#86
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
Quite optimism like ex6tenz has (1 or more years playing in 5 man constilation ... hahaha)
2018-06-10 01:48
expected
2018-06-10 10:06
oh
2018-06-09 19:49
+1
2018-06-09 19:49
Go man
2018-06-09 19:49
LOL you will disband after 5 months
2018-06-09 19:50
#103
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United States shokz1e 
lol zakroi rot dayn rysskii
2018-06-12 21:12
#7
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Lithuania chingo 
"AFTER ONE YEAR" XD
2018-06-09 19:50
LUL
2018-06-10 10:06
GL lasting for 1 year
2018-06-09 19:50
exactly
2018-06-10 10:06
if they decide to keep you more than 2 months
2018-06-09 19:50
WTFFF
2018-06-09 19:51
#12
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Netherlands RaVersoN 
"after one year or more" Dude, you'll disband after 2 months..
2018-06-09 19:51
No way G2 is gonna pay their expensive as fuck salary for a year when they play like shit
2018-06-09 19:54
What evidence do you have that they will play like shit?
2018-06-09 20:26
ex6 being in the lineup
2018-06-09 20:52
smithzz being in the lineup
2018-06-09 21:35
#94
f0rest | 
Romania front48 
french team shuffle
2018-06-10 10:11
#57
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
honestly there are no good french teams right now and they bring in the same amount of money by going out in groups for top4 sponsor wise. Orgs don't make their money from prize money lol
2018-06-09 20:33
Well it depends if they keep getting invited to events. Because they'll probably struggle to get though qualifiers.
2018-06-09 22:29
#101
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
true, but you gotta wonder who outside of the top10 could push them out? i think on skill alone on a bad day they can beat top 15-20 teams for qualifiers. They didn't look bad at their first event, the 1st week their lineup was made.
2018-06-11 05:20
#13
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Portugal dracø 
1 year of free salary, I'd want that as well LUL
2018-06-09 19:51
#70
karrigan | 
North America Jkhes 
you clearly dont understand how hard ex6 teams work
2018-06-09 21:06
#73
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Portugal dracø 
they might work hard, but in the end they never work
2018-06-09 21:07
logic 100% OMEGALOL
2018-06-12 21:08
#16
EliGE | 
United States EdgyBlob 
Pretty sure they're not getting any younger
2018-06-09 19:51
#17
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
cs will die before 1 year pass LUL
2018-06-09 19:51
#18
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Australia .depuTy 
big dog chutney jar
2018-06-09 19:52
#19
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France 1Faren 
Only?
2018-06-09 19:52
BOT
2018-06-09 19:52
#21
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Estonia sux3ss 
Ez sex6tenz
2018-06-09 19:52
#22
PAGO | 
Poland Kimanerq 
1 year xDD
2018-06-09 19:53
lul one year of excuses for bumming tournaments inc
2018-06-09 19:53
#24
Slovakia BuKY 
You are fucking stand-in so stfu
2018-06-09 19:54
#26
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Turkey hxlo 
I believe them :)
2018-06-09 19:55
FEEL THE POWER My Lord Ex6TenZ
2018-06-09 19:55
always felt it. too bad all these little kids writing hate comments in here
2018-06-09 20:10
These children were not even born when Team VeryGames dominated at French Scene Do not pay attention to them and do not waste time on them
2018-06-10 06:19
true
2018-06-10 11:13
that's too much time 6 months max
2018-06-09 19:56
year wasted
2018-06-09 19:58
Cut their salaries and they suddenly will start playin' better after 2 months.
2018-06-09 19:58
A year? Was NBK given the same chance?
2018-06-09 19:58
xdddddddddddddddddddddddd
2018-06-09 19:58
LMAO. envyus were shit for 1-2 months before getting rid of kioshima. and they were shit ever since
2018-06-09 19:58
#35
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Australia SUNSPY 
Yep, realistic approach. Base strategies for 3-4 maps, a default for each site, a few CT setups and have everyone on the same page as to what happens if X Y or Z happens early and mid rounds, etc etc.. practice a heap and build synergy between site players, entry and tradefraggers, utility timings, post plant variations and a heap of time on retake scenarios To be the best on 1 map and a top team on 3 others is a lot of work. Do people really expect them to just play and see what happens ? look at LIquid, zews has been there 18 months and they started with just the groundwork. Since zews joined they've steadily built the teamwork and strengthened the map pool bit by bit. Has to be done methodically, which is what Sweden lacks. THREAT was doing things the right way but with him gone NiP have gone downhill again
2018-06-09 19:59
#43
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Sweden wyv0 
At the end with threat, NiP was as good if not worse then when he joined as coach. Nip was at their best end of 2016...
2018-06-09 20:08
#45
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Australia SUNSPY 
Yeah THREAT had to focus on his studies :(
2018-06-09 20:10
The difference between you and the rest of hltv is that you let your thoughts flow through your brain. Most thought through comment ive seen in a while +1
2018-06-10 11:13
Ez-6TenZ
2018-06-09 20:00
A year? What world is this guy living in lmao.
2018-06-09 20:02
#72
karrigan | 
North America Jkhes 
How is it shocking to you that a team would be better after playing together after a year?
2018-06-09 21:07
If you need a year to hit a decent level it's not worth it. Actual strong teams are good from the start after working out their kinks. It does not take a year..
2018-06-09 21:23
#79
karrigan | 
North America Jkhes 
you clearly didn't read the interview and only looked at the headline
2018-06-09 22:12
#39
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United States BigmacAttack 
lmao the game will be dead in a year
2018-06-09 20:03
#40
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
you won't even be top20 in a month
2018-06-09 20:05
Wrong title, no "for" in the actual quote
2018-06-09 20:06
#44
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France Teellioz 
1 year lmao
2018-06-09 20:09
look at all these hater kids
2018-06-09 20:10
#47
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
translation : i wanna 1 big year salary from G2 , make them hope & not fire me
2018-06-09 20:10
#48
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Spain Alser 
What a horrible title it completely changes the meaning of what he said "How long do you think it will take before you reach your potential, before you stop being rusty?" "Usually, it's like three to five months. I expect this team to keep improving in the long term. Usually, in French teams, we reach our peak at like five months. I would like us to <still> be at our best after one year or maybe even longer than that."
2018-06-09 20:17
hltv better clickbaitz than ali-a
2018-06-09 20:23
hltv is known for clickbaiting in any interview.
2018-06-09 23:37
#50
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
1 year wtf lol
2018-06-09 20:15
#51
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Bangladesh irisviel 
fucking paycheck stealer LMAO
2018-06-09 20:16
this team will disband before the end of this year lol.
2018-06-09 20:25
1 YEAR HAHAHA
2018-06-09 20:31
a fucking year jesus christ
2018-06-09 20:32
#58
zonic | 
Czech Republic Murina 
not gonna happend with this roster :-)
2018-06-09 20:34
Nice joke though
2018-06-09 20:34
#60
NBK- | 
France sacrebleu 
L U L
2018-06-09 20:37
#61
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United States jaeger_steam 
wtf was that last question?! "from the outside, the in game leader for this team might as well have been shox. Why didn't you guys go for shox for the role?"... what the actual fuck? in game leading is the only reason x6 was brought back into the line up... it clearly has not worked for shox in the past year and a half, and x6 has only ever really been an igl, why would they not bring him back as the igl................................................
2018-06-09 20:37
#62
method | 
United States f0xes` 
1 years time: smithzz - 30 yr old ex6 - 29 yr old shox - 27 yr old kennys - 24 yr old Not exactly the springtime of their youths, especially in the lifespan of a competitive FPS player where reactions and mechanical skill deteriorate in the early/mid 20s.
2018-06-09 20:37
especially in the lifespan of a competitive FPS player where reactions and mechanical skill deteriorate in the early/mid 20s. Wrong
2018-06-09 21:02
#83
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World LeviathaNz 
According to studies it's going down after the age of 45 for the majority of people. Reflexes are going down faster if you don't do anything to train it. These bullshits of ppl starting being shit after 25 are annoying. And still, most of people are believing it.
2018-06-09 22:32
Indeed!
2018-06-10 23:45
keep dreaming ex6 :) after 1 or 2 month good bye ex6
2018-06-09 20:39
#64
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United States Freakmode 
rofl what???
2018-06-09 20:44
1 year? You will disband before it
2018-06-09 20:50
i want to have a job too where I suck at it but I still get paid a shit ton of money.
2018-06-09 21:06
No one is gonna wait a year in CS LOL
2018-06-09 21:09
#75
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
LMAO at these comments, did you guys even read the interview? He says that french teams reach their peak after about 5 months and he would like to still be at the peak in a year and after. He doesn't mean that he thinks they will start becoming a good team after a year...
2018-06-09 21:23
#85
device | 
Morocco Morocco 
yep, even FNS and thorin read only the title if you saw on twitter, people in this comment section just want to say negative things that's it, almost like they want to see this line up fail so they make more fun of them
2018-06-09 23:54
3 months until major, daed team
2018-06-09 22:15
Fools u all forget that G2 kept its old lineup over 6 months of bad results,even longer. If he says after 1 year,then it takes a year,new tacs,most will be changed,dont be such kiddos
2018-06-09 22:17
yes but they need to show improvement and development along the way, or people won't wanna wait that long
2018-06-10 01:57
They need to -SmithZz +apEX
2018-06-10 04:37
This team can be better than people think. Def depends how whiffzz and ex6 can stack up but i think godyy will surprise some people if he isnt playing the absolute worst roles this time
2018-06-10 05:11
I would like us to be at our best after one year or maybe even longer than that. Retarded?
2018-06-10 12:57
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