nitr0: "The whole team underestimated NRG; we're ready for them this time"

Liquid are ready for the semi finals at the ECS Season 5 Finals after eliminating fnatic 2-0 in the last group match. We caught up with in-game leader Nick "nitr0" Cannella to discuss the match and tomorrow's rematch between them and NRG.

Liquid once again find themselves in the playoffs at a big event after taking out fnatic at the back of a dominating performance on the first map, Nuke.

This means they will be looking for revenge against the hottest team in the North American scene, NRG, who sent them packing from StarSeries i-League Season 5 in Kiev last week.

Liquid are looking to play more freely in the playoffs in London

We sat down with in-game leader nitr0 to ask him what it will take to beat a strong-looking NRG:

Let's start with going through the match against fnatic. what was your game plan against them?

We were actually expecting them to pick Train on us, because they picked it against Cloud9 earlier today and looked confident on it. We've been practicing Nuke a lot, focusing on that map rather than our better maps. Apparently, that paid off a lot because on that map, you need to have rotations down and really be on the same page especially since it's so sound based. You have to play Nuke a lot in order to be good at it and that's what we've been doing lately.

You definitely looked convincing on that map, where Inferno was a bit more even. Are you going to be looking to pick Nuke for your match against NRG tomorrow as well?

I know they like Nuke a lot too, so it's really up to them. We're going to be expecting a Nuke pick, or maybe Train. We're ready for them this time, so, whatever they want.

But in your last matchup you actually lost to them, at StarSeries.

I think the whole team underestimated them. They've been playing really well lately, and we had already beaten them earlier at that event, so we were very confident in our own game, but they came out and actually beat us anyway.

Yeah, I mean obviously they played so well in Kiev they ended up against Na`Vi in the final. How do you see them right now compared to you guys, who many see as the top NA team right now?

I definitely see NRG as top tier right now with Cloud9 going through changes and having internal issues. They have a lot of firepower, they're doing really well online and that's starting to translate over to LANs now, and I think as they get better and better, teams are gonna start studying them more. Whenever we get into a match, I feel like teams know what we're doing already. If I throw a certain smoke, they'll know our plan, so that gets into my head where before, when I first started as in-game leader, I could do whatever I wanted, and no-one knew what was happening.

Touching on that, the fact that people are studying you now, how does that affect you?'

Since I'm IGL'ing, that affects me, which affects the whole team, it's a trickle-down effect. The number one thing that's sucks is losing confidence in your own calls and getting lost in your own head. It's such a hard concept to grasp, you have to do it at such a high level to actually understand what's going on psychologically.

Returning to your match against NRG, do you think you have to play more freely? It seems like you have most of the tactical stuff down, but do you think you're missing some flair maybe?

I feel like every time we lose a match after a high pressure situation, it's because we're not hitting our shots. Obviously, we're also lacking bit on the tactical side, or we'd be winning every game, but I think it's more individual skill we're missing. We're a very emotional team so sometimes, the ideas aren't flowing as fast as they should. We really have to come out tomorrow hitting everything in order to beat NRG, because they're really good.

United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
United States bigsex69 
2018-06-09 21:13
Germany GeoRg___J 
2018-06-09 21:14
broky | 
Latvia Ricix 
2018-06-09 21:13
United Kingdom Tendies 
2018-06-09 21:13
americannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn fuck
2018-06-09 21:14
United States Trump2020KAG 
liquid so ezzzzz against everyone but AST
2018-06-09 21:14
Another trash semifinal and trash NA team secured in final just to see them getting raped by Astralis or Faze
2018-06-09 21:15
Random best of one And fluke nice arguments mate where are C9 now burgerboi???
2018-06-09 23:11
“fluke” = hurt faze fanboy
2018-06-10 01:26
Lol FaZe...LOL. astralis, sure, but they're the best team anyways. eZaF for anyone coming up against FaZe
2018-06-09 21:24
eZaF, lel, that's a good one.
2018-06-10 01:13
Czech Republic wonderhead 
everyone gets raped by astralis...
2018-06-09 23:45
Europe Cykage 
2018-06-10 00:43
Liquid has at least taken maps off them, and gotten close on others
2018-06-10 07:37
Ukraine Pham_ 
Nice excuse, NRG will crush you again
2018-06-09 21:14
+1 they was arrogant to say 'nrg i can say you something, stay humble' (from taco) and got crushed, now get karmated, and will get rekt again
2018-06-09 22:11
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
2018-06-09 21:14
2018-06-09 21:14
Rickeh | 
United Kingdom Johal 
listen to jw fam, e humble you idiots
2018-06-09 21:15
ya right botro
2018-06-09 21:15
India MistaJ 
2018-06-09 21:15
Underestimating on pro level. LMAO what a bunch of retards Lost all respect i never had for Liquid
2018-06-09 21:16
But cerq fan 🤔
2018-06-09 21:19 A lot of teams underestimate at the " pro " level...
2018-06-09 21:20
United States ^JayK 
What about liquid beating faze 16-3 at starseries s4?
2018-06-09 21:26
Australia SUNSPY 
It's not that simple. It doesn't take a lot to go from just being over confident, to losing pistol, getting a player picked off early in some rounds, getting reset once you win a round, getting unlucky with timing or having to make a 50/50 decision and getting it wrong, and then losing pretty badly Liquid have Z E W S G O D it will be a very different vibe this time and they will be ready to adapt if NRG have some new tricks. If they go down 0-5 on a map expect a pause if not sooner than that, but I don't think they will be losing all the pistols.. also doubt they will be over forcing on CT and playing first gun round with compromised economy. That's the most basic problem a better team can make, SK does it all the time STILL.. still so confident they can win forcebuys and getting complacent with the economy is an invitation for the other team. Liquid have shown good discipline on 2nd round CT lately, e.g 3 players don't buy cz armour, just a couple of deagles
2018-06-10 07:13
little pig
2018-06-09 21:16
2018-06-09 21:17
Stay humble
2018-06-09 21:18
stay humble NRG
2018-06-09 21:19
Georgia Fatal Fighter 
So unprofessional.
2018-06-09 21:19
Japan Jotaro 
am ready to have my heart broken a second time :^)
2018-06-09 21:24
most handsome igl ever
2018-06-09 21:47
RpK | 
Poland murzyns04 
wow, nice professional players gg Liquid
2018-06-09 21:56
New Zealand onelover11 
high ego lul
2018-06-09 22:39
nrg > liquid
2018-06-09 22:51
United States soggydollars 
Too late for that shat. Taco already spit up his burrito. NRG is the new NA #1
2018-06-10 00:43
Norway felt 
you're going to choke as usual buddy.
2018-06-10 01:28
faze=ezaf And astralis are just free.
2018-06-10 01:29
India Haryanvi 
Ez 4 liquid
2018-06-10 06:52
Australia SUNSPY 
Ez 4 humble liquid *
2018-06-10 07:15
Australia SUNSPY 
Seriously though, anything but easy.. some good points there about IGL thought processes and how it affects the whole team. FalleN can attest to that I'm sure
2018-06-10 07:50
Brazil Collee 
Stay humble
2018-06-10 11:55
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