Stewie2K: "When pride is on the line, nothing else matters"

We caught up with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip during the final day of ESL One Belo Horizonte, where the North American player opened up about his experience in Brazil.

Several months after putting the team together and not having been able to lift a trophy at a big event, SK missed the opportunity to do it in front of the home crowd at Belo Horizonte, where they went out to mousesports in the playoffs.

Stewie2K reveals adaptation is being a slow process due to communication issues

In the interview, Stewie2K talks about his experience of traveling to Brazil with SK, the patience needed to fix issues, the friction the team and the organization are having, and some of the keys to the losses in Belo Horizonte, among other topics.

How good was it for your confidence to win some smaller tournaments, such as Moche XL in Portugal?

I think it was good for us in terms of confidence. Attending these events helped us improve the little things, such as communication and fixing small mistakes we make in-game. Honestly, we're not going to these small tournaments to win easy money or anything like that, some of these tournaments mean a lot more than that. In Portugal, for example, there were a lot of fans and it is one of the best tournaments I've been to, I feel like.

Has the communication been improving in the team now that you have played several tournaments? Do you feel it's changing, getting better? Or is it still an issue?

I think it's going to be a long process, it's pretty slow. It's been a couple months now, and there being communication issues kind of makes it so slow, but now I think we're progressing at a normal pace. We're still struggling with the little things like playing on stage, these are things we need to work on and they'll come with experience. We just need to play more, attend LANs, and try to get further.

It has been a bit over two months now. How patient are you going to be with this whole process? How long are you going to be able to struggle?

It's hard. I think at the start, when they picked me up, they knew it was going to be a long process, and not something that was just going to happen any time soon. Hopefully, we can keep being patient because the more patience we have now the more success we'll probably have later. When patience gets low tempers may start flaring. We may argue more and more, but that's how teams work nowadays. That's how you solve your problems. It's about talking about the problems that you need to talk about instead of keeping it inside of you like a bubble that's ready to burst. That's bad. But I think we're working pretty well.

You're wearing the Immortals jersey, and the relationship with SK seems to be a bit of a struggle. Have these out-of-game issues affected your performance at all?

Ever since I joined the team there were some problems, so I'm not really a part of it. I don't think it's affecting us in the game, we're just tired of working for an organization that we won't be with in the future. We just need to focus on our game and not on any problems. Then, hopefully, once the problems end, our progress can speed up.

Talking about Belo Horizonte. You started slow against Space Soldiers, then got rolling, how was the evolution? How did you come into the tournament and what happened in the end?

The tournament meant a lot to us because we were trying to play in front of the crowd and put on a show for them, The first game was kind of like an icebreaker for us, there was a lot more pressure. We wanted to win so much that we didn't do the things that we would normally do in practice. We tried to anti-strat a little too much and after the game with Space Soldiers we talked about it as a team and said we need to focus on our own game, we need to play relaxed, like we do in practice, and that's how we're going to win.

The mousesports match you lost, what were the keys of that game? Where did it go wrong for you?

I think Dust2 was a good pick for us because we had seen them play Dust2, which is not one of their best maps, especially with a stand-in. The thing about Dust2 is that it's such a puggy map that everyone knows how to play it. Everyone grew up on that map, so they know what to do, the basics... us, we made a lot of crucial mistakes. The scoreline doesn't really show what the game was. We had a close game. We were 5-4 and broke their money, but we lost a crucial round because we tried to make individual plays or became a little too hesitant in certain situations. That's what cost us Dust2. On Train, we lost because our Terrorist side was not good. That's basically it.

Coming to Brazil, with a Brazilian team... when you came with Cloud9 you were probably in a bit of a bubble. How has the experience of coming with a Brazilian team been? Has feeling the Brazilian culture up-close taught you anything about your teammates?

Families here are really welcoming, they make you feel at home. That's something I kind of grew up with at home, as well. When you're part of the family they love to talk to you, they support you with all their heart, and that's something I learned about them here.

As far as what Brazil taught me about my teammates is that when pride is on the line, nothing else matters. For these guys, coming home to a Brazilian crowd, it means a lot. Now that I'm part of this team, they make me feel like I'm at home as well. Since now I can see that pride is on the line it makes me want to win as much as they do.

What's the preparation going to be like going into ESL Cologne?

I think we'll go home for a little break before traveling to Cologne. I think the main thing will be to get some rest and start preparing for the tournament, to keep improving because so far these results... we went out in groups, then we started to make it to playoffs, quarter-finals, semi-finals, so hopefully this time we can take Cologne. Back then they beat me when I was in Cloud9, so now I hope I can take the final with them.

As far as the preparation itself goes, will you do anything special?

I actually don't know, but I think we'll be playing at home. I think the preparation will be the same as it has been, we'll try to improve the little things in practice, and just keep scrimming.

United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2018-06-18 16:58
2018-06-18 16:58
France 1Faren 
2018-06-18 17:34
2018-06-18 16:59
Nifty | 
France SkullyM 
stew to c9 plz
2018-06-18 16:59
2018-06-18 16:59
Sweden godname 
hahhaaa bottstewie
2018-06-18 16:59
India PussyHound 
True name Stewielulk
2018-06-18 17:28
What about Stewie2face?
2018-06-19 14:28
India PussyHound 
That too good sir!
2018-06-19 14:37
Indonesia Elce 
2018-06-18 17:00
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Only pussies try to win no matter what
2018-06-18 17:01
India PussyHound 
Like fnatic did in wesg
2018-06-18 17:30
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
whats srong with it? its a gun in csgo. way less op than cz and everyone is using cz
2018-06-18 17:43
India PussyHound 
Gun for pussies
2018-06-18 18:54
SK are RIP until Fallen and Fer start performing again. Its easy to blame Boltz when he is forced to play the roles he doesn't probably want to play.
2018-06-18 17:01
He's a lurker and he's always left in 1vsmany
2018-06-18 17:12
Brazil TonimSan 
Fallen is actually the 2nd best player in SK. Cold is the first, and Stewie is third, and all three are playing at a good level. Boltz is underperforming for such a long time, it's not even debatable that he is the worst player in the roster. He used to be the stability point, that's why SK looks so weak this year. And about roles, he has the same role he used to have in T-side, he changed a bit just as CT. Fer is playing bad too, but his case is easier to recover, since he is naturally better than boltz. He lacks motivation, I think.
2018-06-18 21:13
didnt know stewie was gay XD
2018-06-18 17:01
keep dreaming dunno about pride but kick is incoming forsure
2018-06-18 17:02
stewie is regretting his decision so much, but he won't admit it. I expect him to get kicked by the end of the summer
2018-06-18 17:02
New Zealand tzzzion 
2k god !
2018-06-18 17:06
2018-06-18 17:09
Stewie is needs to be kicked. He doesn't fit into this what style the team needs at all and is ruining their team play with the language barrier as well If they are hellbent on learning English then so be it, but they'll have many more bad months before it gets better
2018-06-18 17:10
Iraq DuncanAK 
Stewie joins Metallica Confirmed \m/ -James Hetfield +Jake Yip
2018-06-18 17:13
2018-06-18 17:29
Norway JoVoCS 
Pipe down, mate. Out of ten it was probably a good seven. Not that awesome of a comment, but I still rate it.
2018-06-18 22:29
2018-06-20 03:37
Finland ceresje 
-Lars Ulrich +Jake Yip
2018-06-18 19:12
Europe n0kay 
Nice thread, wishing all the best in the future.
2018-06-18 17:14
2018-06-18 22:48
Croatia BCkoGOD 
...says Stewie as he gets knocked out.
2018-06-18 17:14
United States $u$ 
2018-06-18 17:24
United States Eduzera 
2018-06-18 17:25
I really believe in this team, they just need more time than the usual for any other team because of the language barrier. If it takes too long tho I think they will -boltz and imo +tarik would be awesome as he's a great player and great IGL
2018-06-18 17:26
+1 finally Simeone with a brain
2018-06-18 17:37
Brazil Collee 
Nah I don't see them improving much more than this. Can't really believe it seeing fer and boltz playing nowadays. Coldzera and FalleN are looking like average players. It would take too much time. They'd still need pretty much to the end of this year, just to adapt to one player change. Maybe in 2019 they would come back strong... I don't think it's worth. They'll probably wait for the major to change something
2018-06-18 17:43
Finland Gutsx 
-boltz +autimatic
2018-06-18 22:02
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
I think Dust2 was a good pick for us because we had seen them play Dust2, which is not one of their best maps, especially with a stand-in. The thing about Dust2 is that it's such a puggy map that everyone knows how to play it lmao so dumb
2018-06-18 17:28
Too bad this snake doesn't have any pride.
2018-06-18 17:35
we dont like the org anymore start losing good idea
2018-06-18 17:38
It's not a matter of liking or not, ignorant. The ORG itself isn't honoring the contract with them as well since way before Stewie signed with SK. They were already providing bootcamp to the new line-up, and then the current one had to appeal to the ORGANIZATION of the events to provide them some place where they could train. In exchange they accepted to participate on the small tournaments. SK is treading on them for a time, so yes, they don't need to be inspired to give something to this ORG. They already gave them too much, since no one ever cared about SK before they joined, and yet now they are being treated like shit.
2018-06-18 19:00
SK actually had a history in CS b4 go
2018-06-20 03:39
When PRIDE is online, n0thing else matters
2018-06-18 17:40
fer | 
Brazil 647 
gg wp music + gay +csgo references ez 4 homos
2018-06-18 21:59
On mibr, they Will win everything
2018-06-18 17:42
2018-06-18 17:58
2018-06-18 18:06
Finland ceresje 
2018-06-18 19:13
2018-06-18 19:24
Finland ceresje 
2018-06-18 22:47
Canada rdss 
7-1 = 4 ever and ever .....
2018-06-18 18:14
Trust i see and i find youuuu
2018-06-18 18:21
Finland ceresje 
Everyday for us something new and it must be trust i seek*
2018-06-18 22:48
I forgot the k :(
2018-06-19 09:07
Brazil DiegoXPG 
we're just tired of working for an organization that we won't be with in the future. Mibr Confirmed
2018-06-18 18:30
Brazil oldStar 
2018-06-18 22:53
Poland Arknes 
PRIDE best team !
2018-06-18 18:35
bot sk
2018-06-18 18:36
Sk will drop team. Cold and fer deserve more.
2018-06-18 18:44
2018-06-18 20:10
Finland Smoonah 
a good baiter and someone that is usually now at the bottom of the scoreboard deserve more, ye oke.
2018-06-19 02:38
2018-06-18 18:44
United Kingdom Xradas185 
So good to keep seeing you lose.... Keep it coming
2018-06-18 19:18
Talks about pride when he leaves an all american team just after winning the biggest event in CSGO...cmon now..
2018-06-18 19:18
s1mple | 
India AJN_ 
2018-06-18 19:24
Weeks(months?) after signing hes complaining about communication issues, lol, like why the fuck did u even join a brazilian team in the first place? I wonder when sk will admit signing stewie was a mistake. They should def find a 5th brazilian player, and stew should go play for a tier3 NA team, where he belongs. Overhyped, mediocre player.
2018-06-18 22:15
China yry666233 
2018-06-18 22:59
+1 shit personality and a snake. Also the most overrated player, everyone was hyping this loser as a top 1 na player and a top 10 player
2018-06-19 00:51
Finland Smoonah 
+1 must either be brain dead or just plain greedy and got offered a lot more $$$
2018-06-19 02:37
N0thing else
2018-06-19 00:23
2018-06-19 00:49
Portugal RKO23 
stewie , <3 from portugal , thanks.
2018-06-19 00:59
2018-06-19 01:52
go tweet at thorin so all the kids like your tweet and u feel proud again, thats the only pride you're gonna feel now stewie
2018-06-19 02:56
United States jay_320 
This man talking about pride when he had an American flagged draped around his back in the major. Bet he wishes he was back on C9 right now and I'd bet the SK house feels pretty fucking alien. Even though he was never the best C9 player he was the most loved. He'll never have that on SK no matter how good he does. The thing that kills me too is C9 would totally bitch out and bring him back in a second if he wanted it. Fuck him and SK. Fer and Boltz are both terrible. Fallen and Stew are average. Literally C9's core of Rush, Tarik and Autimatic I think at this point has more potential. Especially considering they knocked them around all year online and off before Stew left.
2018-06-19 06:49
2018-06-19 12:53
stew needs to see this
2018-06-19 14:37
Stewie2K | 
Singapore Curf 
2018-06-20 03:35
Sweden KarlXII 
Rofl, why are you C9 fangirls so salty?? So because he switched to SK/BR team he is no longer American? Please just burn your stupid flag. Ty.
2018-06-20 03:36
United States jay_320 
Has nothing to do with him being an American. It has to do with him acting all patriotic, geting toxic to his teammates after a major win and then abandoning the team for a team that at the time was performing way worse. Sorry that annoys the C9 fangirls. Fake patriotism annoys me. He's definitely American though.
2018-06-22 00:38
2018-06-19 15:53
Mr. Snake2k talking
2018-07-01 10:39
Sweden aer1aL 
nt Jake "golddigger" Yip
2018-07-01 10:43
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