Twistzz: "We knew that bootcamping was the way better option"

Liquid had a successful first day at the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage, beating OpTic, after which we spoke to their young star Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken.

The North American squad had an explosive start to the event, dominating OpTic on Mirage, 16-4. Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella and co. had no issues dismantling the talented Danish side, putting up a clinic on the CT side before closing the map out as Terrorists.

Liquid is brimming with confidence after a successful bootcamp

Following the game, we spoke to Twistzz about their bootcamp, regaining their confidence, and his personal feelings about attending a Major in full force.

I'll start with you guys skipping two events before the Major to focus on this, have a bootcamp. Tell me how you felt at the bootcamp and how did it go?

At the bootcamp we played over 70 scrims I think, and our win rate was 75%. We added everything at the end, did everything that we wanted, and it was well worth it, skipping the two events. Looking back, I think ZOTAC seemed like such an easy event, but we decided to skip that the second we bombed out of Cologne. Originally, ZOTAC was going to be a confidence booster before going into this tournament, and, well, we lost all of our confidence [in Cologne] (laughs). So we decided to sit down and practice.

Do you feel like that confidence is built back now

Definitely, over the bootcamp, it was just building. Even the first couple of days back, it felt so natural for us to play together again, so its good.

You mentioned ZOTAC, but there was also DreamHack Masters Stockholm that North won. So seeing that, and a bunch of teams not being in form at that event, is there a bit of sadness, maybe, that you didn't play the event to potentially get a premier tournament win that you guys are missing at the moment?

No, I think if we attended DreamHack we would've been in the position like other teams, where they prioritized going to prestigious events rather than practicing. It was a cool event to watch, the same as ZOTAC, seeing Ghost upset teams, that was nice to watch, but we knew that bootcamping was the way better option.

Talking about putting the Major first, the last one you played was with zews, when you had the roster lock issue, and before that, you played the Major Qualifier and couldn't go through, both sad situations for you. This is the Major Qualifier still, but are you pretty hyped for this event, with you guys coming in pretty confident, practicing well and all that?

Yes, a 100%. Personally, this feels like the first Major for me, since having to play with your coach - even though we qualified for the actual Major -, it doesn't feel the same. It feels right this time around.

A couple of analyst and figures in the scene picked you guys as their favorites to win the Major actually, so what are your thoughts on that, how do you feel about it?

Well, it's just their opinions. I don't really care who picks us and who doesn't pick us.

You don't think it adds any pressure?


More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage:

Day 1
Indonesia BnTeT: "We're confident in our skill, but I'm not sure we're confident in our team play"
Sweden Lekr0: "I think I learned the most about [in-game leading] from pronax back in the day"

Media Day:
Canada stanislaw: "We have all the pieces to really do some damage"
Ukraine B1ad3: "We still haven't found the perfect in-game leader"
Ukraine crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"
United States Hiko "American teams are dependent on the momentum they gain"
Poland NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"
Russia DavCost: "The main goal is to show who we are"

United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
No team
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
NA LUL xaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-09-06 00:41
Poland Potato_head
I hate you
2018-09-06 00:41
I love you
2018-09-06 09:12
United Kingdom iMarbot
2018-09-06 00:41
Poland Unluko
2018-09-06 08:28
United States SilveryoHD
what happened last time liquid vs navi??
2018-09-06 01:03
Portugal Fsgsh
What happened with your nick boi?
2018-09-06 01:32
chu mean?))
2018-09-06 01:37
2018-09-06 23:11
Poland Potato_head
2018-09-06 00:41
Poland Unluko
2018-09-06 08:28
Magisk | 
Romania ryuu_
2018-09-06 00:41
Sweden Theo143
How can they post this if internet is down!?!?!??"!
2018-09-06 00:42
Just got back up. And we also have 4g and a free wifi from a nearby hotel : <
2018-09-06 00:43
Peru cookiesA
2018-09-06 01:01
Poland Unluko
2018-09-06 08:29
2018-09-06 00:46
Portugal MSANTOS
2018-09-06 00:46
You don't think it adds any pressure? Nah.
2018-09-06 00:47
United States SilveryoHD
of couse from the super saiyan himself
2018-09-06 01:04
"nah" baller
2018-09-06 00:48
2018-09-06 00:51
Nah. Smart answer.
2018-09-06 01:23
Brazil hugoooo
A bit cocky
2018-09-06 01:37
Indonesia segopecel
He is still young
2018-09-06 01:56
2018-09-06 02:47
United States G0LDEAR
Do I hear 2 NA major wins in a row?
2018-09-06 06:46
Poland Unluko
Yes you're right
2018-09-06 08:30
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2018-09-06 08:54
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