Let's first go back to yesterday and your match against Spirit. What was the team's morale like after the tough first half and how did you come back from that?
The morale was good, we knew we could come back if we won the pistol round and not lose the anti-ecos like we often can (laughs) because we lose anti-ecos too much. So, the morale was good, everyone was focused on winning. We won a lot of clutches, so I think they choked after losing those clutches.
What did you think about the BIG matchup when you found out you were going to play against them in the second round?
It was a little bit aggressive after smooya's tweet about wanting Vega Squadron, the most dangerous team in this Challengers stage (laughs), so I really wanted to win so much against them.
Tell me about the ending of that match, we heard that chopper was quite confident during his 1v1 clutch. Is he a big motivator in the team?
Yeah, he gave us so much motivation in this match. Every round, if we lose, he'll cheer us up. During that clutch, he said "no worries, guys, I'm going to punch him", and he did it (laughs). But yeah, in late game, in overtime, I was a little bit nervous, I did some stupid mistakes. Sometimes we were unlucky in clutches, like jR twice in 1v1s...
Do you have any sort of preference for the third round, and are you now confident that you'll be able to make it through?
No preference. Everyone is good. I think we're just gaining the confidence with every match.
More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage:
tiziaN: "I've actually practiced it 3 or 4 times, but I wasn't planning on doing that shot"
Twistzz: "We knew that bootcamping was the way better option"
BnTeT: "We're confident in our skill, but I'm not sure we're confident in our team play"
Lekr0: "I think I learned the most about [in-game leading] from pronax back in the day"
stanislaw: "We have all the pieces to really do some damage"
B1ad3: "We still haven't found the perfect in-game leader"
crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"
Hiko "American teams are dependent on the momentum they gain"
NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"
DavCost: "The main goal is to show who we are"