nitr0: "I'm hoping we get Astralis, we can definitely put up a good show and a good fight"

After Liquid went 2-0 following their second win at the tournament over NiP, we grabbed Nick "nitr0" Cannella for an interview about the team's first matches in the New Legends stage.

We asked the in-game leader about his approach to preparation in Liquid's first two matches in the New Legends stage against Winstrike and NiP, both of which were played on Mirage.

nitr0 was well-prepared for NiP

He also shared his thoughts on the teams in the 2-0 pool, as well as on Complexity's success in particular in the following interview:

How did you approach your first matchup against Winstrike as a team you didn't know very well from before?

It was the same situation as with Vega. I looked at their past matches and they hadn't played since like July. But then I read in an interview that they did a bootcamp and I thought that they couldn't have changed that much stuff because the player break was two weeks after their last match.

You can't really study them that much, it was more about focusing on our own game. Actually, the match I did watch from July, they didn't change anything. In the first gunround, I noticed they didn't change anything, so I figured they didn't change anything else, and it actually turned out to be like that, so it worked out for us.

Going into your second match against NiP, how much did you learn from them from their previous Mirage matches they played here?

I would say I had their whole strat book written down. I knew everything that they did, I had so much to study and I was so thankful that they played Mirage because both of our map pools collide and it just so happens that it would Mirage again.

We both played Mirage a bunch at this tournament and I just knew they would veto the three maps and we had to veto these other two, I just knew it was going to be Mirage, so I only studied Mirage knowing it would be the map.

How much did you utilize that?

I utilized it a lot. I created the whole game plan based on it on our T side. We were up 6-1 and we stopped following our game plan, which is my fault, and they started taking over the rest of the half and it was 8-7 to them. But I felt like if we had stuck to our game plan, we would have definitely closed out the half way easier, in my opinion.

So is that what the problem was after 6-1, you stopped following the game plan?

Yeah, I definitely think so. I'm not going to say what it was, but we definitely stopped following it in the eighth round and that's when they got comfortable, they started playing loose, they had the AWP rotating around. Because they don't have a dedicated AWPer, it looks like whoever is feeling it takes it, and they started rotating the AWP towards B/cat, and that's what we kept on hitting.

What do you make of the competition in the third round, where you have Astralis, BIG, and compLexity?

We've played BIG in practice a lot, we haven't played compLexity in practice in a long time, they're looking really good right now. BIG looks really good, they beat FaZe confidently... I don't know, I'm hoping we get Astralis, we can definitely put up a good show and a good fight.

I hope us and Astralis both make it through if we don't get the other teams because I'm pretty sure you can't face each other if you go 3-0. It would be cool for us and Astralis to make it out, obviously. I'm not going to say who I'm hoping to get, but I'm very confident with all the teams. Maybe not Astralis as much, but the other teams for sure.

What do you think about compLexity's success here?

I'm very happy for them, I think you can tell they're very energetic and their synergy is on point, Rambo is a great coach, stanislaw is implementing his system that he tried to do with us but that didn't work out as well as he had planned. He's a great in-game leader and I'm pretty sure they're all colliding right now and it's working out really well for them.

More interviews from the New Legends stage:

Day 2
Sweden Xizt: "Every loss is going to take a toll on your confidence, we had to slowly build it up again"
Germany LEGIJA: "Before the Major, we said 'We will not practice to make Legends, we're here to f****** win'"

Day 1
Denmark Xyp9x: "Against Na`Vi and especially on Inferno, it's all mind games"
Sweden REZ: "Not playing the Minor means a lot to me, I have played so many"

Media Day
Sweden JW: "We considered twist after the early StarLadder exit; he wasn’t really interested"
Russia jmqa: "After the last Major, our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions"
Russia flamie: "We still want to play Dust2 because no one is playing it well"
France SmithZz: "We aren't completely ready at the moment, but we are getting there"
United States RUSH: "Hopefully, after the Major, our ranking will reflect how we actually are as a team"

United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
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sorry NA, you will get rekt xDDDD
2018-09-13 21:36
expected, Pulaski
2018-09-13 21:37
2018-09-13 21:52
United States Grabboid 
2018-09-13 23:10
at least we're not part of china
2018-09-14 01:28
United States SilveryoHD 
this aged well
2018-09-16 02:48
get a team that always beat them OMEGALUL NA logic
2018-09-13 21:37
Brazil AnthonySilva 
Shut up twat.
2018-09-13 21:38
MIBR lost to tyloo
2018-09-13 21:43
Brazil AnthonySilva 
Do you think I care? Nip is 0 and 2, does that make you feel like shit? Change that flag.
2018-09-14 02:00
nitr0 | 
Netherlands sevN_ 
NIP is 1-1
2018-09-14 03:11
Brazil AnthonySilva 
2018-09-14 20:32
Indonesia Alpha_Poland 
2018-09-13 22:00
India MihirX27 
Fun Fact: Atleast One UK CS Player is gonna go through to the Champions Stage: we have Liquid vs Astralis and Complexity vs BIG in the 2-0 Pool.
2018-09-14 00:18
United States SilveryoHD 
this aged well
2018-09-16 02:48
Portugal PortugueseFan 
go liquid
2018-09-13 21:37
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
dont fak with nitro
2018-09-13 21:37
cajunb | 
CIS spk13 
Lya, zemlya betonom.
2018-09-13 21:38
India MihirX27 
Translation, Please?
2018-09-14 00:18
cajunb | 
CIS spk13 
RIP Liquid on ruski :O
2018-09-14 06:44
Germany VeryFlaMezGuy2 
no u fuckin hope for complexity for my 3-0 pick to be right
2018-09-13 21:38
Germany Youngnibba 
2018-09-13 21:59
2018-09-13 22:39
Germany Youngnibba 
They can still win
2018-09-14 09:07
what a fucking liar, he is hoping for coL, lol
2018-09-13 21:38
Other mekkicsgo 
Watch the ego son, you were lucky enough to win over NIP, consider the fact that they made many mistakes and gave you the win.
2018-09-13 21:38
Sweden Dino1 
Lmao. Liquid are miles ahead of NiP atm.
2018-09-13 21:39
It's weird how all these teams keep losing to Liquid because they make so many mistakes. What a weird coincidence
2018-09-13 21:55
Other mekkicsgo 
Only way NA teams can win against EU teams
2018-09-13 22:04
Lul keep living in 2016 bud
2018-09-13 22:11
Other mekkicsgo 
Stop being optimistic bud
2018-09-13 22:12
Says the guy who can't admit his team was outclassed
2018-09-13 22:44
That's how literally every game ever played goes, though. Whoever makes fewer mistakes wins.
2018-09-13 23:20
Canada Surzz 
2018-09-14 08:29
Sweden Dino1 
I DON'T. Because i have Liquid 3-0 ://
2018-09-13 21:38
They are just afraid of big...
2018-09-13 21:38
NO not Astralis ffs I want my 3-0 pick LOL... pls win liquid
2018-09-13 21:39
cyx | 
Denmark VojenZ 
Liquid wins this major
2018-09-13 21:40
If you get Astralis they would smash you, as always
2018-09-13 21:41
2018-09-15 22:37
United States SilveryoHD 
this aged well
2018-09-16 02:49
tomorrow: “Astralis systematically dismantles Liquid and throws them out with the trash”
2018-09-13 21:43
United States SilveryoHD 
this aged well
2018-09-16 02:49
mate this isnt MMA
2018-09-13 21:45
INB4 They get it and get smashed and go 2-3 4Head
2018-09-13 21:46
Russia Dude_Love 
ez for Liquid
2018-09-13 21:47
Denmark dakkedak 
Thinking of how many times they lost to astralis, i will look forward if they met with that confidence
2018-09-13 22:02
i dont think
2018-09-13 22:07
Yeah you always hope you get Astralis and you always get fucked
2018-09-13 22:10
good fight but not win
2018-09-13 22:11
Liquid will win the major.
2018-09-13 22:22
United States Trump2020KAG 
had to open ur mouth nitro
2018-09-13 22:40
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
Nitr0 had nothing to answer in the second last question do he spat some random bs, if you actually read it...
2018-09-13 22:44
Be careful what you wish for !
2018-09-14 00:26
Sweden crindz 
got what he wanted though
2018-09-14 00:29
Estonia rYm 
ez astralis
2018-09-14 09:41
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
well good luck you fat ginger shit
2018-09-14 09:44
Georgia Fatal Fighter 
Whoa, chill and s1mple is fatter than nitr0 :D
2018-09-14 09:45
irrelevant interview
2018-09-14 13:52
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