NAF: "When we got into overtime I was so pissed off; I'm like 'F*** this, I'm going to buy an AWP'"

Professeur
September 14th, 2018 22:42

After Liquid denied Astralis' comeback attempt on Inferno to go 3-0 in the New Legends Stage and reach playoffs, we spoke to Keith "NAF" Markovic who broke down the key moments of the match.

With the number one and number three ranked teams facing off for a spot in the playoffs, Astralis - Liquid was one of the most exciting matchups of the day. After an overtime game on Inferno, the North American team was victorious, continuing their flawless run in London.

NAF is looking forward to playing s1mple again after some back-and-forth between the two

In a conversation with NAF we heard how the pressure affected Liquid's communication, seeing them lose a couple of clutches, and how his tilt-buy of the AWP gave them momentum in overtime.

I'll obviously start with the T-side you had, which was pretty on-point, you lost just two rounds. Did you have a very specific gameplan that you followed here, that worked out so well for you?

Yeah, Nick (Nick "nitr0" Cannella) and Wilton "zews" Prado watched demos of them and I think that this time, compared to other times, we had a really good understanding of how they played. We even said stuff like "magisk is playing pit, let's get nades there, triple-nade him whenever we can", we had a lot of different B stuff that we were doing. We were able to research them properly this time and it was a lot easier for us. Obviously, you can tell that both of the T-side were really strong and both teams had weak CT sides. I'm not sure what happened there but it was definitely the battle of the T-side.

Going onto the CT side, did you have a feeling that you really wanted to close it out with a big scoreline, a big margin, because of the history between you two through this year?

I think we were a little bit afraid to lose. Towards the end we were just like "we should just keep stacking B and eventually, one round, they will come to us" (laughs). I think we were trying to do a lot of wacky stuff that just didn't work. LIke I said, we were just getting a little afraid that we were so close to winning, it kind of got out of hand and it went to OT...

Does that also affect the communication and the decision-making? Because there were two big rounds from them, there was the gla1ve 1v3 and the last round of regulation where you had a 4v2 on the A site?

I think with the gla1ve 1v3, I don't remember who died first but I know that TACO and Twistzz were alive in the 1v2. And they knew that gla1ve could only be on the right side because they peeked spawn just when the bomb was planted. He could only be emo or construction. So we already knew where he was, but unfortunately when they got into the site, TACO pushed alone and Twistzz was nowhere near him and gla1ve got a free 1v1. That ended up just working in gla1ve's favor, a 1v1 obviously favors the T side. Honestly, that was a huge mistake by TACO and it just screwed us.

What about the last round?

The last round? Oh yeah. I think our comms were a little bad, I was afraid to peek lane, EliGE was in halls with low HP, I didn't really know what the site guys were really doing, I didn't know what they were looking at. I think that, overall in that 2v4, our communication was just really bad. It was just really flat.

In overtime you looked pretty convincing in the end, which is kind of funny, but you got the win. How does it feel after all of these losses? Even though it is just a BO1, it is a big BO1.

It feels good. It is funny, when we got into overtime I was so pissed off, I was really tilted. So I'm just "F*** this, I'm going to buy an AWP." I bought the AWP out of pure frustration, it wasn't like I thought it was the solution. And honestly, it ended up working in our favor because I got a lot of picks. Going into OT, I guess AWP was pretty much the solution that helped us (laughs), and obviously everyone started playing really good. I think everyone was more calm, we had a little break because it goes into OT, so we can just reset ourselves. Both teams have more money, we are not scraping by and obviously that helped as well. So yeah, I think we just found our footing OT and took it home.

You are going into the playoffs obviously, I wanted to touch on an interview you did with us at ELEAGUE where you kind of compared device and s1mple. After that, s1mple, I wouldn't say that he was upset, but he said that he was going to destroy you in the next matchup. Potentially they can also make it into playoffs, are you looking forward to that game?

Yeah, I think it would be fun. Even though the community will always see something like trash-talk, honestly, I love speaking a little bantery or trash because it gets the viewers more involved. They are like "Oh, NAF said that? I hope he loses!". Obviously, I love drawing in the viewers to have a little bit more excitement. But if we get Na`Vi, I think it will be a fun match, you know, best of luck to s1mple, I might have to beat him one more time if that comes around. But, yeah, it would be fun.

Closing thoughts, you had two 3-0's here, obviously got some extra days off because of it. Going into the playoffs, how is the team feeling?

Obviously we are feeling very confident. This is my first top-eight so I'm very excited, woo-hoo for me! For Twistzz as well, it is first top eight as well. But yeah, we will just take a break for today of course, the day is almost over, but we are going to be practicing again, even when we went 3-0 in the New Challengers Stage we just went back on the grind, practicing. We just have to keep practicing,keep our form up, we can't stop playing, we just need to keep improving and keep going. Yeah, we are just going to take a little bit of a break. Just because we are not playing matches doesn't mean we aren't playing CS, so we are going to start practicing really hard again.

More interviews from the New Legends stage:

Day 3
United Kingdom dephh: "We proved we can't just play Inferno, we have other maps up our sleeves"
Slovakia STYKO: "[My new role] feels like I'm going to school every day, trying to understand a new subject"

Day 2
Serbia YNk: "This game was just so hard because mousesports saved so much"
Ukraine Edward: "If you feel calm during the whole game, the comeback is real, always"
United States nitr0: "I'm hoping we get Astralis, we can definitely put up a good show and a good fight"
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"

Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
121
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
922
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Lol
2018-09-14 22:43
#12
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
indeed
2018-09-14 22:44
#18
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Spain JustNo 
wtf
2018-09-14 22:44
#28
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Austria shaakeh 
Lol
2018-09-14 22:46
#57
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United States weaboo 
naf so bad it’s sad
2018-09-15 00:41
umad?
2018-09-15 03:05
jealous
2018-09-15 13:53
#14
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Spain JustNo 
this guy
2018-09-14 22:44
haha wtf
2018-09-14 22:44
#2
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Europe trey_ 
HHAAHHAAHH
2018-09-14 22:43
#3
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India S1ayR 
He looks like winnie the pooh
2018-09-14 22:44
#4
vsm | 
Brazil matwoks 
Lol
2018-09-14 22:43
#5
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
cuz awp is so op
2018-09-14 22:43
bad
2018-09-14 22:43
Fnx GOAT btw
2018-09-14 22:44
+1
2018-09-15 05:11
#51
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Brazil Allistar 
Fnx 3 major
2018-09-14 23:03
Eswc?
2018-09-15 00:30
XD
2018-09-14 22:43
#8
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Peru vaniIIa 
lul
2018-09-14 22:44
#9
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Japan NiceTryAnime 
reported
2018-09-14 22:44
Wait? The article itself?
2018-09-15 08:37
lul rage buy
2018-09-14 22:44
tilt awp
2018-09-14 22:44
#13
Dosia | 
United Kingdom SickaBoy 
XDD
2018-09-14 22:44
#15
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Indonesia Konerd1 
hi
2018-09-14 22:44
#16
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Brazil fuNNa 
TILT NAF
2018-09-14 22:44
hahaha
2018-09-14 22:44
lul he hasn't changed
2018-09-14 22:44
I like him now
2018-09-14 22:44
Me too. You gotta respect a rage awp buy that works out.
2018-09-15 08:39
#23
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New Zealand @kekekekekeke 
LO HAHAHAHAHHA
2018-09-14 22:44
#24
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Stook 
Lul ez for Naf
2018-09-14 22:45
why F*** lol
2018-09-14 22:45
#26
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
If we get Na`Vi, I think it will be a fun match, you know, best of luck to s1mple, I might have to beat him one more time if that comes around here we go
2018-09-14 22:48
it's sad that it never worked out between them, but im glad both simple, and nitro and elige all found their success
2018-09-15 08:36
Liquid would ground Navi into the dust
2018-09-15 08:42
#82
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
like they did with astralis?
2018-09-15 09:10
Yes, you get it. But more so and with less resistance
2018-09-15 09:16
Just like sex with corpses!
2018-09-16 15:01
>naf >showing emotions pick one
2018-09-14 22:46
#38
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North America veritascs 
naf > showing emotions
2018-09-14 22:53
#29
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Hungary StraYzie 
exactly my man
2018-09-14 22:46
its more like F***** Major interviews ._.
2018-09-14 22:47
awp is the solution to every problem
2018-09-14 22:47
fucking arrogant cunt
2018-09-14 22:48
LOL
2018-09-14 22:52
#46
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United Kingdom Theodoooore 
wtf are you on
2018-09-14 22:57
#50
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Japan PKcrash 
nt fake russian
2018-09-14 23:02
#63
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United States TriHardSeven 
LMAO MAD KID
2018-09-15 02:26
Did you even bother reading the interview?
2018-09-15 08:30
most tactical and deliberate na team btw
2018-09-14 22:49
@tilted
2018-09-14 22:51
he is toxic
2018-09-14 22:51
No he isn't. He's just being a good sport, making a little bit of light fun. It's far from toxic.
2018-09-15 08:33
Lmaooo fucking love naf
2018-09-14 22:52
+1
2018-09-15 08:33
babyrage
2018-09-14 22:53
#40
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United States Trump2020KAG 
NAF DADDY
2018-09-14 22:53
#41
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Sweden ThorinEk 
lmao it worked
2018-09-14 22:54
family show D:
2018-09-14 22:54
haha typical NA
2018-09-14 22:55
#44
s1mple | 
Netherlands just3n 
lol gotta love the banter xD
2018-09-14 22:56
#45
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United Kingdom Theodoooore 
Family show
2018-09-14 22:56
#47
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United States SkratarDuu 
Poor Taco Hope NAF doesnt give him shit otherwise team performance will drop in the playoffs.
2018-09-14 22:57
#61
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United States Benjii92 
hes fine with TACO, he's just being honest for the interview. i'm sure he didn't mean to throw him under the bus.
2018-09-15 01:14
+1
2018-09-15 08:27
#48
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Romania SkipLD 
Throwing Taco under the bus.
2018-09-14 22:58
#61
2018-09-15 08:28
Throwing ur mom on top. Wait, she IS the bus. Oh.
2018-09-16 15:02
#98
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Romania SkipLD 
Nt. My mom is 155cm , ~50kg.
2018-09-16 15:49
bangbus )
2018-09-16 20:02
S1mple going to destroy him
2018-09-14 22:59
Toxic
2018-09-14 23:06
S1mple? For sure.
2018-09-15 08:29
#53
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Czech Republic jETFly 
Family Show
2018-09-14 23:16
#55
Twistzz | 
United States TLO 
"FUCK THIS IM GONNA BUY AN AWP" - new name of my awp
2018-09-14 23:38
#58
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Brazil Raphzzz 
nice XD, i will copy that.
2018-09-15 00:43
#59
nike | 
Russia adldas 
name it as "TLO's gift" because you always give it to the enemy
2018-09-15 00:47
+1
2018-09-15 01:09
+1
2018-09-15 03:54
#95
Twistzz | 
United States TLO 
rofl silver child speaking from experience, how pathetic
2018-09-15 17:32
Great name tbh
2018-09-15 16:06
#62
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India Sanket_POk3R 
NAF (laughs) xD
2018-09-15 02:04
#64
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China Flash_kaze 
Something that Attacker often does lol
2018-09-15 02:43
#68
JW | 
China StanwieCB 
Attacker is toxic
2018-09-15 05:41
Is it true? How do u know?
2018-09-15 09:07
#91
JW | 
China StanwieCB 
Just watch some Flash's matches you will find out he is always the first man to buy, force buy actually, in any situation. And he likes Negev. Dry peek guy as well.
2018-09-15 15:19
thats not toxic, thats dumb
2018-09-15 16:10
#69
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Other VladimirLucas 
NAF knows how imbalanced AWP is
2018-09-15 06:17
I understand having a main AWP is important to competitive CS, but it's also a confidence weapon and under the right situations players like NAF should buy it if they know they're going to get kills.
2018-09-15 08:59
#84
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Finland decem 
just cuz
2018-09-15 10:12
lol nice1
2018-09-15 11:28
Wwowowowowow, easy there this is a family show after all, thanks to hltv for censoring this, otherwise my kids might lose their innocence while they are browsing hot girl gif megathreads
2018-09-15 11:39
very bad title, smh
2018-09-15 12:35
god naf
2018-09-15 13:12
lol he is basically shit talking TACO If Liquid doesnt win this major they will cut TACO for sure, you can almost read it here
2018-09-15 13:51
Taco was really shit last game. He's been doing alright in liquid, though.
2018-09-15 16:08
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