snatchie: "When it comes to close rounds we are so nervous, we are making stupid mistakes"

Following Virtus.pro's elimination from the EPICENTER Wild Card Qualifier, we caught up with Michał "snatchie" Rudzki to hear about this tournament, as well as BLAST, and the team's online forays.

The Polish squad wasn't able to make it through the Wild Card Qualifier in Moscow, beating 5POWER to start it off, but losing closely to HellRaisers and then Swole Patrol, who advanced to the main stage over them.

snatchie thinks that playing more online cups and qualifiers will help Virtus.pro improve and regain confidence

To hear about the negatives and the positive of Virtus.pro's last month, we caught up with the team's AWPer, snatchie. He explained that their performance in Istanbul was promising, but that they weren't able to continue their streak at EPICENTER.

Tell me about BLAST Pro Series Istanbul and the matches you had there, facing against some of the bigger teams in the scene on LAN?

We came to BLAST after a one-week bootcamp in Katowice so I think that we were well prepared. We showed some good matches there, for example, versus NiP, that was a match we should've won but we played some stupid rounds and, yeah, we lost it. We won versus Cloud9, so that was a motivational boost, and then we lost to Astralis, I think that they are the best team in the world so... everyone is losing versus them (laughs), it's not easy to get a win versus them.

I think the game versus MIBR was also close, we also could've got it, but again, stupid rounds, the same as versus NiP. We had a 1-3 score and then the last match was versus Space Soldiers, we knew that we wouldn't advance to the finals, we wouldn't even get top four, so we told ourselves to just play more freestyle. I think Space Soldiers also did it because they were pushing B like five times, totally YOLO. We also lost this game, but overall I think that Istanbul was a good tournament for us, a promising one.

Is there anything you took away for that tournament, that you need to work on?

We started to think that we can play good matches versus good teams, but we need to improve our mentality because when it comes to close rounds, 2v2 or 3v3, we are so nervous and we are making stupid mistakes. We need to focus more on that point and try to improve it.

You also mentioned that you played good against top teams, but at the same time you are playing ESEA MDL and there are a lot of these a bit lower teams, unknown teams... how has that part been going, playing in ESEA?

I think that it is hard to play vs. top tier teams and then come home and playing ESEA MDL where you are playing versus lower tier teams. It is different. I think that the guys from Virtus.pro are much more experienced playing against top tier teams, they know a lot about them, they know tendencies and styles. And then against teams that are top 40-50, it is a lot harder because they are playing some different stuff, but it is also good I think.

Moving to this tournament, you got the Wild Card invite, you come here... What was the general feeling like, what were your goals for EPICENTER?

I think that the main goal was to advance to the main tournament, but we didn't do it, so it is disappointing for us. We should, again, show some potential as we did in Istanbul, and I think it is really bad that we didn't advance to the main tournament.

What went wrong? After talking a bit, seeing the demos, stuff like that, what did you figure out?

I think that we beat 5POWER pretty easily, it was 16-0 in the first map, in the second it was 16-14, but it was an OK match. Then we played versus HellRaisers, it was also an OK match, we just lost both maps 16-14 and it was really close. We didn't have two good halves on the maps, we had only one good half each map. That's bad. If we could improve a little bit, on Inferno we had good CT, but bad T. On Mirage we had good T, but bad CT. So it is really shaky.

And yesterday, in the match versus Swole Patrol... I don't know what happened. We won the pistol round, then we lost versus a clear eco, USP's, and everyone was a little bit tilted. Then on Nuke... I think we did a little mistake with that map because I never played it on AGO so I don't have a good feeling on that map yet. But I think that we had six rounds on CT, it was again a bad CT side and better T side. We lost 16-14 and again, it was pretty close but not enough. I think the point is not in the team we are playing, we can play versus NiP, versus HellRaisers and then we can playing versus Swole Patrol, we are losing the same way against all of these teams. I think the main problem is our mentality, we are doing stupid mistakes and we have to pay for it.

Currently, your ranking is kind of low, #27, is there a bit of pressure that you need to get some good results to get back into the higher rankings and get more invites and stuff like that?

I think that, maybe it is funny, but I think it is good for us. Because if you are falling down three steps you need to start playing again in like, ten thousand online cups. And you are improving your mentality and you are winning again, it is better for your confidence. So just play more official matches, because if you are playing training matches, you won't fix your mistakes as you will in official matches. It is always easier to do so in official matches, you are watching your demos, everyone is focused on the win, your opponent as well, and it is easier to repair your mistakes.

Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
771
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
wow
2018-10-25 15:38
#57
 | 
United States Ironwolf21 
VP makes the same mistakes they did with the Golden 5 - they don't trade often, they retake one-by-one instead of as a team and so they get too many clutch losses that they should have won. They also don't have the killer instinct to close the round out - they show they are nervous and are trying not to lose instead of trying to win.
2018-10-26 15:50
#2
 | 
Portugal DarSerpa 
1st
2018-10-25 15:38
nt
2018-10-25 15:39
#27
 | 
Portugal DarSerpa 
wp from u my friend
2018-10-25 16:14
#3
Boo | 
France mbl4 
NT snax
2018-10-25 15:39
#4
JZFB | 
France Dofo 
how your day goink?
2018-10-25 15:39
#5
Sosa | 
Europe Sosa19 
Lul
2018-10-25 15:39
#42
Xyp9x | 
Denmark greenhz 
wow im a fan of Turkey too ! especially when it is roasted, so tasty !
2018-10-25 16:50
#7
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
VP IN 2018 LUL
2018-10-25 15:41
#8
 | 
Belgium KileaN 
Top 10?
2018-10-25 15:41
vp top 1 in 2022 maybe
2018-10-25 15:42
lul
2018-10-25 15:42
#11
 | 
Poland Crai9Xen 
I'm still waiting to the moment when they will be out of top30
2018-10-25 15:43
typical poorlack mentally shit
2018-10-25 16:12
#30
 | 
Poland Crai9Xen 
Lmao so if I'm Poorlack I have to cheer for Polish teams? I didnt support them even when they won dubai so gier awatar from me. There are bunch od teams wich deserve to be intop30 unlike vp
2018-10-25 16:19
G2 for example don't deserve to be in the top 20s
2018-10-25 16:27
#35
 | 
Poland Crai9Xen 
Yep its true But we can do shit about it cause they(G2,vp) usually get invites That's why they earn some points
2018-10-25 16:32
YEa and I agree with snatchie on this for them to get better they need to start fighting for it in quals
2018-10-25 16:34
#39
 | 
Poland Crai9Xen 
Yes they are lazy mothafuckers Who are easly rekted by esea fresh blood
2018-10-25 16:37
I wouldn't say their lazy after all they need this to work for them as this one of the only things the can actually earn good money from
2018-10-25 16:40
VP dont get invtives for like a year now , if it wasnt for that small time around v4 future tournament were they played decend they would of been out of top 30 some time ago.
2018-10-25 18:13
#31
 | 
Poland WARIAAAAT 
-1
2018-10-25 16:20
#12
 | 
Germany felo 
snatchie we know you're trying hard, but maybe consider making a bigger change in gameplay. VP is constantly getting caught off guard when I watch them play and that's what makes them lose rounds, not the lack of firepower
2018-10-25 15:43
also a sign of them doing silly mistakes bro, them being nervous (which shouldn't be in neo's and pasha's case tbh)
2018-10-25 16:27
#41
 | 
World Vidua 
He literally said that's their biggest problem right now.
2018-10-25 16:46
#13
 | 
Korea Juze_one 
expected
2018-10-25 15:43
#14
 | 
Poland MiSzCzU 
Sad, but true.
2018-10-25 15:44
BULLSHIT. URE JUST SHIT SINCE 2016
2018-10-25 15:44
#36
 | 
Poland Crai9Xen 
+1
2018-10-25 16:32
VP in 2k18 LUL
2018-10-25 15:50
- neo - morelz +byali +snax
2018-10-25 15:54
+1, or at least -neo -pasha -kuben +neo coach
2018-10-25 16:00
#28
rallen | 
Brunei m!ch! 
+1
2018-10-25 16:16
kicking neo and morelz above botceps LMAOOAOAOAOOAOAO
2018-10-25 18:38
#18
shox | 
India iejesus 
u r stupid so yeah
2018-10-25 15:55
#19
 | 
Namibia banned_so 
Yea sucking dick in esea against tier 5 teams is good
2018-10-25 15:57
#20
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
choke
2018-10-25 15:57
I think the stupid mistakes are not exclusive to close rounds
2018-10-25 15:59
#23
 | 
CIS followDeiMoZ 
disband
2018-10-25 16:01
TLDR: "we keep losing and then we had a match and we lost and then we played nip and bunch of others and felt the pressure and we lost. Astralis is good and now we hit the rock bottom and we keep losing hahaha"
2018-10-25 16:02
LOLYOU
2018-10-25 16:08
#29
 | 
Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
VP LUL
2018-10-25 16:16
MIBR LUL XAXAXAAXA lost to CLOWN9
2018-10-25 18:19
To be honest with you guys I think that this is one of the best interviews I have ever heard from VP.You hate them, np keep hating nobody actually gives 2 fucks.Its your own personal judgment for example I hate smooya as the cocky bastard he is .Even thought watching them sometimes makes me wanna slit my wrists is till enjoy watching some of their matches.And im happy that they actually are forced to go through these qualifications as maybe one day they will become a decent team.
2018-10-25 16:21
#37
 | 
Poland Crai9Xen 
-kuben -neo +Neo coach +Some1 else Decent T2/T3 team
2018-10-25 16:34
#43
 | 
Poland LiquidWater 
NEO OUT PLEASE U ARE RUINING VP YOU MONGOL
2018-10-25 17:48
translation: we lost to swole patrol
2018-10-25 18:13
I can confirm that
2018-10-25 18:19
KICK the trash player neo and pasha
2018-10-25 18:19
ok then
2018-10-25 18:30
#50
 | 
Russia Bukashka 
Stupid fucking mistakes man
2018-10-25 18:30
2018-10-25 22:08
unexpected after watching they matches kappa
2018-10-25 20:21
#54
 | 
Poland KubelakK 
I could agree with that, you can see the silly mistakes coming in, unnecessary peeks etc. I really like this interview it show us that VP is moving forward and they are not gonna give up. Sure they are still loosing against teams that they would usually win against but you can see a massive difference in their gameplay, it got so much better, when I was watching the 1st map against HellRaisers on the CT side the utility usage amazed me, the thing is that you can see them improving and I can't wait for a next tournament.
2018-10-26 07:50
#55
 | 
Norway AndersBreivik 
Unluko
2018-10-26 10:35
Atleast they know what are the problems in team.
2018-10-26 14:50
who cares about virtus bot
2018-10-27 14:31
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.