moose: "Everyone is putting in 110% because nobody wants to get cut"

The biggest upset at IEM Chicago so far came when Natus Vincere lost to eUnited, whose Kaleb "moose" Jayne sat down with to talk about several topics involving the team.

eUnited were heavy underdogs going into the match against the winners of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, Natus Vincere, but the North American squad eventually came out victorious. Playing on Mirage, moose & co. dismantled the CIS team on the attack, winning 12-3 before closing the match out 16-6 on the CT side.

moose belives Na`Vi was the best possible top team to have drawn in the first round

In the interview, which includes a cameo by NRG player Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov, we talked to moose about their opening match victory, preparation and expectations for IEM Chicago, how Pujan "FNS" Mehta is gelling with the team, and what is happening with the Austin "Cooper-" Abadir move.

You just beat Na`Vi, the number two team in the world. Did you imagine this in your wildest dreams?

Not really, but once it started, once we started to get momentum, I knew it was possible. It was just a best-of-one and they just came from Copenhagen so they may be a bit jetlagged or whatever. Take it with a grain of salt, I guess, but It's still a nice win.

When you saw the draw, what went through your mind?

Thank God we didn't get Astralis, pretty much (laughs). Out of the top four or five teams, Na`Vi was probably the best one to get because they're just coming off of a win, jetlagged, and they probably underestimated us, whereas Astralis... it's just impossible to beat them. The draw wasn't good but not as bad as it could have been.

You got off to a good, fast start. How were you able to build up so much momentum?

We had a game plan going in and we stuck to it pretty much, it was a lot of fast A hits and then switch it up to B later in the half. It worked pretty perfectly, I would say. We just kept it fast-paced and scrimmy on them and it looked like it caught them off-guard a little bit.

Did you have to make adjustments at any point or were you going off of the game plan the whole time?

We did some stuff from the game plan and maybe we lost a round here or there, but a lot of stuff was working for us, so pretty much we stuck to it. I think that's a big part of the reason we won, and I think dazzLe was like 20-6 or something, he was owning them on the entries, and that really helped us as well.

You recently picked FNS up, who is now leading the team. Tell me a bit about him joining and how it's all working out.

We thought we needed an experienced IGL so we added FNS and we've been putting a lot of work during the couple weeks we've had. I had to go to WESG so that was a little bump in the road, but we've been doing a lot of server work. Our map pool is still pretty small, but I think with more time and practice we're going to be very good. Twelve rounds on the T-side against Na`Vi is really good, and FNS knows how to switch it up and adapt, so I think he's a good addition to the team and we'll be better moving forward.

Do you think his coming into the team could elevate you to the next level?

Yeah, I think before the change everyone knew it was going to happen. We kind of plateaued and needed a change. This brought the energy level back up in the team. The grind is back now and we need to start moving up the ranks.

CeRq and daps walk into the lobby where we're doing the interview and CeRq squeezes moose on the shoulders

CeRq: Great job, great job! Sorry for breaking the interview, I just had to...

CeRq's voice trails off as the NRG players walk away

Back to the changes, Cooper- will be coming in, a move that has had a lot of drama surrounding it. Let me know a bit about what's happening with that.

I can't say much right now because we're honestly still working things out. With everything that has been said... I don't think it's as clear as everyone thinks. People may be surprised. I don't think anyone knows exactly what's happening, everyone is just working as hard as possible and after DreamHack in Atlanta the team will consist of the hardest workers and the five people that want it the most, I think.

So it's not even a sure thing?

It's not sure who's going out. The only sure thing, I think, is that Cooper- is going to be playing.

Having that kind of weight hanging over the team, how is that affecting you?

I think it's good. I think it's really good. Everyone is putting in 110% because nobody wants to get cut or be replaced or benched, so everyone being at 110% is actually a good thing. I just hope that whenever Cooper- joins, if it happens, people keep playing at 110% and don't slack off because they feel safe. We made a good move right now and I hope it works out in the end.

So you could say it's kind of the opposite of a team disbanding and going to a tournament and playing the YOLO style of CS.

Yeah, with a dead team going into a tournament, everyone knows exactly what's going to happen and that you're not going to be playing with the same team so you're just playing YOLO or whatever. On our team, everyone is focused on this five until the change happens, so we're trying to become the best version of us five we can for the time being.

Have you prepared any particular way for this tournament?

Our coach and IGL watched a lot of demos and did a lot of work. The players, we've been watching demos to learn how to play our spots better, but personally, I didn't watch any demos of Na`Vi or anything like that. Our coach, osorandom, is making notes and telling all of us what they like to do on the side of the map we're playing, and that helps a lot. The preparation they're putting in is really helping, but me, not so much. I just focused on myself.

Did you set any goals, be it what you get out of it as far as gaining experience, or getting a certain placement or something like that?

Personally, my goal is just to use this as a bootcamp, since we get to play all of these very good teams. I think, also, as a tournament goal, making it out of groups would be huge. That's pretty much it, making it out of groups would be a hugee step in the right direction for us.

Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
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Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
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United States Austin 'Cooper-' Abadir
Austin 'Cooper-' Abadir
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Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
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2018-11-06 23:55
United States ShawnM 
For them
2018-11-06 23:55
Sweden Unluko 
2018-11-07 23:13
Czech Republic sponka 
2018-11-06 23:55
Denmark eoNs! 
GJ still thinking their win was a big coincidence, unmotivated cold NaVi vs players with their back against the wall, trying to prove themselves , esp. Relyks
2018-11-07 00:02
If they drop relyks like has been mentioned he will surely get picked up by someone else.
2018-11-07 00:34
United Kingdom Aqishimaaa 
relyks--> c9?
2018-11-07 01:04
Maybe im a bit outdated with my NA knowledge but I always thought Relyks was criminally underrated since that elevate team in 2014-15
2018-11-07 01:56
United States flyflit 
Definitely. He's pretty much always stuck on tier 3/tier 2 NA teams and he always performs fairly well, fairly consistently. I always wondered why he's never gotten a shot at a tier 1 NA team.
2018-11-07 06:58
Austria I_love_Hltv 
everytime NAVI lose they are unmotivated incredible.
2018-11-07 01:05
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
2018-11-06 23:56
nitr0 | 
Russia RailenMay 
dazzle was a fkng god
2018-11-06 23:57
France Fran6k1D 
2018-11-06 23:58
2018-11-06 23:58
Nobody wants to get cut lol, yeah that's what happens in NA
2018-11-06 23:59
Russia GramDEL 
Ahah nice one
2018-11-07 05:58
best motivator :D
2018-11-07 00:00
CeRq and daps walk into the lobby where we're doing the interview and CeRq squeezes moose on the shoulders CeRq: Great job, great job! Sorry for breaking the interview, I just had to...
2018-11-07 00:01
wtf is that
2018-11-07 00:02
Brazil MadBettorGrr 
great job eUnited, but I feel bad for Ace :(
2018-11-07 00:01
Don't. The swole move is good. It's short term. Instead of being benched you get to showcase what u can do and stay sharp. Swole will win mdl so at worst if it becomes perment he will hit pro again. :)
2018-11-07 03:46
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Canada DiiSCO 
pls cut bot dazzle
2018-11-07 00:04
please just do not add cooper :(
2018-11-07 00:10
I think they picked up cooper just for this reason. Light a fire. He will play, but if eunited do well it might be a lil while
2018-11-07 03:48
They sign him and he will stay in bench
2018-11-07 07:58
Australia CaZeR01 
Just dont go to brazil ;)
2018-11-07 00:11
Denmark potatomato 
give me back my 20$ asshole
2018-11-07 00:13
they aint cuttin'
2018-11-07 00:13
"CeRq and daps walk into the lobby where we're doing the interview and CeRq squeezes moose on the shoulders CeRq: Great job, great job! Sorry for breaking the interview, I just had to... CeRq's voice trails off as the NRG players walk away" 10/10 read
2018-11-07 00:17
Brazil Brazilian Wax 
So... the organization is deciding who gets cut? Lol, what a shitty management.
2018-11-07 00:31
I LOL'd hard just by reading the title.
2018-11-07 00:33
-moose +cooper
2018-11-07 00:33
lol good luck
2018-11-07 00:55
the extra 10% is word.exe?
2018-11-07 00:57
2018-11-07 01:23
No. It's the whole %110
2018-11-07 03:48
mastermind Fns strikes back again
2018-11-07 01:12
Forsaken joined this team?
2018-11-07 01:25
They shouldn’t add cooper they looking pretty hot rnw
2018-11-07 02:16
The Best way to motivate ur Players. PLAY SMART OR GET KICKED
2018-11-07 02:28
Denmark Xipingu 
Definitely, it helped on Xyp9x too as he too back in 2016 I guess got told to improve or fuck off.
2018-11-07 06:59
Europe Vallon 
Good guy CeRq, interrupting interviews to congratulate his friend.
2018-11-07 06:13
Navi had - jetlack nice try noooob
2018-11-07 06:31
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