NAF: "I'm excited to play against Brollan [...] I'm happy fnatic gave him a shot"

November 8th, 2018 21:28

We caught up with Keith "NAF" Markovic, whose Liquid will today play fnatic for a spot in the semi-finals to hear his thoughts on the matches played in Chicago as well as other topics concerning his team.

Liquid are off to a great start at IEM Chicago, where they won their best-of-one opener against Luminosity and followed it up with a best-of-three victory over mousesports to secure a spot in the playoffs. Today, they go up against fnatic at 02:10 for a spot in the semi-finals.

NAF sends shoutouts to fnatic for giving 16-year-old Brollan a shot on the team

During his interview with, NAF touched upon several topics of conversation, including the importance of winning pistol rounds, beating mousesports, the mood in the team, what Liquid needs to win an event, and the upcoming match against fnatic.

You made it through the second day. You won against Luminosity on day one, then against mousesports. Did you guys feel any particular way about playing mousesports?

For me, personally, I always see mousesports as the hardest team to play. I feel like they're a kind of kryptonite, almost. Every time I go up against them I have trouble finding a way to play them, although luckily today I was able to do it fairly well. Other than that, nothing special, everyone doing their best, just another day.

During the match itself, were there any key moments for you?

The biggest thing was pistols, I think we won both pistols on Nuke and Inferno. We're a team that thrives off of momentum, so getting pistols is really the best thing for us, it gets us starting strong and we can go on to snowball a win.

You won both pistols against Luminosity yesterday, as well. What's the secret?

I have no idea, but it's definitely a good sign that pistols are working, it's a big part of the game. It's a bit different with the economy changes and it's not as impactful as before, but it's still huge. Well, huge for us, at least.

You're playing fnatic for a spot in the semis. It's a pretty good match-up, you didn't get a big team.

Yeah, I think the last time we played fnatic was at like ECS Season 5, so it's been a while. They have two new players, so I think it'll be a fun one. I'm excited to play against Brollan. I think he's a very good young talent and I'm happy fnatic gave him a shot. Shoutout to the rest of the guys on the team for that. I think it'll be a fun match, I haven't played them in a while and I'm looking forward to it!

After the wins here, I'm guessing you're pretty stress-free and in a good mood?

Yeah, we're winning, so everything seems to be okay right now. Everyone is just being their normal selves. Just another LAN, work hard, keep getting those pistols, you know... yeah... I don't know, everything's fine. Hopefully we can keep the momentum up and the spirits high so we can finally go on to win an event! (laughs)

So yeah, about winning events... You have to be the most consistent team other than Astralis. Na`Vi has more tournament-winning potential, but then they also flop out sometimes. You're always top 4 or you make the finals, you can just never win. How much added pressure does that put on the team to actually win it all?

I think we're inconsistent, mentally, about how we go into games. We'll feel really good going into some games and then others we won't. It usually starts to happen during the bracket stage, and I'm not sure why. It's just who we are, I guess. We just need to keep working on fixing it, but yeah, it sucks to keep getting second place all of the time. Unfortunately, in New York, and I don't want to come up with excuses, but I was feeling really sick and I was so depressed after that final. It really sucked. Hopefully, here, we can make it happen.

What do you think it is you need, that X factor that will finally let you win?

We just need to make sure that everyone is feeling good. We have the firepower, we just need everyone to be on the same page. That's usually what happens, like for example against FaZe at EPICENTER, when we got to the bracket stage it felt nothing like it did during the group stage. It's just something we need to work on. Making it so when we go into the bracket stage it's just like any other game. Just go with it, don't feel different, don't do anything different, just play our game, play our style...

What do you think it is that actually makes you change? Is it the extra pressure added?

I don't know. I'm not sure, maybe it's just that we're kind of a young team? I guess I can say that.

Well, you are one of the youngest teams at this level. That's a fact.

Yeah, Twistzz is 18, I'm 20, EliGE is 21... so yeah, we're just a young team. Also, nitr0 wasn't a real AWPer, and he wasn't an IGL, so everyone is just trying to chip in whatever way they can and pull out a bunch of stuff. So yeah, we have an interesting team.

You said you were really depressed after the New York final, is that something that carried afterward, or were you able to reset and move on?

A loss like that may sit in you for a little bit, but I'm pretty sure we all said, "OK, it sucks, let's move on." At the end of the day, in Counter-Strike, there are so many tournaments... It's not like you're playing League of Legends where you have one split and you have to wait and whatever. There are always LANs, there's always time for redemption.

Time for redemption, I love that! Do you think you learn much from a loss like that?

Well, we know what we could do now. Like, for example, when we were playing Dust2, mousesports kept hitting Cat during the comeback and I kept going B instead of us saying something, like, "OK, let's play 4 A at the start and TACO go B," or whatever. If we watch everything, we know what to fix, but as I said, it's the mental part. That's the biggest issue. Maybe it's that we're young, maybe it's just how we are as humans... I don't know, but it's the biggest thing we need to tackle.

Yesterday was just a group stage match, and it didn't matter that much because you could still go through the lower bracket and so on, but did it feel good to beat mouz?

Yeah, it feels good. At least for me because I always suck against them. I played decently and we got the win, so yeah, it feels good. It kind of gives us a little extra motivation and it's a little confidence booster, I guess I could say.

Other than that, how are you doing online?

Oh, man, we're like the North American, we're terrible. In ESL Pro League we're doing OK, I think we're set to qualify, but ECS... we now rely on other teams winning for us because we messed up. I hate online CS, it should cease to exist.

And there's so much of it, too...

Yeah, since we're forced to constantly play online matches we can't really fix anything, so it comes down to whoever is feeling good and playing well that day or that week and they'll win. If there were more time to study and practice it would be really different, and I'm sure we could top any leaderboard, but it's all just so rushed.

That's all on my end...

(NAF smiles coyly)

Why are you smiling, anything you want to add?

Nah, nothing more. Hopefully we can win a tournament (laughs). Please send your prayers, send your wishes so we can win, we need all the energy we can get! (laughs)

Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2018-11-08 21:29
"I'M HAPPY FNATIC GAVE HIM A SHOT" shot? expected from US
2018-11-08 22:31
Korea SpO_oK 
More homicides in Brazil than in Europe and America combined, but okay
2018-11-08 23:12
Canada flame7 
2018-11-08 23:20
Europe paolom_22 
Shots fired
2018-11-09 17:34
im second!
2018-11-08 21:29
2018-11-08 21:29
United Kingdom Isquashua 
this meme was made by sizz gang
2018-11-08 21:30
2018-11-08 21:29
yay | 
Belgium SNeKstLevel 
Hello World
2018-11-08 21:29
2018-11-08 21:29
s1mple | 
Russia Yegor214 
Liquid must win against fnatic, cuz theres no structure, no tactics, etc. predictin 2-0
2018-11-08 21:31
Italy drkrios 
liquid will surely lose a map
2018-11-08 21:37
Or two
2018-11-09 03:52
Sweden flippig 
2018-11-08 22:06
Brazil SecondKS 
2018-11-09 04:05
Czech Republic eth1x 
Brollan will rekt him
2018-11-08 21:30
Sweden flippig 
2018-11-08 22:06
Dosia | 
United Kingdom SickaBoy 
2018-11-08 21:30
United Kingdom Isquashua 
2018-11-08 21:30
Italy drkrios 
2018-11-08 21:30
Snax | 
Asia Snax10 
2018-11-08 21:30
United States st4rsh0t 
Twistzz vs. Twist
2018-11-08 21:30
Yes plz
2018-11-08 21:31
brollan really needs to adjust to fnatic's style of gameplay.
2018-11-08 21:31
Sweden AlexQ4 
2018-11-08 21:35
2018-11-08 21:35
"OK, let's play 4 A at the start and TACO go B" xd
2018-11-08 21:37
always giving south americans the jobs they don't want to do.
2018-11-09 00:29
Uruguay RamzeYNT 
spanish talking omegalul
2018-11-09 01:48
Turkey rusty james 
damn great interview
2018-11-08 21:52
Myanmar xdcc 
liquid wants to farm brollan and just being nice in case they lose
2018-11-08 21:52
(NAF smiles coyly)
2018-11-08 21:56
Brazil SecondKS 
2018-11-09 04:06
Australia CaZeR01 
"Online cs should cease to exist" lmao
2018-11-08 22:29
Bewgz | 
Australia g00sey 
He's talking about at the top level of CS
2018-11-08 23:03
Australia CaZeR01 
Yes ik, i just thought it was funny the way he said it
2018-11-08 23:14
Bewgz | 
Australia g00sey 
Yeah I get ya then. It is a funny way of wording it
2018-11-08 23:15
2018-11-08 22:44
2018-11-08 22:58
Twistzz | 
Ireland IX! 
"I hate online CS, it should cease to exist" -Keith "NAF" Markovic What a ledge. It's like one of those quotes you think is fake at first but ends up being legit
2018-11-08 23:05
United States tzvn 
I mean, NAF is like a reverse onliner if anything. Definitely plays better on LAN.
2018-11-08 23:11
United States Err0h 
2018-11-08 23:06
JinNy | 
Thailand fsjp 
That’s some good mind game from NAF to the youngster.
2018-11-08 23:27
Ukraine extezy10 
cant wait when s1mple smash this cunt, sad that navi liquid not playing as well
2018-11-08 23:40
Uruguay RamzeYNT 
maybe in 2019 trash navi
2018-11-09 01:49
World WestSideDude 
He did it whole 2018 with few exceptions if you ask honestly.
2018-11-09 02:40
JW | 
Sweden XperienZeD 
S1mple is a bot
2018-11-09 04:03
"I always see mousesports as the hardest team to play. I feel like they're a kind of kryptonite, almost" Well, you oughta see Astralis as the hardest team to play, 'cause at least you're capable of defeating mousesports.
2018-11-08 23:55
Norway Barter6 
I think he was refering to his own game...
2018-11-09 00:47
2018-11-08 23:56
have they even met eachother? LMAO NAF is so happy for Brollan, what a joke.
2018-11-08 23:58
Norway Barter6 
What the fuck would you know about that either way? Always negative whores out there, innit?
2018-11-09 00:48
Well naf is from canada, brollan is swedish also just new player. It's not hard to conclude that they don't know eachother
2018-11-09 03:50
Norway Barter6 
You completely missed the point. Not that that was a surprise
2018-11-09 03:52
What is the point? Brollan is young? Young guy got his chance and he is so happy about that blabla
2018-11-09 03:54
Norway Barter6 
That not everyone is a cunt like you with a shitty depressing mindset. He is glad someone gave a young guy such a chance, which is pretty rare in CSGO
2018-11-09 03:55
so you really believe that shit? he does care seriously? lmao
2018-11-09 16:38
Norway Barter6 
Yea i do. It's not expected of him to say anything about brollan, so why would he lie?
2018-11-09 16:40
for fun.
2018-11-09 16:49
What a good interveiw
2018-11-09 03:17
suNny | 
India S1ayR 
Brollan 61 frags... got rektt
2018-11-09 07:54
Finland Kuiva_Simo 
Excited Naf Pog
2018-11-12 22:57
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