Figuring out the French: HLTV Confirmed episode 11 recap

The eleventh episode of our talkshow HLTV Confirmed focused heavily on the recent movements in the French scene. We've collected a series of highlights for those of you unable to catch the show live.

To give unique insight into the scene, former LDLC and Titan player and current analyst Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez joined the panel alongside Host Lars "Yossarian" and Senior Writer Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin.

With G2 potentially making significant roster changes in the near future, LDLC having a good run at IEM Chicago and Vitality heading into their first LAN, the panel had a lot to discuss about the francophone scene in CS.

G2's slump and were a hot topic on the show

The episode started with a lengthy interview with Maniac, who shared his thoughts about the conversion from pro player to analyst, as the 28-year-old Swiss has been on the desk at some of the biggest events this summer.

Maniac revealed that he still occasionally gets contacted by people in the French scene who want to feel him out regarding a return to competitive play or even coaching:

On the morning before the show, which aired Monday night, vpesports.com dropped quite the bomb, as the site reported that Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux might be replaced to bring new blood into G2. Maniac, who played alongside the former in-game leader in LDLC was originally shocked to hear that his old teammate might be getting the boot only five months after he was revealed as the new hope in the top French team:

The alleged decision to replace SmithZz and Ex6TenZ comes after G2 has accumulated a string of bad results recently, going out in groups at ESL One New York and cs_summit 3 and sitting at the bottom of the table in the European part of ECS Season 6.

Many have criticised the two players, along with the rest of the squad, and, from his current position as an analyst, Maniac assessed on the show that the team was trying to play 'too perfect' for their own good, instead of getting down the fundamentals first:

According to the vpesports.com report, coming into G2 would be the two 3DMAX members, hybrid player Lucas "Lucky" Chastang and the talented Audric "JaCkz" Jug. In spite of having his doubts about the replacement move, Maniac agreed with an HLTV Confirmed viewer who wrote in that bringing in new blood to the French scene is probably a healthy decision:

A player that never fails to get mentioned whenever the French scene and its roster moves are talked about is the Belgian star Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom. The 24-year-old seems to have been left out of yet another French shuffle, with the panel agreeing that he is probably left with only two options at this point:

As the final topic concerning the French scene, the panel touched on the new Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt-lead Vitality, who have been having lukewarm results in several qualifiers, but who are going into their first LAN event at DreamHack Open Atlanta this weekend.

Spearheading the team in the fragging department is one of the biggest, if not the biggest talent in the world right now, Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut, the 18-year-old turning heads everywhere with his flashy-but-calm playstyle. On the show, Maniac had nothing but praise for the young French prodigy:

You can watch the full VOD of HLTV Confirmed's eleventh episode right here:

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1635
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
482
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
426
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
558
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1405
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
#8
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Germany Wehrmacht 
+1
2018-11-13 15:47
#32
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United Kingdom Yuli 
+1
2018-11-14 10:26
#2
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
wow
2018-11-13 15:43
french scene lol
2018-11-13 15:43
#4
Magisk | 
Mongolia Hakku^^ 
lol
2018-11-13 15:43
Ah, I love this recap
2018-11-13 15:44
#7
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
this show is sooo boring compared to by the numbers you won't hear anything unexpected at all, just the standard punditry stuff. predictable as fuck. not worth watching
2018-11-13 15:46
#11
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Brazil davidzor 
Well it is a completely differench approach. By the numbers is a conversation between 2 persons talking about the recent events happening in the community. Here they are represent a company in the first place, they also always brought a guest to share thoughts about the pertinent subject. It is more a wrap up about the recent event than anything.
2018-11-13 15:55
#12
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
yeah pretty much the only reason to watch this show is if the guest is interesting more often than not, they will be afraid of being authentic and play the pr game
2018-11-13 15:58
#14
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Russia VeryBlyatGuy 
speaking about authentic... invite smooya, that should be fun XD
2018-11-13 16:05
#10
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France FrighTyyy 
As far as kio is not available anymore G2 should: -SmithZz -bodyy +ScreaM +JaCkz if they really want him Ex6TenZ and bodyy have almost the same fragging power, but Ex6 is an IGL.
2018-11-13 15:52
#17
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France Minaax_ 
Yeah 100% agreed +1
2018-11-13 16:17
Kio might not be available for now, but I think the fact that he hasnt signed a permanent contract yet suggests that either cloud 9 wants an NA player to stay in NA or kio would prefer to stay in EU as his gf is living there. Either way, if g2 were to ask him to join them, I think he would sign that without a second thought. Just that g2 need to be quick before kio sign that contract and hes not going to be available anymore.
2018-11-13 16:33
ofc
2018-11-13 16:03
What do u even want to figure out french is shit in cs
2018-11-13 16:13
French scene is dead. Officialy
2018-11-13 16:55
For G2 to be fixed they just need -boddy +ScreaM
2018-11-13 17:30
#29
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Sweden meistr0 
lol no. Smithzz gotta go.
2018-11-14 05:09
He will
2018-11-14 05:50
#28
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Germany PussyEater 
G2 can be back to top 5 i believe
2018-11-13 22:10
G2 shox ruined everything. If NBK and Apex stayed then they would be n.1 in the world soon. But shox was too cocky
2018-11-14 07:42
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