HLTV Confirmed episode 12 recap
For those of you unable to catch the show live, we've curated a series of highlight clips from the 12th episode of our live talk show.
For the 12th episode of HLTV Confirmed, the Serbian talent Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, who recently joined Valiance after finding succes in Imperial, joined the panel alongside Host Lars "Yossarian" Esmarch and Senior Writers Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin and Milan "Striker" Švejda.
The show began with a candid interview with the 21-year-old, in which he shared both positive and negative stories from his career so far. Early on, he was cut from some Serbian teams before getting a chance internationally, as he joined Renegades alongside his compatriot coach Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović.
The period in the Australian, US-based team wouldn't go well for the young Serbian, though, as the team only managed meagre results with him as the in-game leader. nexa shared his fear of disappointment and his problems with stage fright in the interview:
On the show, nexa shared that he thinks his time in the Australian squad could have been better if he had been allowed to in-game lead using a much looser playstyle:
nexa comes from a generation of players who made names for themselves in the FACEIT Pro League. Young stars like Robin "ropz" Kool, Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut and his former teammate Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas became known on the back of flashy plays in the league, where nexa himself has also impressed with great showings.
A topic of discussion in the scene lately has been the disparity in skill between the European and CIS Minors and the slot distribution between the two. With teams like mousesports, North, OpTic, ENCE and nexa's own Valiance all potentially fighting for a European spot at the Katowice Major next year, it's often been proposed that the two minors should be merged to ensure that the best teams go through, at the cost of designated slots for CIS teams like Vega Squadron or Spirit.
HLTV.org's Senior Writer Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin laid out some of the problems with CIS teams having their own Minor to qualify through on the show:
The panel then turned to a difficult subject, as the discussion turned to the mental health of young players in the scene. The most recent example of a player not being able to hold it together is that of Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen from Fragsters, who announced today that he had to leave the team because of psychological issues relating to stress from turning pro.
nexa revealed that his stay in Renegades and his subsequent removal from the team brought him to his knees mentally, and that he tried several methods of picking himself back up before finding his groove again by grinding from his home country Serbia. The 21-year-old agrees that young players are especially vulnerable to mental health issues:
We recently introduced a new segment to HLTV Confirmed, where the user that suggests the most interesting topic is rewarded with a print of any image from HLTV's galleries. This week, Twitter user Xizt_Ence wanted the panel to discuss the recent trend of teams utilising hybrid players, that is to say players that can play with both rifles and the AWP.
When asked, nexa posited that the hybrid player role will be even more prevalent in teams going forward:
The next episode of HLTV Confirmed will air Wednesday 28, so tune in then for more CS:GO discussion at 20:00. In the meantime, you can watch the VODs from episode 12 right here: