CeRq: "My individual game is still going down, I don't know what's happening"

After NRG eliminated Liquid, we shortly spoke to Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov to ask him about the team's journey at ECS Season 6 Finals and his individual form as of late.

Having lost to NiP on Nuke, the North American side clashed with Liquid in the elimination match and took down their rivals after coming back from a 5-12 deficit on Mirage, with Overpass going their way convincingly to finish off the series 2-0.

CeRq commented on his individual form in the last few months

We got a hold of CeRq ahead of the team's deciding match against North to ask him about the two matches and his individual form, which has been fluctuating since August.

Let's start off with your loss to NiP, it didn't really look like you had much of a chance on Nuke in the opener, what happened?

In my opinion, it was the first game, no one was warmed up for it. We just had cold hands and that's how it felt at the start of Mirage, as well, but, thankfully, we brought it back in time.

So, how did you come back from a 5-12 deficit on Mirage against Liquid?

As I said, it just felt like we weren't warmed up, a little bit of pressure, shaky hands, stuff like that. It just went away, I guess, I don't know, we just started playing our game and it worked out, so I'm happy.

I don't think anyone in the team stopped believing. In our team, we don't stop believing until it's 16 for the other team. I don't think it was a matter of a round, I think we just came into the game and played it until the end.

On Overpass, it looked like you caught them off-guard with some turnarounds and from there on it looked firmly in your hands, what were the keys to the win?

I didn't feel like we caught them off-guard, it felt like they caught us off-guard because they were pushing A a lot and, most of the time, we didn't even know they were pushing it and they were flanking us. We've practiced a lot versus them lately, the previous week, we've just been practicing against them and MIBR mostly, so I don't think they were caught off-guard.

What do you make of your chances against North for the playoffs spot?

I just hope we're not tired because we woke up at like 7 AM and the match is at 6 PM, as long as we're not tired and we play like we did versus Liquid, then we're confident.

You personally had a period where your form went down quite a bit after your win in Shanghai and lately you've brought it back, what was that about?

My individual game? Oh, it's still going down. I don't know what's happening, I'm just playing badly and I have low confidence and stuff like that. I've been working on my individual game a lot and trying to do as few mistakes as possible and help my team since I'm not at the level where I was. I'm just playing more and, hopefully, I'll come back fast because the Minor is coming up.

What do you think the lack of confidence stems from?

It's just when you play bad at a couple of tournaments, your confidence goes down. It's normal, I guess, I just hope I pick it up so I can start going back to old NRG. I hope I come back.

Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
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s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
but still best AWP in NA
2018-11-23 22:03
cerq god top1
2018-11-23 22:04
2018-11-23 22:12
1.Cerq 2.Ska 3.Nifty
2018-11-23 22:13
haha ha :D
2018-11-23 22:16
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
wardell > cerq at he moment
2018-11-23 22:06
Autimatic is the best awper in the region.
2018-11-26 10:51
sucks to hear, Cerq imo is one of the big upcoming stars. hope he gets back in shape
2018-11-23 22:02
Russia f0wlie 
he has never been in shape big boy barrel
2018-11-23 22:13
insulting someones look doesnt make you look better
2018-11-23 22:15
Russia f0wlie 
hope he gets back in shape your words retard
2018-11-23 22:19
'back in shape' into his old form (skill in csgo)
2018-11-23 22:19
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
Humor 101 for this mans asap
2018-11-23 22:23
lol I got humor, but insulting someones look on HLTV where he is gonna read it 100% is just not necesarry. His look is not the topic, so its just to make 'f0wlie' feel better about himself. I make jokes about Kids in Africa with my friends, thats a situation where the Kids in Africa will never hear about it, but going to a kid in africa and tell him that joke straight to his face is just not needed
2018-11-23 23:33
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
Your whole point is that offensive humor is only ok if the person you're making fun of won't hear it? I'd reevaluate my life choices if I was u m8. It's actually way better and more fair to tell a person a joke about them to their face, 1. Because it's only a joke anyways and not your actual opinion and 2. Because you give them the chance to change your view.
2018-11-23 23:38
Well, my point and my style of living is, that I don't want to hurt or annoy/upset other people there. If I was making a joke about Cerq about his weight straight to his face, he would be inconfident af in future situations (example). A girlfriend of mine once got told, that her smile looks weird, since then, she always looks down when she is smiling, because she is so insecure about it now. So, if you think that her smile is weird, then it won't help her, if you make a 'joke' about it infront of her, I agree, its just a joke, but not everyone can laugh about it or dont take it to heart Dont get me wrong, but not even close to being one of these sjw, leftist guys, but this is just something, I think is important af
2018-11-23 23:50
It was a fucking joke. Also it's not something he can't do anything about (most likely). Go white knight Astralis threads where the only thing people are able to criticize is gla1ves head.
2018-11-23 23:54
seems like you didnt get my point, sad for you
2018-11-23 23:56
kinda depends on what do you consider destructive behavior. If I were to criticize a drug addict for his drug use, would it be wrong? Being overweight is not healthy. If you get insecure about being fat the solution isn't that no one is allowed to talk about it. It means that they themselves acknowledge the problem and are ashamed of it. In that situation it would probably make them more confident if they got more fit.
2018-11-24 00:02
u still didnt understand what I meant. I agree with you, but you didnt really answer my point
2018-11-24 00:16
being overweight is the reason of his inconsistency tho ;) niko and coldzera hit the gym that why they're still insane now :)
2018-11-24 12:03
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
Well I think it's not very nice that someone told your girlfriend that, but it's been made clear enough that the original comment by f0wlie was a joke and not an actual opinion, meaning that it's not to be taken serious, and if Cerq actually read it and took it seriously then he's at fault. If a person can't not take a joke to heart then that's their fault, they need to change their mindset. This is essentially satire and protected by free speech and both legally and moralically not an insult and not a wrong thing to say, as long as you actually don't mean it. You're not being mean if you didn't insult them. An insult is only an insult if you meant it as one.
2018-11-23 23:57
Agree to 80%
2018-11-24 00:15
nope, your last statement is completely wrong! an insult is in an insult if someone feels insulted! everyone thinks in a different way, and understands things in a different way (because of having a different past) - so even if you make a joke about something, people can be offended and it's not their proplem because YOU said this. and words can hurt! especially from friends. in one regard you are right: it's really badass to make jokes about people behind their back. that's really bad behaviour. the solution to this is not(!) to say it into their peoples face, because as I stated above you can hurt them (even if you mean it as a joke). sometimes it's just better to say nothing - most people know about their shortcomings (especially the physical one's). If you know this pearson well, and know that he can take your joke, then and only then(!) you can make a joke! and if you don't know this pearson: who the fuck gives you the right to judge or critise his look/behavior or what ever? mostly these people have a very hard life (or past) so don't make it worse - just shut your mouth that's sometimes the best way their are easy rules to make life better for everyone: 1) if you don't know someone - don't make jokes about him/her 2) if you know him: you have to think if he/she can take a joke or not. and respect that everyone is different
2018-11-24 10:44
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
I'm not gonna read that whole thing, but the first sentence is already enough. I'm gonna explain to you how insults work rn: after someone insults you, you feel insulted because basically he's playing down your worth as a human. Now, if he wasn't trying to do that, then it doesn't make any sense to feel offended because he didn't actually play down your worth as a human being. If you still feel offended then you're just petty.
2018-11-24 12:16
you are still wrong. It might be that it doesn't make sense to feel offended, but this is not how feelings work! Don't think you can ever know anyone's feeling! It is impossible! And as soon as someone feels bad because of something you say then YOU did something wrong, not the person! It's your fault. Only your fault. I know it's always easy to say: "it was a joke, so why is he/she crying... don't take it serious" but this is such an asshole behaviour. and btw: once you realize that, you can become a much better CS player ;)
2018-11-26 09:38
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
Again a wall of text, again not gonna read it, but again is the first sentence enough. We aren't controlled by our emotions. Our emotions are controlled by us. We can affect them by reasoning with ourselves. That's what makes us human. If you admit that it doesn't make sense to be offended, then just stop being offended. You're responsible for your own actions, if Cerq did something bad as a consequence of being offended by that, then it's still his fault, because nobody did anything that would prompt him to be offended. You could justify so many things with this. Everything can be offensive in some way, but as a functioning human you sometimes need to realize that you're just being childish by taking offense at something and just stop. You need to have your feelings under your control and act based on reasoning, or you're a threat to society.
2018-11-26 10:33
Poland Lukovsky 
If his last reply has too many words for your little brain to comprehend, maybe you shouldn't take part in this discussion at all. How the fuck do you want to have a proper conversation with anyone without reading what they have to say? By saying the first sentence is enough to know what he has to say is straight up retarded. BTW, his last reply had 101 words, yours 251. Don't like walls of text? You just made one yourself you fucking hypocrite.
2018-11-26 10:47
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
I'm not saying I generally have a problem with walls of text, but if he posts a reply and the first sentence is already wrong then obviously I'm gonna attack that. You should read up on common debating techniques. You should also read up on how to take part in a discussion in general, because you just attacked me instead of my point and – sorry if you dislike it, but – that not very effective if you're trying to disprove my argument.
2018-11-26 14:28
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
You're committing an ad hominem by not attacking my argument but rather my character, thus breaking the first of the 10 commandments of logic.
2018-11-26 14:36
Poland Lukovsky 
Nah, you are just an asshole with zero respect for your opponent in discussion. Disregarding his whole statement based on the first sentence is one of your "discussion tactics"? Thank you for proving that you are indeed retarded. If your little brain didn't manage to comprehend it, I didn't say a word about your arguments. I read all your replies (shocking, right?), your arguments are fucking awful but it was never my intention to point it out; rather your inability to have a civilized conversation because you are too self-righteous. Bye and have a nice life.
2018-11-26 21:48
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
Fun-fact: you just did it again
2018-11-26 21:59
Poland Lukovsky 
Fun-fact: you are self-absorbed asshole
2018-11-26 22:02
MAN don't project your imagination on others! don't think you are the center! and don't think your feelings are right, because people have different past. PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT! accept it. maybe you should read more (especially books) then you would maybe learn that other people think different
2018-11-26 11:15
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
I do indeed read a lot of philosophy, you're talking completely besides my point instead of attacking it. This isn't about feelings, it's about logic. Because with logic you can reason and you can control your emotions and act rationally by reasoning.
2018-11-26 14:30
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
You're committing a straw man fallacy by not arguing with my point but instead with something you made up, thus breaking the second of the 10 commandments of logic.
2018-11-26 14:34
how dare you. you are such an ignorant and arrogant person. I give up. it is so logic to read the first sentence and think you attack any of my arguements? you didn't even read my arguements. using a logical order I start my comments with a statement and then explain it. how can you say you attack any of my arguements, when you don't even read ANY of them. so much to your 10 commandments of logic. so who is committing a straw? shut the fuck up .. you lost from the beginning because you don't have any point (except for "m opinion is right") - you only use sentences you read somewhere and disobeying your own rules (of logic) and thanks for insulting me - go on with your life insult other people and blame them if they feel insulted .. sorry it's pointless to discuss .. maybe we should change all the law in the world!
2018-11-26 21:02
TenZ | 
Germany miinus 
It's not my opinion, I explained it using logic, it's objectively right. As a normal functioning member of society (adult), you need to be able to control your feelings and act based on reason rather than your emotions, because acting based on reason and being able to question your emotions and instincts is what makes you human.
2018-11-26 21:12
emotions make us human.. you picture a world of robots. bye have a nice life
2018-11-26 22:32
Poland Lukovsky 
Wise words my friend. Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can break hearts.
2018-11-26 11:06
> creates message hoping player gets "back in shape" > Another guy creates funny by misinterpreting your message > Get butthurt but y tho
2018-11-24 14:28
germans smh
2018-11-24 08:17
he's fat as shit, that's not even an insult that's just stating a fact
2018-11-23 22:55
talking yourself into believing insultig so. is approved by naming it "a fact" dude that's still disrespectful as hell.
2018-11-23 23:22
+1 dude
2018-11-23 23:34
You're getting older sunshine. ain't no forever be young and gold.
2018-11-23 22:02
I don't think Cerq will ever get old
2018-11-23 22:13
+1 he better improves his gameplay to be consistent.
2018-11-24 08:18
Sweden f4k3r12 
2018-11-23 22:02
Brazil k1mkeid 
the problem is that he's fat
2018-11-23 22:02
the truth, fat is for nmobs
2018-11-23 22:03
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
perfect for cs tho, remember fat cold
2018-11-23 22:10
Brazil stewArt1 
just shot heads serq
2018-11-23 22:02
2018-11-23 22:03
Bulgaria coolmen1 
2018-11-23 22:04
Brazil k1mkeid 
really interesting move to make.. it would be very cool to see oskar is really bad nowadays
2018-11-23 22:05
He carried whole games today
2018-11-23 22:10
Yeah but CeRq should be picked up by FaZe after a few years. GuardiaN is getting older and older.
2018-11-23 22:26
Europe Ark- 
"My individual game? Oh, it's still going down. I don't know what's happening" you're fat.
2018-11-23 22:03
Bulgaria coolmen1 
get out
2018-11-23 22:05
Europe Ark- 
fat people are slow
2018-11-23 22:05
Bulgaria coolmen1 
you will lose some weight dont worry
2018-11-23 22:06
Europe Ark- 
but i'm not fat
2018-11-23 22:09
Bulgaria coolmen1 
what the fuck are you want
2018-11-23 22:10
Guardian being one of the best awpers for awhile shows otherwise.
2018-11-23 22:07
Europe Ark- 
did you just call Guardian fat?
2018-11-23 22:09
Europe Ark- 
exactly my point, Guardian used to be slim that's why he is still a progamer, cerq is a fatty losing his breath.
2018-11-23 22:44
Finland VekE 
Boi Guardian 110% muscle
2018-11-23 22:16
Spain ericmoncusi23 
He's getting NA Skills
2018-11-23 22:03
Too much chicken wings, I guess.
2018-11-23 22:04
2018-11-23 22:17
Haha xD
2018-11-23 22:27
So, how did you come back from a 5-12 deficit on Mirage against NRG?
2018-11-23 22:04
Netherlands itsm 
sO, HoW dId YoU ComE BaCk frOm a 5-12 DEficIT oN MiRAGe agAinst NrG?
2018-11-23 22:05
life, uh, finds a way.
2018-11-23 23:17
Brazil MadBettorGrr 
Cerq, you are a GOD If youre having confidence problems, work on it! hire a psychologist or smth like that
2018-11-23 22:23
Brazil MadBettorGrr 
And please do not waste mental energy with these idiots making fun of your weight #chubbypower
2018-11-23 22:31
Australia Shlapsham 
+1 thank you for not being a toxic cunt
2018-11-23 23:42
+ 1 for being the bigger man
2018-11-24 00:30
Brunei z1onastya 
flair checks out also +1 for being a good person
2018-11-24 03:30
United States thizzl 
Ztop ciber bully cerq :( Good luck bro man
2018-11-23 22:24
Still outcast Liquid
2018-11-23 22:31
Lose weight
2018-11-23 22:41
That’s a real sportsmanship!
2018-11-23 22:48
Poland Hell2k 
1 year wonder lmao
2018-11-23 22:57
He may be feeling like his individual game is down, but it's bound to happen if you're successful. When you first come into the pro scene people don't know your tendencies/how to play/might not respect you. Over time people will analyze your games and try to learn how you play and potentially counter you, it just happens.
2018-11-23 22:59
2018-11-23 23:24
hmm i wonder how his confidence could possibly get down after reading all those comments. people are so mean and brain-damaged.
2018-11-23 23:10
its funny how cerq is still probably “NA’s” best awper
2018-11-23 23:17
Matchfixing happening
2018-11-23 23:23
Turkey darknight53 
He won against liquid when his performance is not highest . God confirmed ?
2018-11-23 23:43
United Kingdom wellhyper 
Just play better?? 4House
2018-11-24 00:34
Hiko | 
Turkey vVoLF07 
because u r noob fat pig poor bulgayrian
2018-11-24 01:22
Argentina MrRioKai 
U r fan of Hiko lol
2018-11-24 15:41
Hiko | 
Turkey vVoLF07 
oh yes :|
2018-11-26 17:06
Romania cyber8 
fat cunt
2018-11-24 02:25
ye, but on all events he have great stats
2018-11-24 03:34
device | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo 
best awp in NA ofc he is from Europe, should IMO go to a stronger team. He reached his cap with NRG, cause even when he was putting insane numbers and basically carried them trough matches they still didn't manage to do anything significant. I think the team has potential, just CerQ is a bigger talent then the rest who could play for a top5 team and do good.
2018-11-24 03:55
You were always overrated, now things are just going back to normal, that is what happening...
2018-11-24 05:39
maybe it's diabetes fatigue he kind of looks like in the danger zone for that.
2018-11-24 06:03
CerQ is a god, and he deserves a better team. I'm not saying NRG is bad, but CerQ would clearly fit well in Liquid as an awper, for instance. Nitr0 could simply leave, ffs.
2018-11-24 15:51
Estonia teremartin 
hihihi rip skill ^^
2018-11-26 10:56
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