nak: "We set being able to beat some tier 1 teams as a goal"

LucasAM
December 6th, 2018 20:11

We caught up with Renato "nak" Nakano, whose Sharks were able to upset North in Odense before being knocked out of the tournament on day three by Natus Vincere.

Sharks came to the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals as the big underdogs of the tournament, and were defeated convincingly by MIBR in their opener, 2-16. They then managed to inflict some damage of their own, however, beating North in a two-map series, before eventually being knocked out by the Ukrainian-Russian side Natus Vincere.

nak's Sharks will head to PLG Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi next

In the interview, nak talks about traveling between Brazil and Portugal, how that has affected the team, some of the matches played in Odense (including their upset against North), and the team's future goals, among other topics.

You’re a Brazilian team, but you have spent some time in Portugal. How has that helped you?

This time in Europe has helped us a lot in training. The variety and quality of the teams in Europe is very large, which makes it easier to train whenever we want, unlike Brazil where we have much less training time. In addition to training, we gained more experience in online qualifiers.

You’re in Brazil now, do you think you’ll come back to Europe?

We will spend time in Portugal and Brazil next year. We have to take advantage of the privilege that we have to train in Europe, these are the periods that we have evolved the most. So we can mix between the two continents, trying to play the most amount of tournaments and qualifiers.

You lost both matches at last season’s Pro League Finals. This time around you managed to upset North. Did you expect that?

To be honest, that was our goal this time. Last season we did an O.K. job. Being the team's first big tournament, we put up a good fight against mousesports. We started winning that game 7-1 and took one map off of Cloud9, who were back then the current Major champions. But shortly after Dallas, we set being able to beat some tier 1 teams as a goal, and break that barrier. Gladly, it happened, so we are happy that we achieved our goal.

What happened in the match against MIBR? Did you expect it would be so one-sided?

I knew it would be a very difficult match, especially emotionally. With a team like MIBR, you can't hesitate or make small mistakes at any moment because they grow and take advantage of it. It was a one team game. We expected a more balanced game, for sure, but it was a great challenge and we learned a lot from it.

You have PLG up next. Any particular preparation for that tournament?

We are training here every day and we will continue until Sunday. We have to prepare some new things, especially after beating North. Teams are going to be watching us and see what we did. We like to always prepare some different small strats tournament after tournament.

What are your goals for next year? How high do you think this lineup can go?

As I said before, the goals we set for the two ESL Pro League Finals were met. Now, we have to increase them to keep growing step by step. Next year we hope will be great for us, maybe we'll try to enter and stick in the top 30, and show up at more tier 1 level tournaments.

Lastly, a personal question. You played in teams like the old MIBR back in 1.6, but were coaching/managing Luminosity when they moved to North America early on in CS:GO. What was it that made you decide to start playing again?

It was after the coach period I spent with Luminosity. I saw all the big tournaments, the structure, the events, and I realized that what I like the most is the competition, and the competition in CS:GO is at a very high level.

Brazil Renato 'nak' Nakano
Renato 'nak' Nakano
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
301
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
hhaahahahahah
2018-12-06 20:11
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2018-12-06 20:12
#5
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Europe pencilvester 
How you do this
2018-12-06 20:13
what you mean?
2018-12-06 20:13
#8
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Europe pencilvester 
#1
2018-12-06 20:13
just lucky
2018-12-06 20:14
#12
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Europe pencilvester 
You mean scripts?
2018-12-06 20:16
i dont think so
2018-12-06 20:17
#17
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Sweden Unluko 
He's F5ing hltv all day
2018-12-06 20:21
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Russia KS_areztiab 
SLOW GUY BACK AT IT AGAIN AXAXAXAXAXAX CANT EVEN WIN WHEN IM NOT HERE AXAXAXAXAXAXA
2018-12-06 20:49
#28
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Sweden Unluko 
You got 1st comment what are you talking about?
2018-12-06 20:52
#29
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Russia KS_areztiab 
NOT YET MEN)) I TAKE OVER NOW
2018-12-06 20:52
#16
max | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2018-12-06 20:21
wtf dude
2018-12-07 20:54
#2
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Netherlands MerpNL 
Bitch lasagna
2018-12-06 20:12
+1
2018-12-06 21:25
nak legend but they cant even beat mibr
2018-12-06 20:12
gl to them
2018-12-06 20:13
aight
2018-12-06 20:14
nakgod
2018-12-06 20:16
who cares
2018-12-06 20:16
#15
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Slovakia bombmeister 
But North isnt t1
2018-12-06 20:17
#18
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Germany zeolikk 
0-18 vs mibr
2018-12-06 20:29
#19
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Denmark Lil187 
North is not tier1 team lol
2018-12-06 20:29
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Brazil gtaube 
+1
2018-12-06 20:45
+1
2018-12-06 20:51
+1
2018-12-06 21:19
#39
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Sweden zhok1 
+1
2018-12-07 06:16
#20
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China chineseplayer 
Tier2 ? maybe . Tier1 ? Naaaa
2018-12-06 20:38
glwp
2018-12-06 20:39
Hahaha so funny nak...
2018-12-06 20:48
GL ez4sharks
2018-12-06 20:50
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France Nicolito 
Nak who won ESWC 2006 ? respect.
2018-12-06 20:51
#32
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
Yes
2018-12-06 21:00
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Brazil pedroo_edu 
nak god
2018-12-06 20:54
-stewie2k -tarik +nak +kng
2018-12-06 20:55
#33
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
0/8
2018-12-06 21:00
#40
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Brazil Bloom69 
2 AWP?
2018-12-07 19:52
#34
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Brazil g4laxI 
"Now we have to increase them to keep growing step by step" I agree.
2018-12-06 21:01
#35
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Denmark Zorrondo 
who??? OMEGALUL easiest bracket for Na'Vi ever.
2018-12-06 21:04
#38
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
CoL Nak creative (legend )
2018-12-06 22:02
north is definitely not tier 1 gj tho
2018-12-07 21:51
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Canada tabar_nak 
ez 4 nak
2018-12-08 00:32
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