shox: "We had to make changes because of our results, but playing together has always been a pleasure"

LucasAM
December 8th, 2018 19:19

We sat down with the IGL and coach duo in G2, Richard "shox" Papillon and Damien "maLeK" Marcel, after their run at the ESL Pro League Finals in Odense, to hear about the structural changes going on in the team.

G2 said goodbye to Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux and Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans in Odense, where G2 fell just short of making the quarter-finals by losing in a three-map ordeal to Renegades. Now, the French team will look forward to reuniting with Lucas "Lucky" Chastang and Audric "JaCkz" Jug to play at the PLG Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi before the winter break.

shox waxes poetic about playing with Lucky and JaCkz

In a long interview, shox and maLeK opened up about several topics, ranging from the structural changes happening since maLeK was brought on to be a link between management and players, to the roster changes that happened in the team, the renewed energy the older players are getting, saying goodbye to old teammates, and what the future beholds.

What was the feeling in the team coming to Odense with the old roster?

shox: This tournament was a way to really say goodbye to this lineup. Even if our roads branch off in different directions, we all respect and understand each other, so it was a way to take advantage of having one last tournament together. We were able enjoy ourselves and show some appreciation for each ohter. We did what we could, considering that we haven't been practicing together for a month. Of course, it would have been nice to make it onto the stage one last time, but we leave with good memories and that's the most important thing.

You say you got some pleasure from playing this last tournament together. Is that something important after several stressful months, to find pleasure in playing again?

shox: I'm not sure how to answer this because it wasn't necessarily about the joy of playings itself, it's simply about playing together one last time, knowing we all appreciate each other. We had to make changes because of our results, but playing together has always been a pleasure.

Talking about having to make changes, maLeK, can you tell me a little bit about the new players and how they came to be a part of the team?

maLeK: Yeah, bringing on Lucky and JaCkz was actually quite a natural process. Before getting to the point of making changes we thought about what we needed to do, structurally... To give a bit of background, when I was brought onto the team as a coach, it was also to be a link between team and management. To be able to make decisions without being too emotionally involved and to get G2 back at a high level.

There's a whole process going on now, and changing the lineup is one part of it. It's something we shouldn't be afraid of, it's not something frightening. At the same time, there has to be a process created around the team so that they have a solid backing outside of the game, be it psychological matters or things regarding practice, and whatever other things become our day-to-day guidelines.

A while back we sat down and started thinking and we realized that saying something like "We need to be back in the top 5 in six months" is nonsense. We just have to be ambitious, which is really important, and we decided we needed to make changes and bring something fresh to the team, which is what we did. I already knew the new players from before, and they're two very hard working guys with a mentality we haven't seen in France in a really long time. It's very easy to spend time with them, and I think even Richard [shox] felt that when we bootcamped in Berlin. I saw him have fun in the game, not only when we were practicing together, but also outside of the allotted time, letting himself be taken over by the youthfulness, hunger, and curiosity of the new additions. You can see it already, and it's a very important dynamic.

Richard will be back to leading now and Lucas [Lucky] will help him. Lucky has a very particular profile. I haven't seen anybody in France like him in a very long time. In fact, there's no one I can think of to compare him to. He's very young, so he has a lot of desire. He's an AWPer/rifler hybrid, and he's very cold-blooded. During heated moments he's very cool and his decision-making is on point. He's also very serene with his communication and will be good in addition to shox's creativity.

As far as JaCkz, he's great. He's a guy that makes me think of Moneyball, the movie about statistics in baseball. He's 26, not a youngster, but he already refused to play for Vitality and LDLC (several times) to stay with his friends and play with them. Now he's feeling like he's in good shape, so he decided that he didn't want to do that anymore and that he wants to take advantage of joining a team like G2. I worked with him in 3DMAX and it's amazing because he's a guy that's just full of sunshine and in high spirits all of the time, which is great. On top of that, he's a very skilled player and he fits well into the team.

There was a lot of speculation around ZywOo, what he would do when he finished school, and he finally ended up in Vitality. Had you thought about picking him up?

maLeK: It's a tricky question for a couple of reasons. We've known for a while that he's a good up-and-coming player, but he wasn't available for a long time while he was studying. When I got to G2 and we started to restructure the team he was already on Vitality, so I can't really say much, but perhaps shox has some thoughts...

shox: Yeah, I had seen him about a year and a half ago at a regional LAN, in April, and I Tweeted about him. I said I had the impression of watching myself at his age because of the way he played. I told G2 back in the day that they should keep an eye on him and that teams are going to fight over him when he finishes school, but nothing ever materialized.

You already played one event with the new players, DreamHack Winter, how was it for both you and for them?

shox: It was great, it really was. They're very refreshing. We've been playing CS for so many years, especially Kenny and myself. I'm the oldest guy on the team these days... wow, it sounds so weird to say that! But yeah, without even really noticing it, the flame kind of died out. We still love the game, we love playing and competing, but when we see the new guys, they transmit...

maLeK: a hype...

shox: a hype... and a feeling that I don't even know how to describe; it's when your heart beats faster, you get goosebumps, that excitement before playing a match... Things that get a bit lost after playing hundreds of matches a year, even if you're still happy to be playing. Sure, it still can still happen at a Major final or something big like that, but to see them just as excited at a DreamHack Winter was something that I hadn't felt in a long time. It was very pleasant, it's really great. I think we have more to learn from them than they do from us. Okay, scratch that, but it's definitely 50/50, let's put it that way. [laughs] But, you know, I remember it, going to your first events and being really happy to play. You don't think about anything other than playing CS, having fun, and destroying your rivals.

The past few years have certainly not been the best for France, and we questioned everything, sometimes even too much. Now it's time to just accept that sometimes you'll die, that sometimes you'll get eco'd, that things won't always go your way... It's Counter-Strike. That traumatized us these past few years, it paralyzed us. Lucky and JaCkz don't have these bad vibes, and I think that's a huge thing that we need to get from them. We've lived through some experiences that have filled us with doubt. We've gone in every different direction, losing ourselves along the way. Now it's time remember the basics, have fun, and see what happens.

We don't need 8-hour debriefs if we lose a map. I'll give you an example: When we'd win a map 16-14, we'd all be happy and the match debrief would last 20 minutes. If we lost 14-16 and got knocked out of the LAN, the debrief would last eight hours because of two rounds. You see? Not having these traumas is one of their strengths, and thanks to that, the three other guys, especially Kenny and myself because Alex is a bit younger, we can get untangled. We had somehow gotten completely tied up without even noticing it, and now seeing the new guys I realize that they are the key.

maLeK: It's the first time, and I can't be sure because I haven't been on all of the previous rosters, but I think it's the first time that some young players are brought on to a team and they're not treated like the little new guys being told: "Hey, look at me and learn." We are all really together and equal, and we really have to focus on their mindset and their way of doing things.

It's almost the end of the season, but you're traveling to Abu Dhabi next for PLG. With a fairly new roster, what's the mindset heading into the last tournament of the year?

maLeK: There is never a good time to make roster changes. The Major is coming up in February and the player break is later this month... We'll have some matches in Abu Dhabi, and we're going to be in the spotlight, but personally, I'm not too caught up in it. What's important to me is going into the winter break with all of the necessary ingredients to prepare for the next cycle, which begins in January. We'll probably have a long period of bootcamps ahead of the Major, and it's good timing for us to be dangerous by the time IEM Katowice rolls around, which is something we've been thinking about since we made these roster changes. It'll be good, though, we'll all be sitting side-by-side and we'll play some CS.

There's the Major, which is an immediate short-term affair, but is there anything a bit more long-term in the sights?

maLeK: We're not going to put pressure on reaching goals, what's important is to be ambitious and to not get caught up on things that we don't have direct control over. From the beginning, we need to have high standards, be it in our practice, our mindset... and that doesn't mean making things complicated, it may even drive us towards simplicity at times. Then it's about growing and evolving so that G2 will be a competitive and high-level team. There are a lot of things I could develop on, but basically what we want is to make this sustainable. That's our main goal, to get back to basics and make everything sustainable. The Major will be an interesting first objective, where we'll fight against the best teams in the world, but what I'm interested in is that we become a headache for any team that plays us. I want every round a team plays against us to be hard, I don't want anybody to have an easy match against G2 in 2019.

shox: Coach says there's not gonna be an easy match against G2 in 2019, and that's that. GG coach.

[shox and maLeK bump fists]

France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.16
DPR:
0.51
APR:
0.08
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
269
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Audric 'JaCkz' Jug
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
401
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
nope he sucks
2018-12-08 19:20
#6
max | 
Sweden Unluko 
No
2018-12-08 19:20
#75
Russia 1187 
change lineup one more time, maybe in tier 99999999999 test ur luck
2018-12-10 20:59
#25
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North America alej250 
+1 shox team destroyer
2018-12-08 19:30
#26
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Israel unsolid 
ok
2018-12-08 19:31
Don't lie shox you're a big baby diva bitch who wants a team for himself
2018-12-08 19:36
Did he say "because of bad results"? Did he think he was going to win a Major with Smithzz or something?? The only time Shox's team was good and winning events was when he had Scream in his team. +Scream =Wins
2018-12-08 20:38
#62
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Denmark Lil187 
When did scream won anything ? Been years lol
2018-12-09 00:39
I don't remember G2 ScreaM in Malmo. Oh wait..
2018-12-09 00:45
bro g2 with ex6 / body and scream did few good showings but it was sadly manly shit
2018-12-09 05:09
LUL. Just the same Scream wins only with Shox in the team, and not vice versa.
2018-12-09 20:25
Forsaken
2018-12-08 22:35
#2
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United Kingdom kick_shox_ffs 
xD
2018-12-08 19:20
#3
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Portugal EzLegend_ 
So closeeeee
2018-12-08 19:20
fuck my internet
2018-12-08 19:20
#5
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Bosnia and Herzegovina MIBR_IS_EX_SK 
Xd
2018-12-08 19:20
rip g2
2018-12-08 19:20
#8
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Germany FuckMIBR 
k
2018-12-08 19:20
xD
2018-12-08 19:20
ur ego is what killed u shoxy... u didnt care shit about results; if u did u would do whats needed and that is fresh blood and -body, now vita has more chance of winning than n00by g2.
2018-12-08 19:21
#34
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France EyalSword 
They can't remove bodyy for now because of the major slot, I'd expect the roster to change after IEM Katowice tbh
2018-12-08 19:41
hope so..
2018-12-08 20:05
we could see it on your faces that you had great time playing together LULLULULUULUL
2018-12-08 19:21
#12
SS | 
France ponche 
"Long term project"
2018-12-08 19:21
#17
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Faroe Islands rationale 
You won't hear anything else given the salary he's getting.
2018-12-08 19:22
#13
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Europe TeasinTrio 
hot
2018-12-08 19:21
Yep, here we go. Another to the clan: Shox "TWO FACED" Toiletto.
2018-12-08 19:21
#54
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North America AlanSmith 
why shox two faced?
2018-12-08 22:27
#15
Norway RO9 
baguette
2018-12-08 19:22
#16
shox | 
Turkey bigretard 
shoxieee <3
2018-12-08 19:22
#18
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Canada Mouniaa 
true
2018-12-08 19:24
please remove this destroyer of french scene from competive CS
2018-12-08 19:24
#22
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Lithuania FakeLithuania 
+1
2018-12-08 19:30
retarded comment ... nbk lover i presume
2018-12-08 19:47
#47
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Germany MrFr0stie 
+1 shoxyJESUS
2018-12-08 20:26
shox best fr player but destroyer of fr scene
2018-12-08 19:25
ahahaha
2018-12-08 19:29
#23
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North America alej250 
shox team destroyer
2018-12-08 19:30
Still need zywoo. -bodyy :)
2018-12-08 19:30
good to hear
2018-12-08 19:36
Richard ''shox'' Papillon, the name says enough. The legend, the incomparable miracle, the most talented player to ever touch cs:go, the one-man army, the GOD SHOX. Ez pz for shoxieJESUS, best rifler by far, best pistol player, best movement ever, the face and heart of a lion. Haters pls show me your continuous trash crying lmao
2018-12-08 19:36
nice
2018-12-08 19:36
#31
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
I still cry for ex6
2018-12-08 19:36
So between Zeus and Ex6tenz, who leads better?
2018-12-09 00:32
#73
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
Zeus of course he is still god at 30 but ex6 close. Too bad french scene all snakes
2018-12-10 08:54
#32
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
Shox is such a loser, teams will be running train on G2 again in 2019. "He's 26, not a youngster, but he already refused to play for Vitality and LDLC (several times) to stay with his friends and play with them." I doubt he refused to play for Vitality, its just that Vitality doesn't want shit in their team.
2018-12-08 19:37
0/8
2018-12-08 19:42
LMAO stfu you fucking piece of shithead rat, GOD SHOX > WHOLE YOUR FUCKING LIFE AND UNDERSTANDING, SHOX IS A FORCE OF NATURE, ONE AND ONLY SHOX. GO SUCK MORE DICKS YOU CUNT LIKE YOUR FUCKING SILVER HERO NBKUNT. SHOX>ALL, CRY IS FREE. oh was that a capslock ..
2018-12-08 19:44
#41
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
stfu iraqi jew.
2018-12-08 19:59
#42
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India PRKS9 
5 yr old nibba
2018-12-08 20:00
suck ur mamas dick tonight
2018-12-08 20:11
#72
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
How stupid are you? Can you not read? Shox was literally talking about JaCkz who happens to be an amazing player so stfu you dumb pos
2018-12-10 06:26
best french player since 10years by far
2018-12-08 19:48
#39
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France StickyRice 
"A while back we sat down and started thinking and we realized that saying something like "We need to be back in the top 5 in six months" is nonsense. " Yeah, hoping to be top 5 in 6 months when you're a french team that doesn't include ZywOo would have been 100% nonsense.
2018-12-08 19:54
#51
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India bozzmob 
Ha ha :D good one.
2018-12-08 20:43
Finally Ex6 is gone, his shit has not been working for 4 years, he was one of those guys that keep playing and think that one day a miracle will happen, like Neo or pronax for example, with the only difference being Neo and pronax had their success in CS:GO, while Ex6 was always behind some dominant team like fnatic or NiP in 2012-2014.
2018-12-08 19:59
#43
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Brazil Collee 
Pretty obvious that lineup wouldn't work with ex6 and smithzz. Also without apEX, for me the most valuable french player this year, considering his entry role ingame and how consistent he was being
2018-12-08 20:00
#48
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Germany MrFr0stie 
+1 apex is very good entry = effects games actively, but also people say he has bad personality ?
2018-12-08 20:28
#49
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Germany MrFr0stie 
So kinda understandable to kick him.
2018-12-08 20:29
Some people say he is toxic, idk But he was the 2nd best player in the "superteam". And because of shoxie and his crying he had to leave. apEX is a great player as well as shox. -jackz -lucky +apEX +zywoo best fr team
2018-12-09 14:12
He was 2nd best g2 player after kennys when shox was benched. I can understand when he -nbk. But apex was so good with kennys.
2018-12-09 15:17
Kappa
2018-12-08 20:02
#52
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United States Lolichan 
"appreciation for each ohter. We "
2018-12-08 20:46
26 26 long team project
2018-12-08 21:05
#56
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Best of luck to shoxieJESUS. Have fun dude.
2018-12-08 23:15
k
2018-12-08 23:29
Remember G2 in top 2-5. It made by KennyS, NBK and Apex.
2018-12-09 00:16
u mean Envy destroyers ...
2018-12-09 00:22
Such a good times. I still see highlights videos from ESL PL S5 and DH MM 2017 just for look them win... pretty sad
2018-12-09 14:13
Thats not enough for him. When they decide that smithz is no longer coach for them. Shox start this new project to g2 owner that will bring back smithz and kick nbk-apex.
2018-12-09 15:15
#60
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United States aired 
What a class act. Hope he finds success with the new G2 lineup, im rooting for them.
2018-12-09 00:28
#63
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Estonia Quinxxx 
xaxaxaxax baguett go retire bot
2018-12-09 00:40
#66
shox | 
India iejesus 
shoxiejesus.
2018-12-09 09:16
#74
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
Allu>shox check rating
2018-12-10 10:15
Such a rat.
2018-12-13 04:05
#77
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Sweden meistr0 
So you stole JaCkz & Lucky from us 😡
2018-12-13 04:07
#78
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China 70x1c 
shox r wasting his talent and prime time by playing with “friends”, just like what the swedish twist did in godsent. Just try international squad brah, seriously,gl btw
2018-12-13 11:30
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