leo_druNky: "We had a great campaign and are very excited about the future"

Leonardo "⁠leo_druNky⁠" Oliveira spoke to HLTV.org after his team's 2-1 loss against G2, which saw Sharks place 3rd-4th at PLG Grand Slam.

Sharks were one of the teams who achieved more than what was expected from them in Abu Dhabi, getting out of a tricky group and then beating TYLOO in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, against G2, things started well for the Brazilians, who took a one-sided win on Train, but the Frenchmen were convincing on Dust2 and closed out the series with a 16-0 on Nuke.

leo_druNky doesn't plan to change his unconventional nickname any time soon

Following his team's top-four finish, we spoke to leo_druNky to hear what he thinks about their performance at this event, the Brazilian opposition and their bootcamps in Portugal.

This last map aside, a 16-0 loss to G2 on Nuke, what are your thoughts on how you did at PLG?

We did really great, our main objective was to get through the group stage, but we managed to beat TYLOO in a very good way. Unfortunately, against G2, they played really well on Dust2, and then our Nuke just fell apart on the T side. We worked really hard and we didn't deserve that loss the way it happened, because until then we had been playing so much better. But generally, I think that we had a great campaign and we are very excited about the future.

You are one of the Brazilian teams that didn't make the Americas Minor, and there are actually four of them that did. How do you think you are matching up against those teams right now?

The Brazilian scene is growing very fast, there are a lot of good teams and when we were in Brazil we lost against them because they are really good. I think that against them we have a certain advantage in terms of tactics, but when it comes to aim, they are really good.

Your team has gone back and forth between Europe and Brazil. How has that been? What are your takeaways from each part, bootcamping in Portugal and playing from back home?

The bootcamp in Portugal is always nice for us because we learn a lot. We grow really fast in Europe and we try to enjoy the level of Europe to the maximum, all the teams that are there. When we go back to Brazil, we try to maintain our level and, obviously we try to get better also, but it is harder because there is not a lot of good teams there. Practice is troublesome, sometimes you will have five or six practices scheduled in a day and you will just play two because the teams cancel and stuff like that. But in general, bootcamping in Europe is really good for us, then we go back to Brazil, stay with our family to be close to our friends, that is good as well. That is the balance of stuff.

What are your plans for the future, do you wish to continue in this way, going back and forth? Is North America an option?

For Sharks, North America is not an option, we are a team from Portugal and our plan is to stay in Europe for bootcamps and also live there for a few months. Then we go back to South America, play the qualifiers that are there, we will continue doing this ping-pong.

This lineup has been together for a fairly long time, not extra long, but in CS terms the nine months that you have had with this roster are a lot. What is the secret to that? What is the chemistry in the team like?

The core of the team has been together for more than a year, but, as you said, we have been with the same team for nine months and I think that it is natural that we get closer together from being together for a long time. We might get into some trouble, fights, arguing, but that is normal. We are humans and we try to always lift the spirit, positivity always, and we have managed to do this very well. I think that we will stay together for a long time.

I have to ask a stupid question, your nickname, leo_druNky, is amusing to a lot of people. (leo_druNky starts laughing) How did you come up to it, and, are there any thoughts like "Maybe I should change this, maybe I'm too serious to have this nickname"?

Yeah man, my nickname, for me it is funny, but some people found it stupid, I respect that. (laughs) When I was 10 or 11 I played ESEA in Brazil and I didn't have a nickname, so why not 'drunky_unicorn'? And I used that, but then I started playing better, playing a lot so I removed the 'unicorn', which is really bad, stuck with 'drunky' and put my name Leo at the start of it so it became 'leo_drunky'. And I don't want to change it, that is my nickname and I will stick with it!

What are your thoughts about the team moving forward? Anything you want to add, any shoutouts?

I want to give a shoutout to everybody who cheered for us, doesn't matter if it is from Brazil or Portugal, and also to our families and friends, everybody. Your support is very important for us. And we would like to thank the Sharks organization for the conditions they have secured for us so we can just play and focus on CS. We as a team expect a bright future because we trust each other so much, we trust our potential and I think that next year we will do some serious damage.

Brazil Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveira
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2018-12-16 23:24
2018-12-16 23:24
2018-12-16 23:24
Good Player with a Big Future
2018-12-16 23:24
0.12 rating against tier3 mibr
2018-12-16 23:28
can't understand how a top 5 team is tier3 - i guess only astralis is t1 then?
2018-12-17 09:31
mibr was tier 3 at some points of the year like right when stewie arrived
2018-12-17 09:41
Iceland fatboislim
well astralis is unbeatable. so i'd say yes astralis is in a completely different level than others.
2018-12-17 11:11
Mibr solid t2.... they almost choked vr nrg lul??
2018-12-17 11:12
Big player with good future
2018-12-16 23:39
Bulgaria AboveYall
Good big with future player
2018-12-17 00:08
Panama Cyain10
Good future with a big player
2018-12-17 00:11
Good with a big player future
2018-12-17 02:39
future a big Good player with
2018-12-17 04:19
United States hleev4
2018-12-17 05:13
Big good with future player
2018-12-17 18:03
Portugal shark17
future big with player a good
2018-12-17 22:07
NAF | 
Romania ERNYYY
Good big with future a player
2018-12-18 05:52
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_
2018-12-16 23:24
2018-12-16 23:25
G2 . NORTH ( slaughtered . TYLOO( slaughtered . SHARKS
2018-12-16 23:30
Finland lasarus
2018-12-16 23:25
Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira
2018-12-16 23:26
Finland lasarus
Ooh, now I know! Thanks for the help fellow European!
2018-12-16 23:34
Sharks > ENCE
2018-12-17 02:39
Finland lasarus
2018-12-17 10:16
Lithuania andy_
2018-12-16 23:26
Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira
2018-12-16 23:26
Lithuania andy_
Ok thanks
2018-12-16 23:27
You already know him, Sharks beat C9 already
2018-12-17 02:40
United States hleev4
2018-12-17 05:16
Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira
2018-12-17 16:57
2018-12-17 18:04
doesn't that mean 'what' ?
2018-12-17 20:12
United States hleev4
clearly i was asking about c9
2018-12-17 23:44
Switzerland Andro7789
Imagine loosing 16 0 against G2 with 2 new players in 2018 LUL
2018-12-16 23:26
Worse than this only losing to faze in the last 3 months of 2018
2018-12-16 23:57
Switzerland Andro7789
I mean not gonna argue with that Faze have been shit but niko is tired of seeing Astralis win so in 2019 is gonna be his year
2018-12-17 00:01
Faze needs a new igl so Niko can play godlike without having to call
2018-12-17 02:18
What a stupid nickname, btw.
2018-12-16 23:26
2018-12-17 00:59
Bangladesh bedtime
Oh my god shut the fuck up your teams shit why do they give an interview to this cunt
2018-12-16 23:27
Because they beat North and tyloo being a tier 666
2018-12-16 23:36
2018-12-16 23:42
2018-12-17 00:59
Why so mad my friend? he's a good players and good person and he's fighting for his dream. Why you have so many hate in your heart?
2018-12-17 02:43
Bangladesh bedtime
U don't have to pretend that people are not shit just because they are from your nation
2018-12-17 02:45
Wtf man,of course this team is not an tier 1/2 yet, but they are trying to be something and at least they are showing decent performances against tier 1 teams. He's not shit, he's an good young player. People said the same thing about Astralis back then when they were in TSM, same about Kabum and lot of teams.
2018-12-17 02:50
Bangladesh bedtime
shit team shit cunt player stfu end of
2018-12-17 03:03
I wish you die by cancer
2018-12-17 03:07
Hes baiting dude... u don't answer those
2018-12-17 04:20
2018-12-16 23:27
Europe b7ack0ut
0/18 never forget
2018-12-16 23:29
2018-12-16 23:31
2018-12-16 23:35
Hungary saxxo
Was a nice run, but nobody think it will happen again.
2018-12-16 23:43
2018-12-16 23:43
Poland Crai9Xen
2018-12-16 23:54
Vietnam Oida
2018-12-16 23:54
Argentina Fa7e07
not even close
2018-12-17 00:14
Vietnam Oida
who in 2k18 has better name??
2018-12-17 19:07
Argentina Fa7e07
ez dickstacy
2018-12-17 20:11
Vietnam Oida
extremely childish mane. hahah dick haha leo_drunky has class and humour.
2018-12-17 21:15
Brazil Exfm
he would be more succesful if his name were leo_sobery
2018-12-16 23:55
Europe wai7ing
2018-12-16 23:56
Brazil P4uloVisk
lets go sharks !!
2018-12-17 00:42
Brazil Collee
2018-12-17 00:50
0/18 - 0-16 nuke
2018-12-17 01:08
-Jnt plz
2018-12-17 01:11
United States hleev4
2018-12-17 05:18
Yea and whp are you?
2018-12-17 01:17
Leonardo "leo_druNky" Oliveira
2018-12-17 02:44
Nice to meet you im oliver taylor
2018-12-17 04:02
He meant "we had a great champagne" I think
2018-12-17 01:21
2018-12-17 01:44
PLG omegaLul
2018-12-17 04:34
United States hleev4
CIS omegalul
2018-12-17 05:19
2018-12-17 06:11
Denmark Xipingu
0-16. Lol
2018-12-17 06:41
Leodrunky t6 name for t5 superstar
2018-12-17 07:54
Ahahahahahahaha Loses 16-0, says "we didn't deserve that loss" WTF?? xDDDDDDDD
2018-12-17 09:44
France Leskines
2018-12-17 14:29
0-16 LUL
2018-12-17 11:55
2018-12-17 12:20
We lose to br teams because they are really good. We boot camp in Europe grow very fast then return to South America to play qualifiers, we have the advantage in tacticts but it’s hard to practice in br because there really are not good teams there. His name checks out mofo is hella drunk! Lol but good interview and great showing sharks! Keep up the good work
2018-12-17 14:15
United States jmarcelo
I think he meant the brazilian teams he plays against are very good, but the brazilian teams in brazil that can bootcamp in that region arent good.
2018-12-17 20:45
Makes since
2018-12-18 01:15
leo_virgin would probably be a more suitable nickname
2018-12-17 19:43
2018-12-17 20:29
He says this things because he is drunk
2018-12-18 01:18
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