ImAPet: "The biggest problem for the teams upset by [ViCi and Winstrike] is map decision"

We quizzed Chet "ImAPet" Singh about all things NRG at the Major, where the North American side have advanced to the next stage with a 3-0 record.

Following in the footsteps of Renegades, NRG made it to the New Legends Stage of the IEM Katowice Major with a flawless record, beating Winstrike, ViCi, and TYLOO in the first three rounds of play in Katowice.

NRG did their homework on the lower-seeded opponents

After the North American squad made it through, we spoke to the coach, ImAPet, about various topics, such as NRG's mindset going into the Major and their approach as one of the favorites. The 22-year-old also discussed how his squad was able to beat some of the teams that other favorites struggled against and commented on the format in use, mainly the player-selected seeding.

You were touted as huge favorites at the Minor and a lot of the analysts were praising you for the mentality that you had coming into it and being able to breeze through the tournament - as opposed to the previous time. Was that mentality something you brought over to here? With what kind of mentality did you go into the tournament?

I think in the overall Major system, including the New Challengers Stage, we came with the mindset that we need to work harder and we need to fix our map pool because a lot of the stuff that we had, we used to get ecod a lot, we used to get entried a lot, we used to just be really sloppy. Even last year when we had some success, some of that was due to just individual skill and not as much teamwork. We focused a lot on teamwork and fixing our maps. I think our map pool is the strongest it's ever been. I think all the six maps we play really well, so I think in BO3s we can't be exploited anymore - people used to pick Cache versus us and now I think that's not even an option for them.

What was it like coming into this as one of the big favorites, the second seed, did that affect the way you approached the Major?

Us being the favorites didn't really affect us because as soon as we passed the Minor, I was like 'boys, anything past this is bonus points'. As soon as I said that, everyone just lost pressure I feel like, we just played loose in practice, there's literally no stress, we just practice, do the same thing in scrims and I think it's paying off right now.

You have played some of the upset teams here - basically everyone that you played, Winstrike, ViCi, and TYLOO - but you managed to overpower those. How come you were able to pass those first two without too many issues, while others struggled against them?

I think the biggest problem for the other teams that are getting upset by them is obviously the map decisions. ViCi played Inferno or Overpass against somebody, Winstrike played Train, I think those are very bad vetos for the teams that allowed that to happen. I think they tried to play too much to their weakness and not to their strengths. I just think they need to focus up more. In our case, we did more preparation, we made sure we watched like four to five demos per map, we had a lot of antistrats if we needed them in our back pocket. We didn't want to use them right away, though, because we just wanted to play our own game, first. Especially for ViCi, those guys are aimers, they're always going to peek you. Winstrike is very similar, Boombl4 was always going to peek you no matter what. Even if he has one kill or whatever. We're very aware of their position, we were always going to win, and I feel like other teams just didn't do their prep.

What about TYLOO, then? They are also quite an aggressive team, so is that something that just fits you, a playstyle that you're comfortable with playing against?

I think in general we're kind of good against Asian teams. I don't think we've lost to an Asian team yet, we're very familiar with how they play. They're very confident, very similar to Winstrike, they do one or two things that are really good and they always do it. Once you catch on and you know how to prepare for that, then you're pretty much golden for the series.

Were they not difficult to prepare against given that we hadn't seen them before this tournament with the new lineup?

We kind of figured that they had some stuff from HellRaisers, from Johnta. So we figured those strats from HellRaisers.

You actually watched HellRaisers to prepare for TYLOO?

Yeah, yeah. We watched a little bit of HellRaisers and then we figured out what they were doing, and we also beat HellRaisers a lot, so we're kind of comfortable playing against that style. And then we knew they were still going to be that BnTeT calling style, being a little scrimmy, maybe playing slow because they respect us more than other teams because they put us as the No. 1 seed, by the way. We put them as 16, my bad (laughs). But they respect us a lot, so I figured they would play a lot slower at first, and then once they started getting momentum versus us, I knew they'd start playing really aggressive, so then we start changing up the pace in our pauses.

NRG knew TYLOO would keep the same style of calling from before

Now that you mentioned the seeding and putting TYLOO as the 16th seed - you were the team that ESL revealed as the most off from the average, so give me your thoughts on this format and the seeding that is in place here.

Honestly, I don't think we placed TYLOO incorrectly. We had no data on them, we had nothing, no knowledge, no scrims, no nothing, no friend, no word of mouth. So, that's kind of not our fault. I feel like all the other teams trolled, like they put fnatic above us and, in my opinion, I think we're better than fnatic. And I think ENCE is the other better team in this tournament, even though they've been losing a little bit. I think they're a solid squad. I don't know, I think others were trolling in the player submission (laughs). I feel like people don't give a f*ck. Dude, we went over it like four or five times, redoing that seeding, so we put a lot of time and effort despite what people were saying about our picks and such.

So, with that in mind, do you think it is a good system given that some teams will obviously put more time into it than others?

I think it's a good system just because I like the reseeding portion, where you're always going to fight the lower-tier team and they have to prove themselves if they want to work their way up the tournament. But I don't like the fact that teams can manually select... for all I know, they could be putting in five minutes of prep into the submission sheet and that's it. And that screws over other people. In my opinion, Grayhound should have been last and I don't think they were...

Yeah, ViCi were last, Winstrike 15, Grayhound 14...

ViCi beat North twice, how can they be last? It just doesn't make sense. So I think maybe admins can sit teams down, now that we have time between each stage, they should put us in a room and really enforce like an hour just to figure it out.

Off to the next stage, how will you stack up the new tier of teams? Will you keep that same mindset of no pressure?

Yeah, for us, it's definitely still the bonus, I don't think anyone gives a f*ck if it's the next stage or what. Our preparation is going to be pretty much the same. I think the teams in this qualifier are a lot harder than the teams coming up - minus Astralis.

Because of data, or why is that?

I just think those teams are a lot more random and they don't respect you as much besides like TYLOO or something. The respect factor is just gone. We're going to be respecting those teams more and those teams play a style we're more familiar with. Astralis is going to play a slow style, maybe they will have a couple of fast strats, or Liquid, we know them very well and we have gone back and forth a lot.

So it's just familiarity.

Yeah, basically just knowing them. They're not going to make as dumb plays as other teams, so I definitely think that next stage is easier than this one.

How far do you think you can go here?

I think we could reach top eight, for sure. At minimum, we won't be at the next Minor. (laughs)

United States Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
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Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Austria frazn 
2019-02-14 23:16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2019-02-14 23:13
Denmark eoNs! 
Expected from shakeeh Chet lol They're not going to make as dumb plays as other teams, so I definitely think that next stage is easier than this one. Valid point POG
2019-02-14 23:22
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
as always
2019-02-14 23:15
Brehze was pulled over by a cop. The cop got a ticket.
2019-02-14 23:17
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
comedy king
2019-02-14 23:18
Finland Smoonah 
For a while I thought Chet and imApet were two different people that looked the same.
2019-02-15 00:14
Portugal xShadoWz 
2019-02-14 23:14
sesL | 
Austria Huby98 
just random austrian in hltv no wonder there is no scene
2019-02-14 23:14
Definitely agree, stop giving inferno to the asians
2019-02-14 23:13
or nuke
2019-02-15 09:35
Sweden Unluko 
2019-02-14 23:18
Austria frazn 
2019-02-14 23:18
Sweden Unluko 
2019-02-14 23:19
Thank you ImAPet, very cool! MIBR will win the major
2019-02-14 23:13
Brazil yalamix 
2019-02-15 00:00
Brazil yalamix 
2019-02-15 00:00
flag checks out
2019-02-24 02:16
Brazil yalamix 
2019-02-25 02:34
+1 mibr top 1
2019-02-15 08:05
World nakTriceps 
2019-02-15 14:00
Portugal xShadoWz 
2019-02-14 23:13
xD Goodbye NRG 0:3 in legend stage
2019-02-22 05:20
United States DervGuy 
@Fnatic @NiP @C9
2019-02-14 23:14
Big OOF...
2019-02-15 12:23
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
yeah that pick vs winstrike was questionable...
2019-02-20 14:15
United States DervGuy 
Reply six days later? 🤔 But yes you're right.
2019-02-20 15:12
I don't understand how professional players can make such illogical decisions.
2019-02-14 23:15
Germany Youngnibba 
He is coach
2019-02-14 23:38
>nip picked train against winstrike over mirage >c9 vetoed into inferno against vici lul
2019-02-14 23:22
its a catch 22. you play them on your best map where you are confident or you play them on your average maps where you are less so. its not a big surprise to go for the first one if you think you are the better team. this has been consensus way to go and which is why analysts such as thorin prefer the underdog to go choice 2. a few upsets doesnt change this fact cause picking a less familiar map brings more randomness and makes a upset more likely.
2019-02-15 08:54
United Kingdom riiN^ 
I wish every1 a great valentines day 💖💞
2019-02-14 23:24
Europe andyy_ 
y i k e s
2019-02-14 23:29
Thanks m8, did you hear about free pornhub premium for valentines day?
2019-02-14 23:35
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
Very cool! Finally someone saying what the other "favourites" messed up! Huge respect for NRG, bright future ahead.
2019-02-14 23:25
Fucking Xizt lmao. Might be the single worst Pick-Ban player of all time
2019-02-14 23:35
United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
Completely agree that favourite teams are screwing up map vetos and giving underdogs a chance, although I think each team getting three bans each and banning all the way down to the end is too much. Having less bans would let the better team exploit their map pool advantage more.
2019-02-14 23:41
Myanmar xdcc 
How would that work? Win decided by random roll out of 3 maps? I don't recall if it was in majors but I know some old tournaments had that and everyone moved away from it.
2019-02-14 23:46
United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
I wouldn't like to see the randomiser come back, so this is how I might do it: High Seed bans one map Low Seed bans two maps High Seed picks map Low Seed picks side
2019-02-14 23:57
LOL Make me coach and pay me Find maps bad teams somehow seem to do well on Dont pick those maps and veto them Tier 1 coach ez
2019-02-14 23:41
Clever coach right there.
2019-02-14 23:43
Myanmar xdcc 
Every good team looks at underdogs play that map and think that they can beat that and don't want to risk on unknown map. RIP
2019-02-14 23:44
Flickin' TYLOO as always huh
2019-02-14 23:50
Venezuela xoile 
soo confident. i like that.
2019-02-14 23:56
Respect for this dude
2019-02-15 00:07
No shit sherlock
2019-02-15 01:19
Czech Republic mitsorubi 
Finally someone who understands map vetos unlike nip and cloud9 lol xd
2019-02-15 01:30
and fnatic xD
2019-02-15 01:47
Cool guy, honest answers
2019-02-15 01:46
His take on other teams not preparing seems like it is true, I can totally see fnatic especially not respect their opponent
2019-02-15 02:16
HPR | 
Australia imLi0N 
putting tyloo 16th in a field that included grayhound and vici seems wild disrespectful to me
2019-02-15 02:33
China 10097b 
+1 seems NRG' (coach) don't respect APAC(except RNG) teams at all
2019-02-15 04:15
+1 this guy sounds like he dont give a f* with other asian teams. THIS MAY SOUNDS LIKE HE'S CONFIDENT OR STH BUT THAT MAKES HIM A PRETTY DISRESPECTFUL GUY FOR SURE!
2019-02-15 04:52
South America jotto 
Well, they didn't respect Renegades either. They placed them 12th below ViCi and Winstrike. He said they placed TyLoo last because they are a completely new team and there is no demo to review basically.
2019-02-15 05:43
well they dont know each other they never scrim against each other and its a new roster.Most of the player in NRG not even competing at the time when fancy1 is playing for Tyloo.So they see him as a random and attacker has been failing consistantly in other asian teams
2019-02-15 06:54
Australia Kitten.M 
lol are you serious? NRG beats Tyloo 16-14 & 16-13 so it was a narrow win why does he sound like a God.
2019-02-15 05:51
Some kind of NA proud? After all, Tyloo was ranked the bottom of this quafier team list by this coach,quote kindy(Club Manager of Tyloo)'s weibo.
2019-02-15 06:17
said grayhound was the worst but didnt seed them there. not many would have seeded them behind vici since they qualified ahead of them. seeding tyloo 16th from the general consensus is a joke. i get they got some new players but hes acting like they are some no namers when they've proven just as much if not more than nrg at this level. uses hindsight for some seeding (fnatic) but doesnt apply the same to his own (ence and tyloo) lol. looks like hes generally arrogant despite the lack of success the team has had. they couldnt even beat eunited last minor (who just disbanded). won 2 maps and hes acting like he stomped them in the veto. its not like tyloo didnt have a chance to get a map. i guess we should apply the same principle that nrg veto sucks whenever they loses to a bo1 underdog as well. if you are better, you win. simple as that.
2019-02-15 08:48
China LeBronGames 
how old is this Chet Singh guy? curious as he seems unprofessional or gimmicky in his answers
2019-02-15 07:04
It says in the article, plus you can go to his profile LOL
2019-02-15 07:41
China WinnerZ 
Yeah,you guys will be taught by faze or Astralis.
2019-02-15 07:08
+1, he sounded overconfident here
2019-02-15 10:59
Bulgaria Skyfusion 
I would love to see FaZe whoop their ass. (and I generally wish the best for my countryman CeRq, he is a beast)
2019-02-15 23:31
Before round 3, NRG had 50% of the top eight players (statwise) at IEMKatowice. I am curious to see, how they're going to handle top tier experienced teams, because playing on the big scene will definitely get to some of them. Crazy firepower though.
2019-02-15 08:52
Estonia pj4 
Lowkey shitting on other teams coaches cool guy
2019-02-15 09:56
Damn, after reading this, he has a really disrespectful attitude. Underestimating the likes of Liquid, Na'Vi, FaZe, MiBR? The balls of this guy.
2019-02-15 09:58
Getting cocky after playing the major qualifier? lul Big boys are coming at the next stage aka the real major rekt is free there
2019-02-15 10:03
This guy has no respect for every team they played,so cocky,hope you get some lessons from astralis
2019-02-15 10:07
United States gtmaniacmda 
North lives on in this major, with teams doing shitty vetos against weaker competition.
2019-02-15 10:12
-Minus astralis 😂😂 that's right
2019-02-15 11:44
World Jeza 
I like how he is defending TyLoo as 16th claiming they have no info lol. Then complains that other teams didn't spend enough time on their seeding and were trolling. Look to your own seeding first bro lmao
2019-02-15 12:54
good read
2019-02-15 14:31
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
2019-02-15 14:32
United Kingdom aimbotSorcus 
Yet the bigger teams continue to pick the maps that Winstrike, Vici, Vega and other teams are good at..
2019-02-15 15:37
China withsn 
poor shits
2019-02-17 15:47
0-3 Son, l'm disappointed.
2019-02-21 21:20
"At minimum, we won't be at the next Minor" xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-02-21 22:12
2019-02-21 22:55
2019-02-21 22:55
Finland Vkims 
2019-02-21 23:05
2019-02-22 04:08
2019-02-21 22:54
holy shit this one aged well
2019-02-21 22:56
Poland Julka 
2019-02-21 22:58
Sweden drakendilf 
2019-02-21 23:05
2019-02-21 23:05
Brazil BrasCubas 
2019-02-21 23:16
Europe uppermost 
"At minimum, we won't be at the next Minor" nice
2019-02-22 00:22
xD, welcome to Minor NRG.
2019-02-22 02:27
India Noobdian1 
2019-02-22 05:26
Germany Vini_1337 
(laughs) karma is a bitch
2019-02-22 16:42
Cya noob
2019-02-22 04:11
Brazil LuizMoreno 
2019-02-22 06:00
Brazil GRACE1 
2019-02-22 14:17
Germany Vini_1337 
typicall disrespectful indian dog
2019-02-22 16:43
nice map veto against coL tho
2019-02-22 21:03
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