GuardiaN: "I know we are well prepared, but something happened; we aren't playing calm CS"

We managed to talk to Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács following FaZe's second defeat of the tournament, an upset-loss to AVANGAR on Mirage.

The European mixture started IEM Katowice convicningly, crushing HellRaisers on Train, but didn't manage to continue their form against Renegades and AVANGAR , losing 16-14 and 16-13, respecively.

GuardiaN puts down the bad performances to a lack of composure

In an interview with GuardiaN, we discussed the issues his team has been facing, their pre-event bootcamp, a the potential of Ali "Jame" Djami.

You had a bootcamp coming into this event, what was it like, what were you doing during it?

I would say that this was probably the best, most effective bootcamp for us since I am a member of FaZe Clan. It was very strict, the practice went very well, we upgraded some stuff with YNk coming into the team. He knows the game very well and I would say he taught us a lot of discipline and how to play certain situations.

That is what we are working on, and on our T-side we have many more tactics than we used to, we are not only relying on pure skill, exploding somewhere, now we have some set strats. That was what we were working on, even though it didn't work out so far. But I think we are well prepared, we just need to execute it in the perfect way.

With what you said, I guess you had high expectations going into the Major? Obviously, that is one of the few things you are missing in your career, getting the Major trophy...

Of course, the expectations are high, you want to win this tournament, but at the same time, coming to the Major, you understand that everyone is prepared. But you can even be 0-2, it doesn't mean you are out. We still have time to fix what we messed up in the two lost games, but there is no more space for mistakes.

We have to come back, get together as a team, and play calm CS. I don't think we are playing calm CS, I think it is pretty chaotic. Today, against AVANGAR, our CT side was just chaotic. I think we need to calm down and everything will be perfect, that is it. Of course, the Major is the Major, everyone here is in top shape. It is not a problem individually, though, but as a team, we failed in these two games. That's why we need to wake up, a lot.

The first game was pretty good, but then against Renegades and AVANGAR, underdog teams that impressed people, you suffered two close losses. You mention communication being chaotic, that is something that FaZe had issues with before, do you think that stems from adding a lot to your game and then not having that much practice?

First of all, we were working on this at the bootcamp and every single practice was calm, the communication was perfect. Also, when we started with HellRaisers, it was all perfect, we were in clutches, 3v4, 2v4, and we were calm, we were not rushing somewhere. We were taking our time, communicating in the right way, it was all perfect, and you can see it in the result. When we came into the game with Renegades, and now AVANGAR, it was completely different. I don't know why it is happening, it was something we don't understand, but we have to fix it.

Because our communication at the bootcamp, in the first game, it was all perfect. But now something happened, I don't know why, it is just screaming information... basically, not calm. (laughs) I know we are well prepared, but something happened and it is time to figure it out. Now that it is BO3s it will be calmer because even if we lose one map, we can still win. I believe it will be calmer and we will come back.

What are your impressions of playing against Jame? He is this up-and-coming AWPer from the CIS region, not your region, but you played there with Na`Vi...

Of course, he is a very good player, he is a rising talent in the CIS region, I'm pretty sure he can get into the top ranks soon. I think he just isn't believing in himself as much as he should, that is my feeling. Now, when we played them, I didn't feel any pressure from him. Of course, he killed me a few times and he had some moves, but when you play against him you don't feel the same pressure you feel when you play against other snipers like kennyS or FalleN or something. You feel that they are there and they will do some move. So if he will turn into some kind of a monster and you start feeling the pressure, then he will be very good. He is already good, I don't know if he is still calling in the team, but I think he is going to be a top-tier player.

What is the mentality of the team going into the final, elimination matches?

I think that the mentality of the team is still good. We are not out of the tournament, we don't have to worry about it yet. Of course, there will be more pressure on us because we are 1-2 and every single mistake will maybe cost us the Major. We will review our VoDs from all the games we played and prepare for the upcoming games. We prepared on the bootcamp very well and all we need is to get together, focus, prepare for the game and that is it.

Russia Ali 'Jame' Djami
Ali 'Jame' Djami
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
481
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.56
APR:
0.09
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1345
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#1
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Brazil VeryColdGuy 
expected from faze
2019-02-21 15:58
#2
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Turkey midgetim 
f5
2019-02-21 15:58
then play calm cs
2019-02-21 16:00
#12
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Denmark Khronov 
Choke cs maybe
2019-02-21 16:00
#15
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected cs
2019-02-21 16:01
#57
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Ofc guardian, how are you supposed to play calm cs with a selfish toxic kid calling for you? You can’t even call that choker a IGL tbh, saddens me that you, GuardiaN, told you believed in ChoKo but not karrigan. Hopefully we can make it to the playoffs so we guarantee a spot on next major without ChoKo in the team.
2019-02-21 16:39
#65
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Bulgaria omaiguudness 
Nt
2019-02-21 16:46
nt
2019-02-21 17:06
#87
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Italy DarthRickraft 
NiKo is the most powerful of them, but... No experience for IGL
2019-02-21 17:57
#22
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Asia SiduLooty 
we will see astralis fan
2019-02-21 16:03
#94
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Denmark Khronov 
Yeah we will see can choke clan go to the playoff or not lol
2019-02-21 19:23
#95
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Asia SiduLooty 
we will see
2019-02-21 19:27
#104
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Denmark Khronov 
What now choke clan fans? Lol Even his best player can choke lol Keep dreaming to win major choke clan
2019-02-28 23:56
#19
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Turkey midgetim 
niko igl lul thats bad..so destroying all of niko's ability
2019-02-21 16:02
+1 adren or someone else should be igl
2019-02-21 16:08
#46
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Brazil WORLD_CITIZEN 
Maybe olof
2019-02-21 16:30
adren would be a better choice
2019-02-21 16:36
#60
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Brazil WORLD_CITIZEN 
Whats the olof role? I don't follow much faze
2019-02-21 16:39
I think entry.I don't know for sure
2019-02-21 16:46
#98
rain | 
Croatia northic 
most of the time lurker
2019-02-21 22:21
-adreN +huNter hunter and niko igl together
2019-02-21 16:32
0/8
2019-02-21 16:35
#79
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lazinho 
That would be great combination
2019-02-21 17:08
huNter is currently in talks with mouz and FaZe, it might happen actually
2019-02-21 18:31
10/10 words
2019-02-21 16:10
#29
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
No
2019-02-21 16:07
#52
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Brazil VeryColdGuy 
no
2019-02-21 16:34
Sadly :(
2019-02-21 15:59
#21
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Maybe because they suck?
2019-02-21 16:03
#53
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Brazil VeryColdGuy 
because they always choke, didn't have a expert IGL to calm down the team in middle rounds
2019-02-21 16:34
Actually i expected faze to rekt everyone. Unexpected to me. Edit: because olof is/was a god. Rain and niko. Guardian. Bottom line faze has an amazing lineup.
2019-02-21 17:02
+1
2019-02-21 17:01
yikes
2019-02-21 15:59
#5
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
meh
2019-02-21 15:59
Oh guardian, bye bye!
2019-02-21 15:59
#16
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Netherlands fazeupiguess 
And it's on to Flamie
2019-02-21 16:01
#39
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Lithuania TraXy 
nice one
2019-02-21 16:18
#44
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Slovakia cpfx 
ka da booom
2019-02-21 16:27
#17
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Sweden kenan19991204 
Yes and -adren
2019-02-21 16:02
#8
GuardiaN | 
Iran NGOD 
Niko huge ego is killing FaZe
2019-02-21 16:00
#26
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Sweden Lagge15 
Like it did with Mousesport. Someone need to teach that kid that the game isn't just about getting individual kills. He play like a soloQ player.
2019-02-21 16:04
+1
2019-02-21 17:01
#27
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Europe trey_ 
yeeah cuz it wasn't NiKo's whose arrival made FaZe tier1 team
2019-02-21 16:04
#38
GuardiaN | 
Iran NGOD 
as a star player not as a in-game leader
2019-02-21 16:16
#47
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Slovakia MyTimeIsNow 
it didnt work with karrigan also, so what the point
2019-02-21 16:31
#51
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Europe trey_ 
+1 he just meant to hate on NiKo but found out he doesn't even know what he's talking about
2019-02-21 16:33
#55
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Slovakia MyTimeIsNow 
faze up, hope they will bounce back
2019-02-21 16:36
#63
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Europe trey_ 
me2, lets go
2019-02-21 16:45
#66
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Bulgaria omaiguudness 
Hey can i join the party? FaZe up i think we are against C9 next
2019-02-21 16:47
#80
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Slovakia MyTimeIsNow 
No idea
2019-02-21 17:08
#83
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Europe trey_ 
sure man we'll see but i just hope they'll win
2019-02-21 17:17
#90
ZywOo | 
Germany MTD3 
With karrigan they at least got into playoffs
2019-02-21 18:24
#96
GuardiaN | 
Iran NGOD 
" it didn't work with karrigan also " does this mean that niko is a good igl? btw im faze fan and surly i respect niko all im saying niko should get back to his role and faze need to get a proper igl
2019-02-21 19:27
#97
NiKo | 
Romania decis1ve 
if this major doesnt work, they get a new igl, and kick adren
2019-02-21 21:56
#99
GuardiaN | 
Iran NGOD 
#FaZeUp
2019-02-22 04:04
#76
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Sweden Lagge15 
When he was forced to work under a well established good IGL. When his Ego kicked dthat IGL the team got worse... just as it did in mousesport
2019-02-21 17:04
#84
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Europe trey_ 
xD are you pretending or are you actually that dumb? FaZe forgot how to play cs over 8 months ago and you think NiKo kicked karrigan by himself? now they won eleague, failed rn but we'll see tomorrow what they're capable of btw they're still playing with a stand-in
2019-02-21 17:19
#9
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United Kingdom ez4swag 
ez
2019-02-21 16:00
:( hopefully they can make it
2019-02-21 16:00
CS isn't about shooting
2019-02-21 16:00
#23
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Brazil faustarpp 
The Metaphysics of Counter Strike
2019-02-21 16:03
<3 Major for you Laco :)
2019-02-21 16:00
#14
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Sweden Lagge15 
Having a megallomaniac as IGL might be the reason
2019-02-21 16:00
+1
2019-02-21 16:02
because choko is a shit leader
2019-02-21 16:02
#24
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Europe trey_ 
just wake the fuck up, god
2019-02-21 16:04
#25
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Bulgaria nikkj 
Hi
2019-02-21 16:04
Godian<3
2019-02-21 16:06
NiKo ingame leading ROFL
2019-02-21 16:07
Of course
2019-02-21 16:24
try to use aug next time and there we go
2019-02-21 16:08
#34
NEO | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
This is what happens when you have Choko as your IGL
2019-02-21 16:11
NiKo is not a calm player so when he is IGLing, of course it is not gonna be a calm CS. FaZe is not gonna win this Major but they need to make it to playoff for Olof's sake. The streak needs to continue.
2019-02-21 16:11
FazeUp all you mibr brazil tier 7-1 fans and cry me a river
2019-02-21 16:13
What? #peace
2019-02-21 16:58
Ynk the curse
2019-02-21 16:15
#40
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Denmark EasyFragger 
Kick janko first of all
2019-02-21 16:18
#41
Estonia rYm 
iNation YNk
2019-02-21 16:19
Rain has no place on this team, NiKo is a terrible IGL and can barely aim right now and olofmeister is a shell of his old self.
2019-02-21 16:22
Wtf are u saying?
2019-02-21 18:20
#101
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Iran Owaxer 
+1
2019-02-22 22:19
-Calm CS -Niko IGL Name a more iconic duo LUL
2019-02-21 16:28
hahahaha came here to say that
2019-02-21 17:02
+1
2019-02-22 23:42
#48
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Poland zJe 
Excuses.....
2019-02-21 16:31
Karrigan the problem LULMAO
2019-02-21 16:33
Need proper IGL to make it work. ChrisJ?
2019-02-21 16:38
NO CHRISJ, is igl-awper. WTF FaZe need 3d awp in team? They have top awper Guardian, NiKo is 50% rifler and 50% awper
2019-02-21 16:52
Chrisj was also on rifle in mouz when oskar was using awp sometimes, they can alternate between rounds
2019-02-21 17:23
+1
2019-02-22 23:43
#61
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Slovakia bombmeister 
Terrible A site defending as CT Terrible decisions at final moments as T
2019-02-21 16:42
Jame should come to navi and replace zeus after zeus retire. Navi with igl who can frag = ez major win
2019-02-21 16:44
fnatic: we had very productive bootcamp -> bomb out in challengers g2: we had good bootcamp before major -> barely past challengers, 1-2 atm faze (guardian): best bootcamp since i am faze member -> 1-2 atm navi: no bootcamp, 2 days lan gg.shit tournament -> 2-0 atm XDDDDDDD
2019-02-21 16:48
#81
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India Pranav3112 
Lol
2019-02-21 17:14
#69
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Slovakia Denysis 
Just tell to NiKo to start playing AUG. You have no chance in this meta without playing it. Disgusting gun...
2019-02-21 16:55
#74
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Europe An0n0n 
No shit with Niko as IGL lmao
2019-02-21 17:01
This, the guy has a great aim but dont get why they think he's a tactical genius, cuz he aint.
2019-02-21 17:15
i hope -guardian +chrisj -olofmeister +ropz
2019-02-21 17:05
No god, pls no
2019-02-21 18:21
why they should replace Guardian ? IMO Guardian > ChrisJ in case of AWPing. If they want IGL, replace Adren/Olof and Niko will switch to full rifler instead of 2nd awp and IGL
2019-02-21 18:27
#100
GuardiaN | 
Iran NGOD 
+1
2019-02-22 04:05
#86
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Portugal xxxRUI75xxx 
So... since Boston 2018 what has been happening then?
2019-02-21 17:28
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