stanislaw: "It is going to be up to n0thing to see where he wants to take this"
After opening the tournament with losses to Astralis and MIBR, compLexity were set to fight another favorite for the playoffs, NRG, for their tournament lives. In the North American derby, compLexity came out on top, 2-0, after overtimes on both Nuke and Cache.
In the aftermath of his team's victory, we sat down with stanislaw to discuss the roster changes, what Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland and Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert bring to the side, and the in-game leader's 45-kill performance on Nuke.
Going back to the roster changes that you made, adding n0thing as kind of a stand-in thing and bringing in Rickeh. Can you tell me about what was behind that, why you decided to change people and why you decided for these two players that you have right now?
So aside from the Major from last year, we achieved nothing with that roster. I think we went through all options as a team, changing roles, spots, and all that stuff. Once you exhaust all options on your team, you kind of have to make a change because the pieces of the puzzle just don't fit together. We knew we wanted Rickeh because he was available and he is a great player, we all knew that. And then n0thing was good timing, I guess. He was bouncing between analyst roles and doing production stuff, we contacted him and he still wanted to play, and I'm super happy we got both of them.
Is the n0thing thing long-term, short-term, what is the deal there? Because people mainly think he is here just for the Major, is the possibility for him to stay?
We still don't know the answer. It is going to be up to him to see where he wants to take this. It is all his personal life which he has to figure out.
Talking about Rickeh, he is someone that used to AWP, secondary AWP. In this team, at least in these couple of maps, we didn't see that much AWPing from him. So what is the role you see him fitting in?
What has impressed me the most about Rickeh is his versatility. Since we brought him in, I think we changed his role 4-5 times. First he was secondary AWPing and then we took him away from that because we didn't really need a secondary AWPer, we already have dephh who was AWPing before. I also wanted to try stepping up in AWPing because I've done it in the past. So we changed Rickeh out of that role and he has been one of the best teammates ever, not complaining once, just plugging into those spots and doing his job.
The first two events you had were the iBUYPOWER Masters and the ELEAGUE Invitational. Obviously it didn't go that well, that is why coming into this event people didn't expect much from you. What was your mentality after that, what did you think about the team after the first two events?
The first two events were terrible, we finished last in both. iBUYPOWER had its own problems, I won't go into that, so we just kind of wrote that event off, and for ELEAGUE, again, we didn't have much practice between the two events and we were just a few weeks old after those two tournaments. So now that we have a whole bootcamp under our belts, we have a few months of practice, now we are showing what we are actually capable of. And, so far, we haven't done too well here. We've beat NRG 2-0, which is great, they are a good team, but we just have to keep practicing. It is not a enough time yet, we need a bit more.
Going into the last Major, a few of you mentioned the bootcamp being a big thing for you, evolving, figuring out stuff. What was the bootcamp before this Major like? What did you discover about the team?
For the bootcamp, we finally figured out where everyone is going to play, who is going to be AWPing, all that stuff. Then we just used the nine days to put it all into practice. We scrimmed 6-7 times a day and then you just talk CS all day, every day, and you just improve super-fast.
Tell me about picking Nuke against Astralis. A lot of people obviously thought it was kind of silly since they are undefeated for a year, what was your logic there?
I'm the one that suggested we should try to pick Nuke. They haven't played it in an official in two months so I figured that they are not so practiced in officials on it, they didn't have much chance because everyone just bans it. And in the recent bootcamp, things have been going well for us on most maps so I figured why not try it out. It didn't work out, but I guess against Astralis you kind of have to take risks.
Obviously, NRG then picked Nuke against you, in the elimination match, with big stakes. Do you think that played into your hand pretty well, since you consider that a good map for you guys?
I think we play all maps currently, so we are just happy with whatever goes down. I think that they didn't expect us to ban Train for some reason, they were taking a long time during the veto process, but they picked Nuke. And the way things work here is you get to then choose the starting side, so we had CT which was kind of cool. And then we took our map which was Cache, and we are just confident now, on all maps.
You had 45 kills on Nuke, an overtime game. It was a bit better than just a "good game" from you, so what inspired you to play so well?
Nothing really, I didn't really look at how many kills I'm getting, I was just doing my thing really, making the calls, making sure we are doing the right thing. I actually think we should've closed out that match sooner than we did, towards the end, it was 14-something when we were set-up for a lobby push and CeRq opened the door late and picked off ShahZam. We should've been ready for that. But I don't really care about my individual performance, I'm just happy we won.
You managed at least one win, which means you are not going back to the Minor, you are in the next Major cycle already. Is that some weight lifted off your shoulders now?
It is a huge relief, you have to play less CS, and knowing that the next Major in Berlin is right after the player break, hopefully, we will get a nice little break now. Less CS is better just so you can come better prepared.
Anything to add, did we go over everything?
No, just thank you to the fans and keep on supporting us.