boltz: "I want to again compete at the top and challenge for titles"

We sat down with Ricardo "boltz" Prass before his long-awaited return to LAN to discuss his first months with Luminosity after leaving MIBR.

Remember back to those final months of 2017, when boltz helped SK to win EPICENTER, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen and the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, ending the year as the 18th best player in the world and in the strongest team out there, one that looked set to enter the Olympus of Counter-Strike at the expense of FaZe before a certain Astralis set a new bar in the game.

As we all know, that Brazilian dynasty would not last. Epitacio "TACO" de Melo was the first one out, and before long, boltz, once regarded as the missing piece of the puzzle, found himself out of favour as the team began the second phase of their North American experiment.

boltz is eager to play his first LAN in over eight months

By this time last year, boltz had already attended five LAN events, and it could have been six had he not missed ELEAGUE Major Boston due to the tournament’s roster regulation rules. Almost five months into 2019, the Brazilian, now a member of Luminosity, is about to play his first LAN tournament of the year - a harsh new reality with which he has had to come to terms.

"It has been eight months, I think," he tells HLTV.org. "I have not played on LAN since July, when I left MIBR. So I am really anxious. I really enjoy playing on LAN, it is a very different Counter-Strike from the one you play online. So I am really looking forward to it."

Luminosity boast four of the players who were part of the Immortals roster that stunned the world by finishing in second place at PGL Major Krakow, but the team have struggled to maintain a good level of performance. They have spent the last two months outside the top 30 of the world rankings and will only compete at ESL Pro League Americas because of Rogue’s withdrawal, having been relegated to ESEA MDL in Season 8.

"What really hurt us was that some of us did not play for a long period of time," boltz explains. "Lucas and Henrique did not play for any team for like a year, and everyone knows that when you are playing at a high level you evolve very quickly. If you are not playing, you miss things, you start to fall behind.

"It is painful because we were used to being a good team and to playing big tournaments, and now we are losing to certain teams [we should not be losing to] and we are not being successful. It takes times and hard work to get back to where we want to be, but I believe that things will get better."

It is not the first time boltz has had to pick himself up after a forced break. While with SK, he sat out nearly two months as the team had to field João "felps" Vasconcellos at ELEAGUE Boston. According to him, that was the beginning of the downfall, where things started to go wrong for a team that had been brimming with confidence.

"The Major is a tournament for which everyone prepares really hard," he says. "I did not play for almost two months, while every team out there was preparing really hard.

"We lost a lot of time because of that rule [he was ineligible to compete for SK after taking part in the closed qualifiers for the Americas Minor with Immortals], which in my opinion was a really terrible rule.

"When we got back, at cs_summit, our confidence was no longer the same. I am not talking just about myself, but the entire team. We no longer entered a tournament pretty much knowing that we were going to win it. We started testing a lot of stuff and things we were not working out, and it created that snowball effect."

The cracks began to show after the WESG Finals, an event that Marcelo "coldzera" David had labeled as a priority for the team. After the group stage exit, which left Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo "embarrassed", rumours began to surface that the team were plotting an ambitious move for Na`Vi duo Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev to replace TACO and boltz.

In the end, the CIS incursion was not to be; instead, the team looked northward for some fresh blood, bringing in Jake "Stewie2K" Yip to replace the under-fire support man, TACO. But that does not mean that boltz was in the clear. He was a man living on borrowed time and knew deep down that the axe would eventually fall on him.

"We are professional, but I would be lying if I said that it did not affect me," he says. "I did not feel very comfortable after those stories came out. In order to play well, I need to feel comfortable and to have the trust of my teammates.

"I knew that, if results did not improve, something had to change and I would probably be the first one to go. That was already in my mind. I tried to help the team and I was giving my best, but I was kind of prepared."

boltz believes that his situation only became more fragile with Stewie2K’s arrival, admitting that he struggled with the language barrier after the team began to communicate in English. "I was not a fan of the team going international and switching languages, but I was just one person in all that. I had the worst English in the team, so I really did not adapt well."

During his final months in the team, boltz lost his way and "kind of dropped CS" before being eventually replaced by Tarik "tarik" Celik, coldzera said in his top 20 player of 2018 article. boltz agrees in part with such criticism. "Perhaps towards the end that was the case. I had really dedicated myself to improving my game, but I could never please them. There were times when I felt discouraged and lost my focus, when I no longer felt the motivation that I had had at the beginning and that I really needed."

His benching was finally announced in July, after just one event under the MIBR brand, and with that came the realisation that his time among the elite was over. His well-known struggles with the English language severely limited his opportunities, so he had to choose a Brazilian project, even if that meant a move backwards in his career.

"Since people knew that my English is not very good, I only got offers from Brazilian teams," he says. "I chose Luminosity because I knew the guys and what they needed.

"I left a team that played every big event and was always top five, top eight, and joined one that was struggling and had just been relegated to MDL. You absolutely need to take a step back sometimes, and in my case it was a necessary move, but I am happy with my choice."

boltz endured a difficult first few months with Luminosity as visa issues forced him to sit out the iBUYPOWER Masters, where Fillipe "pancc" Martins acted as a stand-in, only linking up with the rest of the squad several weeks after his unveiling - a less than ideal situation for the new skipper, who has been trying to implement his vision of how the team should play.

"It was very hard, especially because I am the captain, to be away from the team, to not be able to talk to them in person and develop our tactics together," he says. "That had a negative impact during the first two to three months." He has spent the last weeks trying to bury some old habits and bring order to a team that became known for their unpredictable and disorderly style during the Major run in Krakow. "We realised that our approach no longer worked. We are trying to be more organised and less chaotic."

Pressure has been mounting on the Brazilian team to return to the top and break a title drought on LAN for the organisation that goes back almost three years. After all, Luminosity were once a household name in the scene and have a Major crown in their cabinet. "The organisation needs results, we are aware of that, it is a business for them, and the fans do not like to watch the team lose" boltz says. "But more importantly, we do not like to be in this situation and we are working hard to overcome it. There is pressure from the organisation and from the fans, but the greatest pressure comes from within."

boltz hopes that the ESL Pro League will mark the beginning of a new chapter for the team. And as fate would have it, he will play his first LAN match for Luminosity precisely against MIBR. "It is normal for Brazilian teams to face each other. We end up rooting for them and we watch all of their games, so we know how they play. But it is just like when we are facing any other team, and we will give our best to beat them."

boltz was close to winning a Major in 2017 with Immortals

After reaching new heights in his career with SK, in which he was just a cog in the machine, boltz has found himself steering a team that, just like him, is determined to get back to the top. For any Brazilian player, representing MIBR, the best team in the country, is the ultimate goal. That door seems to be closed to boltz - at least for now, as the returns of TACO and felps proved that the team are not too stubborn to admit their mistakes - yet he still allows himself to dream of international glory.

"When I am comfortable and confident, I know that I am very good," he insists. "And as a captain, I can really help the team. I want to win again, to compete at the highest level again and challenge for titles. And the biggest dream would be to win the Major. I won three big titles with SK, and with Immortals I came very close to winning a Major. There is still the Major to win."

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
996
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
Brazil Fillipe 'pancc' Martins
Fillipe 'pancc' Martins
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
350
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Very nice!
2019-04-19 18:21
blotz OMEGALUL
2019-04-19 18:21
BLOTZ>MIBR
2019-04-19 18:21
+1 kkkkkkkk 😎😎😎😎
2019-04-19 18:22
Why is everybody calling blotz boltz?
2019-04-19 18:25
Blotz farting his ass wtf
2019-04-19 19:03
looked for this, thanks men
2019-04-19 19:44
-NEKiZ +kNg
2019-04-22 06:16
who>who?
2019-04-19 18:24
Blotz never got 16-0 at major xaxaxaxa
2019-04-19 19:04
oo, good stat men !)
2019-04-19 19:10
analfabet in 2k19 omegalul
2019-04-19 18:44
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk 😎😎😎
2019-04-19 18:21
#63
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-19 19:08
Do it then
2019-04-19 18:21
#3
 | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Bo(l)tz
2019-04-19 18:21
ok bot oh sorry boltz
2019-04-19 18:21
-1
2019-04-19 18:26
10/10 English skills NVM, you edited it out
2019-04-19 18:27
#30
 | 
India SupratimO8 
stupid fag why are you bringing nationalism into a damn counter strike news page, go worry about your own poverty
2019-04-19 18:30
INDIA OMEGA
2019-04-19 18:26
Indian CS OMEGALUL
2019-04-19 18:36
Lol no scener commenting.
2019-04-19 19:48
At least my scene doesnt hack
2019-04-19 19:50
Yeah its easier not to hack when your scene doesn't exist.
2019-04-19 19:55
Okay maybe my scene hasnt got to the top yet but show me one good team from India plus in my country there are 2 m people in India there are 1 b and still no good team
2019-04-19 19:58
Because off the billions a very few of us care about stupid video games . Its very easy to be born in Europe and be concerned about video games not in India. Here you face the ugliness of life not some stupid video game that less that .00001% people of the world care about.
2019-04-19 20:02
#87
 | 
Ireland FirestormRR 
Yet here you are, caring about a "stupid video game".
2019-04-19 20:23
This guy is so dumb
2019-04-19 20:27
Pathetic waiting for someone to defend you . Cant even standup for yourself.
2019-04-19 20:36
You offended your country not me
2019-04-19 20:43
only in your dreams boy.
2019-04-19 20:44
Oh i am not ...i don't even play it ...so the jokes on you . I just come here to bait 10yo like you.
2019-04-19 20:35
"I coMe tO baIT 1o yO lIkE yOu"
2019-04-19 20:43
The way you type tells me you are an 10 yo.
2019-04-19 20:45
#107
 | 
Ireland FirestormRR 
Baiting != acting retarded and everyone laughing at you
2019-04-19 20:54
Dont try to act smart when you get baited down your ass.
2019-04-19 21:00
#109
 | 
Ireland FirestormRR 
That doesn't even make sense
2019-04-19 21:03
Sure it doesn't to irrelevant fucks . So stfu and dont speak.
2019-04-19 21:07
hahaha so fucking mad
2019-04-19 22:57
stfu indian shitter, 'PussyHound' OMEGALUL
2019-04-19 20:48
Who the fuck are you no namer ? Son mind your small irrelevant country before trying to shit on others or your asshole might get blocked and you might burst .
2019-04-19 21:03
Indian calling other countries irrelevant smh
2019-04-19 23:37
At least we don't wage wars on other and slaughter innocents to remain relevant.
2019-04-21 11:58
It's the way of the world brotherman
2019-04-21 15:40
even after boot roster changes (which made them worse) theyre still more relevant than any indian teams lmao
2019-04-20 10:16
ikr lul at least my country is developed unlike india. cant even afford toilets, imagine shitting on the streets. imagine calling me a nonamer when you're pussyhound kys india scene dead4ever
2019-04-20 16:04
Still irrelevant .
2019-04-21 11:58
#172
 | 
India P1^t0N 
STFU why u came for chat don't use that words again
2019-04-23 09:55
Optic india
2019-04-19 20:34
#86
 | 
Brazil Drikon 
indian scene?
2019-04-19 20:23
#7
 | 
Denmark QBE_ 
Good Luck
2019-04-19 18:21
funny guy
2019-04-19 18:22
compete at the top in lulminosity omegalul
2019-04-19 18:22
not with twins sorry boltz is still decent player
2019-04-19 18:22
Hen1 is still decent, Lucas is a bot who's bringing him down
2019-04-21 17:07
probably, sometimes hen1 has sick plays, but he will not leave his brother, so cut both
2019-04-21 17:08
#13
 | 
Europe martwica 
Trash player
2019-04-19 18:23
#14
 | 
Brazil Tartarugo 
Boltz the most underrated brazilian player
2019-04-19 18:23
felps
2019-04-19 18:44
SHY
2019-04-19 18:51
gl m8
2019-04-19 18:23
#18
 | 
Brazil igster 
yes
2019-04-19 18:24
Luminosity trash
2019-04-19 18:26
Wants don’t get met consistently, standards do ~Tony Robbins
2019-04-19 18:27
#27
 | 
Brazil gtaube 
boltz >>> felps for mibr GL boltzgod
2019-04-19 18:27
yes like felps is the shitiest player on top 10 right now(teams)
2019-04-19 18:45
stfu dude, felps is the best mibr player nowadays
2019-04-19 22:21
haaahahhahahhaha flag cheks out
2019-04-19 23:29
he has the best stats in the recent past
2019-04-19 23:35
tier 9 tournaments doesnt matter
2019-04-19 23:36
blast tier 9???
2019-04-19 23:37
yes shitiest tournaments only the hud is insane but the other things like format is ass
2019-04-19 23:38
ok then, top1 team on tier 9 tournment
2019-04-19 23:39
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ENCE on esea anyone cares right????????????????????? talk shit now faking br fanboy
2019-04-19 23:40
#155
 | 
United States Eduzera 
BR English OMEGALUL
2019-04-20 18:47
It's not bad English, it's a bad brain, in portuguese we have the same phrase construction
2019-04-21 17:11
back when SK did that, that's when they stated to decline.
2019-04-19 18:46
Yeah, b4 that, they won 3/4 tournaments they played in that year. Boltz is not the problem m8
2019-04-19 20:10
#137
 | 
Brazil yalamix 
From what I've seen from these interviews, the problem was clearly the two month period of the ELEAGUE Major in which boltz was not playing with the team that ended up putting him out of sync with the rest of the players.
2019-04-20 00:30
#141
 | 
Brazil gtaube 
Hahahah, they won epicenter, epl S7 and the first blast in denmark. Boltz was kicked because communication in english and also why he was no longer motivated after the rumors of s1mple and flamie, boltz was never the problem
2019-04-20 01:50
#28
 | 
Brazil P3dr0_Er3d1n 
boltz > s1mple
2019-04-19 18:29
#31
 | 
Israel Xpicyy 
You will my friend ))
2019-04-19 18:30
lol only reason he was ever at the top at one time was because fallen and co decided to carry his ass, br scene has always been bad and now even the team that carried that scene to relevance is trash
2019-04-19 18:32
i agree, but you can't say too much, NA scene is the same shit.
2019-04-19 20:34
Then you cant say shit about na scene because your country is completely irrelevant at CS, what a shitty logic its like saying you can't talk about pro cs if youre not a pro yourself
2019-04-19 20:39
I just said that NA is in the same level or even worst than BR. Period. You don't need to be that passive aggressive, did my statement hurt your feelings ?
2019-04-19 20:44
I dont give a flying shit, why are you comming at me with that stupid argument acting like I cant give my opinion based on my country? I just stated a fact and you feel the need to answer with a nonsense sentence that has literally no point being there. What do you want me to answer to this and whats the point of saying it? explain
2019-04-19 20:51
botlz is over
2019-04-19 18:36
Whole br scene is trash. If he want to compete he should try to get into na/EU team
2019-04-19 18:37
#38
 | 
Pakistan ostraka 
His English sucks ass so he's stuck in the BR scene.
2019-04-19 18:38
Are you from africa?
2019-04-19 22:31
#37
 | 
Norway Lykkeboe 
Kng to luminosity, xD
2019-04-19 18:38
Hey you might get lucky considering MiBR is just recycling players... Oh wait even they can't challenge for titles... Oh well
2019-04-19 18:40
this guy is good, i feel kinda sorry for him
2019-04-19 18:44
I, too, want to compete for trophies but alas, like boltz, I'm just not good enough
2019-04-19 18:45
+1
2019-04-20 08:55
#47
 | 
Brazil sprk1 
sk with boltz was sick, boltz has one hell of a spray too bad they didn't last that long
2019-04-19 18:46
blotz farting his ass wtf
2019-04-19 19:45
#117
 | 
Brazil sprk1 
wtf men
2019-04-19 21:44
I don't think Sk with boltz was any better than with felps. It's been about the cold, fer, fallen core that kept the team on top the whole time. And especially after MiBR picked Stewie boltz blow a big one.
2019-04-20 00:14
Lul
2019-04-19 18:49
Who are you? Who who who who
2019-04-19 18:50
#51
 | 
Germany QuaktheDuck 
stoppe reading after "boltz"
2019-04-19 18:50
#53
gAuLeS | 
Canada Yohazin 
Boltz :((((((((((
2019-04-19 18:51
Boltalha
2019-04-19 18:52
#55
Lekr0 | 
Poland Brisu 
Firstly go win against Bad News Bears haha
2019-04-19 18:55
want & be able to - different things keepitup.,
2019-04-19 18:57
#57
 | 
Canada rdss 
allready disband ....wated spot....
2019-04-19 18:59
Nt botz.
2019-04-19 19:01
i want a audi rs6 but hey... lets be realistic
2019-04-19 19:09
CoolStoryBob
2019-04-19 19:09
sorry man you wont
2019-04-19 19:10
Just dreams, nothing more.
2019-04-19 19:12
#69
 | 
Dominican Republic Okieant33 
- NEKIZ +kNg already. Just bring that team back together
2019-04-19 19:15
+1
2019-04-19 23:41
#138
 | 
Brazil yalamix 
+1
2019-04-20 00:32
Incoming news: MIBR replace Felps with Boltz
2019-04-19 19:24
#71
 | 
Brazil Collee 
miss you competing there boltao
2019-04-19 19:25
good luck boltalha
2019-04-19 19:26
#73
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
If he can lift his ass ofc
2019-04-19 19:30
#74
Smix | 
Pakistan Lv1_Crook 
dumbest player ever
2019-04-19 19:32
#75
 | 
Brazil llskll 
Till this days I can't realize how boltz don't fit with fallen and cia
2019-04-19 19:32
#78
 | 
Brazil millerjmatos 
boltzera GL
2019-04-19 19:46
#85
 | 
United States jmarcelo 
good luck boltalha
2019-04-19 20:21
boltz <3
2019-04-19 20:25
#89
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
-felps soon
2019-04-19 20:27
#95
 | 
Germany Shackrag 
sadly you will never compete for titles again..
2019-04-19 20:38
#116
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
Funny thing is that boltz alone won more titles than Germany and mousesports togheter in csgo LUL
2019-04-19 21:41
hahahahahahhahaaaahahahahhaaahahahaha
2019-04-19 20:39
#98
Brazil tuxf 
boltz is good but unfortunately he doesn't fit on mibr, his gamestyle is close to coldzera's but boltz is kinda braindead to get the clutchs his team needs when he lasts alive at the end of the round. but as a ct holder he's very good because he has one of the most impressive sprays i've ever seen
2019-04-19 20:39
#106
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Brazil jstrr 
hltv.org/matches/2320587/sk-vs-big-wesg-.. hltv.org/matches/2320078/cloud9-vs-sk-ie.. hltv.org/matches/2320579/sk-vs-russia-we.. TACO was the one who was absolute dogshit during this time, boltz really was hardly the one to blame in most cases. Then they kinda just screwed him over by bringing in stewie cuz they really wanted to try out a superteam, but he's always fit the team way better than felps. He's just gotten unlucky several times over his career (replaced by fnx, 2nd place krakow, replaced by tarik etc)
2019-04-19 20:53
#115
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
In 2015 taco was the one that replaced him, until the Last minute the change was -steel +fnx, since steel played as their lurker and was/is dogshit, boltz alongside fer always had good moments on old LG, after cold arrives, fallen and steel were the ones playing bad.
2019-04-19 21:40
the hell is a ethic?
2019-04-19 22:43
he wants but he won't
2019-04-19 21:08
bot
2019-04-19 21:16
#114
 | 
Denmark underzao 
GOD
2019-04-19 21:33
#118
 | 
Latvia Tibro 
i think no
2019-04-19 22:16
this team needs an improvement they need to kick 2 bots ( and u all know who )
2019-04-19 23:24
Won't happen nt
2019-04-19 23:39
#134
 | 
United States Fin4life 
washed up has been team...tier 5 joke...
2019-04-19 23:53
#136
 | 
Other Onizuka_go 
Sry for saying this "impossible"
2019-04-20 00:22
Take English lessons boltz! Seriously take some. You will have a home for many years
2019-04-20 01:13
#140
Aleksib | 
France trgls 
low hope not no hope
2019-04-20 01:25
#142
 | 
Other Onizuka_go 
Lose your weight first kido
2019-04-20 03:26
u wanna compete at top level? maybe u should get good then u noob
2019-04-20 04:25
Ricardo "boltz" Milos
2019-04-20 05:43
#145
 | 
Chile strong221 
keep dreaming
2019-04-20 06:01
#146
 | 
United States jay_320 
Boltz, Felps, Coldzera, Fallen, KNG. That's your roster that can win Brazil. Also KNG AWPs in this team. Fallen is an IGL that's tightly controlled by Zeus.
2019-04-20 06:11
This aged well
2019-04-20 06:20
lol, Luminosity did have a major champion in their cabinet but that's mainly because those SK guys were still there.
2019-04-20 07:17
boltz haters after the mibr game? SoBayed
2019-04-20 11:36
Challenge for tities :3
2019-04-20 18:11
#154
 | 
Finland Weathermen)) 
lol
2019-04-20 18:19
#156
 | 
Brazil P4uloVisk 
GOOD Luck BOLTZ
2019-04-21 02:16
poor Boltz, time for some replacements, starting by the twins. Maybe the return of PKL and the acquisition of pancc would be great for the team.
2019-04-21 02:38
lets go boltzz ez for him
2019-04-21 02:48
challenge for the titties
2019-04-21 18:24
BOTZZZZZZZ
2019-04-22 07:39
me2 dude me2 :(
2019-04-22 10:02
#171
 | 
India Noobdian 
Then join Astralis
2019-04-22 18:54
maybe if he focus more on the game and not on biting his nails he would be better
2019-04-23 19:38
what I like from boltz is that he is sincere, doesn't sound like an excuse since you know it all makes sense... should feel good to be back o que eu gosto do boltz é que ele é um cara sincero e fala a real, num soa como uma desculpa ja q oq ele fala faz sentido... deve ser bom estar de volta
2019-04-27 05:25
sorry you can't. thus, find a job and get life. if you have education lvl ofc xD
2019-04-27 12:21
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GOD BOLTZ! DALE GREMIO
2019-04-28 01:23
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