oBo: "I never thought I'd be in Europe to play at a CS:GO event"
Going into the ECS Season 7 Finals, Complexity were an unknown entity, due to last-minute adjustments in the form of the addition of oBo, who replaced Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz on the starting roster. Additionally, in-game leading was assumed by Rory "dephh" Jackson, meaning a multi-layered restructuring of an established system.
After Complexity concluded their run in London, we spoke with oBo, who gave us his thoughts on his performance in London and his in-game role on Complexity, gave insight into what went wrong against Vitality and described the process of joining the organisation.
The ECS Season 7 Finals were your first international LAN experience, tell me what it's been like for you.
For my first event, it's absolutely amazing for me, I never thought I'd be in Europe to play at a CS:GO event. I'm super happy that Complexity gave me an offer to play.
Tell us about the process of joining Complexity, how did it happen?
I used to just play FPL, I streamed it and that's how people saw me. A lot of the Complexity players played FPL, and I think them plus the management saw me and they just wanted to give me a chance to play.
Going into the tournament you had approximately a week to prepare. Could you give me a rundown of what the crash course was for you? What were the most important aspects of Complexity's in-game system that you learned in this period of time?
The most important parts were just learning my role and learning how the whole team works in general. It's very important for me to know how to play my role the best I can.
And in terms of your in-game role, could you describe it?
It's different between individual maps, but on CT I'm usually an anchor-type player, and on T I'm more of an entry-fragger, in general.
In light of your last-minute addition to the team, expectations for the team were up in the air. Nevertheless, Complexity played out a best-of-one and two best-of-three series, in one of which you beat some of the most seasoned players in CS:GO history in MIBR. Would you say expectations for the event were met?
Our main goal was to make it out of groups, but we knew it was going to be a hard road, and playing MIBR, we knew it was going to be a hard match, but we played well and I'm happy we won it.
You faced Vitality on two occasions - in your opening match and in the group B decider. On both occasions you experienced struggles against the Frenchmen, talk me through what some of the main issues were facing them.
There were a lot of in-game mistakes during both matches against Vitality - a lot of miscommunication, bad trading and bad spacing in general. It was just more bad play from us than great play from them, even though they played a great match.
Lastly, would you say you're happy the performance you put up here in London? We saw some incredible individual plays coming out from you, an example of which was the pistol ace against MIBR on Train.
I'm pretty happy with how I played. My role in the team - I'm super comfortable in it - and I think I played pretty well for my first event and I'm happy with my performance and happy with the team.