ScreaM: "We have a lot of questions about how we are going to play”

We caught up with Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom during the media day of Moche XL Esports and quizzed the Belgian talent on his recent form, the team's expectations for the Portuguese LAN and the current state of the French scene.

GamerLegion will step onto the stage at 19:30 to take on OFFSET in the quarter-finals of Moche XL Esports in what will be the third LAN event for the team since its creation, at the start of the year.

The European team will be looking to rebound from the disappointment of missing out on the Europe Minor, having crashed out of the closed qualifier following defeats to OpTic and Virtus.pro.

ScreaM opens up about the issues he has had with French teams

In this interview, ScreaM acknowledges that the team is currently going through a rough patch of form and also discusses his expectations for the event and the possibility of returning to the French scene, which is once again highly regarded internationally.

This is your third LAN event with the team. What are your expectations?

We recently had a really bad period. It is kind of a complicated situation, but I still think we have the potential to surprise a lot of teams here. We obviously want to finish first, but we will try to win every game and approach them as seriously as possible.

Your previous LAN event was Charleroi Esports, where you finished 5h-6th. Were you disappointed with the way that you played there?

Personally, I did not play well there. I have no excuses, but I had not been playing in a team for quite some time and I needed time to get back on track. I think we did not play so badly, it was only our second event. It was an okay event. We did not expect that much from the tournament, it was still a good experience. Personally, I was disappointed with the way that I played.

You had a little bit of a shaky start to the year but you now seem to be picking up some form. Are you feeling more comfortable with the team or was it also because you hurt your hand when you went ice skating?

That affected it a little bit, but, in general, as I said, I had not played competitively at a high level, against good players who are playing every day, for months. I needed some time to get back on track, I was a bit rusty. I am practicing hard and I am also feeling more comfortable in the team. It is mostly because I am practicing harder than I used to.

You had a bit of a disappointment earlier in this week when you failed to qualify for the Europe Minor. Was it frustrating for you, especially because your former team, NoChance, made it?

[laughs] I am happy for NoChance, first of all, they deserved it. For me, I believe this was the first time I did not qualify for a Minor, and it is kind of frustrating for me. I kind of saw it coming because we have not been showing a good level recently. We have a lot of questions about how we are going to play and everything. We still need some experience in terms of important matches. We have a lot of different views about the game. We have players who come from different countries so it is kind of hard to mix it up and find a good balance. We are trying to fix it.

ScreaM says that the team is still trying to find its comfort zone

The team has many times been close to the top 30 since its creation. Are you happy with the team's progress, or did you expect to be in a different situation by now?

Of course I am not happy with the situation right now, I think we could be doing a little bit better, but I still think that this is kind of the beginning, so we can still have some hope and grind to the top. We are just going to take it event by event, try to play as best as we can and try to move up in the rankings.

What is your opinion about the current situation of the French scene? Vitality obviously have been doing really well, and G2 are also doing okay. How do you see these teams?

I think the French scene is in a good moment. There was a really bad period for two-three years, but I now feel that things are picking up. Vitality are playing really well, they have insane players, and G2, with the new up-and-coming players, Jackz and Lucky... There is some fresh blood, and the French scene can go back to the top, I think.

Is it hard for you not to be part of those projects?

It is a little bit hard for me, because the French scene in general has a wrong image of me. I am kind of sad about this but I am not sad that I am not a part of it. I know what I am capable of and I do not think I have ever been so bad that I had to be removed, you know? It is about the wrong image that they have of me. In general, maybe they have this have image of me, of someone who cannot compete at the highest level, but I think I have shown enough and, in my opinion, I still have it and I can be even better than I used to be. The problem with me is that I am a really emotional player, so when small things happen I can get really emotional and I will play badly. The way that the team uses me has a big impact on the way that I play. These two points are very important. There was a time when I was with shox in G2 when I had a really good role and I was feeling really good because of my role and everything. I was really comfortable and I think that anyone can see that.

What happened in that team then? From what I was told, there were some personal issues between you and shox.

Yes, we had some personal issues, but it was not really issues. For me, it was just really childish [things], you know? I feel like there is an ego problem in the French scene, and when it comes to communication and everything we have a hard time communicating like adults. I feel this has changed, people have grown up, and we can see that now.

Do you see yourself going back to a French team anytime soon?

Right now, I am with my team and I hope everything will go well and I am going to give everything for this team. All the French players are my friends, I do not have any problems with anyone, I was recently at shox's wedding and it was amazing. No-one knows what will happen in the future, and I will not be close-minded about it.

Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1405
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
#3
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
ok
2019-06-15 18:34
#11
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice player!
2019-06-15 18:36
#14
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Estonia autistik 
scream overrated
2019-06-15 18:40
+1
2019-06-15 18:49
#46
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Canada NELK 
-1
2019-06-15 19:12
Kick hs and problem solved
2019-06-15 18:34
#17
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Estonia autistik 
finland cs hahaha
2019-06-15 18:42
#24
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Sweden device8 
Estonia OMEGALUL
2019-06-15 18:50
Ropz is God tho
2019-06-15 18:54
#42
NEO | 
Norway Skuolfi 
one good player lmao Estonia still OMEGALUL
2019-06-15 19:07
You could say the same about Norway CS tho, aside from Rain most pros hailing from that country are still trying to make a name for themselves.
2019-06-15 19:59
#55
NEO | 
Norway Skuolfi 
Yeah but unlike autistik and ThiccThoccerBlogger33, I don't go around claiming my country is relevant because of rain. Norway doesn't have a scene, has like two noteworthy pro players despite having three times the population of Estonia. I know that, so when people shit on Norways non-existent scene I can't defend it because it's true.
2019-06-15 21:04
never said that estonia is relevant, only said that ropz is good. you're putting words in my mouth and claiming i said things that i did not say.
2019-06-16 15:36
#66
NEO | 
Norway Skuolfi 
nt
2019-06-16 17:01
cry
2019-06-17 17:02
#38
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Argentina MrRioKai 
HS is good tho
2019-06-15 19:03
#5
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United States Bochanka 
G2-0
2019-06-15 18:34
scream in 2019 kek
2019-06-15 18:35
tier 5 news
2019-06-15 18:36
#15
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Brazil de_lite 
-ScreaM -HS +anyone = fixed
2019-06-15 18:40
#31
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Finland Smoonah 
HS = SH backwards = Steve Harrington = ???
2019-06-15 18:54
NICE
2019-06-15 18:41
good luck in future edshot mashine <3
2019-06-15 18:42
#19
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Europe crosst 
Nice article
2019-06-15 18:43
#20
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Belgium jorneiro 
Still a top 20 player
2019-06-15 18:44
Are you from 2015?
2019-06-15 18:45
#22
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Belgium jorneiro 
No i am from 2020 scream just got major mvp
2019-06-15 18:46
#27
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Netherlands Marrix 
did he win it? and with what team?
2019-06-15 18:52
#39
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Argentina MrRioKai 
Xddddd
2019-06-15 19:03
#25
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Most overrated pro?
2019-06-15 18:50
#26
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Brazil de_lite 
yes
2019-06-15 18:51
#30
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Finland Smoonah 
yes
2019-06-15 18:53
#51
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United States G0LDEAR 
How is he overrated? Literally no one is saying that he is good. Look at the comments, everyone says “overrated”
2019-06-15 19:55
Easy for scream top 5 2020
2019-06-15 18:52
#29
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Finland Smoonah 
asScreaM
2019-06-15 18:53
#34
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CIS LzDinny 
ScreaMchita Wurst stikes again.
2019-06-15 18:57
#35
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Brazil SecondKS 
-hs +kioshima -ex6tenz +hobbit, hampus IGLing, ezz GL
2019-06-15 18:56
#36
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
Read everything +1
2019-06-15 18:59
Just stop hating on scream s1mple fan girls Idiots didn't read a single thing and saying "ScrEaM ovErRateD" piss off kids.
2019-06-15 19:02
#40
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Argentina MrRioKai 
+1
2019-06-15 19:04
+1
2019-06-15 20:02
scream is back mark my words he will definitely be in a better org soon stay tuned
2019-06-15 19:06
#59
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Sweden Lagge15 
Why would he leave his own project when they had the patience to let him take his time to get good again?
2019-06-16 06:31
#43
ZywOo | 
Belgium ssloss 
I had no excuses BUT ...
2019-06-15 19:08
#44
Twistzz | 
Romania EzL1fe 
Ez edshot!
2019-06-15 19:08
Talk the talk, walk the walk. He can say "I can be even better than before" all he wants and that he keeps practicing hard, all I see on the server is a trash player in a trash team.
2019-06-15 19:08
That trash team beat vitality yesterday... What excuses do you have? Online?
2019-06-15 19:23
meaningless game, CYA when GL actually does something on LAN. But they can't even win tier 3 LANs or beat VP in closed minor :>
2019-06-15 19:40
#68
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United Kingdom skulziy 
beat furia at lan for 20k so not that bad but definitely not consistent yet
2019-06-17 17:10
#60
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Sweden Lagge15 
I have been a GL fan since they were for med a few months ago and I say it was because GL had a little to play for while Vitality had nothing to play for. It was an online game without any meaning
2019-06-16 06:32
#61
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Sweden Lagge15 
Trasa team? I don't agree. They played good from 30th of March until late May. Since then they have played too many insignificant matches and that worn out some of the players. Yesterday late on map 2 (and then again on map 3) was the first time in 3 weeks we've seen all five players play good together. When they don't play good they can lose to almost anyone, when they do play good they beat teams that are around 15-30th place with some what ease
2019-06-16 06:35
How can you say they played too many insignificant matches ? It's not like they get invited or qualify to tier 1 LAN and therefore have the luxury of saying "yeah we don't care about this match". They have been dreadful in the last weeks of MDL (I know you're going to bring up the win vs Vitality that's ok) and got 2-0'd in the closed minor qualifier by both Optic and VP, not exactly good teams at the moment. And from what I understand from interviews things don't seem to be exatly going well in the team either so yeah I predict they will kick a player soon.
2019-06-16 13:22
#64
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Sweden Lagge15 
They wnet through 2 Open qualifiers to the Minor, 2 qualifiers for Chicago,1 qualifier for New york... They played about 70-80 games in 3 weeks and only about 10 were against noteworthy oponents. Wpuldn't be surprised if they had a drop in motivation and/or focus because of this. The Vitality game ment nothing and neither did the AGO game. They qualified for MDL Playoff about 2 weeks ago and didn't care about first or eighth place, so why botthere? But yes! Their performance have been nearly shite for the past 3 weeks. Nobody deny that. But who wouldn't after meeting Rank 6 Faceit mixers for 60 out of 70 games?
2019-06-16 13:45
#47
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United States DervGuy 
So basically, French scene = BabyRage
2019-06-15 19:21
#49
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
nt conchita
2019-06-15 19:23
from failing at majors to not qualifying for EU minor, wow ex6tenz what's next?
2019-06-15 19:59
Just tap on the heads!
2019-06-15 21:07
#57
Twistzz | 
Romania EzL1fe 
That’s Scream #mindplaytacticts
2019-06-15 23:16
scream in 2019 LUL
2019-06-16 02:26
Typical "I have already proven myself" when people clearly don't want to play with you for some reasons. Just prove them wrong ffs. Coming up with that sentence is such a loser attitude. Go practice and fix your consistency issues, maybe then people will rate you as they should.
2019-06-16 11:22
seriouseley?
2019-06-17 20:30
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