nitr0: "The Intel Grand Slam is a big thing, but we are not trying to add any extra pressure"

Rounding out our interviews from the first day of ESL One Cologne 2019 is one with Nick "nitr0" Cannella, who we spoke with following an exciting BO3 against Natus Vincere.

Liquid continue their strong run, picking up two wins in Germany, albeit strongly contested ones. Underdogs MVP PK pushed them to a 16-14 on Nuke, while the game against the Russian-Ukranian side went three maps with Liquid barely stealing away the first one, Dust2.

nitr0 gave props to MVP PK's Nuke play

We spoke to the team's in-game leader following the latter game, and quizzed him about what stopped them from having a more convincing performance, extending their strong record against Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and co., and their issues with pistol rounds.

The first game you had here against MVP PK ended up being pretty tight. How did that game go from your perspective?

MVP was actually a pretty hard match, I think their T side was pretty good. They had a cool smoke which landed in front of the Vent and then they mollied top Hut so they would deny information on whether or not they went down the vent. I haven't seen that in a really long time actually, so and it was messing with our rotations a little bit. I think they were kind of obvious when they were doing an upper execution but it was still hard to stop because they had mollies in random places. One was in front of Hut, one was Site... it was just something we never experienced before. I actually think their T side was pretty hard to play against, it was obviously a hard match, we had a slow start, we always have slow starts to tournaments, but I'm just happy we won it compared to losing to North in Montpellier.

Moving from that, you played Na`Vi next and obviously you have a great record against them. You go into Dust2 and it ends up being a very long game, overtime, you are becoming overtime specialists now with how much of them you are winning... Is the history you have there something that allows you to come back more easily?

Obviously there is a good history between us and s1mple, there is a little rivalry because he is our ex-teammate. I know we have a super good record against them, we are very confident just playing against them in general, even though they have the best player, but this time it was more difficult than in the past because they picked up the new player and I don't think if they had any officials in a month or two. It was kind of hard to do any preparation for them so we decided to focus on ourselves and base it off of scrims that we had in the past with them. It was definitely more difficult than past iterations.

Tell me about Overpass, you had a solid T side, 7-8, and then moving to CT you would usually expect that to be a done game. It didn't go that way this time - does it have something with the AUG being nerfed, do you think that played into how that match went?

I don't necessarily think it is because of the AUG nerf, I think, first of all, we lost both pistols so that really guttered us in the beginning. Going into their T side they got the momentum... I think they are kind of obvious on what they were doing, their gameplan, they would just go wherever they threw utility. So when they were going A, they were throwing utility A until the very last round where they faked us, it was 15-14, they faked A and went B. Other than that, I think they were kind of obvious on their T side but they had a lot of good individual plays and that is really what it came down to on Overpass - and losing both pistols.

You touched on the pistols, at the last event as well that was your weak spot. Pistols are kind of difficult to nail down in CS:GO, so what is your approach towards fixing it?

Our pistols right now are a work in progress [laughs]. I don't think we are bad pistol players, individually, by any means. I think we have some of the best pistol players in the world. But I think, for our last bootcamp, we really took a different approach to pistols and we've actually been winning more than at the last tournament, at the last tournament it was really bad for us, but here it has been ok so far. We are going back to more basic stuff with pistols, we are not trying to overcomplicate anything and just try to hit more shots I guess.

Obviously this is the tournament where you could go 4/4 in Big Events and win the Intel Grand Slam, just like that. How does that play into everything you've been doing here? You are already in the playoffs, so half of the work is already done but the harder part is still left...

Just like any other tournament, we are trying to take it match by match, so far so good, we aren't trying to put any extra pressure on ourselves, we know that the Intel Grand Slam is a big thing, it is very prestigious, but we are not trying to add any extra pressure. We already had a discussion about the Intel Grand Slam and obviously, we are going to attend tournaments to try and get it, but we are trying to not focus too much on that and take it round by round, win every tournament we can possibly win. So far we are 3 for 4 with the Major loss, so it is looking good. We just have to see how this tournament pans out.

United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
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Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
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Maps played:
Davidp | 
Switzerland SRB! 
nitr0 bestest igl
2019-07-03 01:02
MVP bestest Asian team
2019-07-03 01:04
Viva algeria best african team
2019-07-03 01:05
Poland RAG3man 
Atk better
2019-07-03 20:05
Sweden Unluko 
Lets go Liquid
2019-07-03 01:04
United States Trump2020KAG 
+1 Underrated player and igl
2019-07-03 02:06
Nitro over Turok with the pumpkin brain plays
2019-07-03 02:52
2019-07-03 03:12
United States K1NGKY 
+1....a comment that deserves no.1
2019-07-04 08:27
undeserved win today
2019-07-03 01:02
Switzerland ShadowRaze 
Not really, but k
2019-07-03 01:06
Not undeserved at all, but k
2019-07-03 01:23
how is it undeserved? navi got 8:16'd
2019-07-03 01:21
THEYY should thx simple
2019-07-03 01:53
ropz | 
Canada StanleyLy 
mad cause u lose all ur money xd
2019-07-03 03:09
United States SlenderHD 
0/8 eurotrash
2019-07-03 03:11
Denmark en0r 
I first time for six months signed in to report you
2019-07-03 11:27
how much?
2019-07-03 03:12
So close
2019-07-03 01:04
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
What happened to NAF !?!? Why everone is hiding it?! Stewie also didnt answer
2019-07-03 06:57
What do you mean? His mediocre playing? Or did something actually happen with him?
2019-07-03 22:37
tweeday | 
New Zealand Rabb5t 
lol great clutch nitr0
2019-07-03 01:03
Kazakhstan Bombardian 
2019-07-03 01:04
Netherlands poeya 
nice good mentality fr0m nitr0, love this guy
2019-07-03 01:04
Indonesia hexover 
Yeah, Absolutely
2019-07-03 02:53
Switzerland KICK_RPG_FFS 
2019-07-03 01:12
Netherlands glennakiN 
S1ple causes Navi to disband. Screenshot this
2019-07-03 01:13
North America daesoulae 
idk who siple is
2019-07-03 14:35
Netherlands glennakiN 
S1mple. Ez for quick response bois
2019-07-03 14:44
Russia mmmmmmajestic 
It's just a matter of time when they win it
2019-07-03 01:21
Finland Smoonah 
nitro now confirmed German
2019-07-03 01:21
Ukraine d1pal 
Good men 😎
2019-07-03 01:25
Bot nitro, GOD GLAIVE
2019-07-03 01:26
Fuck off
2019-07-03 01:58
Sri Lanka VuXn 
You know we are in 2019 and not in 2018?
2019-07-03 02:08
nitr0 best mvp
2019-07-03 01:26
should be top 10 in 2k19
2019-07-03 01:26
S1mple threw that Dust 2 game so hard its not even funny.
2019-07-03 01:57
Bulgaria Cloudyx 
Not s1mple, navi throwed the game :D even when he miss the knife score he still was top fraggin that means he left navi against like half of the liquid :D and they still lose :D Why no-one see the shitty perfomens from navi but everyone see the fucking miss of s1mple the guy who actually give a chance to navi to beat liquid :D
2019-07-03 15:32
Because S1mple went for a stupid play, instead of getting the absolutely 100% guaranteed kill on Nitr0 to end Dust 2 16-11, he went for the knife kill and didnt get it, afterwards Nitr0 pulled off an insane clutch and Liquid brought it back to win in OT, all because S1mple didnt end the map at 16-11 with a guaranteed kill. He can frag out of his mind and get 60+ kills in 1 game, idc, costing you and your team the map because of arrogance and wanting to get a knife kill is still his own fault.
2019-07-03 15:40
Bulgaria Cloudyx 
Still not s1mple the reason for the lost, if his teammates hits their shots the match would be different Even with boomi4 he is still one man army.. DO NOT FORGET THAT MOST OF THE WINS ARE BECAUSE OF HIM. The teams who face navi face two teams not one, team navi and team s1mple If s1mple leave navi navi easly tier 20-30 team That knife doesnt change anything one miss, start to count the misses of the rest of the navi Lets be real here
2019-07-03 16:15
World Jeza 
For an IGL, Nitr0 pulls off some nutty plays. It's like tarik in C9 at start of last year or old FalleN.
2019-07-03 02:09
that's the reason why s1mple never wins a major.
2019-07-03 04:08
2019-07-03 07:31
If they win intel GS it will be unfair) loose major... Win few ROFL tournaments and intel GS... LOL
2019-07-03 14:26
United States jaeger_steam 
Wut? 1/8.
2019-07-03 20:26
India DeathNaught 
2019-07-03 14:29
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