NAF: "We had the Miami loss in the back of our heads, but now we feel like we are above and beyond every other team"

To finalize our on-site coverage of BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, we spoke to the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Keith "NAF" Markovic.

The Canadian star spoke to his supreme form throughout the entire tournament, which earned him his first MVP medal since iBUYPOWER Masters at the start of the year, after some of his teammates outshone him in Liquid's earlier triumphs of their fantastic run over the last three months.

NAF commented on the talks of a new era beginning

We also asked NAF about the FaZe grand final and how it was different to the North American team's previous struggles against the European side, and about the talks of a new era beginning.

As showcased by the MVP, this has been one of your career-best tournaments, what do you think was behind this kind of form?

Obviously, with the teams here, some teams may not have been in the best form, especially MIBR who have their coach, so there are some things that kind of take away from the MVP itself, but overall I felt really confident at this LAN compared to others. There were times where I was even just entry fragging, running in, I was feeling it. Mentally, I felt really good for this event and I guess it paid off, I'm here (laughs).

Earlier in Liquid you were statistically the team's best player, but lately the spotlight has been more on EliGE and Twistzz, is it harder to shine consistently with this much talent on the team?

Yeah, honestly, I think it's completely impossible for me to be consistent when we have such a strong frontline in terms of EliGE, Twistzz, Stewie, and nitr0. There's no way I can be consistent throughout my play through all of these events. It's obviously difficult, but at the end of the day, I'm playing for trophies, that's the main thing I care about, so if everyone can pop off, that's amazing, I love it.

Previously you've had some problems against FaZe, losing to them in the Miami final and also having a tough series against them in Dallas, this time it was a lot more convincing outside of that one half on Nuke. Has the matchup changed, or is it just down to your overall improvement?

Obviously, going into the match we kind of had that thought in the back of our head about the Miami loss, but now we feel like a way different team, we feel like we are above and beyond every other team. Going into this one, we were just confident, we knew that we'd play our A game based on our previous game, so we were just confident that we'd win. We just have a different mentality compared to even just a few months ago at BLAST Miami, for sure.

With the Intel Grand Slam victory and now adding another trophy to that, this level of domination has caused people to start talking about an era, what do you think when you see them associate you with that status?

Yeah, I hear people saying that it's going to be an era, but personally, I don't care. I don't think about that type of stuff, I just think about what's ahead of me, the trophies that are ahead of me, that we've just got to keep going and non-stop practice, keep grinding. We're a young team, all of us are hungry, a lot of us haven't even won as much before this year, so we have so much hunger and drive compared to any other team, in my opinion, so that just helps us and that's why we're here right now for sure.

Lastly, since there are a couple of your former teammates there, I wanted to ask you about this Cloud9 team, what do you make of them after playing them earlier?

I think what they did was great, going back to an NA foundation I guess you could say. Bringing in mixwell is honestly not a big issue because he's been here before, he's done it before, he knows what to expect and what he needs to avoid. With their lineup, I think it's great, with TenZ they've got the young gun and autimatic and all that, daps as an IGL. daps is very good at building teams from the ground up, so overall I'm excited for the new lineup, I think they have a bright future, they've just got to work hard and they'll get there for sure.

Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
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France iNolake 
Got here 2 minutes before you guys Pog me Well played Naf you played like a god this tournament and it shows how dangerous Liquid Can be... 5 insane players!
2019-07-15 08:16
Indeed they are
2019-07-15 08:14
France Ghoul98 
Every body can show up and carry
2019-07-15 08:22
Naf, true Canadian god.
2019-07-15 08:52
Sweden Unluko 
2019-07-15 09:48
2019-07-15 15:51
That's why Liquid #1 and Vitality isn't
2019-07-15 11:15
Europe Kermac 
Why u so mean men(((
2019-07-15 11:57
United States ScanDull 
Thanks for the respect for our team friend, and respect in kind to Vitality for reaching #2 in the world! interested to see what they'll do at IEM Chicago. I just hope they'll decide they actually wanna play like they're supposed to ^^" But yeah, this lineup is just so strong for Liquid. Stewie was really the missing piece, and with Adren giving good strats in a coaching role, it's no wonder they're so difficult to beat anymore.
2019-07-15 18:26
United States NotASmurph 
+1 respect Vitality/Liquid will be a better rivalry than Liquid/Astralis imo Will be super fun watching them meet
2019-07-16 07:34
ez for nastynaf
2019-07-15 08:14
Finland Smoonah 
looks like a giant up against future caitlyn jenner
2019-07-15 10:00
2019-07-15 18:21
Palestine Baitor69 
2019-07-15 08:14
Canada LiquidTop1 
2019-07-15 08:14
Glad to see NAF doing well. ggs.
2019-07-15 08:14
The best
2019-07-15 08:14
they dont win major starladder too much stars
2019-07-15 08:14
This is an international site . Please write your comment in english
2019-07-15 08:15
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
yea, Astralis or Na`Vi might upset in final
2019-07-15 08:41
Singapore Defqon_1 
Na'Vi ez major
2019-07-15 09:22
Netherlands ZoMilan 
Mouz wins major ezpz
2019-07-15 13:10
Nepal ramann 
Astralis is the only one who can challenge Liquid right now.
2019-07-15 11:40
yeah and also hope NaVi grow a bit then the matches are more exciting
2019-07-15 12:15
Bulgaria zikinu 
Wat. Astralis can't even challenge vitality right now.
2019-07-16 07:11
This is an international site . Please write your comment in english
2019-07-16 00:44
Peru AgentLF 
2019-07-15 08:15
2019-07-15 08:24
Russia amc20 
There's been like three other articles about the same thing right?
2019-07-15 09:05
Faroe Islands _thiNk 
2019-07-15 09:36
Europe Skraj 
Damn Liquid so good. Astralis cuck themselves and all other teams drop off = Liquid #1, easy tactic
2019-07-15 09:36
Poland Ktav 
Mens)) Starcrafttttttttt
2019-07-15 09:43
faze with karrigan is better than neo. facts
2019-07-15 09:50
TaZ | 
Faze with karrigan wasn't working anymore unfortunately
2019-07-15 10:20
FaZe 2017 cannot come back.
2019-07-15 12:14
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
2019-07-15 13:12
over-confidence is a key to fuck everything up clowns
2019-07-15 09:59
As I recall, TwistZz at Sydney "I knew 100% we were going to win" since then its all been going up hasnt it? they arent overconfident if what they say is true, its just the reality no other team is on their level rn
2019-07-15 13:19
blameF | 
Denmark hEnzeee 
For sure, they are the best. But how about staying humble instead of this shit. I like Liquid alot, but I makes me sad to see such statement :)
2019-07-15 14:31
There's a difference between being confident in yourself and being arrogant. All of the Liquid guys are genuinely nice people, and they're just confident and happy with where they are. Most of the team are veteran rejects who have failed repeatedly in the past, and I don't think any of them can truly be arrogant with how hard the road they've all taken has been.
2019-07-15 18:27
and they should care about you because...?
2019-07-15 18:38
Twistzz at sydney said "I knew 100% we were going to win" AFTER they had a 12-3 half in the final map, HLTV cucked him so people like you who just read the title think he's a cocky bastard
2019-07-16 00:46
Finland Smoonah 
2019-07-15 09:59
Norway Ludvic 
nothing is permanent...noone expected Astralis's sudden fall, but it happened.
2019-07-15 10:35
2019-07-15 14:20
Bulgaria zikinu 
I think 2018 astralis still might have lost to this liquid.
2019-07-16 07:14
Ireland FirestormRR 
It would be much closer for sure, but this Liquid is on a different plane of existence right now
2019-07-16 13:56
Bulgaria zikinu 
Yeah, but people can't stop comparing both, I said might as well...
2019-07-17 07:36
France Poloqua 
Why doesn't he want to talk about an era ? It's for sure a liquid era that is beginning but I don't see the point not to feel like the best team of the world right now for a certain time, being unbeatable and dominatig the scene.
2019-07-15 10:49
Denmark DanishDelight 
Maybe because they haven't been close to winning a major yet? :)
2019-07-15 12:22
major is meaningless if you win everything else.
2019-07-15 14:20
xaxaxaxa come back when u win a major
2019-07-15 11:05
and every minute u are getting closer to the fate of astralis
2019-07-15 11:28
Can't wait to watch astralis 16-1 liquid in berlin
2019-07-15 12:01
then Liquid 16-1 them back to turn it into a bo1 C9 vs Furia style
2019-07-16 00:48
2019-07-16 02:21
Such a good player
2019-07-15 12:04
Pakistan LoOuU2 
2019-07-15 12:07
Then try to win the major. Astralis is always watching you guys lul
2019-07-15 12:12
United States Bo_oM 
2019-07-15 12:13
Sweden Niipr0 
lol NA wins some tournament and says "no one can beat us" HAHA If they stay n1 for over 6-8months then we can talk about that and an era. = )
2019-07-15 12:48
Germany naeqode 
theyre 24-1 in bo3s in the past 3 months already
2019-07-15 13:15
Sweden Niipr0 
yeah but it isnt enough to say "era" or the best team ever. BUT if they can keep up this then all hands up for them. Time will tell : ) Just think about fnatic,nip,astralis. they all created an era and where the best teams for year/s
2019-07-15 18:30
Germany naeqode 
I didnt say its an era yet, but "no one can beat us" is a very accurate statement for a team thats won 5 tournaments straight and is 24-1.
2019-07-15 19:41
Sweden Niipr0 
idk i dont think that YET
2019-07-15 23:57
Bulgaria zikinu 
How can you be that blind?
2019-07-16 07:15
Its only Navi or Astralis who can reach the required level to challenge Liquid :] But the potential in both astralis and navi is bigger than Liquids - but I doubt if they will find their right level before the major. Maybe Ence can surprise >:]
2019-07-15 13:02
"potential in both astralis and navi is bigger than liquids" absolute 0 iq right there how could u even suggest that navi is a downward spiral their players are washed up and out of prime i mean elec and s1mple are still good but they arent as good as last year, zeus and flamie have 0 potential, boombl4 nothing special liquid's average age is insanely young for a world #1 team and they have 4 top 20 players, maybe 5 given the rest of the year, 3 of those players are top 10, twistZz is 19 lol, liquids potential is insanely huge, astralis is on the down, they threw away their era and liquid struck, i cant believe how braindead what u just said was
2019-07-15 13:21
Brazil Zippods 
2019-07-15 15:23
Liquid almost lost to g2 the other day, they won inferno only because the french made a lot of mistakes, u say boomich nothing special, I say Liquid nothing special
2019-07-16 00:57
all 5 players on liquid > boombitch
2019-07-16 17:31
Maybe, maybe not, that's not my point.
2019-07-17 01:32
Now comes the hard part, staying no. 1. I somehow doubt their “era” will be as long and as dominating as Astralis was.
2019-07-15 13:37
well they're already more dominant then Astralis ever was so we've got the dominant part done, we'll have to see about the long part
2019-07-16 00:52
Bulgaria zikinu 
2019-07-16 07:17
i lost all respect i had for NAF
2019-07-15 15:14
Europe Nomarosa 
Deserved and true <3
2019-07-15 15:38
Congrats to Liquid, def deserved. But for some reason, everytime some team rises, I root for all the underdogs. Ready for other teams to make it competitive and interesting!
2019-07-15 15:44
Netherlands IMSOAWESOME 
Hopefully by the end of Major they will fall like deadbeats. These little mofos became so cocky
2019-07-15 15:45
Argentina tinchomik0 
Solo hasta que se Levante astralis de su siesta
2019-07-15 15:56
thanks Naf-fly
2019-07-15 18:57
Argentina tinchomik0 
2019-07-15 21:56
Wtf these guys on liquid are all cocky af, and even tho they are good, nothing really impressive (almost losing to g2 the other day), astralis got tired of raping them over and over, and they never were this arrogant.
2019-07-16 00:50
Wtf these guys on astralis are all cocky af, and even tho they are good, nothing really impressive (losing 0-3 to faze, losing 1-2 to mibr etc) Wtf these guys on liquid are all cocky af, and even tho they are good, nothing really impressive (only winning 23 straight meaningful bo3/bo5s, winning 5 tournaments in a row, winning IGS in 63 days etc)
2019-07-16 01:00
Bulgaria zikinu 
2019-07-16 07:18
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-07-17 01:28
Magisk | 
Denmark MRFREAK 
Well... Of course they won this Blast Pro. When you look at the team line up, there aren't any impressive and in form teams, except Liquid and NRG. NRG really choked against FaZe hard, who had their best match in months, other than that, Liquid could just cruise control from the start and wasn't even contested once. It's not because I am biased by being an Astralis fan, but Liquid have had some easy months on their way to be no. 1 in the world. There is not a single really good team in form out there, that can give Liquid a really good run for their money. Teams such as FaZe, MIBR, Astralis who have been on top, has either failed miserably or being in really poor form as of lately. FaZe has some small gaps they need to fill out, I say out with NEO and in with someone else (Coldzera maybe?) MIBR is just a complete shitshow of chaos right now. Astralis is in a VERY bad form, due to not playing many tournaments. I am first willingly to acknowledge Liquid as the best team in the world and the real inherit of the World No. 1 throne, when I can see that they can beat some of the best teams, when the team they are up against are in form, in balance and can put on a good fight and be a REAL contender. But.... that's just my opinion.
2019-07-16 10:45
I think what a lot of people forget about are Vitality & ENCE, both of which have proven to be elite teams. Just like the 2013-2015 Fnatic/NiP we've got new teams in the scene now, the old is getting replaced with the new. Also Liquid having an easy tournament run proves nothing, arguably Astralis had an easy tournament run at Katowice if you look at the teams they had to play (Renegades, NiP, MiBR, then ENCE who now is an elite team but really wasn't much of a contender at the time). Also this Liquid is objectively stronger than 2018 Liquid, so if you consider teams to be more in form in 2018 (I would disagree with all except for Astralis of course) then Liquid's already proved themselves against all top teams, also don't forget about iBP Masters, Liquid still proved themselves vs in form Astralis there
2019-07-16 19:40
Magisk | 
Denmark MRFREAK 
I actually didn't watch iBP, I don't know why. So I haven't really thought about that tournament and what happened, but I had a look at it and you are right. But I would still say that NaVi and Mibr played really well most of last year. Also, I want to admit, it's a bit hard to see where each team stands this tournament, when you see how many tournaments Liquid has attended contra NaVi and Astralis for an example. If you look at this years player statistics as of today, Liquid has played 107 maps on LAN tournaments, meanwhile Astralis have played 68 maps. S1mple have played 80 maps and some of them is with a new teammate that has to get into the teams groove.
2019-07-17 13:16
this was insane
2019-07-16 12:55
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