EliGE: "After the break is done, I think it'll be more competitive"

One of the final pieces of our coverage of IEM Chicago is an interview with the tournament's MVP, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski.

EliGE led Liquid to their sixth big-event triumph in a row, bringing home another trophy off a dominant grand final victory against ENCE, which saw the North American side win the first two maps, Overpass and Nuke, 16-2 and 16-3, before closing out the series with a narrow Inferno.

EliGE reckons once teams have been able to refresh, Liquid will have more competition

After the final, we got a hold of the Most Valuable Player to discuss the one-sided affair and Liquid's recent form, as well as who could challenge the best team in the world at the Major, which will follow the off-season break.

adreN was talking about how Nuke was going to be the hardest map, yet it was a blowout, why do you think it ended up being so one-sided?

I'm not really too sure, exactly, I felt like they weren't playing too confidently or too much of their game. It may have been something with the first map, but I feel like they weren't playing it like they normally play against us.

What about Inferno, do you feel like towards the end you were getting complacent or was it down to ENCE stepping up their game and finding a way through that made it so close, after all?

I think that just in general our CT sides are a little bit tougher right now. I think that T side on Inferno really good for us. I think Inferno is actually turning into a more T-sided map because there aren't really many options for the CTs, it's really hard to take banana control, and there aren't really many aggressive options that you can do to get the momentum in your favor as opposed to other maps like Overpass. I think that it's more that the map is hard on the CT side and there were a few unlucky things that were happening, some timing things, and that definitely didn't help either.

Obviously, you've had such a dominant couple of months, do you think anyone can challenge you at the Major, especially after you beat Vitality and ENCE in such a way?

I thought Vitality was going to be really, really tough this event, but I think that they're just a little bit burnt out just like us. It's good for us because we're playing all these events in a row and we're playing well at them, so it helps steamroll the momentum a little bit, but if you're not having super-good events all in a row, then it's a lot easier to get burnt out. And with Vitality playing so many maps, they played more maps than any other pro team, it's really easy to get burnt out and it's not easy to add new things, either, so I think after the break is done and teams get a little chillax time and they can go over new strats and steal things, I think that it'll be more competitive.

A lot of people have been saying that you have the most skilled lineup we've ever seen. is that all there is to the domination you've shown in the last few months?

We've been a really skilled team since last year when we had TACO. You could have made the same argument. I think people make the same argument for any top team, when fnatic was the best, they were the most skilled team, when Astralis was the best, they were the most skilled team, when SK was the best... I think that it's more just about how we carry ourselves on the server, the confidence that we have and what we do, and making sure that there's always some type of teamplay happening. I'd equate it similarly to Astralis and how they started their last year. They weren't super dominant like destroying everyone 16-0 when they started playing really well, they just were doing things together and they were doing proper teamwork, and I think that's what we're doing. When other teams start to falter with that, they have to go over the fundamentals again and we've been really focusing on the fundamentals ever since Stewie came on to the team and it has had a really good effect on us.

This is your third MVP despite you being one of the first people to pick up the scoped guns, why do you think you've been able to keep up that same form, if not better, despite the AUG nerf?

Obviously, the weapons help a lot, you're able to take some duels that you normally can't, but I think that it's just given me a lot of confidence. Just in my overall game, I've had a lot of confidence in my overall game, with the fights that I'm taking, the teamplay that we're doing, I have a lot more plays than I used to, so I think it's just been an overall confidence-boost that I've had recently. When you do things with confidence, no matter what you're going to do, as long as you do it and it involves your team, then you're going to be playing really well.

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
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Nice Edit:Hi mom :D
2019-07-22 06:37
khaos | 
United States btescobar 
2019-07-22 06:34
Yes it was
2019-07-22 06:37
Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
2019-07-22 10:20
Romania decis1ve 
Ez for Liquid. Burnt out they still destroyed ence and beat a burnt out vitality. Not a big fan, but congrats to them. They are just to good at the moment
2019-07-22 07:03
Europe Kermac 
Im proud of you son
2019-07-22 07:20
EliGE | 
Lithuania 7000won 
2019-07-22 12:24
The Best polish player ever
2019-07-22 19:29
Elige is spanish i believe. Tabsen is polish or naf , or stanislaw... f it , its complicated. At least nitro is native burger
2019-07-22 22:22
Canella Native burger Pick1
2019-07-23 04:18
Canella sounds italian.
2019-07-23 12:05
nitr0 is native american indian? wtf
2019-07-24 00:09
Na they all Americans besides twizzzzzz’s bitch ass!! Go USA!! But we will take twizzzzzzzzzz! Now he’s American I just made it possible
2019-07-24 04:33
Twistzz | 
China Ajiestr 
2019-07-22 06:34
Netherlands Kermit69 
gg ez MVP for Elige
2019-07-22 06:36
North America noahB_ 
nt, elige getting bored with reking eu noobs
2019-07-22 06:37
2019-07-22 06:38
na has a good team after 6 years hah. where u been those 6 years?
2019-07-22 07:38
Sri Lanka kvezee 
2019-07-22 07:41
+1 lol
2019-07-22 10:55
Damn! Bhutanese person! You really play CS:GO in such a peaceful country?
2019-08-05 22:36
NA? what i know the most of the ppl are form Eu :)
2019-07-22 13:15
2019-07-22 13:57
Nitro is murican 😂 rest are europeans and jake "asia" yip #EuTop1 #FreeCryMurica
2019-07-22 22:24
You mean 5 years. In 2018, NA won a major with Cloud9 and Liquid was also a consistent top team with the TACO lineup.
2019-07-22 16:41
Denmark brunostejskal 
And has Cloud9 been winning anything after the major? No. They certainly weren´t that good at that time. And when TACO joined Liquid, it was already almost six years from the release.
2019-07-23 04:29
Lol this is the first time na has had a good team in ages and now u calling eu noobs
2019-07-22 09:50
Standard NA brain.
2019-07-22 12:35
expected from school shooter
2019-07-22 13:58
2019-08-05 22:36
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Expected from average NA brain
2019-07-22 13:08
Ye boi. Elige best Spanish player by far
2019-07-22 22:24
Expected from burgers
2019-07-24 00:29
Philippines Eclipsa 
So they wont be competing at tournaments other than the major?
2019-07-22 06:38
Stewie2K | 
United States kgr8 
lol...he's right tho...breaks surely have the potential to f up your momentum
2019-07-22 07:00
Philippines Eclipsa 
yeah look what happened to Ast.
2019-07-22 07:06
Astralis is the obvious case and point for this. Killed an entire era lmfao
2019-07-22 17:58
Denmark brunostejskal 
Didn´t really kill it. They´ve only not been that good at a few tournaments. And they still had nice placements. They might be the same old Astralis once again after they get some time.
2019-07-23 04:31
astralis dead cuz everyone learned them inside out. not because they decreased amount of events etc. Liquid in a similar situation cuz also a "top 1 dominant team" atm so everyone is studying them over the break. that's why after break they are no longer gonna be dominant.
2019-07-26 00:04
The next big tournament is the Major that is a month long break for every tier 1 team
2019-07-22 07:42
Germany killmichi 
Yeah. Same as every year. Where have all of you been over the last couple of years?
2019-07-22 08:21
Sweden Bakkmann 
And fnatic aint going... :(
2019-07-22 09:23
Poland Lukovsky 
good, maybe they will finally realize that xizt is bringing them down
2019-07-22 11:33
Brazil Karlogaria 
Xzist is a anchor no team can carry
2019-07-22 12:41
Xzist Best igl
2019-07-22 13:04
2019-07-24 04:36
2019-07-22 06:38
United Kingdom EKersh 
how did you get #9 twice
2019-07-22 10:48
2019-07-22 06:38
woxic | 
Turkey xulame 
how did you get #9 twice
2019-07-22 11:19
he's Big Smoke
2019-07-24 18:59
NAF | 
Indonesia lalislis 
2 number 9
2019-07-23 14:07
a number 9 large, a number 6 with extra dip
2019-07-23 19:58
liquid is top 1, forget what simple says
2019-07-22 06:38
You mean simple jack? Yu yu yu you make me feel prrrreeeetttyyy
2019-07-24 04:37
Brazil RevvivaL 
Remember, elige is polish
2019-07-22 06:40
EliGE | 
Lithuania 7000won 
+1 <3
2019-07-22 12:24
Finland Smoonah 
looks like albino yung Johnathan Lipnicki
2019-07-23 03:59
elige is tired of winning...
2019-07-22 06:44
NEO | 
Asia editz107 
Ez major boys :)
2019-07-22 06:46
Bangladesh drvken 
navi will win 🏆
2019-07-22 08:07
nt even funny
2019-07-22 09:08
when u know only 1 tier-1 team and cry abt it
2019-07-22 10:57
Bangladesh drvken 
dudeee :c
2019-07-24 11:52
Liquid will not win because everyone is going to study their strats and be prepared for them. I would be surprised if they won
2019-07-22 17:04
frozen | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Ez for best Polish player
2019-07-22 06:55
EliGE | 
Lithuania 7000won 
2019-07-22 12:24
United States xiquo 
2019-07-22 08:06
no SG no elige lul
2019-07-22 08:24
United States PH4RMA 
First you blamed Aug, now you blame sg lul
2019-07-22 16:24
elige was good before this change...and was using the guns
2019-07-22 17:05
TenZ | 
Russia GoozeX 
This team is now f__ken good! GL on major!
2019-07-22 08:59
How???? No teams have the mentality
2019-07-22 09:02
Denmark fm100 
I think he is right
2019-07-22 09:05
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
AIM from Poland
2019-07-22 09:14
Philippines metshidreio 
Elige is being humble, he could have just said its way to easy. I mean, it is. lol
2019-07-22 09:34
+1 They definitely made that final look easy
2019-07-22 17:06
but then every EU player's going to get butt hurt. "WHY SO COCKY MEN, FUCKIN BURGER BRAIN" it's a lose, lose...
2019-07-22 19:39
Mongolia OMgLGaming 
He wouldn't really say "it's too easy lul", og probably meant elige could have said something like "everything worked perfectly for us, ence had a lot of mistakes" instead he actually talked about how teams were burned out.
2019-07-23 05:48
thanks Elige & Nitro and :) ;) AdreN
2019-07-22 09:37
United Kingdom TechzuuGod 
Ez for my 50% polish elige
2019-07-22 10:11
Poland Jutiant 
2019-07-22 11:01
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Jonathan = UK Jablonowski = PL
2019-07-22 11:38
Poland Jutiant 
So his anglicised first name makes him less polish? i was born in canada yet i identify as 1000% polak
2019-07-30 03:22
100% burger brain baby. USA #1
2019-07-22 19:40
nice and humble guy :)
2019-07-22 10:27
ok elige(
2019-07-22 10:41
ZywOo | 
Poland Mico1337 
a bit savage
2019-07-22 11:06
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puget1 
U bet
2019-07-22 11:11
Brazil logzera 
Hes a humble guy tired of his success.
2019-07-22 12:07
see? cocky af
2019-07-22 12:15
Russia RogueDecay 
calm the F down elige
2019-07-22 12:20
We will see
2019-07-22 12:32
United States Trump2020KAG 
2019-07-22 12:39
United States Trump2020KAG 
Doing America and Poland proud.
2019-07-22 12:41
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Elige with nitro are the only 2 players I respect from Liquid...
2019-07-22 13:10
Romania kr1tex 
2019-07-22 20:38
Elige must be pretty bored by now...
2019-07-22 13:26
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
ELIGE with the humble brag
2019-07-22 13:39
fer | 
Brazil Pandapool 
He is pretty humble actually. Have you ever seen he being a dick, or trashtalking? He respect the other players a lot. I remember he was a great fan of fallen and sk at the time...... and look now where he is. Top #3 minimum this year.
2019-07-22 15:01
EliGE | 
Netherlands gelm1r 
thats why i say it lol, hes is too nice to trash talk so he says this instead.
2019-07-22 15:06
fer | 
Brazil Pandapool 
just enforcing it.
2019-07-22 15:13
I would go to say with his 3rd MVP and as good as he has been in big events, #1. They have played so many events and he keeps performing. We shall see what the rest of the year holds, but #1 right now...not in skill (Simple and Zywoo), but he is the best player in the world right now
2019-07-22 17:10
ZywOo | 
Brazil lno1 
2019-07-26 19:32
Elige playing it smart even here, humble really makes him look like the star he and his team is.
2019-07-22 15:01
Elige in 2020 lmao
2019-07-22 15:33
yea elige is humble and maybe best player right now
2019-07-22 16:21
VP will be back to kato 14 form
2019-07-22 19:17
China Yao_Ming 
break at the worst time just beforem ajor xD
2019-07-22 19:43
Elige thinks alot, and on interviews he means alot
2019-07-23 15:05
TenZ | 
Russia GoozeX 
This is not a word from Boombl4. Make no doubt about it.
2019-07-29 22:08
Eligi is humble Vitality as so far the hardest team they have to face
2019-08-05 13:45
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