AmaNEk: "shox gives me the freedom to have a voice on both sides"

In another interview from IEM Chicago, François "AmaNEk" Delaunay talked about G2's elimination at the hands of MIBR, the dynamic between himself and Richard "shox" Papillon, and more.

Despite having defeated MIBR in the opening round of the tournament, G2 were eliminated from IEM Chicago in the deciding match of their group at the hands of the Brazilians, following up a great result at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals with disappointment.

We got AmaNEk's perspective of the dynamic between the team's leaders

We asked AmaNEk about what changed between days one and two at IEM Chicago and whether he considers the loss a big setback from G2's showing in Montpellier, before going on to discuss the dynamic between him and shox, and the team's plans for the Major.

Coming from a great result at Pro League, what do you make of your showing in Chicago and the way you were eliminated at the hands of MIBR? What's the general feeling on the team after the result here?

The first day was fine, but on the second day, we were in a bit of a weird mood. We weren't completely comfortable, the mood wasn't the usual. We kind of saw ourselves already in the playoffs, perhaps, subconsciously, as we had already beaten MIBR before. We didn't prepare for the match against them the way we usually do, and it's kind of hard to prepare when you're going up against a team playing with their coach. We didn't follow the same routine, so we were a bit off during the match. We weren't quite at our level individually, either. They played really well and we just weren't up to the challenge. They were the better team, and as far as the result itself, we just didn't deserve the win.

You have a lot of input in the game and you work in tandem with shox, can you elaborate on what the dynamic between the two of you is?

I talk a lot with maLeK before the matches, we make the gameplans and the strategies and decide how we're going to face each match. As far as how I work with shox, we basically split the maps. He does Nuke and Inferno and I do the rest. He gives me the freedom to have a voice on both the T and CT sides, but he also brings his style, making some mid-round calls and so on. When I make a call, he'll validate it, and at the beginning of each round we'll agree on what the plan is and then we go and execute, it's pretty simple.

Do you see this loss as a big setback going into the Major, after the level you were at during the ESL Pro League Finals?

No, I don't think so. We just had a bad match and I don't think it's going to slow us down. We know what we're worth and we know that we can become the best team in the world if we just keep working and making progress every day.

What are the plans for the Major, in terms of preparation?

We have a two-week break and after that we're going to Berlin to bootcamp at the G2 headquarters for about ten days. We'll have a couple of days at home after that and we'll fly right back to Berlin to play the Major.

Do you have any specific goals in mind?

The first goal is to confirm the progress we have been making and even to become better than we have been up until now. We would like to keep the momentum from this first half of the year to try and become stronger during the second half. As far as a result in the tournament goes, we would be disappointed if we do not make it to the playoffs, get the Legends spot, and have good showings in the matches we play.

This will be your first Major with G2, do you have any individual goals?

I want this to be my best tournament. I want the Major to be the event in which I have my best performance to date.

France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
625
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
#1
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Maldives IFK 
nice
2019-07-23 18:38
#2
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Sweden @Mikail_Bill 
good player
2019-07-23 18:38
#6
Netherlands Xexer 
G2 big washed
2019-07-23 18:39
Who?
2019-07-23 18:39
Liquid era ending (like all NA eras) in 3... 2... 1...
2019-07-23 18:40
#17
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice player for sure
2019-07-23 18:40
#20
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Europe Kermac 
F5
2019-07-23 18:41
#44
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
AmaneKING
2019-07-23 19:11
#45
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Europe Kermac 
Ewww
2019-07-23 19:12
#73
Portugal dyds 
all NA eras = 0 ?
2019-07-23 21:57
respect shox
2019-07-23 18:39
Who?
2019-07-23 18:39
#5
gfi | 
Germany GDLenny 
nice
2019-07-23 18:39
#85
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Turkmenistan Jnordz 
G2 Can become best the in the world Pick one. Delusional Frenchman as always
2019-07-24 00:56
Well French scene>Swedish scene
2019-07-24 12:24
FRANCE_2_TOP10_TEAMS_SWEDEN_0
2019-07-24 15:59
#103
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Turkmenistan Jnordz 
Yeah well noone from Sweden is delusional enough to actually think they could be no1 in the world either lel
2019-07-25 14:47
It's not like anyone said that
2019-07-29 17:03
sex
2019-07-23 18:38
Where did you see Young Thug?
2019-07-23 18:39
#57
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United States denali 
jeffrey
2019-07-23 20:03
#4
cyx | 
Switzerland HUFTGOLD 
Good guy shox
2019-07-23 18:38
Ok
2019-07-23 18:39
#10
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Sweden @Mikail_Bill 
Striker>MIRAA
2019-07-23 18:39
Okay.
2019-07-23 18:43
#25
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Sweden @Mikail_Bill 
mad cuz you can't delete this #1?
2019-07-23 18:43
LOOOL
2019-07-23 18:50
Can we get this guy VIP status, please?
2019-07-23 18:45
#34
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Sweden @Mikail_Bill 
check my last thread for answer
2019-07-23 18:47
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2019-07-23 19:28
Hahaha Milan :)
2019-07-23 22:32
#90
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India illumination 
+1
2019-07-24 07:34
#13
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Ok
2019-07-23 18:39
FRIST FINALLY !!!
2019-07-23 18:40
I aren't think that
2019-07-23 22:00
#77
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France Kevin1148_FR 
Nt
2019-07-23 22:18
#81
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France GPelector 
lul
2019-07-23 22:33
#92
kennyS | 
France namiexe 
nt
2019-07-24 07:53
#16
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Portugal NabasKi 
both sides? you mean you can talk to the enemy team as well?
2019-07-23 18:40
next level strategy
2019-07-23 18:45
XD
2019-07-23 23:59
#33
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
Wtf nabaski no ct and t :) tq wlcm
2019-07-23 18:46
#46
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France Ocelot31 
in all chat : rush B in team chat : rush A Easy strat
2019-07-23 19:19
Easy win
2019-07-23 20:57
999.99 iq
2019-07-23 23:59
#18
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Europe Kermac 
Who
2019-07-23 18:41
When -lucky +kio?
2019-07-23 18:41
#61
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
+1 but jackz still worst
2019-07-23 20:16
#64
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Norway CheNaLii 
What have you been smoking?
2019-07-23 20:29
#71
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
literally the roles they play and how well they do it.
2019-07-23 20:52
#67
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
Dude Jackz is doing extremely good rn.
2019-07-23 20:40
#21
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France DobliiX 
GET KIOSHIMA INSTEAD OF LUCKY TY AMANEK AND SHOX
2019-07-23 18:41
#26
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Brazil bernog 
Lucky is doing great as a support rn, but if G2 dont get at least legends I see Kio entering G2 in the place of Lucky
2019-07-23 18:44
#28
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Romania KennyShoxie1 
"great"?
2019-07-23 18:45
#35
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Brazil bernog 
as a support I mean, every team needs someone to do the dirty work In 3D Max, Lucky was better than Jackz with better roles
2019-07-23 18:47
#36
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Romania KennyShoxie1 
true, lucky is a very good fragger but his skills are wasted because of the role
2019-07-23 18:48
#37
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy 
He is doesnt play the good frag spots on ct and literally does almost anything the others don't want to do and he still has some good impact
2019-07-23 18:49
#62
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
+1 literally eveyone shits on him when jackz is so much worse
2019-07-23 20:17
Their both as good as each other although i agree on what you said before that people need to understand, lucky isnt setup to go and kill everybody, people just look at the scoreboard and say "oh hes shit" lucky is a really talented guy and he needs to stay on G2
2019-07-23 22:00
#22
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Brazil bernog 
Amanek god
2019-07-23 18:42
#23
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Romania kr1tex 
Shoxie gives me fap material
2019-07-23 18:42
#27
shox | 
United States finedenim 
what sides, ingame and on the bed?
2019-07-23 18:44
#41
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France SpooceCooke 
you know what they say about us... ;))))
2019-07-23 18:52
#53
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Myanmar xdcc 
he has freedom of speech. what up now yankees
2019-07-23 19:38
#29
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Brazil mth^ 
everyone says "we werent at our normal level, we werent hitting our shots" etc... fuck off... they are just not consistent... end.
2019-07-23 18:45
Mibr
2019-07-23 18:50
#51
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Brazil mth^ 
who cares? lol, im talking about g2, i think everybody knows mibr is shit right now :D
2019-07-23 19:34
#40
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Brazil bernog 
since Dallas, the only bad match that they played was against MIBR (one single BO3) since Amanek entered G2, they got playoffs in every single tournament that they played (Chicago was the first time that they didnt make it) they are playing very good against the best teams in the world Why arent they consistent in your opinion?
2019-07-23 18:52
#68
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
Yeah i wasn't sure what to think back when bodyy and Ex6 got benched and replaced with Lucky and Jackz but they did not dissapoint. They really deserve to be in the Top 10.
2019-07-23 20:45
#76
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Brazil bernog 
+1
2019-07-23 22:03
#82
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Isnt that the exact definition of inconsistency? They're capable of beating really good teams and also capable of losing to weaker ones on a regular basis. Bo3s losses to valiance, mibr with coach, optic, forze, windigo. Bo1 losses to frenchfrogs, epsilon on LAN. Not to mention they dont play a consistent style in game. They're skill reliant and that means when they dont show up individually they have much less to fall back on than teams like Ence, NRG, Vitality, and Astralis who have a plethora of tactics and plays to keep them in games.
2019-07-23 22:51
#42
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
Mad cuz he ain't sucking MIBR's dick
2019-07-23 18:53
#52
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Brazil mth^ 
#51
2019-07-23 19:34
excuses excuses...
2019-07-23 18:45
#43
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
People were talking shit about shox for wanting to IGL but thats obviously not the case.
2019-07-23 18:56
#47
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France Ocelot31 
no longer the case* it's same thing with nbk
2019-07-23 19:25
#50
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
#49 shit forgot to reply lol
2019-07-23 19:31
#49
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
No, Ocelote wanted shox to take the IGL off Ex6TenZ. Difference with him and NBK is that shox just lead cuz Ocelote wanted him and there was no adequate option other than him on the team. NBK just wanted to try full-time IGLing
2019-07-23 19:31
#59
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
True, tho that its not Ocelote but MaLek. Then they offered ex6 a spot instead of bodyy, to do what amanek does now to shox, but ex6 refused as he wanted to be a full igl. Ex6 did nothing wrong this time, he couldnt have made a better team with underperforming shox, kenny, smithzz and bodyy. Towards the end of the lineup, ex6 was the second best player and playing better than kenny as an igl support, it was just absurd. And later he didnt want the money and paycheck and he refused out of honor. Respect for the legend.
2019-07-23 20:13
#54
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United States Nahtenojoh 
We want zwyoo!!
2019-07-23 19:42
nice of him to unmute amanek
2019-07-23 19:50
#60
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22 
+1
2019-07-23 20:12
tldr he sucks shox dick now that smithzz is off the core team
2019-07-23 19:53
latest member of the #shoxiejesus club!
2019-07-23 20:11
#89
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Canada AFuckingLeaf 
Sup brother
2019-07-24 05:05
AmaNEk > apEX best french entry so far
2019-07-23 20:21
#69
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
Yeah didn't kenny say that apEX is one of the laziest people he ever met or was that someone else.
2019-07-23 20:48
#88
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Canada AFuckingLeaf 
apeEX is certainly the most annoying player
2019-07-24 05:05
No, but apex said it about kennyS a year ago
2019-07-24 20:37
#91
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Tunisia darkoplax 
AmaNEk isn't even the entry lol
2019-07-24 07:52
He is
2019-07-24 11:10
#96
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Tunisia darkoplax 
JaCkz is the entry AmaNEk is lurk have a nice day
2019-07-24 11:20
wtf are you talking about ? jaCkz is the entry.
2019-07-24 16:02
god amarok
2019-07-23 20:30
#66
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France Il_padrino 
Thanks Shox ! You're a genius !
2019-07-23 20:32
#70
shox | 
India iejesus 
Come on boys
2019-07-23 20:52
Finally we know about the IGLing situation in G2 EZ4G2
2019-07-23 22:20
Pretty obvious since G2 started playing Train I can even tell you that Shox will lead on Cobble (possibly) and Cache (100%) if they come back in the pool
2019-07-24 16:04
#86
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France iLekaa 
AmaNEk <3 shox <3 G2 <3
2019-07-24 01:56
#87
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Paraguay darthkaazi 
Dude I'm happy that G2 is playing well again. Hope they do a great Major, time to see kennyS and shoxie back at it again
2019-07-24 04:33
#94
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Finland J3bediah 
”Well” just lost a mibr with coach
2019-07-24 09:14
After allmost beating an unbeatable Liquid.... Every team can have an off match
2019-07-24 16:04
#93
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Finland J3bediah 
Baguette
2019-07-24 09:14
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