NBK on Syman loss: "We played like pussies"

We had a chat with Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt after Vitality ended the first day of the Major with a 1-1 record.

In the first round of the first stage, the Frenchmen were on the receiving end of one of two big upsets caused by the CIS Minor teams, as Syman handed the big favorites a tough loss on Dust2 in the opening match.

Vitality managed to recover with a convincing performance against INTZ in the second round, converting a dominant 15-0 defensive half on Mirage into their first victory at the Major, so we took the opportunity to talk to NBK-.

Dressed in white, Vitality struggled against Syman

The 25-year-old commented on the opening upset and explored the team's struggles in early matches in general, and we also asked him about their conspicuous wardrobe change between the matches, as Vitality switched from their new white jerseys to their signature black.

You left the last season with a long run of events, not being able to freshen up your stratbook and practice. Are you happy with the preparation you got in over the break?

We've changed and adapted some things in our game, like on Mirage swapped positions with apEX, small adjustments like this. And that's all I think we needed in our game in order to really achieve what we want to do in-game. The quality of our practice hasn't been the best because of ourselves mostly. We played good opponents, decent opposition, but I don't know, we just weren't 100% focused in our practice. But we have to make the best out of it and try to just show up at the Major and be good during the games, that's all.

Well, speaking of showing up at the Major, the first match didn't go your way at all against Syman. What was that down to?

I think something I touched on in the interview before on the stage that we had to dominate that game in the sense that we had to take over and really put Syman into our own gameplan. But what happened was the opposite completely, they started running around everywhere and just taking advantage of all the gaps we had, and we had no adaptation whatsoever in that game. We at some point just stopped reflecting and played more slow. People will say it's about the map or anything, but really it was just about the way we played, we didn't dominate the game, we played very passively, we played like pussies in the game, pretty much. We were just giving them all the space they wanted and they just capitalized on it. At this time, you can't give one team, no matter what team it is, any room to do that because that's what's going to happen, they're just going to take over the game.

Did you feel like you did your due diligence when it comes to preparation for a team like that? Were you able to look into them and see what they did?

Yeah, we knew what they were going to do, but again, we just didn't adapt the way we should have probably. And that's just something ALEX came in with a gameplan and followed it, which is what we do every single time, so there is no looking back on that. We just have to do better next time. And that's pretty much it, we went through the same preparation, same everything, and it just turned out wrong. That happens, and that's the good thing that you have three lives, and then you can bounce back and be good again. That's the only thing, one misstep is okay, but you can't have three.

Back in black, the Frenchmen looked dominant against INTZ

Against INTZ it looked very, very different, complete domination of the first half...

I think it was partly revenge, our ego was stung a little bit because we didn't want to lose the first game, especially when you're the first seed against the 16th. And it hurts a little for sure, you don't want that to happen one more time. And that's helped us getting into the game and starting strong. And then they just played in our gameplan from the beginning to the end and we had the game in control no matter what they were doing. We managed to turn things around and put them in our positions. We didn't let them breathe whilst with Syman it was the complete opposite, they had all the room in the world. That's our wakeup call, the classic, I want to say, because it happens every first game in the tournament for us. (laughs)

Let's touch on that, as well. For quite a long time this French teams plus first games, especially morning games, rumor has been going around, do you put any stock into that, is it true with Vitality?

I mean, results want to say it's true (laughs). I can't really argue against that, we struggle in the first games every single time. We tried to adapt, we tried to change some things, but we still didn't find that magic thing... That's something we have to learn, you can't just give away the first games (laughs), especially if it's a GSL format, you can't just give away the first game, it's too much risk. It's something we tried to think about, not too much because we want to focus on another side as well, but no... I don't have the answer. If I had the answer, we wouldn't be struggling in the first games, so we're still trying to figure out what the reason is.

If you had to put a percentage on how much the change of jerseys between matches from white to black had to do with the difference, what would it be?

It's all about the jersey... no, I don't know. It's just that being dressed in black is more for business and now we came more prepared, more 100% into the game. We're going to have the white jerseys for media days, maybe a parade if needed, but when we play it's black jerseys and that's it. (laughs)

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Sweden Unluko 
2019-08-23 23:51
Brazil PlasticB0Y 
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Nessa | 
2019-08-23 23:52
2019-08-23 23:51
thats true
2019-08-23 23:51
Serbia iAN4D 
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
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Sweden osty17 
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Denmark Ritsuryo 
weird reflection but okay
2019-08-23 23:52
JUGi | 
Russia dUUUt 
2019-08-23 23:52
United States bo0dle 
2019-08-23 23:52
Brazil hdqnew 
+1, should have played like DICKS
2019-08-23 23:52
banned from valve events for life
2019-08-23 23:52
Qatar PrisMcsgo 
Stop cussing
2019-08-23 23:52
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Portugal Agricultor 
Yes you did
2019-08-23 23:52
damn right but +1 for owning up to it
2019-08-23 23:52
Russia alebedkov 
Ez rightclick for Ramzik
2019-08-23 23:52
United States _ATaXiA_ 
country checks out
2019-08-23 23:52
United Kingdom Cryaosic 
Familly show
2019-08-23 23:52
Brazil NahT_ 
Lost all respect i had for HLTV, put [+18] in the title please
2019-08-23 23:53
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Romania cyber8 
Kill yourself pussy
2019-08-24 00:42
Brazil NahT_ 
why so salty crybaby
2019-08-24 00:43
Romania cyber8 
I just dont have any respect for people that get offended by a simple word
2019-08-24 00:49
Brazil NahT_ 
2019-08-24 01:13
Romania too poor to afford sarcasm?
2019-08-24 10:08
Romania cyber8 
Nt frog
2019-08-24 11:00
Dunno how can u loose agains ramzikboss while having zywoo on your team and still find an excuse for it
2019-08-23 23:53
Where is the excuse ? He says that they played badly and let their opponent do whatever they wanted to. It's just a fact.
2019-08-24 00:26
Some people didnt read. They just want to trash player they dont like.
2019-08-24 02:05
Petra | 
Netherlands taorus 
+ vitality noob team
2019-08-24 11:39
Familly show bruv
2019-08-23 23:54
First time l agree with nbk
2019-08-23 23:55
REPORTED.jonathan E. will ban him mens)))))))
2019-08-23 23:55
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Spain akproxx 
Pretty sexist Nice hltv and nbk xdd
2019-08-23 23:55
gAuLeS | 
Canada Yohazin 
2019-08-23 23:56
cause they are pussies
2019-08-23 23:56
Brazil Beckermonster 
2019-08-23 23:56
So HLTV is fine with not censoring the word "pussies", but when there's a team called ShitIdiots it gets censored to shidiots hltv.org/matches/2335589/shidiots-vs-cor..
2019-08-23 23:56
rofl name for team
2019-08-24 07:27
flag checks XAXAXAXA
2019-08-23 23:57
Finland Smoonah 
family website wtf
2019-08-23 23:57
confirmed nbk is a cat.
2019-08-23 23:57
2019-08-24 01:07
Lol so hypocritical. Users get banned for saying this stuff but you allow that pussy striker to write an article like this. Striker and hltv mods are PUSSIES. I'll be back to tell you if I get ban, but judging on their behavior, I shouldn't. Watch the hypocradcy though, watch!
2019-08-23 23:58
lmao no one getting banned on hltv forums for saying pussy
2019-08-24 00:00
Portugal lenin_is_back 
its straight sexism to use pussy as an insult.
2019-08-24 00:02
Disgusting men and their patriarchy
2019-08-24 00:04
World doh 
is it fairy time again xD
2019-08-25 18:11
+1 this guy is on crack or smth
2019-08-24 00:02
No I don't use dangerous drugs. Only LSD and DMT.
2019-08-24 00:04
and GAY
2019-08-24 10:09
Nt pussy
2019-08-24 00:30
Ok pussy. Lol please report me so I know what they think.
2019-08-24 03:55
I won't
2019-08-24 04:29
Look at my latest thread
2019-08-24 04:29
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France Reo_O 
Where is [+18] HLTV admins?
2019-08-24 00:00
THE P WORD?!?!?!
2019-08-24 00:00
2019-08-24 00:01
Such a disgusting piece of shit! Using derogatory female terms on an international platform. Should just smash his head with a keyboard.
2019-08-24 00:02
lol pussy
2019-08-24 00:14
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
2019-08-24 00:25
... you're a good man. Thank you.
2019-08-24 05:25
2019-08-24 00:03
well you guys are bunch of fats what do you expect
2019-08-24 00:03
Turkey Fugiart 
hi jonathan e
2019-08-24 00:03
United Kingdom VOSSKI 
2019-08-24 00:05
ZywOo | 
Canada pain^ 
ez report
2019-08-24 00:05
lost respect hltv reported
2019-08-24 00:06
Poland ruhoks 
2019-08-24 00:07
who | 
Russia who_cars 
reported cya in 10
2019-08-24 00:07
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
"We played like pussies" Well, no shit, flag checks out
2019-08-24 00:07
United States me_0_major 
expected from white flag cs
2019-08-24 00:08
gj nbk rip pickem
2019-08-24 00:09
ban this sexist
2019-08-24 00:10
This man is on meth
2019-08-24 00:10
EliGE | 
United States DervGuy 
2019-08-24 00:12
French, playing like pussies, white color? Coincidence? I think not
2019-08-24 00:13
Cya 10 years
2019-08-24 00:13
HLTV at least censor it and put +18 sign on the title wtf
2019-08-24 00:17
2019-08-24 08:13
wtf with that pic, he looks like happy lol
2019-08-24 00:13
method | 
United States f0xes` 
LOL @ title and NBKry in 2k19
2019-08-24 00:13
Poland Chopus 
2019-08-24 00:14
Wtf hltv hahaha
2019-08-24 00:14
2019-08-24 00:17
expected from france
2019-08-24 00:19
More excuses from the french scene...they lose the first match on purpose. really, losing to fucking Syman? in 2014 Vitality would've rolled over teams like Syman 16-0.
2019-08-24 00:27
Theia | 
Portugal ItsAvenn 
problem is white jersey why they play with old jersey against INTZ? JERSEY ZIKOU
2019-08-24 00:38
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Armenia GaRY56 
2019-08-24 00:41
Japan ehegao 
Only you NBK
2019-08-24 00:56
Brazil h8er^_^ 
My mom told me that I should not enter this site again or she will beat me right in the midle of my pussy :(
2019-08-24 00:58
White Jersey = White Flag.
2019-08-24 01:12
Europe Archasi 
Well said lul
2019-08-24 01:13
Love Hltv <3
2019-08-24 01:32
NAF | 
United States skzl_ 
2019-08-24 01:39
Xyp9x | 
India kaptain 
That Sexist Pig (T R I G G E R E D)
2019-08-24 02:58
Throw against furia on Lan backfired Karma
2019-08-24 03:01
Brazil Collee 
2019-08-24 03:03
Philippines etalynx08 
Spider2K was right. Only Astralis can stop them from winning Major
2019-08-24 03:21
u did indeed
2019-08-24 04:01
United States Tom_D_Cat 
french playing like yellow bellied cowards? color me surprised !
2019-08-24 05:01
Machist son of a dog.
2019-08-24 05:27
2019-08-24 09:33
"we didn't dominate the game, we played very passively, we played like pussies in the game" You know "pussy" is a sexist term when used that way. I mean, if he meant a cat child, they're usually active and curious and come everywhere, but when they say "pussy" meaning passive and undecisive, it's like to say "we behaved like girls" and it must be offensive to women, just like "cunt", and "dick" or "prick" is offensive to men. C'mon it's 2019 for God's sake, we don't use sexist terms anymore! As for the team, it's not their tournament I'd say, they will fail.
2019-08-24 09:47
Bulgaria Amerikana 
2019-08-25 09:57
World doh 
2019-08-25 18:13
what's that?
2019-08-26 20:02
World doh 
2019-08-27 08:48
we throw that game and make money on that match ez hahaha
2019-08-24 10:07
"we played like pussies" probably cuz u are one
2019-08-24 10:19
Please make the interviews video, thank you
2019-08-24 11:27
2019-08-24 11:29
Without Zywoo, it s over.
2019-08-24 12:16
Finland Kuiva_Simo 
Vita pussies
2019-08-24 12:43
da ladno prosto ramzikbo$$ rightclickom viigral
2019-08-24 12:44
i would play like pussy too, if my aim was trash like nbk's
2019-08-24 13:49
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
NBK on DreamEaters loss: "We played like pussies"
2019-08-24 14:18
Wow if I were a pussy I would be offended. What a prick.
2019-08-24 15:33
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