kennyS: "If someone wants to get better on Vertigo, they should definitely watch mousesports"

We had a chat with Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub after G2 made it through to the New Legends stage with a 3-1 record.

G2 have become the third team to make it through the New Challengers stage, though not before tough series against mousesports and forZe, in which the French side struggled to close out Dust2 on the CT side despite strong starts on the offense.

kennyS explored G2's issues on the CT side of Dust2

After kennyS's team overcame the Russians to push through to the New Legends stage, we got a hold of the star AWPer to ask him about the struggles G2 faced on the CT side of Dust2 on both occasions and get his thoughts on the new Vertigo, which was played in their series against mousesports.

Let's touch on the mousesports series. You started off great on Train but then on Dust2 you threw away an 11-4 lead, what happened there on the CT side afterward?

I think we've been taken in the snowball and no one was clear enough to have the good reactions. And, like today, it was really difficult, we managed to show the resilience we didn't have yesterday. I think that's the kind of game that might be useful for us in the future and even for the next day, for today. They've been playing pretty much like we used to on the T side and that was really disturbing for us, we definitely have weaknesses on the CT side of Dust2 since we haven't really practiced it. We put our focus somewhere else because we felt like we needed to put our focus somewhere else.

The good thing is that we're going to have a few days now to fix those issues, I know that this team learns pretty fast and we get results pretty quickly, as well. So yeah, we didn't give up yesterday, but we didn't have the solution. The sad thing is that we actually came up with the solution, but like five minutes after the map, which can happen most of the time, to be honest. I think we just played scared and despite the fact that we had a pretty heavy lead, we felt like they were like 60 on the map, every area of the map we weren't secure, we were struggling, and we were getting super paranoid about the smallest things. We pretty much got into kind of a panic and we never really managed to get out of it, so that was the sad point.

You also played Vertigo in that series in your first time on the new version in an official match. You seemed to struggle a lot on the CT side there, why was that?

I think we're not used to it yet, to be honest. Vertigo is not showing our real level, to be honest, we have a super good CT side on Overpass, for example, which was not the case in Chicago. I think we progressed in many ways, in many areas, but since we didn't have like a month of bootcamp you can't focus on everything, and we also tried to work on a lot of other things already. It's been difficult because if you focus on a lot of things, your mind and your brain is thinking a lot, so you don't necessarily have the results you expect to have straight away. That's why people say, you work hard, but the work doesn't pay off straight away, it is what it is. I think it paid off in certain areas, but we still have some weaknesses that we're going to fix.

I was talking to dephh about the new version of the map generally, about the changes, and he was saying it was a little less T sided than it used to be. What are your thoughts on the new version and the balance?

Well, I think how mousesports plays it is really interesting, they take control of B really easily. B got smaller, so it's really hard for the T to just hide underneath the stairs and that kind of thing, so that obviously makes it more CT-sided. But also, the new room is really good for flanking, but it also makes the T side play more in middle. No one was really playing middle in the old version except for one guy lurking sometimes, this area wasn't really used. Yeah, the map is more balanced and more playable and watchable due to the fact that we can actually play many areas on the map. The fact that the CT side can take B so easily creates space on middle an A, so you have to take that space, otherwise it's complicated for you. Yeah, I think mousesports have been playing super well on the map. If someone wants to get better on the map, they should definitely watch them, like we could do (laughs). The changes on B make the biggest difference, to be honest.

You've touched on the forZe series earlier, obviously you had some of the same issues as against mousesports yesterday, especially on Dust2 CT side, but even on Inferno in the second half, where it took you a long time to close it out, as well. Was that just psychological, or where do you think is the main issue regarding these last two series?

The game yesterday [against mouz] was quite hard for us, we still had it in our mind today, to be honest, that's probably why we were a bit scared of the comeback. The good thing is that we had the resilience today to actually win Dust2, having a few players that were clear-minded and having a good game also changed that fact because yesterday everyone was pretty much overwhelmed, I guess. But today, we had one or two players that drove us towards the right direction, so it helped and we managed to have pretty good resilience, which we didn't have yesterday. Inferno was quite the same, a super good CT side and a big lead on T side, but we still had that mouz game in our mind. But we made it and it's gone, so the next matches won't be the same, I think we won't struggle as much to close out games, hopefully.

Do you think that's going to be the main focus in the next couple of days you have before the next stage?

Obviously, we're going to make sure that our CT side is going back to what it used to be, which means super strong, on Dust2. Yeah, we might have a few talks about our mindset regarding the comebacks, but I don't think we're going to make it such a big deal because it's not that important in the end, we went through that and that was the main goal even though it was harder than it should have been today. It doesn't matter, I think we're going to have a fresh mindset for the Legends stage.

France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
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KennyS on fire
2019-08-25 17:59
nice kennyS real men)))
2019-08-25 17:59
Would watch Liquid as well imo
2019-08-25 17:59
I'd wait until TL play the new Vertigo. Mouz showed off an insane amount of depth on this Vertigo, a lot of great CT protocols. ... So many things we haven't seen on this map (besides one or two things from MSL/OpTic).
2019-08-25 18:03
Hopefully we get a liquid vs mouz on vertigo. Has potential to be a good vertigo game
2019-08-25 18:32
True :) Or a Liquid vs G2 Bo3 series 🤔 I love watching G2 playing Liquid... it seems like Liquid struggles the most against them and the series are always entertaining and sometimes even close ^^
2019-08-26 12:25
Belgium KYC
2019-08-25 17:59
Europe PowwneD
He is right
2019-08-25 17:59
2019-08-25 17:59
Venezuela anx420
mouze best team on this challengers stage
2019-08-25 17:59
Hope they can get to quarters atleast
2019-08-25 18:05
I wouldn't be surprised if they made Semis.
2019-08-25 18:11
Venezuela anx420
this lineup has enough skill and good leadership if they somehow all peak at the correct time they can pull off a finals run i'd even say tbh...
2019-08-25 18:18
Yeah , but the key words are "if they somehow all peak at the correct time" , if Karrigan and Woxic play their best they can easily run through the teams at the major. EDIT: Considering Chrisj , frozen and Ropz play like they usually do.
2019-08-25 18:20
I think that they are allready picking. Won't get better in next Stage. Should be enough for quaters though
2019-08-25 18:31
Netherlands ZoMilan
ChrisJ could do better some games
2019-08-25 21:49
Imo he is washed up and the reason why the team won’t pick that high
2019-08-26 10:52
He's had a couple of bad games this major but saying he is washed up is just ignorant and shows you know nothing about him as a player
2019-08-28 11:56
Canada dennek
they can win the major
2019-08-26 19:41
2019-08-25 17:59
China NonMeltIce
good cs from g2 and mouz. also forze.
2019-08-25 18:00
2019-08-25 18:01
Me: "If someone wants to get better on Dust 2, they shloudn't watch G2"
2019-08-25 18:01
But T sides :O
2019-08-25 18:19
Karrigan= God tier igl
2019-08-25 18:05
2019-08-25 18:13
mousesports probably are the best vertigo team at the moment
2019-08-25 18:13
Liquid is better
2019-08-25 18:18
1 team is at the major, 1 team isn't
2019-08-27 16:09
2019-08-25 18:17
Liquid has not played any officials on the new Vertigo afaik, so it is hard to judge. They had some strats but they were heavily relying on everybody hitting their shots, mouz showed more depth in some great ct protocols and also a couple of nice executes. We will have to and see who is the best Vertigo team.
2019-08-25 18:52
Astralis vs liquid esl pro league season 9 1/4 final.
2019-08-25 21:53
Thats why I said “the new Vertigo”. Astralis vs Liquid was on the one before changes, when it was T-sided as hell.
2019-08-25 22:30
Vertigo still t sided
2019-08-26 06:43
Mouz lost vs Nochance at Minor on Vertigo lul better watch NoChance
2019-08-25 18:21
Moldova AJollyDoge
Oh, seems like NoChance's skills on winning Vertigo didn't get them too far.
2019-08-25 19:04
losing 1-2 cant pick Vertigo twice
2019-08-25 19:05
He spelled liquid wrong 😐
2019-08-25 18:31
U mean pronounced
2019-08-25 19:09
2019-08-28 05:18
striker baby
2019-08-25 18:39
Turkey Sekolelele
its true they are really good prepared
2019-08-25 18:40
Germany Naro5k
watch NoChance.
2019-08-25 18:50
nobody play vert0g0 axaxa))
2019-08-25 18:55
United States SilveryoHD
I mean liquid's pretty good on inferno.....
2019-08-25 18:57
Liquid is pretty trash
2019-08-25 21:22
Canada Abolition
The best vertgo team in the world (AKA Liquid): “Am I a joke to you”
2019-08-25 20:07
You dont get it?
2019-08-25 21:22
Canada Abolition
Online. Online. Wanna know what team is a t2 NA team online but the best in the world on LAN? It's the best Vertigo team. They won the IGS. Guess. Also
2019-08-25 21:37
Netherlands ZoMilan
I was about to be baited, then I saw your flair
2019-08-25 21:52
Canada Abolition
It's not bait, the flair is a joke along with the name but the reply, it's all facts. Mouz have beaten G2, FaZe & MVP on vertigo, they lost to NoChance on it, the only good results were FaZe & G2, FaZe also lost to Optic on it & only beat Tyloo on it, not exactly good results from FaZe on it. Obviously we haven't seen Liquid on the new Vertigo, but we've also only seen Mouz play the new Vertigo once, oh yea and did I mention they lost to NoChance on Vertigo? Wanna know who hasn't lost a LAN match of Vertigo? Liquid.
2019-08-25 22:04
Netherlands ZoMilan
Only notable win on Vertigo from Liquid was against Astralis..
2019-08-25 22:31
Canada Abolition
better than any other teams Vertigo resume, certainly better than Mousesports' Vertigo resume
2019-08-25 22:41
Netherlands ZoMilan
As long as you believe it's true..
2019-08-25 22:44
Canada Abolition
Mousesports Vertigo resume: Beat FaZe, G2, lost to NoChance. Liquid's vertigo resume: Beat Astralis, NRG, hasn't lost at all on LAN. Which one looks better? You tell me.
2019-08-25 22:46
Netherlands ZoMilan
Mouz because they were way more recent
2019-08-26 07:08
Canada Abolition
2019-08-31 16:45
Netherlands ZoMilan
That doesn't change their resume from 5 days ago
2019-08-31 20:58
Canada Abolition
what resume? beating an ok vertigo team? Delusional Mouz fan
2019-08-31 21:46
Netherlands ZoMilan
Just don't tell me Liquid isn't having a good tournament, or you'd be delusional too
2019-08-31 21:51
Canada Abolition
they're awful right now, maybe they can recover but right now they look terrible, they looked better in the match vs North however
2019-08-31 21:52
Recent = better i'd say.
2019-08-26 08:50
Japan esy
Liquid is pretty trash
2019-08-26 09:53
Japan esy
Liquid is pretty trash
2019-08-26 09:53
KennyS knows his place! Always respect the best team mousesports! VAMOUZ
2019-08-25 22:19
HLTV can you pls ban Germans? They have literally no players in the major and so cocky even though they are actually irrelevant scene lmaoooo also best german team has UK and a Turkish player in them HAHAHAHA so bad
2019-08-25 23:53
they have some solid aimbotters in fpl though
2019-08-26 10:58
watch NoChance
2019-08-26 09:16
India MihirX27
Not a Chance. I'd wait for a Liquid match on LAN TBH.
2019-08-26 10:00
Europe jinpeii
G2 comes with everything to the stage of legends
2019-08-27 20:44
2019-08-28 05:21
Mouz looks like shit on vertigo so idk about that
2019-08-31 16:38
2019-08-31 16:42
n1 kenny
2019-08-31 16:43
maybe g2 just suck on vertigo or just suck overall and they want to praise mouz to make them look a little worse lol
2019-08-31 16:44
Or maybe Vitality watched mous lol
2019-08-31 16:47
they watched g2 and figured out how they would just not do what g2 did and they will win vertigo ez
2019-08-31 16:49
2019-08-31 16:44
Canada Abolition
2019-08-31 16:44
2019-08-31 16:46
China Gnikiv
what a noob TiltS
2019-08-31 16:47
2019-08-31 16:48
Brazil Proliz
2019-08-31 16:49
2019-08-31 16:50
Japan Legoshi
2019-08-31 16:53
2019-08-31 16:53
I just watched and I'm not impressed.
2019-08-31 16:54
I press X
2019-08-31 16:59
2019-08-31 17:02
2019-08-31 17:39
2019-08-31 20:58
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