Stewie2K: "We had so much pressure on us during the Grand Slam that nowadays the pressure doesn't really exist"

To get an idea of what kind of form Liquid are in going into the StarLadder Major and get the team's perspective of their first match against CR4ZY, we sat down with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip.

Liquid have moved on to the 1-0 pool after an opening match against CR4ZY saw the North American favorites start slow as they were down 5-8 at one point against the Serbian side, but ultimately got the better of their opponents with a dominant finish to the Mirage affair.

Stewie talked form, pressure, and potential surprises

After the match, we asked Stewie2K about the early struggles and went back to their week of preparation in Malta to find out what kind of form Liquid are in and whether they're feeling the pressure under the status of tournament favorites.

First of all, break talk. There's always the question about the Legends coming in late and what kind of form they're going to be in, a lot of questions about rustiness considering the break just happened, how are you feeling with your form after your preparation?

I think all of us took a good break for the player break. I was grinding pretty hard, I was still streaming, but for our bootcamp last week in Malta we were focusing on getting back on track where we left off, making sure our fundamentals were strong, and our teamwork because when you're on a break you create a lot of bad habits, you have to fix them and get back onto that LAN vibe, LAN environment.

There was a little worry about rustiness, the first few days of our bootcamp were not that sharp, it wasn't that good, it didn't look like we were at the same spot where we left off. It was a little rusty, but we all understood that not every day was going to the best day of practice. Towards the end we were all just waiting to play on LAN and we got that excitement to play like we did back during the good run we had on the road. There was a little rustiness, but I think we're still on the same page that we were at where we left off.

With how confident you were looking ahead of the break, was it easy to figure out what to focus on when you came back?

It was pretty obvious what we needed to get back on track with. The one thing that really stood out for me was just not making individual mistakes, not overpeeking, not overextending, and making sure your play was best for the team. Don't let your urge take over and make that mistake that can cost us the round.

Does that come down to what you were saying before, playing a lot of FPL beforehand?

Yeah, I think during the break I was playing a lot of pugs with mOE, with all those guys, you make a lot of stupid, silly mistakes. Everyone is overpeeking, making mistakes, sometimes that falls back on not being confident enough in your team, and you just want to be confident in your aim and you want to take that duel. But sometimes it's just better to sit back and contain them. I think those little fundamentals that we need to keep working on, those little things really do change the round.

After a slow first half, Liquid looked dominant in their opening match

Back at IEM Katowice you were considered among the teams to have a chance to win the title, this time you are undisputed favorites, does that put any extra pressure on you?

I think it's been so long now that we've been on the road and we've had so much pressure during the Grand Slam that nowadays the pressure doesn't really exist. But we know it's there, it's more about not feeling it. I think we're pretty used to that. We know we're the favorites, but coming in, even before the bootcamp ended, we said 'we know we can lose and even if we do, it's probably no surprise.' For us, the main thing that stood out in that conversation was that to be the No. 1 team it's about how we bounce back, it's not winning every single tournament and really putting that priority as if we had to win.

Coming into this, playing against CR4ZY, it was an interesting decision for you to play Mirage, where they had quite a streak going, can you talk me through the thought process behind that?

It's still a funny thing with us, with our map pool on LAN, it's a lot different than it is online when we play. Mirage was actually the map that we always struggled on online, in scrims, in practice, and it's no secret, everyone plays us and they know it. On LAN I think we enjoy playing it more and we feel like the fights favor the LAN aspect of it instead of the online aspect. We just watched their demos and we just thought we were stronger on Mirage, they couldn't really surprise us, we know all the strats, we know how Mirage is played, how the style is, it's a pretty stale map, like another Cache, you know what's going to come when they execute on you, and we're all comfortable on the map individually.

It still seemed like the first half was a little shaky before you took over on the CT side, what did you struggle with there?

I think it's getting the LAN jitters out of the way, it's our first LAN match in a while after the break and we're still trying to get back on track a little bit and get back into that LAN environment. Just getting the jitters out of the way, I think that's probably one of the main things for me, I know NAF said it too, that's probably the main thing we had to get out of the way. Other than that, we still have to stay 100% focused, we had too long of a break sometimes and some things we forget about, sometimes we get caught off-guard and we get punished. They punished us a lot on their CT side and I think that's one thing we need to focus on.

I've been asking team about potential surprises. We haven't seen a lot of these teams for a month, some even more than that, is there someone who sticks out to you, positively or negatively?

No one is really standing out right now, but in the past, teams like forZe, CR4ZY. We know they're hard teams, they might be a little underrated and their names aren't really out there, but we always knew they were a strong team. They are really coordinated on their CT sides and they have good plans on the T sides, it's just more about being adaptive, how to play situational CS, and I think that's one thing they should improve on.

United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
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Maybe thats why they almost lost to Crazy and will lose to mibr soon kkkkkkk stewie2k was made in brazil remember this and respect us
2019-08-28 17:51
Almost lost 16-9 BR doesnt exist
2019-08-28 17:51
BR 2 major > NA 1 major (fluke) > turkey 0 currency
2019-08-28 17:52
BR 0 big event since 2018 2 NA team is gonna play champions stage 0 SA team is gonna play champions stage
2019-08-28 17:54
Brazil vhq 
A Dead mibr will always be top4 major. No joke just look past majors
2019-08-29 02:46
EliGE | 
United States Quazey 
br dead country
2019-08-28 17:59
Brazil gresote 
na cs kkkkkk
2019-08-28 18:26
Na team best team in the world though
2019-08-28 20:02
Liquid didn't even win a major lmao Astralis won 2 in a row. Astralis still 1# as long as they are sitting on the majors
2019-08-28 22:32
Didnt all your best teams move out of your 3rd world shithole
2019-08-29 02:37
2019-08-28 20:55
well they did an amazing comeback
2019-08-28 18:24
gAuLeS | 
Liechtenstein KotoPRO 
2019-08-28 17:52
Made In Burning Rainforest
2019-08-28 18:15
Brazil Zywhooo 
2019-08-28 18:24
Germany killmichi 
2019-08-29 07:34
2019-08-29 19:53
Brazilian cs is dead
2019-08-28 18:16
Not like Stewie2k!
2019-08-28 18:18
Brazil P4uloVisk 
wtf ! 0/8 fake flag ! stewie2k is monster player !!! ez4Stewie2k Liquid top1 easy
2019-08-28 18:48
Maybe you should focus on saving your rainforest instead of talking shit on HLTV.
2019-08-28 23:08
lol nobody loses to Brazil unless they vacation there, they might lose their wallet.
2019-08-29 05:55
With all the money he's making he can go from Stewie 2 inches to Stewie 4 1/2 inches. Money can change his life.
2019-08-29 06:01
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FalleN | 
Brazil FCeolim 
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United Kingdom VOSSKI 
Failed f5 spotted
2019-08-28 17:55
Brazil P4uloVisk 
2019-08-28 18:50
Europe worldexec 
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cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
lucker with both pistols
2019-08-28 17:51
Serbia toENDallWARS 
lets see if u feel the pressure in the final vs Astrails when u are loosing and will loose.
2019-08-28 17:51
why bother typing a sentence when you can barely speak english, astralis is washed up, get over it.
2019-08-28 17:53
Geez dude, it's his second languages. It's your mother tongue, there should be a difference. Low to begin mockin' peoples english skills. Tells alot about u. The sentence makes perfect sense. Some NA folks are worse than him. Gtfo
2019-08-28 18:02
"when u are loosing and will loose" makes sense? eu education at it's finest.
2019-08-28 18:08
No, it doesn't make sense, but you understand what he's trying to say. All you're being is a dick. cmon men))
2019-08-28 18:13
yeah hi, welcome to the internet.
2019-08-28 18:13
Xyp9x | 
Indonesia Wawzloll 
Hui duikheedd
2019-08-28 19:01
reported for non english
2019-08-28 19:02
Thought canadians were nicer than us
2019-08-28 20:03
i'm fake flagging i'm actually an angry german sorry
2019-08-28 20:04
If you're young then yes. :D
2019-08-28 19:43
"You will feel the pressure when you are behind - and btw you will lose the match." NA education, can't comprehend simple sentences with small mistakes. What is your second language?
2019-08-28 18:22
i speak spanish as well as a little french, but i wouldn't go onto an only spanish/french site and try to communicate with my broken spanish/french. EU education at it's finest once again. /closed
2019-08-28 19:04
Haha, you dont speak spanish or french, but nt. If you did, you would know the only way to get better is to use your broken spanish or french. And you would probably respect a person tryin to learn a new language alittle bit more, bc you would know how damn difficult it is. Nice with internet eh? You can shit talk and make up shit with no consequences. U seem like a pleasant person, hope you are alittle less you, when you are out in the real world. Edit: nice english by the way fool.
2019-08-28 19:44
2019-08-28 20:04
your logic is so stupid i actually had to re-read it 5 times, if you're not fluent in a certain language, why go onto a site and try to insult people/try to spread hate? i don't care if you believe me or not, your opinion means jack shit. just because you're too retarded to learn another language or your education just failed you, that doesn't mean others can't, also my english was fine so edit your post because you look even more moronic than you did before. /closed
2019-08-28 20:12
>Don't care if i believe u >writes essay Bro, i really hope you are less edgy when you are out. - otherwise you will become lonely. Have a good one and try to practise being nice alittle more. It will come in handy.
2019-08-28 20:20
hey man thanks for the cancer convo, take care.
2019-08-28 20:23
South America Ruu10 
obviuously you are defending that trash comment just because you are from denmark, instead of talking any language that is not your native here you should go to an academy... lol just look at your protected comment if he was trying to learn english i would say he is gonna become in an sirian terrorist.
2019-08-28 21:03
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
2019-08-28 18:11
United States Nohj_ 
Axaxaxacaxa thinking smokestralis will beat liquid
2019-08-28 18:26
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India Frost2639 
God Astralis this Astralis that their streak is over the other teams caught up with them get over it they lost to vitality embarrassingly in cologne so pls stop
2019-08-28 20:27
Brazil millerjmatos 
2019-08-28 17:51
United States matteyo11 
u cannot understanding how easy is for liquid
2019-08-28 17:52
Denmark Snakebye 
2019-08-28 17:56
go stew
2019-08-28 18:00
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
shut up stewie
2019-08-28 18:01
Ireland samc 
Cos CS is Dead -Cache +Vertigo -Betting gg valve
2019-08-28 18:03
Europe Vallon3 
Lol, shut the hell up, cocky bug. This guy has to be one of the most annoying pros right now.
2019-08-28 18:09
Vietnam w4rpig 
yet he is in one of the best team of all time. u gotta play the mind game bro
2019-08-28 18:28
Australia Conflict_GG 
nothing wrong with someone whos confident and cocky. Adds more variety and personality to the game and the sport. It's good to have some of the cocky / confident players in the game. Makes the competition healthy while adding a nice mixture. :)
2019-08-28 18:51
cold mind heated blood stew s2
2019-08-28 18:16
United States jsxanatos 
2019-08-28 18:17
PRESSURE DOESN'T REALLY EXIST",,,i never had like him,,,so smart and so small they way he are,,,of course, there is pressure,,,,,
2019-08-28 18:20
Denmark rbnx 
I dont get why he has to be such an arrogant idiot, cant wait for him to shut up when he loses this major.
2019-08-28 18:26
United States thizzl 
Stewies gonna get his dad Ocean to beat all of your asses for doubting him
2019-08-28 18:44
Denmark rbnx 
2019-08-28 18:45
stfu korean
2019-08-28 19:24
United States G0ingInsqne 
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2019-08-29 07:44
i dont think they will win the major
2019-08-28 21:14
United States KKonian 
Liquid best team in the world though. Nobody has a chance man for man
2019-08-29 07:30
so many Stewie2k haters
2019-08-29 05:55
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