huNter-: "It is a bit of a bad feeling, I don't like when NiKo loses"

We talked with Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač following the victory he managed over his cousin's team FaZe and touched on the relationship between him and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač.

Following CR4ZY's first Major victory over NiP, the majorly-Serbian squad drew FaZe in the 1-1 pool, seeing a clash between the more experienced players from the Serbian scene take on the youngsters - with European talent filling in the gaps.

Two Kovac players exchanging a hug in the backstage

After CR4ZY secured an impressive 16-9 victory on Mirage, we conducted an interview with huNter-. The 23-year-old, who didn't celebrate after winning the match, admitted that he didn't want to play against his cousin NiKo.

You started the Major by losing to Liquid, but the second match was one against a pretty big team, against some pretty legendary players, NiP. Can you tell me a bit about that match and getting the first victory at the main part of the Major?

Our goal when we came here at the Major was to secure the next Major by winning one match. We did that against NiP, and today, we played without too much pressure and secured a win over FaZe. The match yesterday against NiP, they are having some issues, they are playing with a stand-in, after the Major, GeT_RiGhT probably won't play with them, if he is saying farewell to Counter-Strike or what, I don't know. We saw our chance in that, we prepared for that match pretty well, EspiranTo played exceptionally well, he won a couple of very important round by himself and we won that game off the back of him, he won the most important rounds.

Yesterday, after that match, we said: "Let's go onwards, whatever happens, happens, we achieved our goals and perhaps more than that, we showed everyone who we are". We beat FaZe today and I'm not too happy about it, when I saw that we are playing against them I wasn't pleased because I really didn't want to play against NiKo. It is a really bad feeling, everyone was waiting for it except me and him. It is a bit of a bad feeling, I don't like when NiKo loses, I said that before the start of the Major and I will repeat that again, because I was, more or less, expecting this outcome at this point. I think we are a better team than them right now.

All of that aside, when you go into the match, you play for the win. You obviously know how he plays, you probably watched a lot of his demos... What was it like in some of those situations, in duels? Were there mind games and were you able to read him?

I watch his every match and I have been watching them my whole life. Especially Mirage where he is unique and recognizable in Connector as CT. One round he put down a smoke, we came out of Underpass and I knew that someone was going to flash him in so I just waited for it, and even though I was blind I sprayed and I killed him with two bullets.

There was another round where he was saving a gun, he killed two of my teammates and I knew he was going to go for more, I just went from behind, killed him, and said "Gde ces, znam te!" ("Where are you going, I know you!"), then all of my guys started to laugh. That was a funny moment, but in general, I don't like to play against him, I didn't want to do it, but it had to happen at one point. I wish them good luck, they are a great team with great players and I think that, regardless of the 1-2, they can still make it to the playoffs.

NiKo is "unique and recognizable" on Mirage, huNter- says

Tell me a bit about your role in this team. During the old Valiance lineup, when you were a fully Serbian lineup, everything was built around you to a degree. Now with the new roster it seems like your role is more entry and team-oriented, what do you think about how your role changed in the past months?

When we formed this team I knew that it [my role] can't be as it was before, but that the results would of course improve. We have five good players that can, at any moment, get kills and secure rounds, every player in our team can have 30-40 kills in a certain map. I'm not an entry or a support or anything, it depends on the map, and it is the same for everyone. We change a lot, we play default a lot, we move around the map a lot and we don't want to have nexa be the lurk on one side every time and then if they kill him, they know we are on the other side.

So we change things a lot, we saw that from Liquid who do that exceptionally well, that is one of the reasons why they are the best. We tried to transfer that to our game, it works well, my role is ok, I have no complaints, especially as CT, on the T side I sometimes play more for the team, of course, as everyone does. We have EspiranTo, nexa, otto, LETN1, every one of them can trade frag me if I die so I really have no issues in going first, second, or staying behind to clutch. I have no issues with anything.

With these two wins, what do you think you can accomplish in this tournament?

To be honest, we didn't think about that, we are only thinking about the following match. We aren't thinking about the playoffs, Champions stage, the Mercedes-Benz Arena, we are really not thinking about anything except the next match. If it comes to that and we go to the playoffs, I will be able to tell you more. That is how our team is, we just look at the next match, not in the future or the past. Today we beat FaZe, that is now done, in an hour we will already be thinking about the next opponent and prepare for a different team, that's it.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1103
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
neither do i
2019-08-30 18:38
#13
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Brazil br4z1l1an_
who cares?
2019-08-30 18:40
hunter
2019-08-30 18:40
#19
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Poland Unluko
Definitely
2019-08-30 18:41
banger
2019-08-30 18:41
Nice one
2019-08-30 19:03
Why you comment then
2019-08-30 18:41
Because no BR team next major legends stage
2019-08-30 18:57
nt coldzera
2019-08-30 19:03
easy
2019-08-30 19:11
#73
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Brazil br4z1l1an_
Indian lul
2019-08-30 19:49
#74
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Italy DRickraft
Are you cyka?
2019-08-30 19:56
#76
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Brazil br4z1l1an_
Italian hahahaha
2019-08-30 20:03
#102
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Italy DRickraft
Let me guess... you're 12, right?
2019-08-31 12:41
9
2019-09-02 15:01
#84
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Russia Glihhh
But there will be Optic India at least
2019-08-30 21:26
forsaken was innocent
2019-08-30 22:51
Flukia
2019-08-30 19:14
#33
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Myanmar xdcc
also afraid of niko?
2019-08-30 18:51
You don't make any sense
2019-08-30 18:58
#2
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Australia p1ppy2
yeet
2019-08-30 18:38
Too bad. I don't like it when Hunter's cousin loses either, but I like it even less when CR4ZY loses.
2019-08-30 18:41
same with me xd
2019-08-30 18:55
#4
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Germany 1933
I like it when he lose
2019-08-30 18:39
Expected
2019-08-30 18:39
#6
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Finland k6s
rip
2019-08-30 18:39
#7
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China NonMeltIce
indeed
2019-08-30 18:39
#8
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Turkey i_eat_kebab
Expected
2019-08-30 18:39
i like it,overrated bot xD
2019-08-30 18:39
still salty because he left mousesports?
2019-08-30 20:02
mouz xDDDD
2019-08-30 20:03
silver 3 ofc
2019-08-30 20:20
#10
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Finland Faust_fSt
We've come to a situation where cr4zy players condescend to FaZe. Well, cr4zy is the better team of those two after all.
2019-08-30 18:39
#11
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Poland Hanse
Rip
2019-08-30 18:39
#12
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Sweden godname
kappapride
2019-08-30 18:39
#15
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Singapore FallBlade
LUL
2019-08-30 18:40
go CR4ZY go stupid dontfakeit ez for my bois
2019-08-30 18:40
what a beautiful pic
2019-08-30 18:40
Sad
2019-08-30 18:40
lmao
2019-08-30 18:41
lel
2019-08-30 18:41
No need to feel bad. FaZe is a shit team.
2019-08-30 18:41
#25
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Paraguay darthkaazi
"Gde ćeš, znam te!" Best line of the Major so far
2019-08-30 18:42
#50
arT | 
Serbia d1ckson
+1 so wholesome
2019-08-30 19:13
hunter>niko
2019-08-30 18:42
More likeable for sure, I doubt he's better though.
2019-08-30 19:28
brata za brate <3 serbians hold together not like NA shitting on each other
2019-08-30 18:42
+1
2019-08-30 18:59
#52
arT | 
Serbia d1ckson
+1
2019-08-30 19:13
Not because they're Serbians but because they're cousins.
2019-08-30 19:29
Faze.Hunter confirmed you have to play against Niko never again.
2019-08-30 18:46
"Everyone was waiting for this match except me and NiKo" ohhh brazzers
2019-08-30 18:47
#30
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Finland Smoonah
should have lost then instead of fucking up everyones pickums hahaa
2019-08-30 18:48
BEST TEAM ERA HAS STARTED GG
2019-08-30 18:49
Hunter vodi Srbe svoje!
2019-08-30 18:51
Are they really related?
2019-08-30 18:52
cousins
2019-08-30 18:54
Thanks for the info
2019-08-31 04:29
Niko used to said that his brothers teach him how to play CS,lhunter is one of his cousins,lmao,childhood scenes ,now,hunter teach him again
2019-08-30 19:14
Thanks for the info
2019-08-31 04:28
now imagine if LG had to face mibr, we would have hen1 vs lucas1...
2019-08-30 18:54
Hen1 benched
2019-08-30 19:12
shit that's true...
2019-08-31 01:57
#41
NiKo | 
Serbia Krosis
Damn this hit the soul,kovač movie is what we need now
2019-08-30 19:01
#55
arT | 
Serbia d1ckson
+1
2019-08-30 19:14
#82
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Canada LARRATT
featuring NiKo, huNter, GuardiaN
2019-08-30 21:00
#42
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India l3thality
Yes NiKo is huNter's 'cousing'
2019-08-30 19:02
Awwwwww
2019-08-30 19:07
#46
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Germany maxwe11
last year Niko was top 3. Yesterday he played like a 3 year-old child
2019-08-30 19:07
-letn1 +Niko?
2019-08-30 19:11
#57
arT | 
Serbia d1ckson
No moneyz for that mens)))
2019-08-30 19:14
They can get him after FaZe collapse from that lawsuit
2019-08-30 19:18
#63
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Serbia Mansss97
You're stupid if u think FaZe is going to lose the lawsuit.
2019-08-30 19:21
wouldnt it be a backstab for a core player jebiga?
2019-08-30 21:35
real brothers))
2019-08-30 19:13
haha to hell with niko xd
2019-08-30 19:14
I think 3 kovac guardian Niko hunter
2019-08-30 19:16
#60
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Morocco Op1xoN
much love!
2019-08-30 19:18
NiKo huNter nexa EspiranTo HSK sick team !!
2019-08-30 19:19
more likely poizon
2019-08-30 19:36
nt, HSK >>>>>>>>> nonamer called poizon.
2019-08-30 19:37
HAhahahahhahaah you are legend men he looks like clown not cs player
2019-08-30 19:39
Respect ME ??
2019-08-30 19:39
It's homosex or....
2019-08-30 19:21
Cousins, and Balkan people just like their family for some reason.
2019-08-30 19:31
#83
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Russia Pierock
Slavic thing. We just don't like to compete with our relatives, because they are our relatives.
2019-08-30 21:25
#64
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Denmark rezhine
Cousing? Well done.
2019-08-30 19:27
I like CR4ZY, Hunter might be the weakest link on the team. Nexa and Otto have good prospects.
2019-08-30 19:32
#81
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Laos EssenEsser
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-08-30 20:55
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-08-31 00:51
Reply needs to have actual content
2019-08-31 11:51
my boys <33
2019-08-30 20:03
this is so cool
2019-08-30 20:36
NiKo cousin's team!
2019-08-30 22:12
#87
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Pakistan LoOuU2
wait they are cousins for real ? i thought it was a meme cause they both have similar surnames
2019-08-30 22:14
#92
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Norway paulemilrk
i still believe Best of three matches is the best way to tell witch team is the best, but when a team like Crazy can do this to faze you know Faze isn't one of the best..
2019-08-31 00:30
bravo bravo! nice
2019-08-31 00:30
#96
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Serbia smiley69
2Ez4CR4ZY
2019-08-31 02:07
#105
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Austria sometime2
And now he's out like NiKo but NiKo get raped by some ReneGAYS and Hunter get raped by Electronic the Russian God
2019-09-02 15:06
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