nexa: "The amount of work that's being put in in G2 is something I hadn't experienced before"

We spoke to Nemanja "nexa" Isaković on the second day of StarSeries i-League Season 8, getting his first impressions of the new G2 and their progress so far.

G2 have now progressed to Group B's upper bracket semi-final at StarSeries, taking revenge on Na`Vi with a 2-1 victory in the opening match after losing a close series to the CIS giants in ESL Pro League on Saturday, just before traveling to Turkey.

nexa talks G2's progress in the last two weeks

After their first match was over, we got a hold of nexa to get an update on G2's progress in and out of the game and how the communication side of things is going before moving over to the topic of StarSeries and the team's first win there.

Tell me what the first impressions with this lineup have been like.

I'm really happy that they are really positive and they are super hard-working. I don't want to bash my ex-teammates, but the level of work that's being put in, we practiced for two weeks and we've been together for a little over two weeks, and the amount of work, breathing and living CS literally 15 hours every day of work being put in is something I hadn't experienced before. This is why we made the progress we did in such a short amount of time.

How has it been fitting together in that time, how quickly are you adapting to each other?

Super fast. Surprisingly fast. I think this is also because we all have our natural roles. One of the things me and huNter were looking for when we were planning on joining a different team was that we actually get to keep our roles and the same positions we had before, so, in those terms, joining G2 was like a perfect fit. I have all my roles, like 90% of my roles on the CT side, and huNter has every single role he had before, so this is why we've been adapting super fast, because everyone feels natural in what they're doing.

How has the social side and communication side of things been going?

I think we actually fit better outside of the game than we do in the game, which is really funny. Every day, we're just joking and playing around and trolling each other. The atmosphere is always positive, even when we were getting destroyed, stomped in Malmö by fnatic, whatever, we were just laughing it off and trolling around, nothing you can do about it, sometimes you lose, sometimes you win. If you lose, you obviously didn't work hard enough, so you go back to the drawing board and that's it. Even after Pro League when we lost to Na`Vi, we made some pretty dumbass mistakes, but we know that, right now, there's nothing you can do about it, it's all about keeping the good atmosphere in the team. Everyone is really supportive of each other and I like it a lot.

So, has it been easy to make sure you don't get split into two parts, with how the two of you are Serbian and the rest of the team is French?

It's actually been pretty easy. We're always helping JaCkz, me and huNter, to speak English, maLeK is also there translating whenever JaCkz can't say whatever he wants to say in English. But 95% of the time we are keeping it in English and just communicating with each other. Even when JaCkz doesn't know how to say something, we just force him: "say it and when you can't remember the word, we will give you the word." He's actually the one who has made the most progress in these two weeks. When we came to Malmö, on the first day against FURIA, he couldn't say a word of English, it was just French, and now he's fully communicating, like "three to one, double peek, they're behind me, they're rushing, I fall back, I cover," now all the basic stuff of CS, which is why we made this big leap from how we were at Malmö to where we are now.

JaCkz has been making good progress

Touching back on what happened back in Valiance, you had a similar problem with in-game leadership, where it was swapping around until you took the bullet and decided to take on that role fully. How do you look back at that decision now?

I just thought to myself that maybe it's my destiny to be an in-game leader (laughs) because whatever team I was on, somehow it always fell into my lap to be the in-game leader, no one else could do it so I had to do it. Anyway, I think it's much more valuable to be the in-game leader and I know I can be a good one. On the market, everyone is a sick rifler, everyone is a good AWPer, everyone is an insane player, but no one is an in-game leader. You have like five to ten in-game leaders who are good with fragging power, as well, and I think I fit into that role. I thought to myself even before I joined G2 "if I stick to this and I can actually keep my level while in-game leading, teams will look at me no matter what happens in the future because I'm this kind of fragging in-game leader."

AmaNEk had a lot of input in the previous G2 roster with shox, how is it with him now?

Yeah, he has his input, but he's like... It's not a power struggle, but he gets vocal sometimes when he thinks something is a good idea, so he has a tendency to overcall, but this was at Pro League, I think we fixed it now, it was much better now when we played this game against Na`Vi. We have a prepared gameplan, me and maLeK go over some key points, key rounds that we will use and stuff like that. It's not completely on me, but in the game, on the server, when there's no tactical pause, I'm calling the shots.

StarSeries has this curious dynamic, there's obviously the enjoyment aspect because of the location it is in, how are you managing to balance that part of it with focusing on the tournament and practice?

It's hard, bro, it's hard. I want to go to the pool every day, I want to go swim in the sea, the weather is amazing and every time I look outside there's a pool, there's the sea, there are all kinds of things to do here, it's an insane location. This location is for everything except to hold a CS tournament, that's what I think. It's been difficult, yeah.

This rematch with Na`Vi was a different look for you compared to the last series you played against them, especially up to the second half of Overpass, where you had had a lot of problems on the CT side back in the UK. What did you learn from that previous series and how did you manage to come back from the rough second half of Overpass?

Well, Overpass was a map that I didn't play before in any of the teams I was in and when I was calling, so I don't have almost any experience on it. I tried my best on the T side in the UK and it worked out good, so we thought that we had good stuff and that we shouldn't change, so we focused only on our CT side on Overpass, which, as you can see, worked a lot better this time around. But when it came to T, they adapted to us and I didn't know how to adapt back because I didn't play the map, so it was messy. I think we had a few clutches that could have gone our way and maybe we would have actually won the map, but, overall, the gameplan for the T side of Overpass wasn't done properly on my side.

Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
G2 top 1
2019-10-22 17:36
Top 5? Sure
2019-10-22 17:38
Yes
2019-10-22 18:09
Bribery
2019-10-22 18:17
#78
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United States Nyagon 
They are best in top 5.
2019-10-24 16:54
#2
shox | 
India iejesus 
Nice
2019-10-22 17:36
#66
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Indonesia lumayan 
He just implied that his last team was lazy wasnt it? XD
2019-10-23 01:22
He did And its also funny cause french players have the reputation to not be hard workers
2019-10-24 18:42
I think g2 did the amazing job of find 3 french players who actually are willing to work
2019-10-27 16:35
Yeah, and kenny wasn't even an hard worker before malek joined. Seems that he does a good job as a coach.
2019-10-28 13:07
Exactly, we even had that moment when NA steel bashed him because kennys didnt work on himself try to keep up with the meta But now he has surprised everyone, and as a longtime fan its reaaly awesome to see him come alive again
2019-10-28 23:43
#3
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United Kingdom SUFYY 
G2 top 2, see what I did there
2019-10-22 17:37
no pls explain
2019-10-22 17:50
#21
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United Kingdom SUFYY 
G TWOOOO esports
2019-10-22 17:55
harosh
2019-10-22 17:56
No
2019-10-22 18:18
serbian carry
2019-10-22 17:39
#15
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Poland koxukruszwica 
Isn't that good? That player from your country is winning for his team?
2019-10-22 17:48
it is, i didnt say anything negative :D
2019-10-22 17:58
#46
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Poland koxukruszwica 
OK BRO
2019-10-22 18:46
#58
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Bulgaria No_1One 
srbija stronk)))
2019-10-22 20:28
These two players are kind of becoming national heroes in France
2019-10-23 20:40
#6
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Indonesia lukerey 
They gonna do great next year. Better than vitality ofc. Fuck toxic apex.
2019-10-22 17:39
Don't believe everything they say on btn, especially when they go tmz style on the french scene. If apex was toxic, he'd be cut, not NBK.
2019-10-22 18:40
Apex is one of the most sympathic and funniest players on the french scene y'know Of all the words you could qualify him, toxic isn't a good one
2019-10-22 20:03
you don't know the difference between yelling its own rage and relief during a game, and trashing people
2019-10-22 20:58
+1
2019-10-22 22:04
#67
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United Kingdom zakariin 
Salty bagguettes lol
2019-10-23 01:59
#7
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
It’s almost as if players forget playing is their job...
2019-10-22 17:39
#11
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
This is a professional career
2019-10-22 17:40
#60
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
What’s your point?
2019-10-22 21:06
If you traveled the world you'd probably want to experience it too haha
2019-10-22 17:50
#48
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Ethiopia BlackBird101 
thanks captain obvious
2019-10-22 18:49
#61
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
What are you on about?
2019-10-22 21:06
I assumed you were referencing how nexa wanted to visit the beach and do things other than play while at the tournament.
2019-10-22 21:07
#69
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United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
I was referencing how this is a paid career and players treat it as a hobby still, rather than their job, and don’t put in the adequate preparation.
2019-10-23 08:53
ye
2019-10-26 21:54
You also realise working 15 hours per day is fucking insane
2019-10-22 18:06
yeah but in a sense this is still playing, i'd say about 8 hours real work (i mean career work)
2019-10-26 21:55
#8
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Europe UhddiS 
in in
2019-10-22 17:39
g2 top 1 soon
2019-10-22 17:39
#10
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Sweden D24_Tic 
LoL
2019-10-22 17:39
G2 top 5 soon
2019-10-22 17:44
#14
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France Chylvain2 
+1 but amalek still shit, even if he had a shitty roles in this team he missed a lot of kills + bad decision. They will kick him in 2 months if he doesnt fix
2019-10-22 17:47
He will fix himself don't worry This line up is the line up to put g2 in final of big lans
2019-10-22 17:50
#31
Maka | 
France Barburo 
They cant kick him until May, they need him for the major slot.
2019-10-22 18:07
seriously what you all guys smoke. He is now playing support. Do you even know how bad French supports stats are? AmaNEk is so good at lurking on T side. On CT a little bit weak but ofc room for improvement. Don't forget the most of 2vXs and 1vXs G2 win is mostly on AmaNEk.
2019-10-22 19:01
you played in cr4zy before, what do u expect
2019-10-22 17:44
#16
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Singapore Blloopy 
Nexa on Dust 2: Alright Jackz, you flash off catwalk, smoke off A short to jump down CT, then we go B. You got that? Jacky boi: Ah headshots yes?
2019-10-22 17:49
haha
2019-10-22 17:58
great mindset and great player as well
2019-10-22 17:50
#27
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Yeh hope this roster manages a few good runs, seems they might.
2019-10-22 18:05
#25
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
This is a G2 I'm a big fan of, this team will go far.
2019-10-22 18:00
i actually fucking wish g2 snag zywoo from vitality and this lineup makes it to top 3-5. very likable and not a team of ego maniacs respect
2019-10-22 18:03
#64
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Belgium Miiyata 
If Zywoo joins g2, ez top1
2019-10-22 22:37
How is it possible that Jackz cant speak English? In Austria he would have had at least four years of english lessons by the time he was 14. Whats going on in france?
2019-10-22 18:05
he is kinda old
2019-10-22 18:07
i am a lot older than him ;)
2019-10-23 10:41
#32
Maka | 
France Barburo 
Same but you know some students never try to invest themselves in english or spanish.
2019-10-22 18:09
Yeah its kinda shocking
2019-10-22 18:24
well i had french in school and still am bad at speaking it
2019-10-26 21:13
Serbiens teaching french How to speek english Welcome to 2019 french baguette
2019-10-22 18:16
#52
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United States reddzera 
Nexa played on RNG before meaning that he already knew english
2019-10-22 19:15
and i think jackz was in some kind of school in his life, how can he not speak a single word then. It is literally impossible to dodge english in school, at least in germany
2019-10-26 08:34
#35
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
they won one match against struggling navi and he is already talking with that cocky attitude. they will fall soon, just stay and watch. btw those "not to bash ex-teammates" just won tournament, this ahole could say something positive about them.
2019-10-22 18:17
#42
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
bro it is not cocky attitude he is trying to be positive he is making people belive in them that's not a bad attitude at all
2019-10-22 18:34
#57
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
he is cocky all of the time. when they played navi on major, at 1:1 he said to navi manager that they will beat them last map. when u play one of the best teams in the world, show some fcking respect. don't talk shit and then ofc lose the game. in this interview he is trying to make it like he went there for more then just money. i still cheer for him and hunter, i would just like for him to be more humble.
2019-10-22 20:15
they just lost to the same team like a day ago. within 24-32 hours if you can beat that team then idk it speaks itself. they are improving that is sure
2019-10-22 18:49
nexa london school
2019-10-22 18:19
Put in in Yes mens
2019-10-22 18:24
in in YIKES
2019-10-22 18:33
#43
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
what?
2019-10-22 18:34
#44
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Brazil davidzor 
To be honest, I'm quite impressed how G2 has been evolving since the addition of him as IGL
2019-10-22 18:37
#49
woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
It's hard. I want to go to the pool every day, I want to go swim in the sea, the weather is amazing and every time I look outside there's a pool, there's the sea, there are all kinds of things to do here, it's an insane location. This location is for everything except to hold a CS tournament. This is Antalya :D
2019-10-22 18:50
2019, European kid can’t speak English. Lame
2019-10-22 19:03
#70
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France Vipair 
who cars
2019-10-23 10:24
cars omegalul roflcopter lmao #hetoo
2019-10-23 16:06
happy for him and g2
2019-10-22 19:17
#54
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Finland rolezK1 
Now just add Ex6tenz to coach/analyst and ez major
2019-10-22 19:17
#56
Subroza | 
Morocco Op1xoN 
in in Kappa
2019-10-22 20:10
#65
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Australia csRIOTgo 
no one asked nexa about his bromance with Malek? Amanek is amazing
2019-10-22 23:02
G2 <3 the Style ! ! Nice run!! Only kennys pls fix your aim!
2019-10-23 07:47
#72
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Turkey berkovic 
NEXA RUNNNNN GOODDDD
2019-10-23 12:06
JaCkz London School>>>pasha London School
2019-10-23 14:08
ocelote finally waking up only took him 1 year to stop hybernating
2019-10-23 21:44
#77
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Norway PeteZz 
I agree with rain’s brother here
2019-10-24 14:47
#81
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Turkey berkovic 
LETS GO G2
2019-10-26 17:33
#85
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Ukraine minemax 
IN IN
2019-10-27 09:32
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