Twistzz: "We were expecting a 2-0 for the day and our small mistakes cost us"

We spoke with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken after the first day of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, and heard his thoughts on Liquid's slump, their matches in Denmark, and the state of the SG 553.

Shortly before the event, Liquid were overtaken by fnatic in the world rankings, dropping to fourth place for the first time since August 2018. Heading into BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, the North American side was still highly favored, being the second-highest-rated squad at the event.

Twistzz says he was forced to pick up the SG 553 after the gun rose in popularity

Following their two matches on the first day of BLAST Pro Series, a 16-14 loss to Natus Vincere and a 16-4 win over Cloud9, Twistzz discussed the team's drop in form, the disappointing DreamHack Masters Malmö campaign, and why he only now decided to pick up the SG 553.

Coming into this event, you dropped out of the top three in the world for the first time in a year or so, since back when you had TACO in the team. Do you feel like this is a realistic standing?

Due to our travel schedule this year I felt like it was inevitable that eventually, we would fall into this slump we wouldn't know how to get out. Unfortunately, it happened after the break and I wasn't expecting it to happen after the break, I thought it was going to be later on in the year. But it happened, and basically placing last at DreamHack Malmö, it was inevitable in my mind that a result like this would eventually happen for a good team like us. We dropped out of Beijing so we had more time to practice in a month and so far we've had lots of time to practice, and I think it has been good. We should've won vs. Na`Vi in my opinion.

I'll just touch on Malmö because of that Grayhound loss, especially after that 12-3 lead on the T side of Mirage. How did that happen and how did you deal with that loss after it?

I think we all agreed that our emotions at that event and our environment as a team... those results were going to be expected with how we were feeling. Honestly, they played really well and we just played average, not up to our usual level, and we lost because of it. I think dropping out might've released some pressure, just losing in group stage, but I'm not entirely sure. I kind of forgot how it went after because there was a bunch of drama, since right after we lost to Grayhound we had a team talk and then someone decides to post some fake news about NAF getting cut...

In the end, did the fake news help you bring the team back together in a way?

No, we just kinda laughed it off, but I felt really bad for NAF because he, unfortunately, saw it at 3 AM, that's not a very good time to see news like that. He obviously knew he was in no position to get cut, none of us are really.

Touching on the Na`Vi game, obviously you have a good record against them, it was a BO1 this time and in the end you kind of lost to electronic who had an amazing game. How did it look from your perspective, letting it slip in the end?

We made so many small mistakes, our communication was a little bit rough, I guess, we weren't communicating all the little thing like we usually do and it caused people to die in certain positions and I feel like we lost rounds we shouldn't have lost because of it, we lost a 5v3 and then we lost a 4v2 that they were half-bought on. And we lost because of comms, and also electronic played a really good game. I felt like we were only playing versus one player really, I never felt like there was that much of a presence from other players in the team.

After that you played the Cloud9 game which you played pretty well individually, the whole team did actually. Is it a bit of a relief to get that win to pick it up and at least go 1-1 in the end?

Not really, we were expecting a 2-0 for the day and our small mistakes cost us the game versus Na`Vi, we were in the lead for most of the game and we just fell short. But tomorrow is hard for us and 16-4ing a team is always good.

Lastly, there has been a lot of talk about the Krieg, you started picking it up kind of recently. What are your thoughts on the weapon and why didn't you use it before, because the accuracy seems to suit your style?

I actually thought it was going to get nerfed way earlier, but then I saw it going on and... I was ok not using it before cause other players weren't really using the Krieg so I could use the AK and M4 normally. As almost every player is using the Krieg now, I'm kind of forced to do it as well. Because there are spots where if you have the Krieg, you just won't lose, you just can't lose the duel when you have the Krieg.

I think dupreeh made a statement here saying it is the most overpowered gun in CS, and besides the Tec-9 years back, this is definitely the most overpowered gun in CS. The spray pattern is, believe it or not, easier than the AK's because all you need to do is drag down and left really hard and you are probably just going to headshot them, it is that easy. (laughs)

Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
NT but no BLAST win
2019-11-02 00:25
Sweden Unluko 
2019-11-02 00:25
NiKo | 
Serbia dvrtomic 
not nice
2019-11-02 01:13
Russia tabbypelican 
2019-11-02 08:30
France LeDiplomate 
Why new jersey every week??
2019-11-02 14:28
2019-11-02 00:25
Some people don't like him, but he seems like a chill guy. GL in Copenhagen Team Liquid!
2019-11-02 00:28
NiKo | 
Serbia dvrtomic 
2019-11-02 01:29
Twistzz 68% head shot aimgod
2019-11-02 01:48
Need 1% more to bang them all
2019-11-02 12:04
Aha n1
2019-11-02 12:17
Finland hiddz 
2019-11-02 00:25
Russia tabbypelican 
nt drinker
2019-11-02 07:56
nt alcoholic
2019-11-02 11:09
dRiim | 
Finland dRiim 
thx vodkabrother
2019-11-02 12:24
epstein did not kill himself
2019-11-02 00:25
Switzerland Indeon 
Wise words
2019-11-02 00:29
Sweden Trkmag 
2019-11-02 00:32
North America MeeM6336 
r/the_donald found
2019-11-02 01:08
Lebanon ryBBah 
Guaranteed grand final vs FaZe, Twistzz vs coldzera will be an amazing final! #Let'sGoLiquid #NAisTop1 #NACS>EUCS #TwistzzTop1Player
2019-11-02 00:31
This has to be a troll, right?
2019-11-02 00:41
i will guess it's a bait
2019-11-02 01:13
Like how cold baits his teammates
2019-11-02 08:55
United States PronaxGOAT 
You're just mad that cold and the rest of FAZE absolutely dismantled Astralis yesterday lol
2019-11-02 10:19
Imagine anyone taking the yersterdays game seriously. Astralis played worse than dogsh*t. Im more impressed of Faze beating NaVi. Finally some good results.
2019-11-02 12:08
United States PronaxGOAT 
Imagine the "Best" team in the world on a map where they win 82% of the games they play on, only win 2 rounds against that "trash team" and their shit fans post shit like "they weren't playing seriously" lmfaoooooo 2 rounds????
2019-11-02 12:37
Imagine Turok saying they'll absolutely win the major and lose 0-2 , seriously?
2019-11-02 16:58
Astralis era LUL
2019-11-02 16:47
At least Astralis had era hahahaaahha
2019-11-02 16:57
I'm glad you know it's over... Since blast Miami
2019-11-02 17:36
At least they had era. Unlike bra71l
2019-11-02 19:20
Oh, we're talking about national scene? How's New Zealand doing?
2019-11-02 19:35
Nt Faze vs Nip final Astralis 3rd place
2019-11-02 02:20
2019-11-02 04:35
Russia tabbypelican 
dont cry marke
2019-11-02 08:30
2019-11-02 15:49
Cocky bot
2019-11-02 00:33
Russia tabbypelican 
2019-11-02 07:56
no, u cant
2019-11-02 00:46
Russia tabbypelican 
no one cares what cis cunt think
2019-11-02 08:31
zavali ebalo, pidor maloletniy as I see u care
2019-11-02 11:08
Russia tabbypelican 
15-15 vs c9 0-16 vs astralis nt cis cunt
2019-11-02 15:21
BnTeT | 
China dem0Ns 
TL;DR twistzz approves electronic 1v9
2019-11-02 00:47
United States Raptorial 
soon top 1 again
2019-11-02 00:48
Russia tabbypelican 
2019-11-02 08:20
Serbia DjapeZ 
2019-11-02 14:12
United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
soon to be trans
2019-11-02 00:54
United States jmarcelo 
cost me too, damn. RIP fantasy
2019-11-02 01:05
United States ChiNaNo1 
Lost is a lost how is he cocky as fuck
2019-11-02 01:06
Ikr? That map should have been like 16-7 Navi. Liquid winning rounds they had no business winning on t side with those classic Navi 5v2 throws
2019-11-02 01:17
Na'Vi is overrated trash, electronic was the only player on that team.
2019-11-02 02:33
If electronic didn't bring an extra large backpack then Na'Vi would've lost. Na'Vi doesn't even convert most rounds they have early advantages.
2019-11-02 06:01
Yeah no, a top 5 player playing like a top 5 player is not more random than losing 3 5v2s which directly effected 3 more rounds via economy. Not to mention elige and twistzz brought their backpacks as well.
2019-11-02 18:17
Finland Smoonah 
We were expecting myself to turn into a future Caitlyn Jenner.
2019-11-02 01:12
Great guy, wish him the best
2019-11-02 01:51
Russia tabbypelican 
thank you
2019-11-02 08:21
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom Jim3110 
2019-11-02 02:08
Sweden Golden_shower 
"I never felt like there was that much of a presence from other players in the team." lol why do they always say shit like this
2019-11-02 02:09
Is he wrong? There was little presence from all the other Navi players
2019-11-02 05:09
did you even watch the game? he's 100% right
2019-11-02 07:51
Bulgaria overflowww 
2019-11-02 08:53
Europe eoL_ 
2019-11-02 02:31
This kid is always so fucking cocky. No wonder they are going downhill with this attitude.
2019-11-02 03:03
Russia tabbypelican 
nt hitler
2019-11-02 08:29
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
This is a chill guy. Idk why people dislike him.
2019-11-02 03:26
Weeb Hairstyle. I don't like weebs.
2019-11-02 04:07
Russia tabbypelican 
At least he is not from African Union. No one likes African Union.
2019-11-02 08:28
Such simple explanation much wow
2019-11-02 15:13
I've said it once and I'll say it again: Stewie needs to go.
2019-11-02 03:42
2019-11-02 03:51
Stew is a cocky f***. How can anyone like him?
2019-11-02 11:37
Bulgaria Cloudyx 
Please Liquid never replace anyone from them.. Amaizing team! Stay strong and get this trophy!
2019-11-02 06:10
United States Exodus^ 
2019-11-02 10:08
valve need to nerf krieg especially
2019-11-02 07:26
Mistakes like having stewie in your team
2019-11-02 08:04
Russia tabbypelican 
no flagger said
2019-11-02 08:27
Imagine Liquid winning against navi
2019-11-02 08:59
2019-11-02 10:08
If u couldn't handle 1 star player, you are not team, so no excuses for ya, bitch
2019-11-02 11:20
Ukraine demon83 
mistakes ? it`s a win 2v5 & 3 v5 ?
2019-11-02 12:07
Germany Neckarstadion 
having stewie on the team is not a "small mistake"
2019-11-02 13:49
Sweden flippig 
xaxaxa 0-2 today so far
2019-11-02 16:30
damn dude
2019-11-02 20:21
Liquid out of Top 10 soon guys
2019-11-03 01:11
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