kennyS: "There were a lot of weaknesses that became strengths; that was the point of the bootcamp"

We spoke to Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub in our opening interview of BLAST Premier Spring group C, where we discussed the team's bootcamp and confidence levels coming into London.

G2 ended 2019 on a high note as they ran out victorious at the Champions Cup Finals, in Malta, after beating teams like ENCE and Spirit along the way. The Frenchmen also began the new year in emphatic style, qualifying for IEM Katowice with back-to-back victories over AGO and MAD Lions in the double-elimination closed qualifier.

kennyS feels that G2 are confident coming into BLAST Premier Spring

In our first interview from BLAST Premier Group C, kennyS shared his thoughts on the recent announcements of Edouard "⁠SmithZz⁠" Dubourdeaux's and Kévin "⁠Ex6TenZ⁠" Droolans's retirements from professional play, and spoke about the team's confidence levels coming into BLAST Premier and the threat posed by 100 Thieves - whom the AWPer described as the most annoying opponent of the group.

It was recently announced that SmithZz had decided to retire, while Ex6TenZ is going into coaching. You go back way back to VeryGames with the two, what was your reaction to the news?

I don't know how I feel, to be honest. One thing I do know is that both of them were very important to my career. Ex6TenZ was the first leader who trusted me professionally, he taught me pretty much everything I know. I was a bit sad for them because I know what they can bring to a team, I know their input and the way they see the game; they're smart. I come from the VeryGames school, so I learned so much from Ex6TenZ on VeryGames, Titan, and even G2 two years ago. For me, Ex6TenZ will always remain a player. He helped to mould me; I tried to learn as much as possible from other players and everything I saw.

SmithZz is also someone who taught me a lot, he was the best AWPer in the world during Source and he taught me a couple of things that were very helpful to me. He helped me make sure that my style was not only aggressive but more complete, I would say. I will definitely miss them, and, to be honest, I would love to see Ex6TenZ as a coach. I think he will do great at the job and I wish them all the best in life because they are both amazing people.

The team qualified for IEM Katowice earlier in January, maintaining a flawless record in the process. How was this result achieved?

I think we surfed the confidence wave we had from winning the Champions Cup Finals. We had a good break that I think was needed in esports, in general, because we all work a lot. We got caught a bit off-guard with that qualifier, as we had to shut down our break and had one or two days to practice before it. The objective was to qualify, and we did really well.

Yeah, I think we were surfing the confidence from Malta and we'll keep doing it here because we also won the qualifier, which means we haven't lost an official game for a while, even though we haven't played that much. I think right now, within the team, we are really chill, we are really relaxed and confident. We know we worked hard and we know we have a lot of strength and potential. We'll see how it goes because here at BLAST there are so many good teams, and we also know that we have been our biggest opponents. We're just trying to keep that composure and remain chilled, relaxed and confident.

Touching slightly on the latter stages of last year, you had a strong finish at the Champions Cup Finals, but just before that you had cs_summit 5, where you had a bitter loss in the grand final against mousesports. Now that some time has passed, could you reflect on what went south in that series?

I felt that, somehow, we just crashed. As I said, our biggest opponent has been ourselves, and that was the case during that game. We might have been overconfident on Vertigo, and when we started on Train, I noticed straight away that we were making unusual mistakes. With the double AWP on their CT side of Train, we might have pushed too much on the A site.

We made a couple of mistakes, obviously, but I think we had unexpected difficulties that we were not able to get through. The good part is that we showed a lot of character by winning the Champions Cup Finals afterwards, and that's the most important part for me.

How productive was your bootcamp heading into this event?

I think it was really good, really productive. Since we started the team, we have barely had time to practice, so it was much needed. The bootcamp led to us being confident, but hopefully not overconfident. There were a lot of weaknesses that became strengths, and that was the point of the bootcamp.

The bootcamp went well, and when it goes well, you expect results. We expect results, obviously, but we're trying not to put too much pressure on ourselves because, as I said, our biggest opponent is always ourselves. We don't want the mindset switch to happen, we want to get into a competitive mode straight away and keep that mode all the way through, despite any difficulties that we're going to face, or the other way around, you know? Pretty much like the cs_summit 5 final - at some point, it got too easy, and we shit on ourselves.

You'll be facing 100 Thieves in your first match in London. The Aussies had over two months to iron out their issues coming into the event. With this in mind, what is the team's approach?

We're going to prepare for the game today and, in my eyes, 100 Thieves are a really annoying team to play. They're really structured and very good at playing CS together. That's their biggest strength - it's the teamplay they have. They are really trying to limit the number of mistakes they make, and that makes them really complicated to face. They don't necessarily have the strongest firepower out of the top teams, but they can definitely beat any team because they have a really good mindset and really smart and composed players. Their attitude, mindset and the way they approach difficulties are their strengths.

For us, our weakness is sometimes ourselves, but for them, it's definitely not the case. They are a very relaxed and confident team because they have always been really consistent, showing a lot of unexpected results. I would say that they are probably the hardest team to play in the group.

France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
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Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
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France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
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kennys > fallen
2020-02-13 19:03
2020-02-13 19:03
North America ProudNAfan
2020-02-13 19:09
2020-02-13 19:22
Sweden quacke
2020-02-13 23:14
India X3pHyR
2020-02-14 08:32
Chile strong221
Only in 2018
2020-02-14 10:43
old kennys > kennys
2020-02-13 19:07
Sweden quacke
2020-02-13 23:15
Serbia hitomi79
old fallen >> fallen :(
2020-02-14 01:10
India X3pHyR
2020-02-14 08:32
Estonia mr_abdul
water is wet
2020-02-13 21:22
NT Godfather FalleN was and still are so much better than inconsistent KennyS. 2 Major's in a row 2 seasons leading top1 team in the world so many throphies who KennyS was not even close to achieve. FalleN - consistent top level - 2° best player (could be 1 if Coldzera wans'nt' a beast) according HLTV in 2016 KennyS - shiny 1 in a 10 games, win 1 in a 30 tournaments. Dont be mad, i really like him, wish the best to your carrer, but not even close to Papa FalleN
2020-02-14 15:02
2020-02-14 18:54
Lmao flag checks out
2020-02-14 19:08
2020-02-13 19:03
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k
2020-02-13 19:03
Sorry no chance
2020-02-13 19:04
United States rer0lpxe
against who?
2020-02-13 22:17
At Blast in general
2020-02-13 22:18
United States rer0lpxe
OG - Thrashest of all 100T - Has no chance since DickStacy leaves EG - NA CS LUL
2020-02-13 22:21
Yes, everyone is sad because 100T Dickstacy has left :(
2020-02-13 23:31
United States rer0lpxe
Man, it is such a bad move 1-) Aleksib leaves ENCE 2-) DickStacy leaves 100T
2020-02-14 05:48
DickStacy was single-handedly the reason 100T werent a top place contender.
2020-02-14 12:51
2020-02-13 19:05
2020-02-13 19:06
Finland Smoonah
gl kenny scrub
2020-02-13 19:08
kennyS >> d3vice
2020-02-13 19:10
"SmithZz is also someone who taught me a lot, he was the best AWPer in the world during Source" Nice to see this respect being shown as most of the retards on here who constantly slag off SmithZz have no idea how good he was back then. He wasn't the best awper, RattlesnK, proph or WT were but he was an awesome player in Source.
2020-02-13 19:19
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22
who's the css goat for you?
2020-02-13 19:59
RpK. He was just brilliant, most other known top source players were mainly awpers but he was solely a rifler who completely carried teams at times and just looked better than everyone else. Very much like Niko now, great aim and easy 3/4 mans regularly.
2020-02-13 21:58
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22
php? shox?
2020-02-13 22:02
RpK was better than shox, NBK or smithZz or ex6tenz. And they were all ampng the top20 or so best source players. It's kinda hard to prove now as so much has been lost over time but player of the year on Cadred just went back and forth between RpK and NBK (from memory) and they both deserved it. Php. Was great though, super versatile and really smart. Genuine shame he didn't transition to GO very well as he would have been a big boost to the scene.
2020-02-13 22:28
shox | 
Serbia nzzm22
Meh rpk may have been more consistent over the years and greater overall, but on his peak shox definitely was the best player and rifler of source.
2020-02-13 23:30
RpK won more CSS events than any other player. He was also player of the year twice (at least) and second I think to NBK on another year. Shox was great too and seeing as there's no CSS history left as Cadred and EnemyDown archives have long since disappeared it's hard to prove or argue either way. So let's just agree to disagree and say they were two of the 3 best CSS players ever alongside Php. And then RattlesnK (won player of the year twice also), NBK, wantz, Guardian and a few others....
2020-02-14 15:58
guardian was the best css awper
2020-02-13 20:48
Nah. Guardian was great but had a fairly short run as a source awper. RattlesnK was probably one of the smartest players in the game back then. The kind of guy who'd fit in Astralis now because he played carefully and thoughtfully when most were going just for frags. WT was just hilariously good and proved 1000 people wrong who were convinced he cheated because he was a nonamer with no LAN experience who destroyed them online. And Proph played for a great team and was just very consistent. Fun to watch and not French which was cool.
2020-02-13 21:57
Best awper worldwide
2020-02-13 19:21
Legends will always be remembered. GL in the future to both Ex6 and SmithZz
2020-02-13 19:25
Ex6 and SmithZz :'((((
2020-02-13 19:34
kennys is in good form last 3-4 months im so happy for him
2020-02-13 19:46
2020-02-13 19:49
KennyS top20 2020 plzz
2020-02-13 19:57
Unexpected from s1mple fan
2020-02-13 20:50
I was a kennyS fan until 2017. I like both it's just kenny has been in a slump. :(
2020-02-14 05:39
hope g2 will continue flawless winstreak <3
2020-02-13 20:00
"after beating teams like ENCE and Spirit" lol
2020-02-13 20:08
1k$ on g2-0
2020-02-13 20:09
we surfed our confidence from malta world cup
2020-02-13 20:34
Goat on being overrated Was never even top5 KEKW
2020-02-13 20:51
Netherlands Flevo
Still best awper of All time
2020-02-13 20:53
good one kenny... haha xD
2020-02-13 21:12
kennyS, 2nd coolest frenchman ever. david ginola top 1
2020-02-13 21:17
2020-02-13 23:38
France RoberP
2020-02-14 12:15
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