Brehze: "I think any team we play here will probably have a hard time beating us"

In our concluding interview of the media day at BLAST Premier group C, we spoke to Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte to discuss Evil Geniuses' issues with consistency and ambitions for 2020.

Evil Geniuses are back in action after enjoying a long break from CS, entering BLAST Premier Spring after a ten-day bootcamp in Poland. Refreshed and looking to showcase an expanded playbook, Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz and his men will kick the tournament off with a match against OG taking place later this evening.

Brehze feels that 2020 will be more fruitful than 2019 if consistency is achieved

In our concluding media day interview we spoke with Brehze, who gave valuable insight into the team's struggles from 2019 and how it aims to improve on them in the new year. He also touched on what was achieved during the pre-event bootcamp, and theorized on why 100 Thieves have a difficult time playing against them.

A recurring conversation when it came to EG as a team was that you lacked practice coming into events due to a packed schedule. Now that you've had some time away, how are you feeling? How productive was the break for you?

A break was much needed for us, we went to a huge number of events in a row, and we haven't had a break in so long. This was the longest break all of us have had in a long time; it was good to step away from the game. We had about a month and a half off, so we had a lot of time to have our vacations and just not play CS. We literally spent the whole year playing CS and it was really draining.

Now we're right back in it again. We had a productive ten-day bootcamp in Poland before coming here, where we played against European teams and some new teams as well. I'm really excited to start this tournament.

Over the course of the bootcamp was the team able to work on the playbook? Did you feel the need to expand it at all after last year?

Yeah, we definitely needed to make some changes to our playbook because, as you said, we had no practice and we had no time to change anything. We definitely looked at our strats and got rid of some, adding new ones instead. Also, the map adjustments played a big part in our strategies, we had to change a lot of the maps. For example, Mirage is going to be played differently now.

We just had to relook all of our maps and see which ones we wanted to play for this tournament and which ones we were comfortable with.

During the autumn of last year, the team had a two-week period where you were the No.1 team in the world. Having tasted glory, what has the team set as ambitions for 2020?

After reaching the number one spot, it was kind of surreal to all of us that we played CS for so long and no one has ever been that high up in the rankings in our team before, only maybe Peter (stanislaw) and Tarik. For Ethan, CeRq and I, we've never been in the top five or top three for that long, so when we reached that number one spot, it was definitely a new feeling.

It's a feeling where you understand that you can be the best team in the world and we have the players to do it. For 2020 we just have to find that consistency because we know we can reach the level of Liquid and Astralis, we just need to be consistent in our play. We're still trying to figure that out, but I think this year will go a lot better than last year.

You touched on consistency, which has been a running problem for the team in 2019. Seeing as you've been together for a while, extra time is unlikely to impact much, but in terms of improving that aspect of EG, what plans do you have?

One of the problems that we had was that we would always jetlag ourselves going from Europe to America and China. We were in different time zones all the time, our bodies were completely messed up. One thing we'll be working on this year is if we're going to two European tournaments back-to-back, we'll just stay in Europe instead of going back to America.

We'll take it as a chance to bootcamp longer and stay in Europe longer so we don't have to reset our bodies; ultimately just practice in Europe longer. That's one thing that we're going to be doing this year. Then, there's obviously not going to as many events and burning ourselves out - that was our biggest problem last year. Those two big things will help us a lot in the long run.

BLAST Premier is kicking off soon, and in your group, you have 100 Thieves. They have struggled against you over the course of 2019, and AZR added in our interview that the team feels a mental block when going up against you. What do you feel makes you such a strong opponent against them?

Honestly, the thing with CS is that every team has one opponent that they experience a mental block against or they just somehow can't beat them. I think for us when we were playing Astralis at our best, they had a lot of trouble playing against us, AZR said they have trouble beating us. If we had to pick an opponent, it's Na`Vi. In the past, they would always just destroy us. It has changed a little bit recently, but every team has that one opponent that is like kryptonite and every time you play them it might be a little bit of a struggle. I don't have a specific answer, I just think that every team has that one kryptonite opponent.

Lastly, you'll be facing OG in your opening series here in London. Seeing as they're a bit of a question mark, what is your approach going into the series?

We've never played their lineup before. We've played some of their players on their previous teams, but from watching them, they look like a pretty strong team, they have some pretty strong names and good talent on the team. We're not going to take them lightly. The good thing here at BLAST Premier is that it's going to be BO3s, so that plays into our advantage because I feel like we have a really strong map pool, especially after this bootcamp. We really worked hard on all of our maps to make sure all seven are playable. I think any team we play here will probably have a hard time beating us, I'd say.

United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1004
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1185
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
#1
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Canada Herodionus
EZ PZ for Astralis, will win even though they aren't here :)
2020-02-14 17:24
4 replies
i remember you from before that col match then you disappeared for a week
2020-02-14 17:40
3 replies
#30
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Canada Herodionus
I was too depressed :(
2020-02-14 17:44
2 replies
deserved
2020-02-14 17:50
1 reply
#39
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Canada Herodionus
Why you hab to bully me
2020-02-14 17:52
#3
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Finland IFK
yes
2020-02-14 17:24
Not playing vs G2 wtf
2020-02-14 17:24
cocky, doesnt realize they are fluke kkkk
2020-02-14 17:25
8 replies
#42
tarik | 
Norway MD!
You little fragile soyboy if you consider this cockiness you must me one of those people who yhink tea bag is rape
2020-02-14 17:55
7 replies
? Reply needs to have actual content
2020-02-14 18:01
6 replies
#50
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India l3thality
nvm, butthurt Excuse Geniuses fan......
2020-02-14 18:05
#60
tarik | 
Norway MD!
twitter.com/dislekcia/status/12272145380.. That's how you look like with this comment
2020-02-14 18:25
4 replies
what
2020-02-14 18:27
3 replies
#63
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Exactly
2020-02-14 18:27
2 replies
ok i will try to change my self
2020-02-14 18:29
1 reply
#74
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Nice men sorry for being rude
2020-02-14 18:58
#6
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United Kingdom replicanoob
j E tla G
2020-02-14 17:25
1 reply
#75
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Hahahaha so funny lol
2020-02-14 18:58
#7
OK | 
Albania Edjon
yes
2020-02-14 17:25
2 replies
#76
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Why bully
2020-02-14 18:58
Nice strong map pool
2020-02-14 19:22
Nah, i thought he would say everyone would have an easy time
2020-02-14 17:26
watch them lose the first match
2020-02-14 17:27
1 reply
Lol this aged well
2020-02-15 01:10
#11
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Hungary Glng
Nah shut up
2020-02-14 17:27
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and his men will kick the tournament off with a match against G2 taking place later this evening. U mean OG?
2020-02-14 17:28
Will be quoting this when the 0-2 to OG happens
2020-02-14 17:29
1 reply
+1
2020-02-14 19:23
yes
2020-02-14 17:29
more like mouz always destroys you and you need to work to get to the level of mouz, top1 team in world
2020-02-14 17:30
Mousesports
2020-02-14 17:30
2 replies
plus 1
2020-02-14 17:30
+1
2020-02-14 17:31
Evil Geniuses (0:15; 0:1) mousesports
2020-02-14 17:37
1 reply
"We have a strong map pool" xdxdxd
2020-02-14 19:24
i arent think that
2020-02-14 17:32
ripoff of EliGE trying to be cocky XAXAXAXAXAXA, getting 16-0ed by mouz and still being cocky while liquid never lost to 2019 mouz nt won’t be winning with snakeislaw and tarik “twofaced” celik
2020-02-14 17:36
10 replies
#55
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Czech Republic xANUx
Justice4daps
2020-02-14 18:16
1 reply
+1 sad that they turned their back on him for FiRePoWeR
2020-02-14 19:26
#67
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United States joke_cs
almost like Mouz isn't in the group. Almost like the rest of the teams are scraping top 10 and would legitimately have a hard time beating them.
2020-02-14 18:35
2 replies
if tyloo can put up a fight vs eg, i think g2 can definitely win also og unknown factor
2020-02-14 19:26
1 reply
#97
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United States joke_cs
didn't say it was impossible, Brehze said it would be hard for someone to beat them. Didn't say nobody could beat them.
2020-02-14 20:28
Lost against budget mouz tho, xd
2020-02-14 19:24
4 replies
“budget” not anymore also liquid never had the easiest time with faze even in their dominant period ngl
2020-02-14 19:25
3 replies
thx for saying faze is budget no more, and i agree.
2020-02-14 19:51
2 replies
only costed them a million dollars and one of the best free pickups but im glad cus faze r fun to watch))) have a nice day men
2020-02-14 20:10
1 reply
hahaha, but they are having some good results whatsoever. So im pretty happy 'bout that.
2020-02-14 21:02
But then they get destroyed by every team 2 - 0, xD
2020-02-14 17:35
haha they need to fight vs mouz
2020-02-14 17:38
This is one of those interviews that completely jinxes them watch
2020-02-14 17:43
NOT 0G
2020-02-14 17:43
while my girl is on my lap i only can smirk to see hltv admins nerding and writing articles here on valentines day lmao HAHAH.. ps i only came here for the comments, back bj time 😋 cu
2020-02-14 17:46
2 replies
#46
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Croatia KeZual96
Somehow by your comment it makes me think you don't have a girlfriend
2020-02-14 17:58
1 reply
Lmaoooo
2020-02-15 07:52
This is the problem of Eg. They think there are just 2 strong teams but scene is improving and they are gonna fail again
2020-02-14 17:48
#34
RpK | 
France pol44r
DE_nuke Any% Mousesports vs EG (never forget)
2020-02-14 17:49
#36
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Brehze so cute and so good. EZ4EG
2020-02-14 17:50
Jetlag
2020-02-14 17:51
i'm an EG fan but mouz has to be the "mental block" for us.
2020-02-14 17:51
3 replies
#43
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Not this year
2020-02-14 17:56
2 replies
They haven't played each other this year. And if they did mouz would have won
2020-02-15 07:51
1 reply
#136
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Gonna have to rename your account soon G
2020-02-15 08:06
Way too confident man, they're looking ass recently
2020-02-14 17:55
2 replies
#44
tarik | 
Norway MD!
Let him be, Time go fast in CS and you never know what's gonna happen
2020-02-14 17:57
1 reply
Yeah ok pal
2020-02-15 00:33
#45
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Belgium mainak90
Funny he says navi is a challenge against them given against mouz they are yet to win a series, let alone 16-0, 16-4 and 16-6 scores on 3 occassions. I dont think they had such a poor showing against navi even
2020-02-14 17:58
#47
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Sweden Fizze
ez
2020-02-14 17:59
Inb4 they lose
2020-02-14 18:04
#51
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Germany grabke
lol Remember EG end of last year ? They lost almost every game :) These cs players are really something. Just shut up and play....
2020-02-14 18:06
2 replies
they're doing interviews you mong
2020-02-14 18:41
1 reply
True, but at least don't answer such things as "We have strong map pool" after losing 16-1 against ForZe and 16-0 against mouz, then saying that their mental block is na'vi.
2020-02-14 19:27
> proceeds to lose the opener
2020-02-14 18:07
Geniuses are well rested now bring the Evil! Destroy them!
2020-02-14 18:17
I’ll be back when og wins today
2020-02-14 18:18
1 reply
TOLD YA
2020-02-15 00:54
#59
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Japan pawbeast
Useless article.If they win nobody care what he said,if they lose much more hate
2020-02-14 18:24
1 reply
#61
tarik | 
Norway MD!
If they win I'll make sure to make fun of the 0iq haters in this thread
2020-02-14 18:26
I hope so! Though, if the opposite happens...
2020-02-14 18:29
#66
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Finland Polki
Mouz beat this sad Team soeazily
2020-02-14 18:31
*laffs in mousesports*
2020-02-14 18:36
imba get 0-2 loss vs og
2020-02-14 18:48
E0-16G won't win shit , the honeymoon period for them is over and they're not going to win any tier 1 tournament in 2020 Lul Brehze krieg abuser
2020-02-14 18:48
#72
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Philippines etalynx08
oh no! don't jinx it like jkaem did
2020-02-14 18:53
Ok
2020-02-14 18:56
Hahahahah cocky na fluke tard
2020-02-14 18:59
let’s see
2020-02-14 19:15
EG has been a top 5 team for close to two years in all reality. I'm excited to see what they can do after the validation of having their fragging trio in the top 20, the two big time tournament wins, the number one spot and a long break. In fact this team could be a big sleeper going into the year. It's going to be interesting. I still think Ethan is the best rifler on the team. They've got a lot of upside here with all three of them.
2020-02-14 19:19
#88
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Other javlaFaaan
sure thing, fattard XD
2020-02-14 19:49
#90
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Singapore FallBlade
Few days later and there's gonna be a report of EG blaming it on jetlag Kappa
2020-02-14 19:59
1 reply
They are the greatest team of all, no way they lose to any team. But jetlag, only jetlag can beat them. Their kryptonite if you will since theyre the only team affected by it
2020-02-15 09:08
#90
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Singapore FallBlade
Few days later and there's gonna be a report of EG blaming it on jetlag Kappa
2020-02-14 19:59
#93
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Europe GAALKINo_O
They pray that they could avoid mouz... Mouz will shut this kid up in Katowice
2020-02-14 20:16
Confident much
2020-02-14 20:20
#96
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Italy CHEBBOxxx
EG IS A FRAUD TEAM
2020-02-14 20:25
what do you mean, idiot? hard time beating team EG in term of what? the other teams already outplayed you. Throwing handicap or match? in terms of throwing handicap, number 1 team is still team Mousesports. In terms of throwing match, number 1 team is still Liquid. don't make such joke your team is a joke, keep playing only for money, "the other team will have a hard time beating u? don't be ridiculous you fckin shithead shameless bstards
2020-02-14 20:39
1 reply
#142
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Indonesia Exodd
What's wrong with this China
2020-02-16 09:30
#100
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Austria mo_bamba
OK
2020-02-14 21:05
ez for OG
2020-02-15 00:32
#110
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Australia popoto
hahah ez
2020-02-15 00:34
hard time?
2020-02-15 00:35
LUL
2020-02-15 00:38
cocky, karma, you just lost against OG
2020-02-15 00:39
LULW
2020-02-15 00:41
This joke is good LUL
2020-02-15 00:46
#10 lmao
2020-02-15 00:52
Ok
2020-02-15 01:11
#122
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United States zhaaa
Ok
2020-02-15 01:43
this got old quick
2020-02-15 02:41
He was right, OG did have hard time winning!
2020-02-15 02:55
The only hard thing is fighting me ))
2020-02-15 03:08
#127
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Finland 0lter
hahaha except any team they play there
2020-02-15 06:02
OK
2020-02-15 06:06
ahahahahahahaha
2020-02-15 06:14
#130
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Netherlands dabadpad
LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-02-15 06:18
#131
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Brunei Not_StriK
LOOOOOOL og had a hard time
2020-02-15 06:43
Except mouz but they aren't invited....
2020-02-15 07:49
16-0 mouz / eg Never forget
2020-02-15 08:03
lost to bunch of pugger I see what you did there Brehze
2020-02-15 08:14
KEKW
2020-02-15 08:37
XD
2020-02-15 09:39
it was a tough match against OG
2020-02-15 13:07
??? XD
2020-02-16 19:27
Deserved
2020-02-16 19:29
yes bro you were right
2020-02-16 19:33
#146
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Netherlands gelm1r
xD
2020-02-16 19:42
Nt bobo
2020-02-17 04:42
#148
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Netherlands dabadpad
LMAAAAAO.... 2 TIMES...
2020-02-17 04:45
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