nexa plays down revenge talk: "It was just another game"

G2 in-game leader Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković says he felt no additional joy to beat his former team on the opening day of BLAST Premier Group C.

The Serbian player delivered a man-of-the-match performance to help G2 clinch a 2-0 victory over 100 Thieves, who feature his former team-mates Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage and Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward.

nexa had some friendly banter with kassad ahead of the match

His spell with the Australian team in 2017, back when they still played under Renegades, lasted just four months, but he insists that he treated the match like any other game.

"It was nothing special, really, it was just another game," he told HLTV.org in the mixed zone after the match. "It feels good to beat [100 Thieves coach] kassad because of the Serbian rivalry, but other than that it's just another game.

"[Trash-talking before the match?] Yeah, it was some friendly banter, but we love each other.

"I played exactly as I do in practice. I had confidence in myself, in my team and in everything we had worked on, how we had prepared for this event and reshaped the team. I just feel comfortable in my role right now. You could say I'm finally settled in."

It has been almost five months since he and Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač joined G2 from CR4ZY, and the Serbian in-game leader says that there has been a lot of fine-tuning since then to make sure that all the players are comfortable in their roles and to overcome some communication issues.

"When I joined the team, JaCkz didn't speak much English and, in theory, we were going to be the anchors," nexa explains. "AmaNEk isn't really vocal, he's used to playing in French teams and was the IGL for G2 while shox was in the team, so he talks a lot, but just when he has full freedom to speak and do what he's thinking.

"He took a step back now that I'm leading and he's is focusing on his fragging, so since he doesn't communicate a lot and JaCkz doesn't speak much English I was put into roles that required rotations and a lot of communication to give proper information and tell people how to reposition. I went from being an anchor to playing rotation spots on every map, which was something new for me.

"I also had to switch with AmaNEk on the T side. He's the lurker now, which was the role I played in Imperial and Valiance, so that was also an adjustment for me, but now I'm like the third-entry, the trade-fragger, and I'm starting to feel pretty comfortable."

nexa believes that nerves have played a part in some of the teams' shaky performances at BLAST Premier - which is for many the first LAN of the year. G2 themselves made a blunder in the third round of Vertigo when they failed to plant the bomb after taking control of the B Site, and the team took some time to find their stride after a rough start to the map.

"I could feel that everyone was a bit tense, we hadn't played on LAN in a few months, but that goes for 100 Thieves as well," nexa says. "We could sense it in their game and how they were playing, they were a bit stiff, they weren't playing together and trading effectively. It's the first LAN of the year and you saw it from Astralis and Liquid, everyone is a bit rusty, that's why I think the maps were super close.

"I definitely knew what that issue was [in that Vertigo round]. It wasn't about the calling, we were just giving them too much respect and being too careful. I called a slow default in the first gun round and then to take mid control, but we ended up taking mid with like 30 seconds left when in practice we do it with one minute, so we were being super safe and scared to take space, to take map control. I don't know why.

"We took a pause and [coach] maLeK and I talked to everyone and said that there was nothing to be afraid of, we needed to play our game, focus on what we had practiced, and do it as we did in practice. We focused on that and once everyone felt comfortable they knew exactly what to do.

"Kenny was getting entries on A, and once he gets in the zone he's unstoppable, so we were getting entries left and right. I also had a good game, I think, I was getting a lot of entries. Once the gears started shifting and we started the engine we kept snowballing and brought it to the end."

G2 will face OG this Saturday at 20:30 in the upper bracket final for a spot at the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, which will be held in Moscow in June. The losing side will drop down to the lower bracket to face the team coming out of the elimination match between 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses, scheduled for 16:30 .

Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
831
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1007
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
866
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
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G2> 100T
2020-02-15 13:15
7 replies
U just said "nice" for 1st u not slick my guy
2020-02-15 13:17
#18
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Germany _PH1L
(Sorry for commenting, just for publicity ;) ) Nexa: “It was just another game [we lost]“
2020-02-15 14:03
5 replies
But they won?
2020-02-15 14:28
4 replies
#27
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Germany _PH1L
Wait what .... ah fuck thought somehow he is in eg
2020-02-15 14:38
3 replies
wtf???????????? lol
2020-02-15 15:08
1 reply
#33
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Germany _PH1L
idk
2020-02-15 15:41
LMAO
2020-02-15 15:56
Nexa not cool 1st u beat them 16-13 16-12 then say it was just another game, why rekt them again
2020-02-15 13:17
9 replies
#7
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Montenegro LakaZakon
Cry is free sensitive pussy
2020-02-15 13:17
8 replies
That's actually true, cry is free but I dont follow you on sensitive pussy
2020-02-15 13:43
7 replies
#19
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Germany _PH1L
Cry isn’t free!
2020-02-15 14:04
6 replies
Well that's just an different opinion
2020-02-15 16:00
5 replies
#36
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Germany _PH1L
no thats a fact stop confusing those!
2020-02-15 16:01
4 replies
No, it's an difference of opinion
2020-02-15 16:40
3 replies
2 replies
Still going with difference in opinion
2020-02-15 17:24
1 reply
#47
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Germany _PH1L
so whats a fact in ur opinion? or is the population of a state also an opinion?
2020-02-15 17:49
G2 gud
2020-02-15 13:16
#4
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Europe daisakusen
ok
2020-02-15 13:16
Serbia cs pog
2020-02-15 13:17
GOD NEXA SEXA BEAST
2020-02-15 13:19
1 reply
+1
2020-02-15 13:26
ok
2020-02-15 13:19
Austria go anchluss better maybe big gonna be better axaxaaxa
2020-02-15 13:25
good guy nexa went easy on them
2020-02-15 13:30
it only seemed like a "revenge" match because of the interviewer being a twat trying make it seem like there was tension between the two teams.
2020-02-15 13:40
2 replies
This is what people don’t seem to get. From mass media to hltv, “journalists” try to illicit provocative statements then spin it online for click bait. Jkaems comment that he believes his own team was “the better team” was a perfectly reasonable & diplomatic thing to say. Everyone started commenting it was like he said he was gonna lay out kennys’s mother after they 32-0’d them in the server. “Storylines” are mostly manufactured bullshit. Hypothesising and hyping things because they literally wouldn’t have anything to talk about otherwise. But it’s the machine. It gets us clicking, watching, commenting (just like I am) like good little drones.
2020-02-15 16:19
+1000
2020-02-15 17:05
#15
Jame | 
Poland SebL
G2 with some changes could be TOP 5 maybe even TOP 3.
2020-02-15 13:41
10 replies
#24
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Norway CheNaLii
and G2 with no changes will be TOP 1
2020-02-15 14:27
9 replies
In your dreams
2020-02-15 14:38
5 replies
#42
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Norway CheNaLii
bookmarking this. see ya in a couple months
2020-02-15 16:48
4 replies
G2 tier 3 team, I don’t need to bookmark anything
2020-02-15 17:51
3 replies
#49
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Norway CheNaLii
You dont need to bookmark. I already did it so I can remind you in a couple months
2020-02-15 18:17
2 replies
Thank you ;)
2020-02-15 18:40
1 reply
#51
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Hungary Shaperz
You never gonna hear from this guy again xd
2020-02-15 20:41
#30
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Lol. Not with AmaNEk on the team.
2020-02-15 15:01
2 replies
Dumb TBH
2020-02-15 16:10
1 reply
#38
Jame | 
Poland SebL
AmaNEk is smart. But he is not good enough to play on T1 level.
2020-02-15 16:12
Good guy
2020-02-15 13:52
G2 top 5 soon
2020-02-15 14:05
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World Beard43
WP Nexa! The boys will get ya next time mate ;-)
2020-02-15 14:09
WTF how did I not know nexa used to play for rng
2020-02-15 14:15
1 reply
lol ikr
2020-02-15 15:27
#23
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Australia SenzuBean
His ex-teammates have always held him in a high level of respect. JKS predicted him to be his upcoming player of the year. We always remember the effort he put in
2020-02-15 14:18
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grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz
nexaGOD
2020-02-15 14:50
#29
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Kazakhstan horaaa
lol so 100t let them play dust2 and vert and hes so happy to get the win at blastralis then in 2 weeks when 1st match of katowice is 100t vs g2 and 100t veto d2 and vert and g2 get rekt... lets see the smile hltv.org/matches/2339378/100-thieves-vs-.. literally only time in cs go history when they actually are saving strats and its not a meme
2020-02-15 15:03
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Russia ToughGuy
COOL STORY sadly your team wont win anything with this ego
2020-02-15 17:28
#46
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France NMLVirush
Ty nexa g2 really needed a good igl
2020-02-15 17:46
#52
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World ZMDR
revenge for what? they're on good terms
2020-02-16 01:35
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