daps: "There is still a communication barrier that we're working on with BnTeT"

After Gen.G won DreamHack Open Anaheim, we caught up with Damian "daps" Steele to discuss his team's undefeated run at the event and the process of building another title-contending roster.

Gen.G had a dream first LAN tournament as they came out on top of the second DreamHack Open event of the year without dropping a single map. After topping a stacked group with close victories over ENCE and Complexity, the North American team continued their impressive run in the single-elimination bracket, defeating North and FURIA 2-0 to collect the grand prize of $50,000 and secure a spot at the DreamHack Masters event in Jönköping.

All eyes were on former TYLOO member Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand, but the player who stood out the most was Sam "s0m" Oh. The former Envy member averaged a joint-high 1.33 rating, a career-best, to help the team to an unlikely title triumph - which resulted in a 28-place leap in the rankings in Monday's update.

daps feels confident after securing a tournament win

In an interview conducted shortly after Gen.G's victory on Sunday, we sat down with daps to talk about s0m's individual form during the event, how this Gen.G roster came together, and BnTeT's contribution in the server thus far.

You just won DreamHack Open Anaheim on your LAN debut with Gen.G, so let's just start with you run here. You didn't drop a map and you had a pretty dominant run up until that last map against FURIA, so talk me through your approach to this tournament.

We had a really good bootcamp before Anaheim, one of the best of my career. Because of that we had a decent amount of confidence coming into the event, but obviously you can't take scrim results for their face value.

For us, it was really big to start off the tournament by going 2-0 in our group. Even though the games were close and we made a lot of mistakes in them, I think that just beating those two teams helped propel us to win the event.

With your victory here, you've earned a spot at DreamHack Masters Jönköping. Since you are also a part of FLASHPOINT and will end up missing out on ESL Pro League, getting a spot at that event helps you garner some crucial points in the ESL Pro Tour circuit. What does that mean to you?

It means a lot because right now, the scene is really, really challenging, even the online environment. Not having to play an online qualifier or having to hope that we get invited to a tournament is a huge weight off our shoulders, for sure.

s0m individually had a pretty stellar tournament, averaging a 1.33 rating over six maps, which is a stark contrast to his time on Envy. What makes him shines so much more in Gen.G and under your leadership than he did on his previous roster?

I can't speak for how Envy was, I'm sure they probably had their share of problems, looking at their roster and how people got cut. I'd say our team environment is pretty good, we keep the mood pretty lighthearted.

We don't troll as much as my old team, on NRG, over there we used to troll a lot. We definitely have a good level of seriousness and fun, which is something I had a hard time finding in my career, on both ends of the scale. That environment helps to keep the team's mood high and puts s0m in a good role.

Also, the experience that koosta, autimatic, and BnTeT have in the game makes it easier for me and they help make everyone on the team better. We don't have a player on the team who is really good but doesn't help other teammates, so it's nice to have everyone contribute.

The trio of you, koosta, and autimatic left Cloud9 to start a new project. How did Gen.G approach you and how did you go about finding the last two players?

The three of us requested to look for a different organization, and then Gen.G came out and instantly said they were interested. It took us a while from there, a couple weeks just to decide who else we wanted to pick up and who was worth it.

I had known s0m for a while, I'd been playing other games with him and we would hang out in TeamSpeak, so I knew he had a really good attitude. He wants to win, he has the hunger and drive on top of it, so even though he struggled on Envy I looked past it because he has the skill and the right mindset.

For BnTeT, we didn't think it was even possible to get him until we got some intel that he was willing to come on board, so once we found that out it really was a no-brainer. He's been the best player in Asia, alongside jks if you count him, so it just made sense to get him.

With BnTeT having been the in-game leader for TYLOO, how much does he help contribute to your calling during games?

On the T side, it's mainly autimatic and I who do most of the calling. Generally, I call every freezetime and then autimatic and I will do the mid-rounding, but everyone contributes with ideas.

Once BnTeT's English gets better, probably in three to four months, he'll be able to add more input, but right now there is still a communication barrier that we're working on. His main impact at the moment is on our CT sides with s0m, they play most sites together and I think his experience and attitude really help them as a duo.

After your run at this tournament, how do you feel heading into FLASHPOINT, which is coming up in March?

We're feeling pretty confident. I don't know all the teams in FLASHPOINT yet, we have no clue really, but I'd say a lot of the teams here are better than the teams in FLASHPOINT currently, so the result here is really promising.

Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
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Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
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United States Sam 's0m' Oh
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Lets gooo
2020-02-24 23:00
Ok, keep working.
2020-02-24 23:00
Canada Lahym 
2020-02-24 23:01
Russia ToughGuy 
2020-02-24 23:01
2020-02-24 23:01
Portugal TwistedJayPee 
2020-02-24 23:02
Portugal MR_CAL 
tua mae
2020-02-25 14:09
this thread isnt about Dignitas sorry
2020-02-25 15:54
communication problem and still beats everyone That shows how good geng is Bntet the polish terminator
2020-02-24 23:02
United States caliprep 
2020-02-25 00:23
Why wouldn't the other just start to learn chinese so that BnTeT doesn't need to learn English 🤣
2020-02-25 08:21
You mean daps should start learning chinese?
2020-02-25 08:58
United Kingdom chazza 
how r u not banned, u legit said the n-word yesterday
2020-02-25 10:07
I didnt remember that Link?
2020-02-25 10:09
United Kingdom chazza 
oh god imma struggle to find this, it was keiti man tho
2020-02-25 10:12
if i wasn't wrong,i did toxic words but not n-word.
2020-02-25 10:16
United Kingdom chazza 
2020-02-25 10:17
I didnt remember that Link?
2020-02-25 11:07
2020-02-25 11:08
United Kingdom chazza 
bruh u've either deleted it or edited it, its gone now, but yesterday i remember you called some random a 'insert racism word'
2020-02-25 11:25
Any proof???
2020-02-25 13:19
dud, just dont reply, not making it better, that also applies to responding to this
2020-02-25 15:17
surprising, cuz they are both polish
2020-02-24 23:04
BnTeT x s0m, the best Asian duo after Stewie x autimatic
2020-02-24 23:06
> polish > asian pick 1
2020-02-25 01:11
United States OsloDaPig 
He was a poor Asian boy growing up in Poland. Truly inspiring to see he can overcome his difficulties to become one of the best Polish and Asian players. Hats off to BnTeT
2020-02-25 01:16
Canada herocoolzzz 
2020-02-25 04:12
Expected from #2 Polish player Elige fan
2020-02-25 05:56
2020-02-25 06:04
Daps big brain igl just like zeus but no major :(
2020-02-24 23:06
jkaem | 
United States Imper1um 
wait you didn't hear? ESL One Rio only has Gen.G attending, instant win.
2020-02-24 23:15
Finland Smoonah 
how about just get better at the game?
2020-02-24 23:06
United Kingdom Nutty9 
Hahaha the salt
2020-02-25 00:17
my guy is supporting ence and have the audacity to say this towards daps, nt.
2020-02-25 11:03
BnTeT | 
Indonesia Slefy 
say that towards the team you're supporting lmfao
2020-02-25 16:11
Paraguay darthkaazi 
flair checks out
2020-02-25 23:37
Singapore FallBlade 
nt ence fan
2020-02-26 00:28
Typical of my countrymen, they'd be good at 3 languages and a fourth one would deter the quality of another. Usually they're 2 native languages and 1 English, and can be pretty fluent without much hassle. If you know Chinese, your English just tanks a lot if not practiced deliberately.
2020-02-24 23:06
Not going to take anything from u guys, but indonesian have some typical ascent when speaking english, like they can understand & speak decently but the ascents is too strong, for example word "alarm" u guys pronounce "alaram" and such.. I have tons of indonesian colleague
2020-02-24 23:22
Yeah, a lot of the less educated ones would do that since they aren't as exposed to English during their childhood as the others (incidentally, alarm is an official Indonesian word, which is pronounced "alaram"). SEA people usually got a way more flexible pronunciation than the other regions, as in we can produce every sound there is. So everything falls down to whether they're used to do it or not.
2020-02-24 23:36
Coincidentally, alarum is the archaic term for alarm in English.
2020-02-25 04:56
Why would an iranian have a lot of indonesian colleague & a malay grammar?
2020-02-24 23:43
Coz hltv?
2020-02-25 01:24
Nt fakeflagger
2020-02-25 06:40
Indonesia @gah 
If ascent really mean. Why dont use chat?
2020-02-25 11:18
To be precise, Most of our Gen-Y actually has a decent understanding of English (especially those who live inside the metro area) but it's hard for us to do a speech. Cz every day we always consume any entertainment products & news in English, but we barely speak it (only in Works & School).
2020-02-25 02:56
Poland cyanlink 
I'm a Chinese mainlander infact, Gen Y too. Most of my peers only have the English skill to deal with exams only. They are afraid of using English in daily life and hardly reach 80 in TOEFL or 6.5 in IETLS w/o any prep. Ironically my speaking comes from Youtube (GFWed) and listening comes from video games ( evil thing in the society's opinion ) lol.
2020-02-25 03:47
Ma man, That's the problem for almost all of the non-English native speaking countries.
2020-02-25 05:22
"I'm a Chinese mainlander" You are Indonesian not a Chinese. There's no nationality such as "Chinese Mainlainder", "Italian-Brazilian", "Japanese Korean". Stupid and narcistic as fuck.
2020-02-25 06:44
Poland cyanlink 
Geez Christ, The national flag next to my ID is Poland (I'm Memeing), the other guy is Indonesia, make no mistake. "Chinese Mainlander" is just a term meant to not mess up with HK people. They are more familiar to English thanks to their history.
2020-02-25 08:07
Poland humen)))) 
they should just learn polish to make BnTeT feel better
2020-02-24 23:18
Germany grabke 
We're feeling pretty confident. I don't know all the teams in FLASHPOINT yet, we have no clue really, but I'd say a lot of the teams here are better than the teams in FLASHPOINT currently, so the result here is really promising.
2020-02-24 23:24
Lmao BnTeT should just make them learn polish not otherwise
2020-02-24 23:25
Denmark lonnyb 
they should all switch to BnTeT's native language, BnTeT is the heart of the team and they will be only top 1 if they communicate in his native language..
2020-02-24 23:26
NAF | 
Canada Dash_ 
So polish?
2020-02-25 02:04
2020-02-26 11:22
nice excuse
2020-02-24 23:29
flusha | 
Cambodia PigFace 
excuse? they won the event without dropping a map dummy
2020-02-25 08:14
still its not hard to call in cs its a excuse for the future bntet can speak english better than u faggot
2020-02-25 19:47
flusha | 
Cambodia PigFace 
you are really stupid
2020-02-25 20:24
u right its hard to call in cs
2020-02-25 20:55
2020-02-24 23:56
Gen.G is going to be a title contender by the end of the year mark my words. Maybe not big event title contender, but they'll definitely take some mid tier events. To win an event while there are still communication issues with BnTeT is quite impressive. 2020 will be a good year for cs
2020-02-25 00:14
United States caliprep 
2020-02-25 00:30
Korea beeroo 
2020-02-25 00:30
fat | 
United States girls 
> I don't know all the teams in FLASHPOINT yet, we have no clue really neither do we xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2020-02-25 00:30
Neither do they 😂😂
2020-02-25 00:35
The only comms BnTeT needs is averaging a 3k per round.
2020-02-25 01:14
African Union mikecool 
Keep going GenG!
2020-02-25 01:25
Vibes / atmosphere in the team is so vital, that's why astralis dominated the scene. Good players + good behavior.
2020-02-25 01:34
+1, this team is just hungry
2020-02-26 11:19
NAF | 
Canada Dash_ 
We don't have a player on the team who is really good but doesn't help other teammates. That's an oof for tenz
2020-02-25 02:04
weeb too arrogant, ruined his career
2020-02-25 02:20
Estonia NGLTenZIsCute 
daps throwing shade
2020-02-25 03:27
I actually didn't notice this the first time I read the article TenZ crying in his maid outfit right now
2020-02-25 08:21
What did he do ?
2020-02-25 23:31
this and new c9 can easily be the top 15-20 teams that divide liquid and eg from the shitty ass tier 3 na teams. best of luck
2020-02-25 03:20
must feel good to be completely useless in the pit
2020-02-25 08:10
France LeDiplomate 
"We would hang out on TeamSpeak." What a nerd lmfao.
2020-02-25 09:09
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara 
Ofc typical polak don't know english
2020-02-25 09:37
Polish education :D
2020-02-25 10:15
Daps future major top3 CONFIRMED
2020-02-25 10:41
Chile strong221 
"but he's way better than me even when he don't understand shit"
2020-02-25 11:44
Hell yess... Let's go Gen.G
2020-02-26 05:49
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