adreN: "I think we'll see the bigger teams do better here"

We had a chat with Eric "⁠adreN⁠" Hoag following Liquid's win over Virtus.pro on day two at IEM Katowice to ask him about the North American side's shaky start to the year at BLAST Premier.

Although more successful than other favorites such as Astralis, Vitality, and Evil Geniuses, Liquid still looked shaky in their 2020 debut at BLAST Premier, with a red-hot FaZe dealing them two heavy blows during Group A in London at the beginning of February.

adreN expects the big names to recover from a shaky start to the year

We asked the coach about the difficulties of the European matchup and about what Liquid has done to prepare better for IEM Katowice, where they have won their first match against Virtus.pro despite a slow start on Vertigo. adreN also explained what happened to the team's plans to introduce Train into their map pool in the interview below:

Let's go back to something you said last year or at least hinted at, which is that you were going to pick up Train. So far, we've seen Liquid continue to permaban it, so what's going on with that? Did you change your mind?

It's definitely still in the playbook. We've dabbled around with it a little bit, started to practice it. I'm not saying anything else, but it's being worked on.

Although BLAST went well enough for you, as you made it to the finals, FaZe had your number there in two very convincing series. Why couldn't you put up a better fight?

They were just more prepared at that event. They were coming off a bootcamp and it seemed like they had a lot of stuff down, new CT side setups, new T side strats, so I just felt like they were way more refreshed, energized, and looking to come out strong in the year. For us, we decided not to bootcamp in Europe, we just practiced online for two weeks, which is not the best of practice, especially when we didn't realize that every good North American team was in Europe at the time, so our practice was limited. That's on us, though, we decided not to bootcamp and I think it was fine because it was just a group stage, we don't want to get too burned out by playing too much. We definitely bootcamped in Europe before this event and I think we'll have a lot better showing than at BLAST.

The favorites such as Astralis and EG struggled at the start of 2020, while others like Na`Vi and FaZe impressed, how does that reflect on the competition here?

I think there are just a lot of hungry teams out there right now. The skill gap is so small now that every team can beat each other. The more these teams are practicing each other and the more review every team is having... Matches are close, it's just hard to get big, convincing wins nowadays just because everyone knows everything in CS nowadays. Everything has been figured out, so it's whoever is doing the fewest mistakes, which sometimes is hard to prevent. The bigger events will always weed out teams that fail under pressure and maybe don't have their strategies set in place enough, so I think we'll see the bigger teams do better here for sure.

What do you make of your start against Virtus.pro, getting off to a slow start on Vertigo?

I think we started off really slow on both maps. We were tight within the communication, everything was just a little tight, we weren't loose enough, we weren't reading them and countering them. We didn't get into Vertigo, I didn't feel like we were feeling the game until it was like 15-13. At that point, I felt like we started kicking in, people started taking initiative in how we should approach the round, ending different spots, using different parts of the map... I think we were very flat for a bit of our T side and not taking fights to them, and I think it was the same thing at the start of our Mirage, it just seemed like our direction wasn't there and I think we were just getting warmed up.

We've had the updated maps played a bit now and you just played Mirage, how do you see the map after the changes? Does it play differently?

I don't think anything has changed yet, I think for Mirage the balcony change is just a nice quality of life update. I think the bench hasn't really been exploited too much, it was like one team that was using it a lot, but at least you can hear someone jump into window. Honestly, the map itself isn't really being played differently, though. It could change clutch situations, 2v2s, 3v3s, where a guy could get into your window randomly, which wasn't possible without a boost.

Dust2, not too many people have been using the skyboxes too much. Maybe people have been saving stuff. We didn't really get to see any innovation, at BLAST it was the old version, I'm assuming we'll see some innovation here.

United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
lol no we all know Faze are gonna win Katowice
2020-02-25 15:50
15 replies
ok lower bracket
2020-02-25 15:53
4 replies
cry
2020-02-25 15:54
2 replies
cry that your team in is lower bracket?
2020-02-25 16:04
1 reply
lmao
2020-02-25 21:09
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United States ThisNephew
lol +1
2020-02-25 18:21
so adren left gambit, interesing move for sure
2020-02-25 15:58
Hopefully not
2020-02-25 16:05
good luck in lower bracket after loosing to S1mple lol
2020-02-25 16:35
5 replies
astralis lost to fucking complexity.. shut the fuck up
2020-02-25 18:04
4 replies
faze lost to MIBR lul
2020-02-25 20:04
1 reply
sure FaZe lost to MIBR but MIBR aren't that bad. they are quite decent. sure FaZe is better. But for real man... astralis lost against Complexity. Complexity had a new team wtih only oBo staying from last team. that mean they didn't have enough time to practice for the matches, but they still managed to beat Astralis. I would say thats pretty bad by Astralis. And the thing is that FaZe latest match against MIBR was a Best of one, while Astralis vs Complexity was a Best of three. Astralis had 2-3 maps to win against Complexity but falied all. FaZe did only have one map against MIBR.
2020-02-27 23:26
+1 2-0 none the less
2020-02-25 20:04
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1
2020-02-25 21:05
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Russia RogueDecay
no, they are tilted after free win throw at dust vs navi, they gonna fluke this tournament, cri later in comment section boy
2020-02-25 16:53
cry is free . lower bracket is good
2020-02-25 17:00
sure
2020-02-25 15:50
lol you wish
2020-02-25 15:50
UK, US, SA, NA, CIA CS XAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA EZ FOR BIG!
2020-02-25 15:51
1 reply
ok
2020-02-25 15:54
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Canada herocoolzzz
I thought its VP AdreN lol
2020-02-25 15:53
2 replies
+1
2020-02-25 15:58
#42
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United States 1nsaneMe
Same lmao
2020-02-25 21:06
ez g2
2020-02-25 15:53
#10
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Ukraine Najara
Kick AdreN - save VP!
2020-02-25 15:55
#11
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United Kingdom Aelin
reasonable
2020-02-25 15:56
#12
JW | 
Sweden w0nfig1
BOT
2020-02-25 15:56
7 replies
#13
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Sweden w0nfig1
Wrong adren sr
2020-02-25 15:57
6 replies
Forget to change acc?
2020-02-25 15:59
4 replies
LOLOLOLOLOL
2020-02-25 16:01
2 replies
Dumbest thing I've seen on HLTV today award goes to that guy.
2020-02-25 16:09
1 reply
maybe he is the BOT and not adren
2020-02-25 17:39
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Singapore FallBlade
+1
2020-02-26 00:27
you are right in both cases though.
2020-02-25 18:15
BOTREN!
2020-02-25 16:01
kicked soon
2020-02-25 16:03
#23
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Armenia TiBoN29
#LetsGoLiquid
2020-02-25 16:15
#24
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Poland morosek
Wrong adren
2020-02-25 16:19
astralis never get wrecked in major they are hungry in major season as always
2020-02-25 16:27
1 reply
LOL Astralis never won ESL one so ez4liquid
2020-02-25 16:48
Okay
2020-02-25 16:34
#28
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Cambodia RIPol_Pot
how does adren remain in two teams?
2020-02-25 16:39
Really awful to have 2 players with the same nick...
2020-02-25 16:50
#33
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United States xiquo
i wanna see adren vs adren. alex vs alex. vanity vs vanity. etc etc in 1v1's to claim the name.
2020-02-25 17:33
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Finland Smoonah
adren hoagies
2020-02-25 18:14
BLAST seems more important than major atm
2020-02-26 00:28
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