ImAPet: "I think all the cards are in our favor this time, Liquid should watch out"

Next up from IEM Katowice, Chet "ImAPet" Singh talked about Evil Geniuses' losses to OG at BLAST Premier and previewed his team's upcoming showdown against Liquid.

The EG coach shared that OG surprised his team with a unique playstyle back in London, where Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt & co. beat the North American team in two close series to send them to the Showdown.

EG are unsure about their map pool's strengths and weaknesses

The disappointing start to 2020 was a worrying sign for Evil Geniuses, so we asked ImAPet about the team's confidence going into IEM Katowice and also discussed their issues on Dust2 in an otherwise convincing victory against MAD Lions, which set up an all-NA encounter with Liquid in Group B.

Read up on that and more, such as the coach's thoughts on Gen.G's surprising run to the title at DreamHack Open Anaheim, below:

Back at BLAST you started off the year on the wrong foot with two losses to OG, what do you attribute that to? Was it simply ring rust or did you see something more behind it?

I think OG just played a style that we hadn't even faced in scrims, so we were just so unfamiliar with how they played. Based on their past demos they didn't even have people in the same spots, so it kind of threw us off and we just weren't prepared enough for them, and they were obviously hiding stuff from most people. It was just hard to play, but we played them recently in some practices and now we're feeling more comfortable versus them.

What kind of playstyle are you talking about, what was it that caught you off-guard?

Specifically on Inferno, they were saving nades a lot and they were always reacting to whatever we were doing, and we never had a team that just fully gave us banana. We had so much space, but at the same time they took it away really quickly, so they were doing a really good job doing that.

Do you feel like you've figured them out now, or do you think they'll be able to keep up with the top tier?

For us, personally, we talked about it a lot, at least the maps that we lost to them, that we know what to do next time. We added a few things here and there after that match, things that we brought back from the past that will be helpful for the future, so definitely bringing back some old ideas is going to give us a better time versus them.

Those two losses were a worrying sign for the team, especially after you had already slowed down at the end of last year. Did that impact the team's confidence to start off 2020?

It definitely hurt us a bit because we were missing shots when we lost to OG, and we had just come off a 10-day bootcamp playing hundreds of hours of CS, so that was definitely not a good thing for our confidence. We beat 100 Thieves and they're a good team and they play a lot, but losing to OG and just strategically being stuck, that kind of blew us again. But then we had another bootcamp and we were playing insane in practice, kind of similarly to what ALEX said, so hopefully it's a good sign and not another bad sign.

Coming off of the first match against MAD Lions here, it was quite convincing on the two maps you won, but Dust2 looked shaky...

I think Dust2 is always one of those maps where people could just be super-scrimmy like what they did to us, just get in front of your face and maybe you're playing for something else. I think they had pretty much nothing to lose on Dust2 and they just played a little bit YOLO, and we weren't expecting them to do anything like that, we expected more structure. For us, we don't know where we're at in terms of what we like to pick or even what we want to ban, so we're just kind of figuring it out series by series.

You're going to play Liquid next, which is obviously a matchup you know well from the last year, how do you see it pan out after the break?

Honestly, it's probably going to be a super-fun game. I always like when I get to play against friends of mine, NAF is a great friend of mine, and we practiced each other - not too much recently, just a little bit - and I think we have some more tricks in our map pool than they have. And if we don't know where we're at with our map pool, it's going to be hard for them to prepare for us. We're going to talk about it tonight, see what we want to pick and what we want to ban and I think all the cards are in our favor this time. Liquid should watch out.

Going a little off-topic, another great friend of yours is daps, who just won Anaheim with Gen.G. What did you think of their run, if you watched it?

I actually watched the whole tournament from Gen.G's games and I even followed them through the open qualifier and the closed qualifier. Yeah, daps is a great friend of mine and I'm happy that he won, it's really good for him, and I hope he keeps it up. Their team was playing pretty well, I'm pretty happy for s0m, too, he's playing at a much higher level than he used to, maybe because he has the structure of a real IGL. Same with BnTeT, and Tim [autimatic] seems to be getting back in form, as well, he's actually looking like a really scary AWPer, so as long as they all keep improving and daps gets his way, they should be rising to the top 10 at least.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1693
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Chet 'ImAPet' Singh
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Interesting! I'm pretty sure they are going to lose 0-2 now LUL
2020-02-25 17:04
Expected from the NA “scream team”. It is truly sad that one of these Murica teams will waste a spot in playoffs smh, hopefully the loser of this match doesn’t make it out of groups so we can have at least a half decent play offs #NACSOmegalul
2020-02-25 17:10
0/8 nt bruv
2020-02-25 17:27
Ggwp my friend, you always have to try. If you never try, you will never win :)
2020-02-25 21:04
#63
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United States PossiblyRose 
Maybe a NA team will make top 3.
2020-02-25 21:37
0/8
2020-02-25 17:34
#50
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
Funny to hear this from fnatic fan lol.
2020-02-25 18:27
0/8 yellow teeth
2020-02-25 19:02
#57
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United States Ringil12 
I don’t agree
2020-02-25 19:22
+99999999999999999
2020-02-25 19:51
too bad he was baiting
2020-02-25 21:15
baiting aswell. nt burger brain.
2020-02-25 21:36
You have been outplayed
2020-02-26 15:53
+1 axaxaxaxaxa idiots think they can beat Liquid, like bruh u can’t even beat OG
2020-02-25 17:11
+1 csgo pros never learn
2020-02-25 17:43
ikr? gave away a map to mad "losers" and now expecting to be an A side team :D
2020-02-25 18:16
omegalul +99
2020-02-25 18:29
#2
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Brazil Norddeutscher 
cool
2020-02-25 17:02
#52
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France LeDiplomate 
Gets the first two comments.... How is your script better on the other account?
2020-02-25 18:38
#53
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Brazil Norddeutscher 
yes
2020-02-25 18:37
*goes out in next 2 matches*
2020-02-25 17:02
Ok
2020-02-25 17:02
#5
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Mexico MEXlCO 
Lmao nt
2020-02-25 17:04
+1 kkkkkk Chet “idiot” Singh
2020-02-25 17:12
XD
2020-02-25 17:34
Ty imapet now i can bet all of my money to liquid
2020-02-25 17:04
#9
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Japan corn_virus 
BREHZE: "I THINK ANY TEAM WE PLAY HERE WILL PROBABLY HAVE A HARD TIME BEATING US"
2020-02-25 17:05
+1
2020-02-25 17:07
+1 free money
2020-02-25 17:12
#42
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Indonesia captaindog0 
+1 overconfidence usually backfired
2020-02-25 18:17
#7
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Canada Herodionus 
Choke9
2020-02-25 17:04
clown.gif
2020-02-25 17:05
lmfao y’all should be ready for the L, liquid so much better than jetlag geniuses
2020-02-25 17:05
+99999999999999999999999999999999999999999 gonna get blown away by SG553_AUG_LIGE
2020-02-25 17:09
elige the god of scoped weapons, brehze is his inferior copy
2020-02-25 17:16
#32
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
They won vs tier 5 team and think that they can beat anyobody
2020-02-25 17:37
Again this clown talk shit before match 2-0 for Liquid
2020-02-25 17:08
*goes out in next 2 matches*
2020-02-25 17:08
#20
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Finland H0rnPub 
cant beat OG, flukes against ML,,, guys go bet TL :D
2020-02-25 17:15
Imapet be talking his shit. I like that.
2020-02-25 17:15
#36
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
Rekt by OG hltv.org/matches/2339108/evil-geniuses-v.. Won vs tier 5 team and they think that they are gods
2020-02-25 17:41
ML is a top 10 team these days : ) they just not hit the day today - hopefully we'll see their a-game later on.
2020-02-25 18:21
#23
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
Indian call support can't understand cs EG next NA team heading to the airport
2020-02-25 17:16
Toxic
2020-02-25 22:34
#66
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
simple fanboy calling me toxic LUL
2020-02-25 22:35
Telling the truth. Anyone would agree with me. In ur comment u identify an indian coach as a tech supporter. Isnt that toxic and stereotypical of u?? I mean at least people know Indians. Looking at ur flag, ppl wont even know which country u r from.
2020-02-25 23:00
#68
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
Honestly most ppl from Europe can name my country just by seeing my flag, unlike you uneducated murican
2020-02-25 23:05
"Most people" EVERYONE can recognize Indian flag in all the continents. But i think u missed the point of my comment. I will stop here coz u seem to have a low IQ.
2020-02-25 23:08
#24
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Israel OKOptimistic 
man why are 2 na teams facing off so early, rigged eu seeding
2020-02-25 17:24
Tomorrow they will lose to Liquid 2-0, cya trashtalker
2020-02-25 17:25
Clash of trash
2020-02-25 17:32
#28
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CIS datboi!! 
nt shit on street india mens)
2020-02-25 17:33
stfu ImAFurry
2020-02-25 17:35
#33
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United States D0xx 
0-2 16-2 16-2 by TL incoming
2020-02-25 17:37
pet talk
2020-02-25 17:39
#35
daps | 
North America JC_123 
I are not think that
2020-02-25 17:40
JetLag When?
2020-02-25 17:44
nice jinx, "now we understand what we can do right now that we understand them better" coming soon
2020-02-25 17:49
llama keeps trashtalking 0-32 tomorrow
2020-02-25 18:00
talk shit get hit
2020-02-25 18:18
literally the only reason EG won their match was cuz brehze went ham...
2020-02-25 18:19
#45
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Indonesia Exodd 
This guy always talk shit lol it’s not funny anymore
2020-02-25 18:20
#48
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Denmark twinseN 
True so many excuses its pathetic
2020-02-25 18:21
#46
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Denmark twinseN 
Stop talking shit , and these lame excuses U cant beat Liquid
2020-02-25 18:21
LMAO
2020-02-25 18:23
#54
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Brazil NahT_ 
Now i am sure that liquid will win easily
2020-02-25 18:38
#58
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Jeanzera 
This guy always talking big trash...
2020-02-25 19:48
#71
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Iceland Cirros_V2 
Just imagine how funny it would be if that match ended up first 32-0 for Liquid lolololol
2020-02-26 00:50
#72
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United States jay_320 
He's always talking trash. But Brehze and Ethan just had maps where they had over 2.00 ratings. So I kind of get it. Mad Lions is supposedly a borderline top 10 team. EG is fresh into the year like all the teams. Why not be confident. Just the same 2-0 Liquid more then likely.
2020-02-26 00:54
#73
shroud | 
Indonesia Tenzai 
Last time in BLAST, when he said a kind of shit words, EG was always lost. LOL. Be careful, Chet. As always.
2020-02-26 01:04
#74
syrsoN | 
Germany PeKay 
nt imaretard eg is slowing dying bb na
2020-02-26 01:07
yes dude yes
2020-02-26 20:24
#77
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Chile brotherman 
xdddd
2020-02-26 20:32
#78
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Finland Cucumber)) 
XDDDDDD
2020-02-26 23:27
#79
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
this aged well :D
2020-02-26 23:38
#80
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India quad_max 
Ah yes, what you were saying? xD
2020-02-26 23:56
axaxaxaxa
2020-02-26 23:57
he's right, liquid took his words seriously, and made some changes to watch out, that's why liquid won
2020-02-27 07:55
omegalul
2020-02-27 15:37
#84
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Qatar olaolakaka 
XDDDDDDDDDDD
2020-02-27 15:58
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