kassad: "After the G2 game, we had one of our famous long talks and everybody got everything out"

After qualifying for the playoffs, Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović talked to us about 100 Thieves' spectacular recovery from an atrocious start to the tournament.

The Australian squad made an impressive run through Group B's lower bracket after a blowout loss to G2 in the opening match of the tournament, beating TYLOO, their long-time nemesis, Evil Geniuses, as well as mousesports en route to the quarter-finals.

100 Thieves went from a blowout loss to G2 to beating EG and mouz

We had kassad walk us through the tough closing on Nuke as the deciding map against the European squad, who threatened a comeback from an 11-14 deficit, and explain what he and the team did to recover from their awful start to the event.

In the interview, the Serbian also shared that, in preparation for the mousesports encounter, he had help from his compatriot Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, whose G2 had defeated the European team earlier in the tournament.

This Nuke decider against mousesports started looking dire when they went on the three-round streak towards the end, how did you manage to close that out after all?

At 14-11, we kind of played ourselves because we overrotated in that round and it was pretty much over at that point, they hit upper. At 14-12, I think we gave up an entry because there was a wrong rotation, so we kind of gave up that round, too, and then we had to take an eco with some saved guns and improvise there. That didn't work out, it went to 14-14, and then Justin [jks] had an amazing round for 15-14 and I think we closed out pretty easily on the last one. Pretty tough.

Going back to look at your entire run through the group stage, at the start, you lost to G2 3-16 and 2-16, what did you do to recover from such a tough loss mentally?

It's the same old story for us. Against G2 at the beginning of BLAST we were lacking confidence even though we had bunch of practice and everyone worked a lot. I think we had issues with communication outside, which obviously spills to the game a lot because, when there is something going on and we don't communicate properly, it spills into the game and kind of affects the confidence and the discipline was a problem a little bit.

After the G2 game, we had one of our famous long talks that lasted for a few hours and everybody got everything out, the air was cleared, and everything was good again. And we showed that in-game, first against TYLOO and then our nemesis, I guess, EG. It's so hard to beat them and we managed to do it today, and then mousesports who also defeated us last time we played them in Sydney, which was a big thing for us, as well. We're happy that we got the juice back.

mousesports are quite a rare matchup for you, and on top of that you had very little time to prepare for them in between the series against EG and them, how did you approach that?

This game really was exhausting. We had no time to prepare, almost nothing. We sat down in the practice room and watched what we could watch and we talked to huNter-. He gave us some pointers because they had the exact same maps, so we talked with him about how G2 played against them a little bit. We prepared what we had and just went into the game.

What are your expectations for the matchup against fnatic in the quarter-finals?

We played them at StarSeries and at Pro League, they eliminated us in one of the games that were leading to playoffs. We love playing them, they are an amazing team, obviously, and they've done well here, so it should be an interesting game.

During your match it was announced that the playoffs would have no live audience, do you have any comment on not getting to play in front of that crowd?

If it's the safest thing for people, for players, and for everyone else, I guess that's the right thing to do. It sucks, on the other side, because this crowd is one of the best ones together with Cologne and the Australian crowd, which we love, as well. It kind of sucks, but if it had to be done we have to agree with that. Health and safety is priority number one not just for the players but for the people here.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
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Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
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Xizt | 
Czech Republic JalaR 
2020-02-28 12:14
Australia Boostral 
Aus obviously the best
2020-02-28 12:14
United Kingdom chazza 
Aus play + hunter Brain = ez game
2020-02-28 12:28
Sweden quacke 
huNter should coach 100T
2020-02-28 18:02
He can do both
2020-02-29 10:39
ez fnatic
2020-02-28 13:35
Denmark Notallama 
Impressive grindy wins, that's for sure.
2020-02-28 13:54
Australia sad_faze_fan 
Kassad beast
2020-02-28 12:14
Germany Flachzange 
2020-02-28 12:15
Edward | 
Ethiopia aro420 
2020-02-28 12:16
Fnatic is next
2020-02-28 12:18
North America 007DBR9 
rip 100T
2020-02-28 13:32
omg hunter help 100T to playoffs respect to the best kovac
2020-02-28 12:18
Germany AlmightyLou 
Nemanja > Nikola Kovac One of them fakeflagging kekw
2020-02-28 12:37
Australia SUNSPY 
+1 I REALLY like that guy we must poach him if things go bad in G2 somehow xD haha
2020-02-28 12:40
kennyS | 
India Ryuota 
We love him and won't stop him easily xD
2020-02-28 12:54
2020-02-28 12:20
United States Killerhawk 
I wonder why they’re not at Katowice
2020-02-28 14:02
United States @FyreCS 
2020-02-28 14:41
BiG are 8th wonder of world
2020-02-29 10:41
2020-02-28 12:22
lmao i actually knew it and they are going to beat fnatic today just like they did to ence at major
2020-02-28 12:24
Turkey Froxlol 
LUL Hunter
2020-02-28 12:26
It was just as that famous Gambit timeout, Kassad basically told them "listen to me you little shits, we are going to win this". It worked.
2020-02-28 12:27
Serbia CoIe47 
2020-02-28 13:02
Brazil HaiduHilario 
Like group B was really strong and everything ffs TYLOO HAHAHAUAU
2020-02-28 12:31
Australia Chereska 
> EG and relatively in form Mousesports > Weak group Pick one
2020-02-28 13:13
Australia |bruh| 
lmao big respect to hunter hahaha
2020-02-28 12:32
Serbia CoIe47 
Serbians + Australians best Duo :)
2020-02-28 13:03
hunter god. respect to him for helping the aussies get through to the quarters
2020-02-28 12:39
Australia ragearainbow 
2020-02-28 12:40
s1mple | 
India P1^t0N 
If hunter help 100t in semi then everyone blame him xD
2020-02-28 12:48
Ukraine ksay 
hunter wtfmens))
2020-02-28 12:56
hunter secret agent
2020-02-28 13:01
huNter- | 
Europe Enigm@ 
Never mind anyway eZ Fnatic today.
2020-02-28 13:05
valde | 
Denmark QBE_ 
Nice, good4them))
2020-02-28 13:14
100t wins katowice
2020-02-28 13:16
XDDD Only team can win vs astralis is izako boars or G2
2020-02-28 13:27
this mf said izako boars
2020-02-28 13:28
Why hunter helping them XD And please take a good talk before fnatic match I dont want fnatic to semis they will lose anyway
2020-02-28 13:27
Poland kvvach 
cuz kassad. hunter. ynk. niko are friends
2020-02-28 13:57
won because of G2 gg
2020-02-28 13:29
2020-02-28 14:51
2020-02-28 14:51
shox | 
India iejesus 
Everyone really rating g2 now We are fucking back boys😎
2020-02-28 13:31
your flair is not updated tho
2020-02-28 16:16
shox | 
India iejesus 
But i still love shox. Even though he's in bad form for over a year now.
2020-02-28 18:39
Poland friendlySeb 
Very nice guy.
2020-02-28 13:48
World Beard43 
Kassad is a legend! I know they're in the habit of dropping to the lower bracket and having to scrape through, but that bloody G2 game was horrible. Coming back from it to beat EG (who they lose to more than any other team) and then Mouz is a seriously awesome feat! 1 hour to go now, GLHF!
2020-02-28 13:54
Yes keemstar will lead them to victory!
2020-02-28 13:55
bruhh they have no chance against Fnatic
2020-02-28 14:06
Australia CaZeR01 
Thats what they said about eg/mouze
2020-02-28 14:47
Man people forgot that how 100T was good before 2 months. I agree with that but even before 2 months ago they had no chance against Fnatic. We just see that Golden brings Fnatic to tier 1
2020-02-28 14:49
World Beard43 
>Both maps going to overtime >No chance You're kidding yourself.
2020-02-28 18:15
2-0 no chance rofl
2020-02-28 20:40
World Beard43 
2020-02-29 00:10
2020-02-28 14:00
Spain DaNNyKS 
Ez g2
2020-02-28 14:05
Hunter 300IQ
2020-02-28 14:15
Norway PeteZz 
Kassad! Please be my father!!! We can rule the galaxy etc
2020-02-28 14:28
Kassad one of the Best coaches. Amazing dude, big and so smart. Repsect.
2020-02-28 15:32
zonic | 
Albania Quarkz 
One of my favorite teams to watch. They're always just so chill and play some pretty damn good structured CS. Kassad and AZR has some big brains on them. I most def hope AZR takes up coaching when he hangs up the mouse one day. The guy has the perfect mentality for it judging from the outside.
2020-02-28 16:45
Kick grat and liazz Add Dexter and sico
2020-02-29 13:53
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