nexa: "I would definitely put us in the top five any day of the week"

In his recent-most interview with ESL Pro League participants, James "BanKs" Banks spoke with Nemanja "nexa" Isaković to discuss G2's run at IEM Katowice, adaptations to a multilingual roster and the impact of transitioning to online play.

The French squad is set to compete in Group C of ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe, facing a TYLOO squad in a must-win situation after they lost their first two matches in the competition. This will mark G2's return to action after a month-long break following the heavy defeat to Natus Vincere in the IEM Katowice final.

G2 kick off their EPL Season 11 campaign this afternoon

Despite the unconvincing showing against the CIS giants, G2's captain stressed that he was happy with the performances that the team put up in Poland, adding that the players are feeling more and more comfortable with his system.

"In the game against Na`Vi we just didn't show up," he said. "I don't know what it was, maybe it just wasn't our day and they were playing really well, so they smashed us, there are no other words I can use, it is what it is.

"Overall, during the whole tournament and even qualifying for it from the closed qualifier, I think we did an amazing job and I think we are getting into our groove. We are starting to play together as a team properly. Everyone is finally feeling comfortable in their roles and we are just pushing forward. We had a little bit more time to practice online and I think, with time, we're just getting better and better."

Just like mousesports captain Finn "karrigan" Andersen did in a previous interview, nexa touched on the specificities of working in a multi-lingual setting. According to the Serbian, the environment requires elaborate planning and optimization, contrary to the luxury offered to teams who communicate in their native language.

"You have set reactions already planned before, and you need just one word to do it," he explained. "For example, we have this one thing called 'Bambolero', and when you use it, it means that on the CT side you take all your numbers and you try to sandwich the attack.

"There are a lot of things like this that don't require us to talk a lot. It's just one word and we're all instantly in sync, we're all on the same page; it works really well."

When asked about the team's current No.3 position in the world rankings, nexa expressed excitement, but, at the same time, he questioned whether the position accurately depicts the team's level, citing just two recent successful events in IEM Katowice and BLAST Premier Spring.

"Even though we are in third right now it feels amazing," he said. "I don't know if it's deserved or not, we just had one good event in Katowice, and maybe you can count BLAST as well, but it was a group stage. We are in third place because there aren't many events being played, and the other teams are losing points basically because of decay. I don't know if it's realistic, but for sure I would like to be in third place if it is. I would definitely put us in the top five any day of the week."

Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, the two biggest leagues, ESL Pro League Season 11 and Flashpoint 1, have been transferred to an online setting. nexa touched on the adjustment to online play and noted that the format is not so novel for him and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač, adding that some of the teams from G2's group are no strangers to the format either.

"For me and huNter-, the past two or three years were basically online life, around 300 games per year online," he noted. "We will feel right at home, I don't know about the others. For example, Na`Vi, when playing their first two matches online in about two or three years, you could see that they were just not used to it. It's so different when you play online because everyone is full of confidence and they are doing things that they wouldn't do on LAN. It's what makes so many upsets, you saw favorites getting destroyed; on LAN it probably wouldn't happen.

"This aspect is something that we (G2), FaZe and mouz should be scared of because the teams we have in our group have actually played some online CS and they play it in general. They know how to play from home."

Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
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United Kingdom James 'BanKs' Banks
James 'BanKs' Banks
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Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
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arT | 
Brazil Felpepino 
2020-03-28 02:14
best IGL in whole world
2020-03-28 02:15
kennyS | 
Croatia buzeG2 
2020-03-28 11:40
Ukraine santreo 
He didnt sign my profile while I am playing vs him, so he shouldnt
2020-03-28 08:16
Canada U_S_of_Gay 
Ok den
2020-03-28 02:15
Yugoslavia St0ner_ 
is he high ?
2020-03-28 02:15
I had to open the topic to see which team hes playing for, too know whos that team in top 5.
2020-03-28 12:59
Europe maglebagle 
But how is your lack of knowledge relevant in this context?
2020-03-28 14:10
because WHO?
2020-03-28 14:40
Europe maglebagle 
I'll gladly repeat myself. How is it relevant that you don't know one of the worlds top IGL's who plays in a top tier team?
2020-03-28 22:11
France LeDiplomate 
+ fckn 1 big brain
2020-03-29 18:20
top IGL xaxaxaxaxa
2020-03-30 17:10
Europe maglebagle 
Why do you keep embarassing yourself? I'm not saying hes the best. Just saying hes one of the best. Questioning this is pure stupidity :-)
2020-03-30 20:27
2020-03-28 16:08
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
2020-03-28 16:59
not high like s1mple :D
2020-03-28 13:21
Kazakhstan team_k23 
in csgo there is not top. Scene is like mongolian football teams, everyone is in top5 first 6 months then suddenly disband with their game like Mibr
2020-03-28 02:17
Mongolian football teams? Quarantine got to you or what?
2020-03-28 03:07
ik, he's a dead man
2020-03-28 06:48
Hey man, how’s the scene in Canada? Are you guys going to cancel visas and stuff?
2020-03-28 09:58
Yeah, we already have.
2020-03-28 15:59
Kazakhstan team_k23 
Check G2 result vs OG and tell if it looks like top2 team
2020-03-31 16:17
Well Atleast its top 5. And one Online BO3 doesn’t mean anything. I’d like to see ISSA, Mantu and NBK (2020) perform on LAN against G2. The amount of FPL these guys play compared to G2 is crazy. Hence, they are more comfortable playing online.
2020-04-04 21:44
broky | 
Mongolia scxrpion 
-rep lol
2020-03-28 04:55
xaxaxaxax flag checks out
2020-03-28 05:44
autist | 
Mongolia NvmbR 
Your quite bored huh, I as a mongolian dont watch that shit
2020-03-28 06:39
jks | 
Mongolia Kkura 
Our football scene is a joke btw
2020-03-28 07:49
Russia Divait 
The first and only one adequate mongol in the conversation
2020-03-28 10:46
Not like mibr Pls no team is as bad as M16R From major winners to losing DH open LUUUL
2020-03-28 09:13
Couldn't beat mouz with coach lol and stand in
2020-03-28 02:17
Europe ipufosenia 
yeah but they beat tem with their whole team
2020-03-28 02:23
Who cares look at the achievements difference
2020-03-28 02:30
Europe ipufosenia 
what did mouz have before their streak at the end of 2019??? G2 could have a streak of their own it just has not started yet
2020-03-28 02:32
Mouz have better reselts in last 3-4 months
2020-03-28 06:29
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
You didn't even read what he said
2020-03-28 07:20
what about kato
2020-03-28 02:24
Bro Ynk, zonic, Rejin, Zews, etc play way better than you. Stop being a little a**hole and do something for yourself in counter strike before talking shit about teams/players who have achieved something you can only dream of at the most.
2020-03-28 03:06
Cry is free i am a insane player
2020-03-28 03:19
France Astrait 
2020-03-28 09:02
Says silver 1
2020-03-28 14:03
France Astrait 
ur ego large as fuck lol
2020-03-30 15:44
Nice ego
2020-03-28 02:17
Europe ipufosenia 
its called confidence
2020-03-28 02:23
g2 ranked #3 for hltv, how is it ego
2020-03-28 03:03
lol he even says he doesn't deserved rankings or not.
2020-03-28 10:48
i would definetly put u as the harded choking shit nowadays any day of the week
2020-03-28 02:17
Portugal TwistedJayPee 
Liquid =)
2020-03-28 02:35
they suck they dont choke
2020-03-28 02:45
Bulgaria goshyy 
Welllll.. They are good but they choke a lot.
2020-03-28 03:28
They lost vs Swole Patrole. Kekw
2020-03-28 14:14
broky | 
Mongolia scxrpion 
Who are you?
2020-03-28 05:04
who are u ?
2020-03-28 13:24
-rep 0iq bot I was implying you are not someone whose opinion is of value. You're just another annoying bot on hltv who cares about your opinion?
2020-03-29 08:16
how retarded u must be ? i can comment what ever i want to and i dont need to be analyst to see G2 lost 0-3 vs navi in kato, and lost summit to mous with nato and coach as stand in, so why the fuck u talk to me ?
2020-03-29 13:10
lmao nt forgot TL,FaZe and many more
2020-03-28 10:49
Germany Neckarstadion 
not a very bold statement when you are #3 literally right now
2020-03-28 02:20
Australia aussie_billy 
2020-03-28 02:22
If only you read the article...
2020-03-28 08:59
2020-03-28 02:21
nexa and hunter carry so hard
2020-03-28 02:23
kennyS | 
India Gamerz2 
?? Hunter is the highest rated player with 1.17, second is kenny with 1.16 and third is nexa with 1.11. Don't say stupid things m8
2020-03-28 06:54
Imagine comparing awpers rating with rifflers and igl lol Don't say stupid things m8
2020-03-28 07:18
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
"nexa and hunter carry so hard" means they have a much better rating than their teammates. The AWPer is one of their teammates. Hence you also compared rifler and igl rating to an AWPer. Dont say stupid things m8
2020-03-28 07:22
Dude, if any riffler higher rated than awper in the team thats mean this riffler doing way more impact or this awper is dogshit, same with IGL Dont say stupid things m8
2020-03-28 08:54
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
So when LG/SK were the top team and Cold had a better rating the FalleN this means that FalleN is dogshit?
2020-03-30 08:34
I mean that AWPer is highest on LAN stats.
2020-03-28 10:51
Idk if you even watch their matches but their really isn't much strategy going on there. It's a very loose style of play, and so nexa doesn't have a reason to be a bad fragger like other IGLs. Boombl4 for example also frags, so does gla1ve. Bringing roles is irrelevant. You simply said they carry, and i showed you they don't.
2020-03-28 13:05
Europe ipufosenia 
Why so many malding ppl in theese thread comments
2020-03-28 02:24
+1 “IgL oF tHiRd RaTeD tEaM cAlLs hIs tEAm ToP 5, dElUsIoNaL”
2020-03-28 04:52
Poland Julka 
2020-03-28 09:28
braindead people nothing else
2020-03-28 10:52
2020-03-28 11:17
kennyS | 
Croatia buzeG2 
2020-03-28 11:44
China hzxhl16 
top 5 of the team EZ because you can't be worse than the coach
2020-03-28 02:31
I would too
2020-03-28 02:35
Romania SkipLD 
Ez for Bambolero
2020-03-28 02:39
Except match days
2020-03-28 02:41
okay 1 series lost in 2020 that too against top 1 team itw
2020-03-28 10:53
It's a joke. Of course I want them to win. But jinx dude
2020-03-28 11:12
Uruguay Kas9k 
This could come back to haunt them
2020-03-28 02:50
Finland HARD4ENCE 
Nah, G2 looks pretty solid atm, ngl. And they seem to have a solid structure since Nexa and hunter joined which is much more sustainable than just individuals going ham every once in a while.
2020-03-28 11:27
Poland Kurwa_Jebana 
I wouldn't put you in my mm team let alone top 5.
2020-03-28 02:51
Flag checks out.
2020-03-28 09:00
Poland Kurwa_Jebana 
? not albanian btw
2020-03-28 15:34
Finland H0rnPub 
They have done nothing but beat struggling teams like liquid and 100T. Fanatic win was a fluke (1 in 20times they lose to that mac rush) and Mouz is overrated bc they did same that G2 is doing atm, winning against struggling teams. They'll drop out of top 5 after EPL, anyway solid top 10
2020-03-28 02:59
Denmark ghostan11 
So much salt coming from you
2020-03-28 03:59
2020-03-28 07:01
good salt OG fan say same about Na'vi so we could understand that you've a brain.
2020-03-28 10:54
Finland H0rnPub 
Fluke, easiest grand final opponent of all 3, thing is no team found way to counter their kriegrounds
2020-03-28 11:21
G2 gonna extend their wins vs OG to 7 since OGs creation in late 2019 axaxaxaxa
2020-03-28 11:18
Finland H0rnPub 
It's expected, but oh my if G2 lose.
2020-03-28 11:24
G2 wont lose, nexa and hunter absolute onliners LMAO
2020-03-28 11:28
Finland H0rnPub 
2020-03-28 11:39
yep and they're #3 objectively, behind astralis (2) and navi (1) saying this as a former pro myself
2020-03-28 03:03
Nice try kqly
2020-03-28 04:07
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
Man i miss kqly so much this guy was really good
2020-03-28 06:19
At here you can see a lot of dumb dumb who did'nt read the whole article
2020-03-28 03:10
EkaeDee. Na'Vi proved they are the number 1 team in the world. You were just lucky to make it to the finals facing lower class teams.
2020-03-28 03:14
kennyS | 
India Ryuota 
fnatic faze 100t kkkkkk
2020-03-28 06:24
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
How were they lucky when they were in the upper bracket the whole tournament. it's not their fault if bigger teams can't make it to face them
2020-03-28 07:24
Group B, and avoided Astralis. Pretty lucky if you ask me
2020-03-28 16:42
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
This isn't 2018 Astralis dude
2020-03-30 08:33
2020 Astralis >> G2 nubcake
2020-03-30 17:35
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
Sure but that really has nothing to do with ur argument
2020-03-30 17:38
The only 2 people you could crown over s1mple are GTR and forest. And simply due to longevity achievements. But you'd have to be an absolute bot to say they were more skilled than s1mple at any point in their careers. Not only has CS evolved, with general competition levels being a lot higher. There's the basic fact s1mple has consistently held the highest tier statistics of all time. So yes newfag, s1mple is the goat - I would know playing/following this game since beta. Deal with it.
2020-03-30 17:57
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
The point u were making: G2 were lucky at Katowice Ur argument: "s1mple is the goat newfag"
2020-03-31 13:26
twenty3 | 
Faroe Islands sGaen 
inb4 lose to tylul
2020-03-28 03:15
??? | 
Chile brotherman 
haha no
2020-03-28 03:18
Denmark Manlai2k 
They will get rekt by TYLOO 2-0
2020-03-28 03:20
kennyS | 
China kn5 
haha hope as you wish
2020-03-28 05:43
kennyS | 
India Ryuota 
hahahahaha ok
2020-03-28 06:24
Pls be realistic and go based on results
2020-03-28 04:26
huNter- | 
Korea Jew2K 
nexa: talks about recent results ruski: Pls be realistic and go based on results
2020-03-28 07:24
India AAgOnFire 
Stop destroying everyone around here m8
2020-03-28 08:38
Literally lost 1 match since the final against mous Against actual best team in the world
2020-03-29 10:32
Spain NkdKMS 
2020-03-28 04:36
how to put in the top 5 of the one who should not be in the top 10? ask nexa btw
2020-03-28 04:55
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
I put you in the top3
2020-03-28 06:17
Hahahaha delusional af
2020-03-28 06:29
Brazil MonkeyLover 
To be fair they were definitely playing well this year
2020-03-28 08:17
Just like EG , right ? See them sucking dicks after 3 months, because over confident kills the team everytime.
2020-03-28 10:21
kennyS | 
Croatia buzeG2 
seems like you are talking about navi
2020-03-28 11:47
2020-03-28 12:50
Hahahaha someone is triggered, don't worry just and watch your shit team getting out of top 30
2020-03-28 12:53
Europe ipufosenia 
EG got to #1 , G2 has not yet but NAVI has so.... Navi is more similar to EG than G2
2020-03-28 14:28
Delusionnal name LMAO
2020-03-28 12:49
Massive ego
2020-03-28 06:36
dexter | 
Germany t.o.p 
He's right
2020-03-28 06:50
And they will lose to tyloo today
2020-03-28 06:53
2020-03-28 07:21
Jinxing his team, time to bet on Tyloo boys
2020-03-28 07:48
Austria I_love_Hltv 
good interview
2020-03-28 08:07
navi, astralis, mouse, g2... 5th vitality? Liquid?
2020-03-28 08:25
2020-03-28 11:00
After that sentence they will lose again tylul
2020-03-28 09:55
Top5? What a troll!
2020-03-28 10:30
Ofc they are top five, there is no questioning it.
2020-03-28 11:22
wow we got a bit of a Delusional_G2_Fan right there. Top 5 will be very packed with BIG, NIP, North, Complexity, ForZe, GamerLegion, Avez, Moviestar Riders, Sprout, Spirit, Detona. No Place for the likes of G2 sadly. Beat BIG first then we will see.
2020-03-28 11:43
s1mple | 
Sweden DiTzZ 
Can't really argue with that
2020-03-28 11:43
I would definetely put you in the top 55 any day of the weak
2020-03-28 11:54
incoming lose vs tyloo
2020-03-28 12:33
Nexa= Alpha IGL
2020-03-28 12:49
i arent think that
2020-03-28 13:15
shave that fucking neckbeard, fucking disgusting.
2020-03-28 13:22
Putting yourself top 5 after just 1 good tourney. nice. i can think about 10 teams that would bust ur ass
2020-03-28 14:09
maybe once a month.
2020-03-28 14:36
2020-03-28 14:55
World Beard43 
Perhaps not on Sundays.
2020-03-28 16:42
so put it by winning? Oh sry forgot u cant
2020-03-28 19:24
France Ocelot31 
they are #3 rn ????
2020-03-30 03:44
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