bodyy: "I’m setting everything up so I can find my best level again"

We caught up with Alexandre "⁠bodyy⁠" Pianaro to talk about his departure from G2, his time in FiveG, and his return to a professional team in LDLC.

bodyy left G2 in June 2019 after being sidelined by the French team months earlier, with the WESG World Finals being his last event with the squad. During his three-year stint with G2, he helped the team to win four international events, most notably the ECS Season 1 Finals, the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, and DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017.

He went on to create a new team with former LDLC White teammates Matthieu "⁠matHEND⁠" Roquigny and Antoine "⁠to1nou⁠" Pirard, but the project failed to gain much traction. Unable to find an organisation to support FiveG, bodyy and Aurélien "⁠afro⁠" Drapier decided to join LDLC, replacing Logan "⁠LOGAN⁠" Corti and Kilian "⁠Gringo⁠" Garcia.

bodyy doesn't rule out an international challenge in the future

In the following interview, bodyy talks to us about his final days in G2 and his personal project of FiveG and why he spent so much time on it. He also gives us some insight into finally deciding to take an offer from the organisation with which he rose to prominence after rejecting their approaches on several occasions.

It's been almost a year since your contract with G2 ran out. What have you been up to since then?

I had an incident during my time on the bench when my contract with G2 was expiring, I broke a finger in my right hand and it forced me to become left-handed for a few months, so it was impossible to play any FPS games or do anything computer-related except watch matches and think about what I wanted to do.

I had a project in mind that I wanted to build from scratch and grind my way back from the beginning. It was kind of like going back to the old LDLC White. I really wanted to play under the leadership of matHEND, whom I held in high esteem because of what had we achieved in the past and how he had helped me during certain points of my career. I felt like we could build a team from scratch and see how far we could bring it with the experience we had acquired in our previous years.

bodyy with LDLC White at the PGL Regional Minor Championship Europe in 2016

We built a roster with some experienced players: matHEND, who had spent some time in LDLC White; to1nou, who was also from that LDLC White team and played a few Minors and international events; devoduvek, who spent some time in America and played at a Major; and MIKE, a rookie.

I personally didn’t expect the international subtop level to be as high as it is. I remember what the qualifiers and ESEA leagues were like during our time in LDLC White, when good teams were good but lesser-known teams were not a threat, which isn't the case anymore.

The first few qualifiers we played were upsetting and devoduvek decided to take an opportunity in Heretics after a few months. I had turned that same offer down before because I wanted to keep trying hard with our team and we were about to sign with an organization that would allow us to play full-time with a very decent salary, but the deal didn’t go through when he left.

You say you wanted to “grind from the beginning,” which seems to have been a bit harder than expected. How was that experience for you?

From a personal and human perspective, I’m really happy that I made this team with these individuals in particular. We were going along very well, always on the same page and giving our best to make it work, always facing each other when there was something to be said without having any animosity because we were also friends outside of the game. We knew that for some players it was a do or die moment to make their way back to the scene or just give it all up if things didn't work out.

I’m sad it didn’t go as expected, we knew it would be really hard to start from scratch without an organization supporting us. Creating our game and teaching young players a lot of things takes time, and although we managed to pull some nice runs in qualifiers, we couldn’t afford to keep going as we were constantly failing when it mattered the most.

Did you play some local tournaments during the past year with FiveG? How did it go? How’s the state of the French subtop scene in general now that you were able to see it up close again?

We played one local tournament right after devoduvek decided to move on. We were planning on playing with him, but we had to get a replacement, so we decided to go for a young player, afroo, who had been targeted by LDLC back in the day because of his great level in the ESL Championnat National and is one of my teammates now. We finished the tournament in a very disappointing third place, but we kept going since we only had a week or so of preparation and we weren’t even playing full-time at that moment as afroo was still in school. We just took it as experience and kept on grinding.

I haven't played enough teams in France to give a proper opinion on the French subtop scene, but from what I saw in the Championnat National the level is really stacked among most of the teams playing it, but it’s well below that of a team like Heretics.

You’re returning to LDLC, the organization in which you first piqued interest on an international level, although the team is completely different. How do you feel about it now?

It feels great to return to LDLC, my home back in the day, and to see how big the organization has become since 2016. It feels like going back home because I know the people working there and they trust me 100%. They have also seen my evolution as a player and a person since I was 19 years old, when I left them, although I’m a whole different person and player now!

Why did you choose to join this team in particular? Did you receive offers from other teams in the past year? How easy or hard of a decision was it for you to join LDLC?

I had some talks with the people in charge of LDLC before joining them and I felt that the way they talked to me about the project, it matches what I’m looking for in a team. It's a great opportunity to return to the scene and grind my way back to the top level. I had many offers from LDLC and Heretics during the past year, but I declined them to be able to fully discover the potential of my project, which I truly believed in. I still thank them for the trust and the interest they showed in me at the time, but I didn’t want to give up on my project until I could see how far we could go.

It was still a pretty tough choice to make, but the players and the staff have the same goals as me. SIXER and hAdji are in incredible shape, Lambert is a great leader who has been missing someone to support him inside the game to get back to his best and afroo is a young promising player—not to mention the staff, who are working very hard and can lead us to big things.

Did you think about joining international teams at all? Did you have any offers? Is it something you think about for the future?

I never posted that I was a free agent anywhere after getting benched by G2 and I didn’t contact any team to see if I could have a tryout. I had a few offers, but I was really focused on my own project and didn’t want to do anything else at the time, although it’s definitely something I’m thinking about for the future and I’ll be ready for it when the time comes.

misutaaa and Nivera joined Vitality and Heretics recently, a new generation of players from the Francophone scene. Do you think you should have been considered for any of those teams ahead of them?

I think they are great players. misutaaa has been showing incredible skill and he just needs to find his place in Vitality to perform at his best level, but Nivera particularly was insane against top tier teams in the Road to Rio qualifier. These young guns performing in top tier tournaments is really good for the renewal of the French scene. They were at a really good level when they were picked up, while I was away from the pro scene.

Regarding myself, I have everything to prove. Teams couldn’t gamble on my actual level since they hadn't seen me play for a long time. They were the right choices and I hope they keep on improving.

Now that some time has passed since the G2 days, how do you see your last months before leaving the team? WESG 2019 was a pretty emotional ending to your time in that organization. When you look back, do you think the team made the right decisions?

I spent most of my adult life in that organization, which shaped me as a person, alongside all the players, management and coaching staff. It was sad to leave the people who helped me become who I am now, but I felt like it was needed for me to start something new and get some fresh air. My last months in G2 were tough, we spent five out of six months bootcamping, physically or in what we were calling "online bootcamps," but those are the ones I enjoyed the most during my three years there.

Damdam [maLeK] is a passionate, hard-working coach who gave us a work ethic and an eagerness to learn and give our best. I needed someone like him to push me to be a better version of myself and I thank him for that. It made me love the game more than I ever had before and that’s when I started to get back in shape. He put me back in roles that I was truly meant to play and we had some great moments. I think it was a bit early to make changes, but they needed to try some new things, which I understand, and as I said I was also happy because I needed a change of pace.

bodyy at IEM Katowice 2019, his last Major with G2

You’re joining LDLC with afroo, a player who is largely unknown outside of France but who was your teammate in FiveG. Can you tell us a little bit about him?

I didn’t know anything about him when we picked him up, but I can say that he was meant to go pro at some point. He is very consistent, and even being the least experienced player he can play any role, he communicates very well, and he always listens to anything you tell him that he can improve, which is something you don’t see much at the level he was playing at. He has a great work ethic that has allowed him to improve a lot in a very short period of time.

What goals do you have with LDLC? Personally and for the team? Is there anything that makes you particularly excited?

Personally, I’m setting everything up so I can find my best level again, to keep up that eagerness to grind and get consistent. As a team, in the short term we want to get into MDL, but our goal is obviously to get as high as possible in the world ranking and qualify for international events. I miss them so badly!

We could beat great teams with my former team, but we couldn’t go too far in qualifiers, so I’m sure with everyone’s experience in LDLC and the support we have backing us, qualifying for tournaments will be the first step to enter the top 30. That’s what we need and I’m sure we can do it.

How do you think you’ve changed as a person since you were playing in G2? And as a player?

I feel that getting benched and having some time outside of the scene was a great opportunity for me to reflect on my life and on what I value, but then I made sure to dedicate myself to the project that was in my heart. There was a risk that I would maybe never come back from it, but it was something I really wanted to try. As a player, I took some time to find what I really like and I’m good at, that dedication and work ethic that I have never lost since I left G2.

I've also changed a few roles. I always enjoyed entry-fragging, because I have an aggressive playstyle, running around and shooting to create space for the others. Now I’m more mobile on the CT side to allow myself some aggressive moves while still supporting my teammates, so I’m more like a rotator, working my ass off to make it work while still being efficient.

You joined G2 as a teenager and were there for several years before going under the radar. You’re still a fairly young player at 23, so what are your career goals in the short, medium and long term?

I still feel like I’m fairly young. My goals in the short term are to prove to myself that I can make my comeback by performing with LDLC and to make the team better. In the mid and long term, I want to make it back to the most competitive part of the scene.

France Kilian 'Gringo' Garcia
Kilian 'Gringo' Garcia
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
41
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.71
France Logan 'LOGAN' Corti
Logan 'LOGAN' Corti
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
590
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
France Matthieu 'matHEND' Roquigny
Matthieu 'matHEND' Roquigny
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
333
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
France Aurélien 'afro' Drapier
Aurélien 'afro' Drapier
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
764
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Belgium Antoine 'to1nou' Pirard
Antoine 'to1nou' Pirard
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
good luck!
2020-06-03 13:00
13 replies
#14
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Peru Rhenie
-misuta +boddy ez major quarterfinal
2020-06-03 13:11
12 replies
#21
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Japan Yuukek
-Zywho +Godyy ez major winner
2020-06-03 13:18
+1
2020-06-03 13:19
idk, 4 washed up players then :/ im ok with washed rpk as a support as he's pretty consistent, also bodyy could be good igl, but what about apex and shox
2020-06-03 13:44
4 replies
#54
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Latvia adererror
hasnt shox been recently topfragging vitality matches?
2020-06-03 14:56
3 replies
only against nip
2020-06-03 14:58
#97
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Denmark 4vs0
2020-06-07 20:49
1 reply
#105
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Latvia adererror
im not comparing him to zywoo, retard, i just saw on 1 or 2 matches that he was on top of scoreboard
2020-06-11 22:53
Misutaa gonna be insane. He’s 17
2020-06-03 15:38
misutaa is their 2nd best player tbh
2020-06-05 01:04
2 replies
3rd* respect Rpk
2020-06-10 16:54
1 reply
might be,kick apex anyway
2020-06-10 18:10
LOL stfu man youknow nothing
2020-06-05 18:30
#3
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Belgium Ipufobanned
Hope the team doesnt play around him
2020-06-03 13:01
5 replies
#18
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France Bavolk
Why should they? Bodyy has never been the star player of a team, Hadji, Sixer and now Afro are the players that Lambert has to make perform.
2020-06-03 13:17
4 replies
"im setting everything up so i can play at my best"
2020-06-03 13:20
3 replies
#39
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Greece rimeone
Do you really think the team will play around him just because of he said that? dude fwt see a doctor soon.
2020-06-03 13:55
1 reply
+1
2020-06-05 03:21
#91
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France Bavolk
Setting everything by himself doesn't mean Lambert and the team will play around him
2020-06-04 20:14
#4
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Europe Holiwis
gl
2020-06-03 13:02
#5
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Philippines batstew
go bodyy
2020-06-03 13:02
#6
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Australia Cheesle2
Gl
2020-06-03 13:03
underrated player, good luck in LDLC!
2020-06-03 13:03
2 replies
+1
2020-06-03 14:04
+1
2020-06-03 14:55
lets see how this goes!
2020-06-03 13:05
#9
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Brazil _Awper
which is not that good, let's be honest
2020-06-03 13:07
5 replies
#17
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France KryZoreus
2020-06-03 13:16
4 replies
#42
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Brazil _Awper
i remember this! Great match from him, but you know that 90% of his matches his rating is lower than 0.95
2020-06-03 13:57
2 replies
#47
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France KryZoreus
no((
2020-06-03 14:19
he didn't understand this game, he will never be a good player
2020-06-03 16:32
against force buy :/
2020-06-09 11:44
#10
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France Romspeed
hâte de voir bodyy performer !!
2020-06-03 13:09
Come back Baguette! <3 I rly like you but still best Baguette from France is NBKing.
2020-06-03 13:09
I never believed in this guy nor will i ever will 😅😅 bodyshots only? Rip headiess
2020-06-03 13:10
3 replies
#56
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Latvia adererror
this comment is pain
2020-06-03 14:59
1 reply
Ya feelin me bruh 🔥😘
2020-06-03 16:03
that's why his nickname is "bodyy"
2020-06-03 20:24
Gl godyy <3
2020-06-03 13:10
really underrated goodluck
2020-06-03 13:11
#16
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Poland Nexus2112
Gl
2020-06-03 13:14
Gl bodyy
2020-06-03 13:17
Good luck bro, coming back after a year isn’t easy but you have what it takes !
2020-06-03 13:18
i remember his multikills
2020-06-03 13:19
his best level: BOT Albert
2020-06-03 13:21
5 replies
pepperoni CS lul
2020-06-03 15:00
4 replies
lol im not even italian
2020-06-03 20:27
3 replies
Reported for fakeflagging
2020-06-03 21:02
Reported for fakeflagging
2020-06-03 21:02
Reported for fakeflagging
2020-06-06 03:47
#26
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Norway apx-
He had a best level?
2020-06-03 13:22
#27
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Germany AutiSimple
Tbh his time in g2 2016 with shox and scream was the best. After that everything went to shit
2020-06-03 13:23
#28
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France FanchD
Gl u sexy beast
2020-06-03 13:27
Bodyy best level - 0.8 rating
2020-06-03 13:27
B OMEGALUL DYY
2020-06-03 13:31
#31
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Kazakhstan 96kg
"I CAN FIND MY BEST LEVEL AGAIN" ahahahahahha Max tier3 bot with <0.7kd best lvl lul
2020-06-03 13:32
1 reply
flair checks out
2020-06-03 16:41
#32
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African Union csarmani
he was never good .. idk why so hype about him getting into tier2 french scene which is like tier6 ? my faceit team can put up a fight
2020-06-03 13:36
"mY bEsT lEveL aGaiN' This bot was never good, trash paycheck stealer AHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2020-06-03 13:37
GL, i was a big fan of this guy back in the day
2020-06-03 13:40
Yeeeeeess
2020-06-03 13:44
#40
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Poland SebL
I though he retired. He should have. Trash player.
2020-06-03 13:56
6 replies
fan of GuardiaN axaxaxa
2020-06-03 15:01
5 replies
#72
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Poland SebL
GuardiaN is weak, and what? I can be a fan of him for his personality for example.. And we are talking about bodyy, who is trash.
2020-06-03 18:24
4 replies
Why do you always need to be disrespectful towards pro players ? (like most of the kids nowadays)
2020-06-04 08:24
3 replies
#87
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Poland SebL
Naming me a kid seems funny.
2020-06-04 09:50
2 replies
I didn't say you're a kid. I just say kids generally behaves like this. Anyway, not worth it.
2020-06-04 09:57
1 reply
#89
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Poland SebL
Not worth to act like this? Or not worth to talk with me? Bro, I have really always tried to be nice for everyone, didn't hurt anyone, and you know how world pays off for me? I will tell you, it doesn't. It's not worth to be friendly, upright, I always tried to be like this, and now I'm tired. It's just not worth it.
2020-06-04 10:31
2020-06-03 13:56
#45
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Brazil Goecker
Never saw him in a good level in first place
2020-06-03 14:08
Best of luck
2020-06-03 14:16
played one time faceit with this guy, baited every round, less information, a bit toxic :)
2020-06-03 14:25
incase anybody didnt know, LDLC lost to a random swedish pug team 16-14 in their first comp game with the new roster
2020-06-03 14:37
2 replies
lmao they haven't played a game with new roster tf u mean? go check their match page
2020-06-03 15:03
1 reply
esea advanced, these games are too low level to get put on hltv xd
2020-06-03 15:07
BOTTYYYY
2020-06-03 14:39
#51
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Japan raimiska
Setting up the chair height and tilt to find the best sitting position again
2020-06-03 14:48
LULDLC
2020-06-03 14:49
2 replies
ldlc 1 major big 0 major
2020-06-03 15:01
1 reply
big lmao
2020-06-03 15:03
Press [X] to doubt
2020-06-03 15:04
awp carrier for kennys. double wallbangs in cache vs astralis/tsm are all his highlight in csgo
2020-06-03 15:15
what do you mean 'again'?
2020-06-03 15:16
He said "again" like he played good at one point XDD
2020-06-03 16:04
4 replies
He played good in the first iteration of his breakthrough, the shox and ScreaM late 2016 iteration... Sadly it sure didn't last long ( as you implied )
2020-06-03 18:56
3 replies
I was following the scene a lot back then and i even liked g2 as a team,but for me he was never that good of a player,he was like amanek in the current g2
2020-06-03 19:15
1 reply
LOL AmaNEk is very good, he is just the "utility" role player in G2. Did you see him play in others teams when he had better roles ( Misfits ). Imo AmaNEk is a very solid t1 player. Not every player on a team needs to be a ZywOo or a s1 edit : I certainly rank AmaNEk considerably higher than bodyy even in top form back then
2020-06-04 15:09
#81
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Germany AutiSimple
+1. think he was doing well around that time while scream and shox were the mainstar. Sad that thing didnt go well after that
2020-06-03 22:45
Even though I was one of his detractors in the late G2 iterations, I'm pretty sure he has some untapped potential and never reached his peak. I think he could be a lot better that what he showed, if he finds the right buttons to push on. Good luck bodyy.
2020-06-03 18:58
he is gearing up. im expecting vac moments.
2020-06-03 19:01
#82
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United States fyi
who?
2020-06-04 00:19
Rising star. Nice to see new people comming in
2020-06-04 01:01
bodyy good mens))
2020-06-04 03:23
rating 0.96 no hope
2020-06-04 05:16
might be a little controversial but imo apart from kenny, bodyy was the best player on G2.
2020-06-06 00:32
B OMEGALUL DYY
2020-06-09 00:59
you had a best level ?
2020-06-09 01:08
Pepega Clap
2020-06-09 01:30
I remember him being a noname player standing in for ldlc/nv idk. He played well, he had potential. Sad evolvement yet so far. Maybe he can still do it tho who knows
2020-06-10 18:49
he better set things up to go beyond what his best level was...
2020-06-13 05:14
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