Vitality Chairman: “We told ZywOo we wanted to create a cycle around him and sign the best players of his generation"

Fabien “Neo” Devide took some time to chat with HLTV.org about all things Vitality.

Vitality announced on Sunday that their star player, 20-year-old Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, will remain under contract with the French organization until 2024 after signing a five-year extension at the start of 2020. As part of the announcement, the Paris-based organization projected holograms around some of the city’s most recognizable locations, including the Panthéon, Trocadéro, Montmartre and the Arc de Triomphe’s vicinity.

“It's a four-year contract extension which took six months to negotiate with his agent,” Fabien “Neo” Devide, Vitality’s Chairman and Co-Founder, said. “It was very natural because they were happy with our project and we're very happy to have the best player in the world—I will never complain about that! We were all on the same page.” To understand why everyone felt that way, Neo takes us on a journey from the team's beginnings to where it currently stands and where it could be headed, peeling back the curtains and sharing his thoughts on the happenings behind the scenes.

Neo, Vitality's Chairman and Co-Founder, opened up about the organization's Counter-Strike division
(Photo courtesy of Vitality)

Vitality, a French organization founded in 2013 that has since gone global with teams and players from around the world in several different titles, stuck to its roots when launching its Counter-Strike division in 2018, creating a lineup with seasoned veterans Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire, Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy, Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and Vincent "⁠Happy⁠" Schopenhauer around an 18-year-old rising star, ZywOo. “We’re very French-centric, it's part of our DNA,” Neo explains, recalling the early days of the organization’s foray into Counter-Strike. “Our roots are French and we're very proud of it, so it was common sense because we wanted to keep going in that direction. We were perhaps the only top tier team that still believed in French CS when we started in 2018 because even though G2 had a French project at the time they were already close to the end of that cycle. The state of the French scene was a mess when we joined in and we wanted to revitalize it.

“G2 had just benched NBK- and apEX, so we saw it as a bridge to jump in because they're legends of the scene and very well respected in France. Signing them would be good to make sure that we would be attractive to other players wanting to join up with such big names and awesome players. So apEX came to Paris to have coffee one day, he had been benched for something like two months and had even been close to signing for mouz at some point, and we had a very straight and transparent talk. I told him that I didn't believe in the old guys, in his generation, I said, ‘I think you guys are spoiled, you have way too much control, and I think that's the reason you're not succeeding.’ He agreed with me, and we discussed his conditions, how he was still hungry to compete and win, but also how he didn't want to build a whole project alone, so we should try to convince NBK-.

“Envy released Happy and RpK around the same time, so the stars lined up. We just had to negotiate with uncle Carlos [Rodríguez, CEO of G2] for apEX and NBK-, although NBK- was doubting whether he wanted to play in another French project because he was tired of replacements, getting benched, and having ego wars all of the time. It was a bit hard, but apEX really wanted to play with ZywOo and so did NBK-, they both thought he was going to be the next big thing and we really wanted to create an environment of wellness between ZywOo and the more experienced players to make sure he'd be comfortable and that the team would be competitive.”

Before joining Vitality and becoming the centerpiece of the team, ZywOo had already been raising eyebrows in 2017 with WySix and aAa while working towards his high school diploma, a prerequisite to move on to bigger things in esports imposed by his family before they would let him sign a professional contract. ZywOo even became the first subject in HLTV’s series about up-and-coming young talents, One for the future, but he had no competitive baggage at the top level and even less experience in the workings of the industry outside of the server. Neo recalls an anecdote from when the two talked for the first time and the youngster didn’t know how to respond when asked about salary expectations, which Neo calls a “classic ZywOo answer.” ZywOo said that "if you give me 1,500€ or 2,000€ I'm more than happy—that'd be insane money", to which Neo replied, "OK, I don't think I can pay you that, it's too low compared to the other guys."

ZywOo was a rookie at the time, but the team knew that they had something special in their hands after several practice days. For Neo, an entry-level salary would not suffice. “We made an initial offer that was more than what he asked for and we added that if he performed well in the first months we'd pay him the same as the rest of the guys. He was so excited, his mother was so excited, and we just knew we weren't going to overpay him, we knew he had the potential to become a genius, a virtuoso, so we wanted to make sure he was happy and full of life. I cherish that moment. He was so shy and so polite during the call that we had, and that's ZywOo, basically. He just wants to play the game, destroy his rivals, and he's so easy to work with—we're very gifted.”

A projection of ZywOo on the Panthéon in Paris celebrating the player's renewal with Vitality
(Photo courtesy of Vitality)

Not only did ZywOo perform like the rest of the team, but he also became an instant sensation, rivaling the world’s most elite players as he took his team to three international LAN victories while tallying five MVP performances in 2019, his rookie year. These feats saw him named the best player in the world over the likes of Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz, but such an ascent wasn’t easy to digest for the French star, and it started weighing on his shoulders. “He's starting to realize things a bit more now, especially after HLTV selected him as the best player in the world,” Neo says. “He struggled a bit for a month or two because of the media exposure and the pressure on his shoulders. We tried to overprotect him the first year and we may have made a mistake with that, but we try to be protective because when he's happy and more unaware he's such a beast, so we try to create a bit of a proxy.

"Last year he couldn't compare anything because it was all new, he was discovering everything, and he needed this year to confirm that he's a great player and probably the best in the world. He had this pressure from fans and from the media, and there’s this expectation that every time you look at his POV, every time he's alive on the server, even if it's just him against five, that he’s going to do ZywOo things, but he's overcoming it right now, he's maturing, and I think he's evolving in the right direction. He had to face some small crises from time to time, but he was able to overcome them every time, and I'm very proud of him. I really respect players like him and s1mple because they're not just instinctive players and mechanical gods, but they're also able to face a ton of pressure. It's amazing that they can be so competitive and remain at the top of their game—it's remarkable and I'm very proud of the work ZywOo has done outside of the server this year.”

Both Vitality as a team and ZywOo individually faced several crises at the beginning of 2020

It wasn’t just ZywOo who had to overcome hurdles at the beginning of 2020, though, as even before the coronavirus pandemic put a wrench in everyone’s plans, Vitality had to wrestle with the departure of their in-game leader after two disappointing finishes at BLAST Premier Spring Series and IEM Katowice, the last big LAN before the world shut down. Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin had been a big part of the team’s 2019 success after replacing Happy and taking over as the team’s full-time in-game leader following NBK-’s departure, but he decided to step down from the roster citing travel fatigue. “When ALEX left we faced an important crisis,” Neo recalls. “The dynamic in the team had been pretty good and we didn't see any other IGL in France that was good enough to join our team. But we also have RpK, who doesn't speak English very well, and ZywOo, who can speak it but not that well.

"We're not totally fluent in English and that's something we're working on now and that we will be working in 2021. It will be part of our performance trajectory, we want XTQZZZ to speak English, ZywOo to be fluent, RpK to understand it as well… Not necessarily to go international, but so we can add an international guy if we're facing a crisis like that one at some point, although the project isn’t really going in that direction now with the additions of misutaaa and Nivera. We also want to see if we can have opportunities to recruit crazy good rookies with high potential, which is a core value for us. We want our DNA to be a mix of youth and experience, which is exactly what we did this year with the additions of misutaaa and Nivera. We told ZywOo we wanted to create a cycle around him and sign the best players of his generation. If they're French, then thank God that we can continue in that direction, but if they're international then we'll probably have to switch at some point.”

Vitality then had to make the last-minute decision of whether they would move forward with a completely inexperienced player, Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier, just hours before the ESL Pro League roster lock. When they finally decided to take in the youngster, handing the in-game leader role to apEX, the team’s whole planning for the year was turned on its head. “Before ALEX's departure our goal was to win a Major and be No. 1 or No. 2 in the world because in 2019 we had an amazing run and we were No. 3 during most of the year, winning several titles in a crazy good year,” Neo says. “When we picked up misutaaa, it was a completely different project. Our goals went from winning a Major to qualifying for a Major and from being a top 2 team to being a top 10 team. Not because we weren't confident in misutaaa or in apEX becoming a leader, but because we didn't have any answers. We didn't know if apEX would deliver, if misutaaa would catch on really fast or not. You have to keep in mind that misutaaa had no knowledge of the game, the small details, the utility, we had to teach him most of it, so it was a tough challenge.

“When COVID-19 came, it was bad, of course, because not having LANs and the spectator experience is terrible, but at the same time, it was an opportunity for there to be less pressure on the guys, for us to have time to develop apEX as an IGL and to develop misutaaa's potential. We said, ‘OK, let's take this year to teach them, to take some time outside of the server to get comfortable.’ During the first month, XTQZZZ was very vocal because we needed to remain competitive and keep the right dynamics, so during games he talked a lot, but when misutaaa started to become a key asset, a key player on certain maps, XTQZZZ came to me and said, ‘Don't have high expectations in this tournament because I won't talk.’ I asked him why he was going to do that when things were going well and he answered that, ‘If we keep going in this direction, with him at home and me making calls or helping, we’ll struggle when LANs come back.’ So he switched off his microphone, basically.”

Despite the early struggles and some ups and downs, Vitality still managed to remain competitive, reaching two grand finals before the Summer break and two more after it, but it was finally at the end of the year, having added another youngster to the roster, Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom, and pioneering a six-man rotation system, that the French squad managed to pick up titles (IEM Beijing-Haidian and BLAST Premier Fall Finals). At the same time, Vitality used different tricks to maintain an atmosphere of urgency despite matches being played online to make sure the younger members of the squad weren’t too comfortable in this weird environment. “We had a roadmap because we understood that we couldn't win everything and we knew that there were times in which we needed to be out of our comfort zone,” Neo says. “Sometimes we brought people to the Stade de France—following the sanitary requirements, of course—because we wanted people behind the team in semi-finals and finals so they would feel the pressure. We talked to journalists before the matches and we tried to create a similar routine to that of playing on LAN, even though it's way different because you don't have the people, the pressure, the adrenaline, but we tried to at least implement small things to make sure our rookies could really deliver.

“That's when XTQZZZ saw that maybe this could be an opportunity for us to teach them and also to have extra time to review demos, do analysis, work on weaknesses, work on routines, and so on. We took a lot of time to nourish them mentally and physically. Our Counter-Strike staff, they're very smart, great guys, dedicated to the players, the game and the team. We're all very loyal and transparent and I think that's a big reason for our success, everyone is confident in each other. I don't think there are any trust issues in the team and we all believe in each other. If we ever face issues we say it, even to the players, and I think that's very refreshing because then they don't need to overthink, they don't have to wonder if their job is on the line and so on. Perhaps they could have thought of a sixth player as a threat, that they could maybe be benched or something, when it wasn't the case at all.”

French fans were shuttled out to Berlin by Vitality for the StarLadder Major in 2019

Having been able to find the silver lining, Vitality are now ready to look back at the year, study it, and shift focus to 2021, with their eyes very clearly set on Counter-Strike’s crown jewel, the Major, which was taken away from players and fans alike in a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic. “We'll do a post-mortem meeting to analyze 2020,” Neo says. “There were a lot of ups and downs, but I won't lie, there were more ups than downs, so we can’t complain. Vitality is a well-recognized organization in the world, but we have a lack of Major titles. We have tier-one titles, but having a Major title is the reason we wake up every morning and work so hard every day and keep investing in our teams and our players.

“We're going to face a lot of question marks and new challenges next year, so we want to do a projection and an analysis, which will take two or three weeks. We're not going to just have a one hour meeting and say, ‘OK, it was a good year, great, thank you, really happy, let's be first and win a Major next year.’ That's not the way we work, we have a timeline with all of the events, the calendar, we pick the events, we try to understand our trajectory even if it's not 100% accurate and we'll have to face different health issues, personal relationship issues, all of it. I don't want to project anything for 2021 yet because it will be part of the discussion with our staff and management, but we really want to win a Major, and we want to do it with our fans. Last year, we took 50 or 60 people to the Major in Berlin by bus and we received very positive vibes from the French guys and fans all over the world. I’ll get three, four, five busses if needed and take every fan we can to the first Major or Big Event of 2021. I hope it's in Europe, otherwise I'll be in trouble, and I hope the organizers will be ready because there's going to be a ton of baguettes in their city.”

France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
209
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1890
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1463
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
180
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1619
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1750
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
Zywoo top 1 2020
2020-12-23 18:30
26 replies
0/8 current faze top5 2020
2020-12-23 18:31
12 replies
8/8
2020-12-23 19:21
11 replies
Brazil 2 majors france 0 NT zywho?
2020-12-24 11:14
10 replies
#299
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France kNRD^
France 0 Majors? Lmaooooooo
2020-12-24 12:21
#308
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United Arab Emirates Emirates7
looooool
2020-12-24 13:04
#324
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Bolivia Natusch
France won two majors before luminosity were relevant lmaoooo
2020-12-24 14:53
2 replies
#328
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Nepal sasukeee
i guess its 1 major for france from LDLC
2020-12-24 15:38
1 reply
#332
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Bolivia Natusch
ik envy's a north american org, don't try to finesse on me.
2020-12-24 16:11
caught kekw
2020-12-24 15:46
#334
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France naveJ
France 2 majors newfag
2020-12-24 16:51
Happy - 2 Majors and 1 MVP Brazil - 2 majors, the team that won them were irrelevant in 2018 and the mvp left for faze LUL
2020-12-24 17:12
#339
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France __MH__
Why so stupid mate ?
2020-12-24 17:21
You got some people here lul 8/8
2020-12-24 17:37
WTF Vitality has been ruining
2020-12-23 18:34
#14
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Namibia Nt_NoScene
top 2*
2020-12-23 18:35
1 reply
+1
2020-12-23 22:19
#23
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Denmark Yikesslol
top 2*
2020-12-23 18:40
1 reply
#289
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Austria arngnr
if you're #1 you're inherently top 2
2020-12-24 11:25
#29
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France Naiizo
+1 name checks out
2020-12-23 18:47
0/8
2020-12-23 19:02
#119
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Brazil arunino
top2 *
2020-12-23 19:58
S1mple Top 1 LMAO pls
2020-12-23 20:15
4 replies
S0mple who hahahhahaah ZyWoo >>>>>> S0mple cry is free
2020-12-23 22:15
3 replies
#225
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Finland Veeti777
+1
2020-12-23 22:53
+1
2020-12-24 10:39
+1
2020-12-24 11:19
nice
2020-12-23 18:30
Ok
2020-12-23 18:30
no s1mple here
2020-12-23 18:31
vitality s1mple incoming?
2020-12-23 18:32
5 replies
#39
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France WatZuki
Maka incoming
2020-12-23 18:56
4 replies
Jeyn was pretty good
2020-12-23 19:41
3 replies
Heretics had issues with him because of his behaviour tho
2020-12-23 19:41
#298
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France Nescabir
Don't think they want a cheater in their team tbf
2020-12-24 12:19
yeah but he's a dickhead aparently Maka or maybe even Python are more likely
2020-12-24 12:24
WTF
2020-12-23 18:32
If Vitality want the best, why sign Zywoo?
2020-12-23 18:34
41 replies
because vitality don"t need a baiter like simple for top 50
2020-12-23 18:39
36 replies
Instead they need a guy that needs a whole team for himself. Zywho was never in a situation with a bad team and that is where it shows what a guy you are. I doubt zywho will worker harder. He will drown with the ship.
2020-12-23 18:52
35 replies
#50
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Sweden Svahn
I just dislike this "meta" of mentality, build around 1 player? Wtf, all eras come from 5 strong not 1 super strong and 4 medium. Ask NIP, Fnatic and Astralis. Well, maybe I'm wrong but not only for success but also for entertainment it blows.
2020-12-23 19:02
1 reply
+1
2020-12-23 22:44
true, WySix and aAa are true tier 1 teams with only top 10 players in them
2020-12-23 19:03
1 reply
Yuyupyup!
2020-12-23 22:44
#54
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Europe Niko0
Can i get the same in english?
2020-12-23 19:03
1 reply
Only in nikoisch
2020-12-23 19:06
Yeah, quick reminder, last year everyone said zywoo is only so good cz his team sets him up and he plays with 4 decoys to bait for him...this year he performs insane again, now everyone says but but the team is so good thats why zywoo shines and vita win.... Double moral at its best. Oh and btw zywoo maybe makes his teammates shine and gives them room and space and most importantly brings joy to their games. But surr go on hating, cant wait for the reason why zywoo sucls next year!
2020-12-23 19:12
25 replies
I say zywho will never carry when he has to deliver in a bad environment. Even in online era they could work like LAN. You can't get it better. So Thx for your statement but to be the best you have to play in try hard mode and still own.
2020-12-23 19:21
9 replies
Why would anyone want to carry in a bad environment, when you could play even better in a good one? Just because most of CIS i toxic, doesn't mean that the rest of us has to be. My bet is one ZywOo winning a Major before s1mple. Sure s1mple is godlike no question about it. But saying that you have to play in a poor team to be called the goat is just no true. Probably the same people who keen asking if Messi could play like he does on a cold night in stoke.
2020-12-23 19:32
7 replies
Wise words but haters gonna hate... Cant blame em for their own sad lives, can only wish them the best!
2020-12-23 19:38
Messi is bad without xavi and iniesta. Cr7 never needed others to play his best. And that makes you individual the best.
2020-12-23 20:26
4 replies
Messi bad without Xavi and Iniesta ? U stupid or what ?
2020-12-23 20:39
#190
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Europe PowwneD
CR7 got plenty of excellent players around him WTF are you talking about Messi like any other (Lewandowski, Salah) need a good chemistry to be at their best, same as CR7 and that's why any good striker put goals and win totales. Same goes for CS
2020-12-23 22:04
2 replies
+1 The only one true individual ninja boy god is zlatan! But he doesnt win shit cuz he got dictator syndrom just like s1mple
2020-12-23 22:48
I never said he didn't have good team m8s. But he doesn't need them at all to perform. He isn't depending on them. Learn to read
2020-12-24 12:55
Especially since the player complaining about the ''bad environment'' is thebone responsible for it. NaVi players are individually most likely more skilled than Vita players, but they can't mesh good because of s0mple's attitude and the fact that some team member needs to 'sacrifice' 24/7 so he can have weapons every round to pad his stats. Not to mention they have the best CiS strategist as a manager but can't do sh*t about it cause s0mple will interfere with it non stop. Xtqqzzz is certainly not a better CS theorist but he could build the team NaVi can only dream of, despite apEX being even more of a IGL noob that Boomich, because he has the truck's key and can do whatever he wants and players will commit to it...
2020-12-24 10:45
#335
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France naveJ
That's why in wysix he had 1.45 rating and even winning vs virtus pro and gambit while havind shit shit shit playrrs LMFAO nique ta pute de mere
2020-12-24 17:06
last year was different, now they actually play good
2020-12-23 19:24
14 replies
They do and always did, its just that they have more freedom and confidence in apex system, they dont play for zywoo most rounds, its 5 players just that one of them is a star player. Unlike navis system where 3 players take all the shit. Mavi should try sth similar
2020-12-23 19:37
13 replies
Navi must buy then at least 2 other players. French scene is a lot smaller than cis. That means it is easier to gather the best players in one team than in Cis
2020-12-23 20:24
11 replies
Oo boombl4 isnt looking great lately but u cant tell me he is worse than apex lol... Perfecto is also really good, super underrated, everyone just shitting on him and yeah flamie is debatable. But electronic is much better than anyone on vitality, the pendant to him on vitality would be rpk (hes great but no electronic ofc) So dont always start on how bad navis players are, they are superstacked
2020-12-23 20:27
2 replies
Boombl4 is the result of lacking igl in Cis. As player individually he doesn't reach Navis level. Flamie is outdated. Change this players with better one and we can talk again about this topic.
2020-12-23 20:32
1 reply
Im bot saying that they are the best options, its just funny how everyone talked shit to the vitality players for being super bad and just bait last year and earlier this year, especially after apex took over igling and they added misutaa. But look at zhem nowy they finished the year strong, many finals, 2 wins in stacked tourneys....finished #2, long time #1, maybe team of the year (considering their fresh start, for me they are #1 but thats just my personal opinion). Boombl4 was a god in qbf, that guy was so fucking good, flamie was considered one of the best aimers in the scene, on a good day he could and still can outaim anyone on the server. But looking at tue navi playercams they dont look like they are having fun, playing the game with joy. After all you have to be able to have a good time to perform at your very best, if the team cant provide that for the players, they propably need changes, the 6an roster is a good idea but in the end they are lacking the team spirit and a great igl imo.
2020-12-23 21:17
Navi is individually better team than vitality only equals are zywoo and simple. But vitaltiy play like a team and they try not to rely on zywoo. And even with setup like that he still has better rating than simple whos team is so focused on him that everybody else (except elec) looks like a massive bot.
2020-12-23 22:02
7 replies
to me it looks more like they play to give electronic space on t sides, and play to give simple space on ct sides
2020-12-24 05:23
4 replies
Yeah he exaggerated a bit, ofc the others should get more frags and dont look like bots but yeah, on t side elec is the man, s1mple still usually behind and ct sides are all s1mple, he is insane on ct side tho, especially on nuke he is easily the best ct awper. But after all csgo is a teamgame, a player like zywoo brings fun to the server and can help his teammates shine while still shining. Hes playing cs just to play cs, he will make the play that gives his team the highest chance of winning usually
2020-12-24 11:18
Simple gets most setup regardless of side he plays on.
2020-12-24 20:37
2 replies
haha no
2020-12-25 02:39
1 reply
What are you laughing at its true
2020-12-25 19:23
#258
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Denmark War_pan
+1, on point!!!
2020-12-24 06:36
+1
2020-12-24 10:47
+1000
2020-12-24 10:46
#201
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Ukraine FFF111
lol check his ace with Navi in Mirage I'm a fan of Navi but I have no other choice than respect Zywoo and enjoying his plays
2020-12-23 22:32
#230
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India synt4x
Because cs is a team game, not like what you play, silver mm where p90 rusher with the most kills is the igl
2020-12-23 23:16
"Zywoo was never in a situation with a bad team" Also Zywoo -> qualify for MDL with Wysix (semi-pro subtop french team) having a 1,42 rating,
2020-12-24 13:30
They signed rpk what are u on about?
2020-12-23 19:10
read the damn article
2020-12-23 19:54
very weak bait s0mple fangirl
2020-12-23 21:39
1 reply
+1
2020-12-23 22:02
#9
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France Uexo
that's my CEO
2020-12-23 18:33
2 replies
#104
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France eddiiiej
yeah i wasnt aware of him before reading this but he seems fucking excellent, i think we can credit a lot of vitas success to him
2020-12-23 19:48
1 reply
NEO is a legend dude know him since the beginning with Gotaga during the CoD days.
2020-12-23 22:27
Vitality as an organization reminds me of how Astralis was perceived before it all went to shit.
2020-12-23 18:33
4 replies
when did astralis go to shit?
2020-12-24 13:29
3 replies
I’m talking about the organisation side of things, not the cs team.
2020-12-24 13:33
2 replies
it went to shit because they were playing a lot, hence glaive and xyp9x furlough alex brought the same pb on the table, teams are aware of that now
2020-12-24 13:44
Did they have anything else besides CS? Edit: Scratch LoL, they didn't even have that
2020-12-26 02:27
im better
2020-12-23 18:34
"apEX came to Paris to have coffee one day, he had been benched for something like two months and had even been close to signing for mouz at some point" Mouz.Apex would have been interesting tbh
2020-12-23 18:40
2 replies
#27
RpK | 
France pol44r
Mouz lol
2020-12-23 18:46
Instead of Snax, back then
2020-12-23 19:33
#15
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Namibia Nt_NoScene
ZywOo top 2 2020 <3
2020-12-23 18:36
6 replies
looks like zywh0 will get top 2 but undeserved Papatronic 1 MVP zywh0 0 MVP
2020-12-23 19:05
2 replies
#82
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Serbia LtN))
+11111111
2020-12-23 19:24
Electronic #1 2020, he gets baited by s0mple and still carries those russian noobs
2020-12-26 02:29
nt Sam2k
2020-12-23 19:56
sam2k at its best
2020-12-23 21:40
Nt Sam2k
2020-12-24 01:02
OMG he just cursed him :o
2020-12-23 18:36
Neo > NEO
2020-12-23 18:36
1 reply
#49
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France Niinyop
both GOATs
2020-12-23 19:02
sure
2020-12-23 18:37
nice bet
2020-12-23 18:37
#20
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France Niinyop
the youngster didn’t know how to respond when asked about salary expectations, which Neo calls a “classic ZywOo answer.” ZywOo said that "if you give me 1,500€ or 2,000€ I'm more than happy—that'd be insane money"
2020-12-23 18:39
2 replies
GoodGuyMatou
2020-12-23 21:39
That made me laugh too, that's so much like him. Smart of Neo to have secured him with a good salary instead of being greedy and take the risk of him being tempted by other offers.
2020-12-24 12:27
Best player in the world? The will sign simple, cool.
2020-12-23 18:39
10 replies
s1mple won't leave NaVi
2020-12-23 19:02
#60
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Europe Niko0
S1mple has never been the best player in the world. Sure, he has best aim, and gamesense, clutching, etc. but he cant work with any team properly, or have even decent teamplay. Those are the things that zywoo can do.
2020-12-23 19:05
7 replies
Meanehile s1mple had the most flash assists in katowice. "He iS nOt a TeAmPlAYeR" Lmaoo
2020-12-23 22:45
6 replies
haters will always find some stupid reason to hate s1mple. "He DidnT waNt tO flASh hE juSt baiTeD".
2020-12-23 22:49
4 replies
#233
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Europe Niko0
Nah, i dont hate s1mple at all. I just think that considering overall performance, zywhoo is just better. But if we think just raw aim and gamesense, s1mple wins.
2020-12-23 23:18
3 replies
S1mple can't even beat XANTARES in raw aim atm...
2020-12-24 10:48
2 replies
#323
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Europe Niko0
Y he can. Xantares has sick hs's but inconsistent.
2020-12-24 14:50
1 reply
He did get beat on a aim map recently and lost a 1000$ bet in the process so ...
2020-12-25 15:20
#232
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Europe Niko0
I dont mean it like that. He is still a pro player, of course he flashes for his teammates...
2020-12-23 23:17
french centric team sorry
2020-12-23 19:12
Surprising that Vitality is willing to go international just for ZywOo. Then again, they have a ton of money to work with.
2020-12-23 18:41
11 replies
Weird move, why ruin a team that's working fine? And Zywoo doesn't even English
2020-12-23 18:48
10 replies
#33
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France Uexo
everyone can speak or learn english for job in 2020, jackz is the example, and the international route is if that doesn't "work fine" with the french route
2020-12-23 18:50
1 reply
the thing is that jackZ played with hunter and nexa who are the reason why G2 was # 1 back in June. Its not like his english was something good or made any difference. Nexa even said that KennyS used to give info in french from across the map to JackZ cuz he couldnt understand it in english(Nexa says info in english and kennys repeats it in french so jackz can understand)...That was one of the reasons why jackz was kicked, cuz his english is not good enough for communication in the team.
2020-12-23 23:01
dude fucking read, they were willing to go international when alex left not now and they're talking about the future when the old guys can't play anymore
2020-12-23 18:55
holy fuck it's like 90% of fucking hltv is just a copy of you, they just comment to say shit without even reading
2020-12-23 18:54
5 replies
because the article is too long
2020-12-23 19:00
4 replies
It's not
2020-12-23 19:14
"too long" what the fuck dude, takes a few minutes to read, how is that long?
2020-12-23 19:53
2 replies
i wanted to be one of the first comments
2020-12-23 19:53
1 reply
Fair enough
2020-12-23 22:00
#292
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Austria arngnr
what do you mean "ruin a team"? He said they would go international if necessary, but it's not something they necessarily want
2020-12-24 11:32
Then why didn't they signed me?
2020-12-23 18:43
1 reply
#81
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Serbia LtN))
Neymar?
2020-12-23 19:23
#26
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Germany I_car
Great interview from Lucas
2020-12-23 18:43
#28
ropz | 
France Naiizo
RpK said yesterday that’s he’s never felt better recently, csgo wise. Tank is not reading to give his slot to a promising rookie if they find one.
2020-12-23 18:46
4 replies
#36
B1T | 
Europe Gigska
Is someone will asked him))
2020-12-23 18:53
#73
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
link pls ?
2020-12-23 19:16
1 reply
#76
ropz | 
France Naiizo
he did an ama yesterday on instagram, unfortunately i don't think its still available
2020-12-23 19:18
RpK is only 30 I guess? If he keeps his motivation I dont see why not still playing on top level
2020-12-23 22:31
But you failed. You didn't sign S1mple
2020-12-23 18:47
10 replies
Zywoo >> s0mple
2020-12-23 18:55
6 replies
s1mple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> z2wh0
2020-12-23 19:58
5 replies
keep on baiting until zywoo gets another #1 and botp0mple cries at #2 even after baiting his whole team
2020-12-23 21:42
4 replies
At least both of them are better than niko. I guess i should change flair. These niko fans are getting too toxic.
2020-12-23 22:47
2 replies
stfu plastic fanboi. Atleast NiKo doesnt baits nor he abuses the awp still he is one of the best.
2020-12-24 10:51
1 reply
U r proving my point. Lol
2020-12-24 11:17
+1
2020-12-24 10:50
S1mple is not ZywOo's generation, he is talking about youngsters with no experience but massive potential. S1mple has been around since the beginning of GO.
2020-12-23 19:51
2 replies
And? He is 22 zywho 19 for sure same generation
2020-12-23 20:21
1 reply
23*
2020-12-23 22:48
#34
B1T | 
Europe Gigska
Ok. Disband when?
2020-12-23 18:53
4 replies
#154
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France Vipair
When navi wins a major
2020-12-23 20:36
3 replies
lol you rekt him
2020-12-23 21:43
1 reply
#192
B1T | 
Europe Gigska
Ahahah nt altforsaken) Forsaken>>>>zywh00
2020-12-23 22:10
#191
B1T | 
Europe Gigska
After fatality disband
2020-12-23 22:08
Best CEO for his vision ? Honestly this org keeps impressing me.
2020-12-23 18:56
2 replies
+1
2020-12-24 10:50
+1
2020-12-24 12:28
Can't understand why don't Navi do the same around s1mple? Why is he stuck with the bot flamie and useless boombl4?
2020-12-23 18:57
7 replies
#62
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France cedd
I get the feeling Navi org is less professional and let the players do more what they want rather than have a lot of structure like Vitality does. But that being said, I can't really think of any team that is doing so much structure as Vitality (maybe astralis? idk). Vitality's csgo manager is an olympic athlete and coach so they are really doing everything to set them up for success
2020-12-23 19:07
1 reply
what the fuck, what the fuck your retarded comment..
2020-12-23 23:10
#86
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Serbia LtN))
because NaVi is real professional org
2020-12-23 19:26
2 replies
Clown fiesta :3
2020-12-23 19:56
lmao 0/8
2020-12-23 21:44
Because he is the problem ? They have been trying to do the same with him for years now , but they can't because he isn't a team player.
2020-12-24 10:52
1 reply
+1
2020-12-24 15:14
Fabien “Neo” Devide bro change your name asap
2020-12-23 18:58
1 reply
Fallen Neo Device
2020-12-23 19:57
"Instinctive players" = Brazilians, game full of emotion, 0 strats. "mechanical gods" = Astralis' Robots, game full of strats, 0 emotions. It isn't trading barbs if it's true
2020-12-23 18:58
7 replies
ok but denmark 4 majors brazil 0
2020-12-23 19:14
6 replies
#152
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy
actually brazil 2, dont u remember?
2020-12-23 20:34
3 replies
2016 never happened
2020-12-23 21:36
2 replies
"Trust me bro"
2020-12-23 22:49
1 reply
yes
2020-12-23 23:15
EU memory. LUL
2020-12-23 23:24
1 reply
2020-12-23 23:28
lol best player is device, 4x major winner vs big major loser
2020-12-23 18:59
6 replies
#92
JoJo | 
France Kaaai
At 20 device was known as an elite choker lmao
2020-12-23 19:36
1 reply
Yeah true but still he holds 4 majors in 25. Hope zywoo gets at least 1.
2020-12-23 19:53
device lost 9 majors before winning his first, ZywOo has time ;)
2020-12-23 19:48
3 replies
And how do you “reach” that “conclusion” ?
2020-12-24 10:41
2 replies
1 reply
By that (naive and ignorant) “Logic”, Zywoo already “lost” 6 .... LOL
2020-12-24 20:58
Unexpected from neo to go and manage Vitality
2020-12-23 19:00
Imagine calling RPK, Shox and Apex players of Zywoo's generation LUL
2020-12-23 19:01
5 replies
You didn't even read the article.
2020-12-23 19:03
3 replies
#77
apEX | 
France Rieppp
+1
2020-12-23 19:19
+1
2020-12-23 21:51
#293
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Austria arngnr
+1
2020-12-24 11:33
+11
2020-12-23 19:10
Vitality, best team :) <3
2020-12-23 19:04
2 replies
flair checks out
2020-12-23 19:04
1 reply
flair , name checks out
2020-12-23 21:45
zywh0 signed 4 years of contract only because the chairman assured him he will be allowed to bait players of his generation as well.
2020-12-23 19:04
9 replies
Flair, flag, name. Mad cuz g0d s0mple will take theb2nd place again? Oh nooooo :(((((
2020-12-23 19:43
2 replies
+1 worst fan
2020-12-23 19:58
People can choose by themselves. Or do you need hltv to think for you.
2020-12-23 20:19
somple fan talking about baiting. lmfao
2020-12-23 21:46
4 replies
ch0k0 fan talking about baiting. ch0k0 destroyed a whole team and kicked the IGL bcz he didn't want him to keep baiting and play for the team LOLOL
2020-12-23 22:19
1 reply
s1mple has been doing the same since 2017 so... At least there seemed to be a better atmosphere in FaZe for most of NiKo's stint there...
2020-12-24 10:54
zywoo baiter lol s1mple entry
2020-12-23 22:46
1 reply
+1
2020-12-25 15:24
+1
2020-12-23 22:45
Zywoo uncomfortable with new tier-2 awper shox, rpk retire soon. who will relpace -shox -rpk -nivera + 3 young riflers
2020-12-23 19:05
12 replies
#63
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France cedd
wtf are you smoking
2020-12-23 19:07
10 replies
Nivera is overrated
2020-12-23 20:05
9 replies
-nivera +twistzz if he know french
2020-12-23 20:09
+111
2020-12-23 20:16
#151
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France FanchD
Don't think so
2020-12-23 20:32
Yeah he is, he has no rights to T snipe above ZywOo. If they wanted ZywOo to go full hybrid, they should have signed Maka. But then again, why deprive yourself of such an awping talent, even if he is exceptional with rifles too. That just doesn't make sense, same as when NaVi tried to hire back Guardian to put s1mple back on rifles... Just not worth it
2020-12-24 10:57
3 replies
#295
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Austria arngnr
There's probably a reason why you ain't managing a team
2020-12-24 11:35
2 replies
Yeah, we sure saw how well it went with NaVi, and there are already rumored complaints in the french insider scene about zywoo not liking this switch but hey some randm wursteater on hltv probably knows best because he has a Vitality flair lmao
2020-12-25 15:17
1 reply
#379
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Austria arngnr
I thought you were talking about yourself for a second there
2021-01-01 17:19
#294
 | 
Austria arngnr
Imagine saying someone is overrated without even providing arguments. Vitality have won 90% of matches when he played, and he was pretty much always performing
2020-12-24 11:35
1 reply
5+1 changing player in one matches = 90% winrate try nivera nivera stay forever will be shit
2020-12-27 10:50
#125
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Czech Republic forseti12
rofl
2020-12-23 20:03
just sign bodyy already
2020-12-23 19:12
5 replies
-n0vera -misutaa +smithzz +bodyy
2020-12-23 19:24
2 replies
axaxa nt flusher
2020-12-23 19:35
yo les noobs
2020-12-23 19:36
Body been dogshit in 2020 he is for sure not t1 material anymore
2020-12-23 19:38
1 reply
hltv.org/stats/players/8374/bodyy?startD.. wtf fucking trash flair checks out retard
2020-12-23 21:36
#70
RpK | 
Turkey MrAycan
nice interview
2020-12-23 19:14
oof so they gonna have to kick all the frogs other than zywoo then
2020-12-23 19:16
4 replies
#156
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy
misutaa is gonna stay 100%, he might be top 5 next year, definitely top10, if vitality keeps up the good form. And it's too early to tell with nivera, but he looks very promising as well.
2020-12-23 20:40
3 replies
He okay but I really doubt he be top 20 let alone top 5
2020-12-23 20:43
#243
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France Yougz
Misutaaa won't be top20 Nivera has a better chance imo But Misutaaa is progressing at every tournament if he starts to be consistent with some big match like he did against Astralis he might reach it in 2 or 3 years He's only 17 yo and he as the aim to do it
2020-12-24 00:45
No way he is top 20 next year but he has shown potential recently for sure
2020-12-24 10:58
#75
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Montenegro IzAlaN
simple's wet dream
2020-12-23 19:18
#78
 | 
Brazil finexys_
vitality can change it's name to "ZywOo and co."
2020-12-23 19:20
#84
 | 
Serbia LtN))
Vitality is not built around Zywoo they said
2020-12-23 19:24
5 replies
#100
JoJo | 
France Kaaai
Being the face of a team doesn't necessary mean you will bait the other players but given your flair I can understand why you think so lmao
2020-12-23 19:41
4 replies
+1 LOL
2020-12-23 19:42
If you play with bots you have to bait them.
2020-12-23 20:18
2 replies
#140
JoJo | 
France Kaaai
Or maybe they just can never play at their best level because they are baited? shox, rpk and apex were also bots under ALEX's lead and now they are surprisingly stepping up. I really wonder why.
2020-12-23 20:22
1 reply
Nope If you don't want bots in Navi you need other players. Flamie bot Boombl bot. Perfecto is support he is used to be baited. And electronic can shine if he is in form. So it is their own fault when they need S1mple to win.
2020-12-23 20:29
#87
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Canada firtlast
so why isn’t DEVIL in vitality????? checkmate
2020-12-23 19:28
#88
 | 
Chile esanchez47
ZywOo s1mple gla1ve device NiKo
2020-12-23 19:30
8 replies
best team in the world right here
2020-12-23 19:53
Best possible lineup in the world.
2020-12-23 19:54
4 replies
Yeah, because screw roles, Neo wants to give him the best players? there you have lol
2020-12-23 20:27
3 replies
I actually think they could do really well by the role-part as well with these players :)
2020-12-23 21:56
1 reply
Just like Faze did :)
2020-12-23 22:52
When you have so much firepower you don't even need roles LOL I'd put ropz or EliGE there instead of device. Or even dupreeh, to have a team that's not full of awpers.
2020-12-24 11:00
#296
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Austria arngnr
Niko destroys every team he's on, s1mple toxic and baiting, 3.5 awpers. nah
2020-12-24 11:37
This is like the superteam you assemble to fight against Thanos imo. . .
2020-12-24 14:02
vita really gonna be signing floppy, pogu
2020-12-23 19:39
"I hope the organizers will be ready because there's going to be a ton of baguettes in their city.” Nice to see he also keeps up with the banter :D
2020-12-23 19:47
Difference between saying that to ZywOo and saying it to S1mple S1mple - Ok the Team is playing for me ZywOo - Ok the Team is playing with me
2020-12-23 20:00
6 replies
S1mple - Ok the Team is playing with me* ZywOo - Ok the Team is playing for me*
2020-12-23 20:15
3 replies
+1
2020-12-23 22:40
+1
2020-12-23 22:52
+1
2020-12-25 15:23
Flair checks out
2020-12-23 20:16
haha the article says the opposite nt
2020-12-23 22:40
vitality top 1 org pog
2020-12-23 19:52
2 replies
Haha, no. They struggle on lol, average on rainbow six, good roster on rocket league but that's all. Without Zywoo, Vitality csgo is nowhere...
2020-12-23 20:09
1 reply
not that relying on zywoo is a bad thing though, many orgs usually rely on their star player, like SK with coldzera for instance
2020-12-24 02:00
#121
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Brazil arunino
top2 player (s1mple top1)
2020-12-23 19:58
1 reply
+1
2020-12-25 15:23
I dont think french scene would never run out of talent. French scene always has talent but most of them fails because they want a quick process thats why so many roster changes within 6 months. Zywoo Misutaa Nivera Apex Amanek Probably the best roster in 2 years
2020-12-23 20:05
7 replies
Nivera not french ;)
2020-12-23 20:22
6 replies
#143
JoJo | 
France Kaaai
French scene=french speaking scene
2020-12-23 20:25
5 replies
so uk has 95% of the scene
2020-12-23 21:43
1 reply
98* Clearly the best scene! go UK!
2020-12-23 21:57
no jhabit a Anvers mais je travailles a Bruxelles et je parles francais mais je suis Belge ;) et Nivera aussie tu comprends mon baguette?
2020-12-23 21:59
2 replies
#198
JoJo | 
France Kaaai
google translate or retardered?
2020-12-23 22:21
1 reply
#244
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France Yougz
Lmao
2020-12-24 00:49
Second best*
2020-12-23 20:14
Zywoo got robbed, he just need to make it yearly contract. That way he can bid for more $$ if they want to renew it. Only sign long term contract when you foresee that you and your team became wash up. Like old vp, ez money.
2020-12-23 20:17
2 replies
I agree. 4 years is ridiculous. It would even be interesting for Vita so if he drops in performance ( which I don't believe ), they can renegotiate. But he is such a prodigy that they need to.secure him or tons of offers will be thrown at him non stop
2020-12-24 11:05
Idk... Neo said that ZywOo took 6 months to negociate on the terms of the contract, so I think he had plenty of times to secure a good contract knowing he was also #1 hltv 2020 I think he also should earn additional bonuses like image rights and tons of things we might not have heard of
2020-12-24 22:53
#141
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Hungary raffai
Rip old team?
2020-12-23 20:22
disband inc?
2020-12-23 20:29
#149
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
ZywOo is no doubt the best player in the world atm., this was great idea from Vitality to build a roster around him.
2020-12-23 20:29
17 replies
0/8 second best
2020-12-23 22:37
9 replies
#237
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
No one is better than him atm.
2020-12-23 23:58
8 replies
0/8
2020-12-25 15:24
7 replies
#366
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Yeah man you got me, ofc. shox is better atm.
2020-12-25 17:39
6 replies
s1mple is the best player in the world and no one is better than him.
2020-12-25 21:28
5 replies
#369
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
He is one of the best, but shox is playing in a better team, and he is one of the best aswell, so shox is better for me.
2020-12-26 00:00
4 replies
shox better than s1mple? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
2020-12-26 00:18
3 replies
#374
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Idk. what's funny, they are both the gods of the game, absolute TOP tier, but shox plays for a better team, so he is better.
2020-12-27 14:29
2 replies
no he is not
2020-12-27 17:44
1 reply
#378
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Yes he is.
2020-12-28 11:48
Flair doesnt check out
2020-12-23 22:53
5 replies
#238
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Even tho I would prefer s1mple as no.1 ZywOo is just better.
2020-12-23 23:58
4 replies
Nah zywio isn't better. U will see. Wait for hltv rankings.
2020-12-24 04:19
3 replies
#348
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
HLTV rankings doesn't mean to much for me.
2020-12-24 23:22
2 replies
Well hltv is the only objective way to look at player's performances. U can have subjective opinions for sure!!
2020-12-24 23:40
1 reply
#351
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Stats don't always tell the whole truth.
2020-12-25 12:52
+1
2020-12-24 11:05
Xi Wu back2back
2020-12-23 20:47
#159
 | 
Brazil cadik
Xi Wu >>>>>> s0mple
2020-12-23 21:00
3 replies
#180
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Brazil arunino
cadik = idiot
2020-12-23 21:50
1 reply
+1
2020-12-23 22:37
-1
2020-12-23 22:37
#160
 | 
Brazil wololo10
Did he fall for that? 🤡
2020-12-23 21:01
Zywoo is an insane talent but it remains a team game look at NaVi they have s1mple he is always performing but still the team doesnt work and wont win a major
2020-12-23 21:09
1 reply
Yes because ZywOo plays for the team, not himself. That's why s0mple can't manage it despite having great players around him and a great coach.
2020-12-24 11:07
all of this just for him to drop out of top 20 next year just like what happened to Coldzera or Olof lol
2020-12-23 21:13
Very good interview, him and xtqzz are really smart They brought ethic and hardwork into the french scene, a first
2020-12-23 21:38
great interview
2020-12-23 21:50
and every zywoo`s fans say that vitality doesnt play for him XD AHAHAHAHHA
2020-12-23 21:55
12 replies
HAHAHHAA
2020-12-23 22:36
ingame it's way more balanced now that Alex is gone
2020-12-24 00:13
9 replies
cuz shox is better than alex
2020-12-24 01:17
8 replies
Because ALEX had no clue how to use shox. He is overrated AF as a IGLer. apEX, on the opposite, is the definiton of a teamplayer and is doing everything to make his mates and Vitality shine.
2020-12-24 11:11
7 replies
alex>>>>apex LOL apex is bad igl and bad player
2020-12-24 11:29
6 replies
bad IGL, still top 1-2 for the whole year How about boombl4 and his "lets enter site 20 sec before the end of the round"
2020-12-24 13:30
4 replies
top 1-2 whole year? what? he is not even in top 5 igl lol
2020-12-24 15:37
3 replies
i meant the team ranking he brought the team to the top, with a new role and misutaa who had 0 xp of the pro scene...he did pretty well He's no glaive for sure. Still very good for a first year (and not even a full year) as an IGL
2020-12-24 15:39
2 replies
vitality was good in 2020 cuz online era saved them, it is not cuz apex is good igl
2020-12-24 16:45
1 reply
the online era excuse worked for early 2020 everybody is on the same level for months, and got used to it. You can't always blame online when teams perform well
2020-12-24 17:13
Yet he did better than ALEX in his 1st year ...
2020-12-25 15:15
+1 hahah zywh0 exposed once again
2020-12-25 15:25
there exists only one Neo, and he is from Poland the god of CS
2020-12-23 22:00
1 reply
goat neo +1
2020-12-24 15:39
go for s1mple PLS
2020-12-23 22:14
Bye RPK, aPEX and shox
2020-12-23 22:15
another navi?
2020-12-23 22:32
From 1 year to another vitality turned into navi xD
2020-12-23 22:41
-zywoo +god kennys ez
2020-12-23 23:17
3 replies
Kenny can't even hold NiKo's jockstrap awpingwise at the moment. Let alone top tier awpers like ZywOo
2020-12-24 11:12
2 replies
just kidding lol
2020-12-24 14:24
1 reply
LOL
2020-12-25 15:19
and the french shuffle begins again
2020-12-23 23:41
Give him top 1 kid deserves it honestly he just has natural talent of winning he is a true champion and only improving his knowledge and identity. When s1mple was his age he was banned in ESL for cheating so this is really just Zyw0o start now, s1mple had years to shine already, there is new king in town.
2020-12-24 00:05
1 reply
100% correct. Also happens to be born on the day CS was released. He is the Chosen ONE.
2020-12-24 11:13
#240
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United States Festive_
great article. this CEO seems very sensible and Vitality comes off as a fantastic org with reasonable but high expectations.
2020-12-24 00:08
4 replies
Yeah, I got the same vibe from the interview. I'm also surprised how humble and nice guy ZywOo seems to be. He's truly a teamplayer, and that's the sole reason why Vitality is achieving something unlike Na'Vi.
2020-12-24 00:35
3 replies
#247
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United States Festive_
i agree except i wouldn’t say sole reason. i just think the entire vitality system is better with their coach, igl, and better support players.
2020-12-24 01:28
2 replies
Because they don't have a prima donna that won't allow them to do so... But yeah Vitality, as a structure, are great from a(peX?) to Z(ywOo)
2020-12-24 11:14
1 reply
#342
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United States Festive_
nice one mens
2020-12-24 18:14
probably the best org in the world as of today
2020-12-24 01:58
2 replies
That would be Natus Vincere
2020-12-25 15:26
1 reply
yeah, when navi gets to highlight s1mple all over ukraine and cis it will be for sure
2020-12-25 15:37
#250
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Indonesia FinZzz
This thread has triggered so many s1mple fanboys its unreal. Probably just salty cause Vitality are doing smart moves unlike Navi.
2020-12-24 02:00
#251
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Finland 0lter
Wtf dude that sounds creepy af tbh
2020-12-24 03:16
2 replies
how?
2020-12-24 13:30
1 reply
#315
akez | 
Finland 0lter
They want him playing for years with people that will change through time like that just sounds creepy. Imagine saying to GTR we want you to play with cycle of players like wtf no he play with forest and friberg bruh
2020-12-24 13:34
Ez Zywoo TOP 1 2020
2020-12-24 04:58
2 replies
Obviously
2020-12-25 15:22
0/8
2020-12-25 15:26
#254
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African Union Zawwy
tl:dr guys please.
2020-12-24 04:59
wtf is this brother........... what if let's say EXAMPLE.. ZYWOO no longer top 1, does vitality still wanna careate a team around ZYWOO to be top 1? LOL
2020-12-24 05:15
3 replies
#276
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
They will because zywoo is the face of vitality like s1mple is for navi.
2020-12-24 11:04
2 replies
but ok let's say... im not trying to say bad things.. like.. if zywoo is no longer the best player in the team.. its not good for vitality to create a team around him no? this is only if zywoo is no longer the best player we see he is now
2020-12-24 11:48
1 reply
#318
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
zywoo haven't even peaked yet. this is his second year in top scene.s1mple peaked in his 3-4th year and still doing well on his 5th year on top scene. unlike many top players of the past like coldzera or olod or gtr or even s1mple to an extent, zywoo proved in his first year that he don't need fragging teammates to be the best player. unless zywoo gets olof type injury or so, zywoo will be best player in the coming 2-3years minimum.
2020-12-24 13:56
RIP Vitality relying on zywoo to carry them
2020-12-24 06:30
Bro, Vitality could be the best org out there after Astralis (i say that because Astralis build around constant 5 anyway) the way they treat after i've read this, props. Well done Vitality.. Supporter from now on
2020-12-24 07:05
So..., Where are they? I mean, the rest of the best players in the world... Unless you are talking about obnoxious apex and that ugly guy that made the team this year... Lmfao
2020-12-24 10:18
#261
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France heiwa
"gne gne gne simpeul iz béteur" Get a life guys...
2020-12-24 10:26
How many Neo's are there?
2020-12-24 11:06
#290
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Austria arngnr
lol look at the comments on the 2017 article: hltv.org/news/20560/one-for-the-future-z..
2020-12-24 11:26
‘I think you guys are spoiled, you have way too much control, and I think that's the reason you're not succeeding.’ This guy understood everything. You can feel how Vitality's players are "only" players and focus on the game instead of deciding on line-up changes, calendar, relationships and such. He created a real profesional environment, made smart choices in tough times and created respect between the players, the staff and the management. I'm really impressed with his vision and achievements so far. Well done
2020-12-24 12:22
1 reply
Yeah, definitely one of the most professional organizations out there.
2020-12-24 13:55
whitout a real good IGL it's way harder and a good support player is important aswell
2020-12-24 12:37
looking forward to it
2020-12-24 12:59
#309
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Bulgaria FAVORITE!
hehe
2020-12-24 13:11
Don't make a team around 1 person, if he suddenly have an off day, you dun goofed.
2020-12-24 14:07
1 reply
he talks about making a team and rise talents around 1 person like he's the frontman of the new generation Not speaking ingame
2020-12-24 14:12
#326
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Argentina XaiDN
Good article
2020-12-24 15:25
This interview shows how well Vitality plans and works. And the key of their success starts with this: "I told apEX that I didn't believe in the old guys, in his generation, I said, ‘I think you guys are spoiled, you have way too much control, and I think that's the reason you're not succeeding.’" I think they are the only club close to Astralis in terms of professionalism at the moment, and if their current 6-man roster system keeps working so well or even improves by adding more depth, which should happen naturally I believe, they can surpass Astralis in the long term.
2020-12-24 17:07
1 reply
+1 Only scared by their age... shox is 28, apEX is 27, RpK 31. How do you replace anyone of them without going international? Hadji at best on the French scene...
2021-01-01 17:24
"Fabien “Neo” Devide" There's only one and only NEO
2020-12-24 17:57
Hold up vitality is signing s1mple? Pog
2020-12-24 18:22
1 reply
#365
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North America AlanSmith
no this thread is about the best player of 2019 and 2020 - Mr GodwOo
2020-12-25 16:14
#344
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Sweden Nappev
although NBK- was doubting whether he wanted to play in another French project because he was tired of replacements, getting benched, and having ego wars all of the time. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2020-12-24 18:34
lol? "WE WANTED TO CREATE A CYCLE AROUND HIM AND SIGN THE BEST PLAYERS OF HIS GENERATION" Bollocks. If you go international yes, but if you stay within the French-Belgian scene then you straight up lied to ZywOo.
2020-12-27 17:30
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