Stewie2K about LAN return: "I'm looking forward to the screaming and the shouting"

Liquid players spoke to members of the media during a pre-event press conference on Monday, with the main talking point being IEM Cologne's LAN aspect.

Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip, who was reinstated as the in-game leader of the team in May, talked about what excites him about IEM Cologne, saying that he is "looking forward to the screaming and the shouting" in the tournament area.

"I think that is an aspect that we are bringing back here at this LAN, where we are going to be in the same room, we are on the same playing field, it is not on the internet, it is LAN," the 23-year-old, known for his animated reactions, explained.

Stewie2K's excited about being able to trash talk again

Despite the event feeling "more like a group stage", Stewie2K is looking forward to "being able to talk trash to the other team, celebrating as a team in the same room, and having the same competitive environment".

Following up on his teammate's answer, Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski added that games at IEM Cologne will have a higher meaning than those that were played online over the course of the last year and a half. "When you think back in a year or two from now, you are not going to remember that you won an online tournament, but you are going to remember the one that you won on LAN," he says, reminiscing of Liquid's strong run in from a couple of years back.

"When you do well at a LAN — as we did in 2019 —, the wins we had, you remember everything. The days you had, what you were feeling, all these little things - you don't have any of that when you win online. That is what I'm looking forward to."

When asked what they expect from Gambit, the world's best team with whom they could cross paths early in the tournament, Liquid members were confident that Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov and co. would do well under the conditions at hand. EliGE explained that it might've been different if the tournament was held in an arena filled with a crowd, as that introduces "a lot of different dynamics".

Arena events are needed to truly test Gambit, EliGE thinks

"Some of the things Astralis used to do back in the day [on LAN], for example, you can't do a clutch the same way you can online," EliGE says, bringing up Casper "⁠cadiaN⁠" Møller's 1v4 in the grand final of ESL Pro League S13 as an example of something that would never happen at a LAN with the crowd, who would give away the surprise.

"And there are a lot of rounds like that, you can't play clutches the same way that you do online. Xyp9x was super aware of that, Astralis as a team was really aware of that, they are throwing flashes just to see if the stage makes noise. They are in a 4v1, throw a flash at one side of the map, the whole stage rumbles, you figure out where he is. There is a lot of different things you have to adjust to and recognize in your gameplay." The 23-year-old concluded that it is going to take that kind of an event to see if Gambit can adjust, but a studio tournament such as IEM Cologne shouldn't be an issue for the Russians.

Quizzed by the press, the North American team revealed they did a "little pre-bootcamp" before IEM Cologne, spending about 10 days in total preparing on European soil, but don't feel a lot of pressure or see themselves as the favorites for the title.

"If we are coming into this expecting to win, I think that is kinda crazy, we don't have the resume in the past couple of months to have that type of an expectation. Gambit and NAVI should be coming here expecting to win," EliGE said when asked whether Liquid feel like they have to finish the season with a strong result.

"Any other team that isn't top-5 shouldn't have the expectations that they are going to win unless they just want to blow up after the tournament," the rifler expanded, adding that despite modest expectations, Liquid have the desire to do "super well".

Even if the worst happens and Liquid bow out early, EliGE is confident in the roster and doesn't expect changes in the offseason. "I think we have the best pieces we can get right now for our team and I think it can have long-term success."


Liquid, currently ranked No. 15 in the world, start the tournament on Thursday at 13:30 , when they will face fifth-ranked Ninjas in Pyjamas who stormed through the Play-In earlier in the week. Depending on the results of the initial matches, Stewie2K and co. will face either MOUZ or Gambit in their second game at IEM Cologne.

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1459
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
724
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
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Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1318
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1395
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
#1
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Poland Cryzilian
out in groups.
2021-07-08 12:18
20 replies
#3
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Austria Ostmark
+1
2021-07-08 12:18
14 replies
i disagree, they'll crush NIP for sure
2021-07-08 12:18
13 replies
-1
2021-07-08 12:20
#16
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Europe Cyclxps
No chance.
2021-07-08 12:22
3 replies
why would you say no chance when this exists? gyazo.com/e273fb6468c2a252db1c01b534cdd4.. legit they can see how each other play, but they've technically never played each other...
2021-07-08 12:27
2 replies
#56
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Germany StormzN9
Liquid kinda has a surprise factor because they didn't play officials for 6 weeks.
2021-07-08 13:00
#130
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Europe Cyclxps
Because it is LN EZ
2021-07-09 16:47
+1
2021-07-08 12:25
device gets a +70% boost in performance against liquid, ez4NIP
2021-07-08 12:27
i'd say they have a fair chance but i still see NiP as slight favorites
2021-07-08 12:28
+1
2021-07-08 12:43
+1
2021-07-08 15:08
Xaxaxaxaxa
2021-07-08 16:40
as much as i fucking hate NIP, this aged well XD
2021-07-08 20:20
#126
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Sweden MiniRezzi
16-2
2021-07-09 01:34
+1
2021-07-08 12:36
-1
2021-07-08 13:11
like Poland in euro
2021-07-08 14:07
+1
2021-07-08 16:28
#110
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Singapore FallBlade
+1
2021-07-08 17:29
will be fun
2021-07-08 12:18
4 replies
don't mind me just stealing higher spot :) "When you think back in a year or two from now, you are not going to remember that you won an online tournament" ofc you can't remember one if you haven't won one... excluding small NA only events
2021-07-08 12:37
#63
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New Zealand SWARN151
+1 Those are quite controversial opinions from Elige, and I definitely don't agree with a few points, though I respect and understand his point of view. Stewie's LAN hype and trashtalking is also definitely a cherished classic xD. It would be a treat to get to watch them play on LAN for the first time since Katowice 2020. All the best <3
2021-07-08 13:10
1 reply
+1
2021-07-08 13:21
Smooya is waiting to do his girly roar hahahaha
2021-07-08 17:50
Gl man
2021-07-08 12:18
NA back to tier 3 OR valulrant
2021-07-08 12:19
inb4 0-64 and back to NA axaxaxaxax
2021-07-08 12:19
i hope liquid do well, i like the roster a lot
2021-07-08 12:20
everyone loves some stewie banter
2021-07-08 12:20
why hate him, screaming and shouting is a great wat do demoralize your opponents and fuck up their vibe, increase your winning chances
2021-07-08 12:23
2 replies
worked great for Immortals in major final XDDDDD
2021-07-08 12:24
1 reply
im kidding mens xd
2021-07-08 13:18
GL liquid
2021-07-08 12:25
but are you ready to wake up at 10am, woo2k?
2021-07-08 12:25
#22
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United States Rayduh
MAJOR WINNER
2021-07-08 12:26
You should also look forward to play better besides shouting and screaming
2021-07-08 12:26
#24
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Czech Republic Hap0vecXD
GOAT OF TRASHTALKING
2021-07-08 12:26
5 replies
AND TRASHPLAYING
2021-07-08 12:30
3 replies
steward trashtalking is one of the best things "cold you're easy target!" *gets dominated by cold in that game* XD
2021-07-08 12:35
2 replies
xd
2021-07-08 12:34
#42
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Czech Republic Hap0vecXD
yeah xD
2021-07-08 12:36
you mean whining
2021-07-08 13:42
enjoy screaming and shouting for 4 maps
2021-07-08 12:27
1 reply
*5
2021-07-08 15:11
threads about stewie yelling are gonna make a sweet return
2021-07-08 12:28
Stewie2K moves to VALORANT September 2021
2021-07-08 12:31
4 replies
he will probably get kicked
2021-07-08 12:34
remember this comment mens
2021-07-08 13:23
lol, surely when he fails again...
2021-07-08 16:34
+1
2021-07-08 23:20
Stewie going to jump up on the desk after he survives a pistol round with 0 impact :)
2021-07-08 12:31
1 reply
+ lol
2021-07-08 13:23
"When you think back in a year or two from now, you are not going to remember that you won an online tournament" ofc you can't remember one if you haven't won one... excluding small NA only events
2021-07-08 12:38
LMAO STEW LIVING RENT FREE IN THESE HATERS' HEADS
2021-07-08 12:33
bot should retire years ago now they have fallen x times better
2021-07-08 12:34
0.81 rating incoming
2021-07-08 12:36
1 reply
0.71 :DD
2021-07-08 17:51
Let's go Stewie let's go Liquid!
2021-07-08 12:38
looking forward to losing to nip aswell
2021-07-08 12:41
"stewie excited to trash talk again" LUL
2021-07-08 12:44
And there are a lot of rounds like that, you can't play clutches the same way that you do online. Xyp9x was super aware of that, Astralis as a team was really aware of that, they are throwing flashes just to see if the stage makes noise. They are in a 4v1, throw a flash at one side of the map, the whole stage rumbles, you figure out where he is. Ahhaha crowd cheating explained
2021-07-08 12:45
#51
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Other Bactuga
One thing that will change mostly about lan/online will be saving guns, i doubt Gambit and other teams will save as much as they do when theres like 1 minute left with 5k people watching in front of them
2021-07-08 12:49
#52
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France cedd
and im looking forward to liquid choking again
2021-07-08 12:52
#53
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Russia Nolo
Nobody cares about Bot Stewie lol... Only NAF and Elige are not mediocre, the rest of the team is trash
2021-07-08 12:52
1 reply
Bot Stewie? lol
2021-07-08 13:21
#54
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Netherlands Novak1991
Looking forward to him screaming: 'Sit the fuck down!' when he makes first kill in round 8. Stewie so good at mental warfare
2021-07-08 12:54
0.75 rating stewie10am lets go
2021-07-08 12:57
Like A monkey that he is
2021-07-08 13:02
1 reply
wtf??
2021-07-08 13:49
#58
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Sweden frizzahh
” hey Cold how mad are you right now? ”
2021-07-08 13:06
lets go liquid
2021-07-08 13:07
"Sit the fuck down"
2021-07-08 13:08
remember all these threads like «bot2k stop screaming!!!!» good ol' times
2021-07-08 13:08
Funny, no one else is looking forward to your obnoxious screaming and shouting. Groupstage exit again for the American "powerhouse".
2021-07-08 13:09
3 replies
#90
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United States urm@m
u sure?
2021-07-08 15:08
2 replies
Considering an almost 14-9 throw and then getting trashed on the following maps, yes. Liquid is equal to barely a Tier 2 EU team and Stewie is just plain bad. :)
2021-07-08 19:02
1 reply
#118
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United States urm@m
u sure?
2021-07-08 19:21
#66
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Asia Drag0nJ
Noob
2021-07-08 13:19
#67
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Ukraine d3adLY
only things he can do xd
2021-07-08 13:19
who will scream for him XD
2021-07-08 13:21
#73
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Slovenia Rheniel
10 am
2021-07-08 13:24
#74
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Serbia livefour
Trash talking is much more effective if you are good, which he aint.
2021-07-08 13:31
Bot2k can only trash talk
2021-07-08 13:49
Lan2k is back Finally all the onliners will be revealed
2021-07-08 14:05
he's looking for screaming but not winning LMAO TYPICAL STEW2K
2021-07-08 14:06
SIT THE FUCK DOWN
2021-07-08 14:08
Maybe get kills first, big Stew <3.
2021-07-08 14:29
Stewie2k the most punchableface in the scene
2021-07-08 14:42
3 replies
-1
2021-07-08 14:45
#89
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United States urm@m
HAMPUS FLAIR LOOOOL
2021-07-08 15:07
1 reply
ofc he is the best all-around player right now
2021-07-08 15:48
#86
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Greece wazerr
lmao
2021-07-08 14:42
Is he looking forward to sitting quiet too? This is the real question
2021-07-08 14:47
I cant wait for the crowd shouting again
2021-07-08 15:13
Except this LAN has no crowd?
2021-07-08 15:39
#96
STYKO | 
Germany _PH1L
That’s just u guys stew!
2021-07-08 16:04
#97
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Denmark Faenex
STEWIE10AM with his 10iq opinion kkkkkkk
2021-07-08 16:15
#99
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Turkey FSM36
literally one of the worst players in the scene is talking about shouting xdd
2021-07-08 16:31
#100
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Japan Legoshi
A true lan player haters stay mad
2021-07-08 16:32
Good luck screaming at the airport dumbass
2021-07-08 16:41
but you wear headphones how you gonna hear them
2021-07-08 17:01
he quiet now
2021-07-08 17:16
uh look out you might have to play at 22.00 you poor little snowflake2k
2021-07-08 17:17
#107
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Sweden extol88
And the losing. KEKW
2021-07-08 17:20
#108
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Brazil anolopa
unlucko
2021-07-08 17:23
Not much room for trash talking after that performance against NIP. 😂
2021-07-08 17:27
THATS the only thing he can do coz he is a trash player
2021-07-08 18:36
only thing he's good for
2021-07-08 18:38
EXITING B EXITING B DONT KILL ME FUCK
2021-07-08 19:14
Few years in brazil. Suddenly a monkey
2021-07-08 20:01
1 reply
xaxaxaxaa monkey2k
2021-07-08 20:21
Enjoy your last day here tomorrow lol
2021-07-08 23:16
They are realistic, that’s good
2021-07-08 23:51
#125
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Russia avvakum
cringe his screams are cringe, what a 12yo would scream bcuz doesn't want to get slapped by parents for shouting slur like ceh9 did his shouting was disgusting and disrespectful, but it was from the bottom of his heart, and he never used it as a PR like stewie(omg stewie so cool he booes the opponents) but rather avoided that ps id rather get shouted by ceh9 style rather than stewie style, because in the first case you understand that man is just playing the game but stewie's bullshit just does not belong, i would feel like im in a tiktok after being booed by stewie
2021-07-09 01:26
screaming and shouting back to the airport
2021-07-09 05:36
#128
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Chile cristiaan
"Stewie2K's excited about being able to trash talk again" XDDDDDD
2021-07-09 05:42
a lot of lines for Gambit. It would not be bad if the Liquid spoke for itself.
2021-07-09 08:47
#131
TBD | 
Andorra DG84
Lulquid talking shit while dropping from LAN xDD
2021-07-09 21:30
LUL steww
2021-07-10 18:56
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