Jerry about Mirage win streak: "Everyone in this team knows what to do if something goes wrong"

forZe spoke to members of the press and discussed their surprise playoffs berth at ESL Pro League Season 14.

Coming in as a last-minute replacement for Oceanic representatives Renegades, few saw forZe as a team that would make playoffs, especially having been placed in group B alongside one of the tournament favorites, G2.

Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov's men went on to lose just one series in the group, to OG, and qualify for playoffs in second place, which sets them up for a round-of-12 clash with ENCE. In a press conference ahead of the playoffs, the Russian squad discussed their improvements since adding Aleksandr "⁠KENSI⁠" Gurkin and Aleksandr "⁠zorte⁠" Zagodyrenko, their 17-map win streak on Mirage, and what the team is lacking to reach the top 10 world ranking for the first time.

Jerry and co. were in high spirits throughout the conference

"I should say we are feeling great because no one expected us to get through the group stage and to do that as the second-placed team, and especially when I can say we could've been first actually," Jerry said at the start of the press conference, laughing as he remembers their overtime loss to OG on Inferno, which cost them the first spot in the end.

"Yeah, we are feeling great, and again, thanks to Renegades for this opportunity, and thanks to ESL as well."

The Russian captain is relishing the opportunity to play against tier 1 teams once again, having spent most of the "online era" outside of the top 20 and with limited exposure to the most prestigious tournaments. "Once you are not playing against tier 3 teams you understand that you are capable of beating everyone, which gives you a lot of confidence." That confidence is key to success in Counter-Strike is an opinion many share, including Jerry. "Confidence is the second part of being a successful player in the CS scene, in my opinion. Because if you don't have confidence, how can you win against some good names like cadiaN, s1mple, whatever name [you face]?"

While the team's core has experience playing at the biggest stages, newcomers zorte and KENSI are new to this level. The team's AWPer, who averaged a 1.20 rating in the group stage, admitted that he was not expecting to perform to the standard he did.

"It is very surprising to me that I could play against tier teams in such a big tournament. I'm just trying to do my best, and it works against top teams," zorte said.

"In the first games, I felt some pressure because I didn't know what to expect from our game, teamplay-wise, I didn't know what expectations we had for this tournament. After we beat some teams, I felt confident and played very well."

According to Jerry, there are two main differences between the current forZe roster and the previous one featuring Dmitriy "⁠facecrack⁠" Alekseyev and Bogdan "⁠xsepower⁠" Chernikov: a hybrid AWPer and better atmosphere.

"The most important thing for me as the captain is that zorte is a hybrid and he can use the AK, Deagle, and AWP, all three main weapons. That is what I like," Jerry explained that the flexibility to play without the sniper was key to beating some teams at EPL, as well as coming back from a 12-15 deficit against OG. "It was because we had a lot of players that could use their AKs, their Deagles, and to use them properly."

"If we talk about the atmosphere, it is much better now than what we had with xsepower and I think that is helping us sometimes to get over rough times, rough scores when we are losing or not pulling off the rounds we want, doing mistakes. We aren't hanging on to it, we just move forward."

forZe kick off the playoffs against ENCE, a team that fits in the same bracket of teams as themselves - exciting outsiders. While the bookmakers give the edge to the Russian side, Jerry doesn't see his team as favorites.

"[Do we feel like favorites?] Not actually, but the thing is that those guys are unstable, just like us," the IGL says with a chuckle, referring to ENCE's inconsistent results that include losses to Dignitas and HAVU on Nuke. "That map is our weak spot as you can see on the HLTV map page - we are not good on that map in this scenario, but the thing is, they aren't as well.

"So I think we have a map advantage in this case and we are maybe not favorites, but I would say it is 60-40 in our favor. I think we are in good shape now and if we are not struggling to do some simple things, we are like beasts."

A part of the map advantage for forZe lies in their Mirage, a map they are undefeated on for 17 matches straight. The team's young AWPer doesn't have a clear answer to why they have been so good. "To be honest, my own feeling is that I'm playing this map poorly, I don't know how we manage to win every time on Mirage because we are not doing something extraordinary," zorte said. "We play simple CS on this map and it works. We are probably just in good shape and we win a lot of clutches on this map."

Jerry added that the along the clutches going their way, the deep understanding of the map helps them remain consistent. "The main thing is clutches, I think the second part here is that everyone knows their positions so well. What I mean exactly is that if we have almazer in slope and me in A palace, and we are going for an A split, we know exactly where to look and what guys are doing because we had a lot of experience in this map.

"Without going into details, if I'm going B I know how to kill the B player, if I'm going A I know how to kill the A player with high percentage since I'm playing as the entry fragger and lurker there. And my team knows exactly how to work mid, what we should do if they push, what we should if they molotov behind the boxes, what to do when we are not getting entries in mid... I have it all in my head, and I think liTTle, and I think everyone in this team knows what to do if something goes wrong. That is why we are winning this map."

The team's coach liTTle gave props for their Mirage to forZe's former coach Sergey "⁠lmbt⁠" Bezhanov as well. "One of the secrets to having such a good streak is taking the best from the previous coach [LMBT] and the current coach, and now we have a perfect marriage."

Tune into the match between forZe and ENCE in ESL Pro League Season 14 at 16:00 to find out if the Russian side's streak on Mirage will continue or if ENCE have prepared a surprise in the veto.

Russia Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Aleksandr 'KENSI' Gurkin
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
303
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1355
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
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Russia Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Aleksandr 'zorte' Zagodyrenko
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
520
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Russia Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Dmitriy 'facecrack' Alekseyev
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1599
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Russia Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Bogdan 'xsepower' Chernikov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.58
Kappa
2021-09-08 13:39
#2
NAF | 
United States Cesperus
Jinxed, nice
2021-09-08 13:39
3 replies
Rip Forze Mirage streak
2021-09-08 17:05
2 replies
#44
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Finland Lindeni
RIP, it is over as soon as he mentioned it
2021-09-08 18:15
dude everytime an hltv article is written about someone they get clapped into a fourth dimension
2021-09-08 22:00
#3
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Latvia HiImRenars
ez for tom & jerry
2021-09-08 13:39
lmbt and liTTle married confirmed???
2021-09-08 13:40
#7
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France m1rside
nah, just full russian team, this is why
2021-09-08 13:40
Forze said 60-40 Ence said 50-50 Ez 4 Forze LOL
2021-09-08 13:42
1 reply
#10
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Kosovo GumGuyHLTV
my neighbor once said it's '60 on 50' so by that logic, it's rly ez for her.
2021-09-08 13:45
Sorry, who?
2021-09-08 13:46
EZ4ENCE
2021-09-08 13:54
onliners kek
2021-09-08 13:55
Perfected marriage?
2021-09-08 13:57
1 reply
between their strats i guess
2021-09-08 14:06
#15
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Asia flipflop
forze picked mirage
2021-09-08 13:59
#17
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Russia mshkoda
Nice ty
2021-09-08 14:06
ok now all in on ence on mirage xd It’s how csgo working
2021-09-08 14:37
5 replies
+1 i wish i saw it before.
2021-09-08 18:00
4 replies
HAHAHAHA
2021-09-08 20:01
3 replies
and now i was gonna bet 2-0 Liquid but then decided not and they probably gonna 2-0 🤡
2021-09-08 20:03
2 replies
Yeah thats what i have with navi games
2021-09-08 20:04
1 reply
i was gonna 2-0 liquid Nip wins OG Vitality wins Gambit Navi wins ENCE Decided not to, but now probably will happen exactly like that just cuz i didnt bet.
2021-09-08 20:07
Lmao i guess every cs player knows how to play mirage, most popular map and easiest cuz ct/t = 50/50 Even silvers know some smokes on it
2021-09-08 14:53
Jinxed it for today lovely when i have 100 usd on Forze map 2 xD
2021-09-08 15:08
i genuinely believe forze has what is takes to win epl, so ez bets for me.
2021-09-08 15:08
2 replies
Ez bets :))))))
2021-09-08 17:56
Rip
2021-09-08 18:10
#22
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Australia thisba!tes
Maybe they manage to beat ence, but the others... I am not sure
2021-09-08 15:32
#23
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Russia forzegg
pog mirage
2021-09-08 16:34
they gonna lose next
2021-09-08 16:57
#26
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Finland Suomi!
but do they right now?
2021-09-08 17:09
Sure.
2021-09-08 17:30
Jerry They talk about my Mirage Streak LUL
2021-09-08 17:33
Unlucky timing lol
2021-09-08 17:34
2 replies
A hella unluky
2021-09-08 18:03
That's an understatement lmao.
2021-09-08 18:34
Good ol' jinx
2021-09-08 17:47
losing to ence right after this, HLTV sure has humour.
2021-09-08 17:52
#33
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United Kingdom Haychpi
KEKW
2021-09-08 17:56
Cursed by HLTV smh
2021-09-08 17:57
This aged well. LMAOOOO EZ4ENCE
2021-09-08 17:57
#37
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Sweden frizzahh
Sadge
2021-09-08 18:01
HLTV JINX LOOOOL
2021-09-08 18:03
Unluchka
2021-09-08 18:06
So what's the plan?
2021-09-08 18:08
2 replies
No plan, Rush B. Let Kensi and Fl1t carry! Just didn't work out that well.
2021-09-08 18:34
1 reply
+1
2021-09-09 15:07
This didn't age well.
2021-09-08 18:16
#46
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Sweden unu_
Just like when twist claimed NIP was the best Vertigo team in the world. Just keep your mouth shut 🤐
2021-09-08 18:17
3 replies
new nip never was best in anything lul
2021-09-08 18:33
They did? Wasn't that Liquid xD
2021-09-08 18:34
1 reply
#60
device | 
Sweden unu_
Nah twist did it like 2(?) years ago
2021-09-08 19:50
That didn't age well xD
2021-09-08 18:30
So... What went wrong Forze :(
2021-09-08 18:33
aged like milk
2021-09-08 18:35
aged like opened sour cream
2021-09-08 18:38
xDDD
2021-09-08 18:51
#58
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Brazil hugoooo
NICE JYNX HLTV hahaha
2021-09-08 18:53
#59
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Argentina JulieN19K
1. Nice jinx. 2. Marriage?!?!?! LMFAOOO
2021-09-08 19:29
so did ENCE
2021-09-08 20:01
Jinx, in favor of Spinx.
2021-09-08 21:54
yes, forze ZERO - ence TWO 0 - 2 U ARE ON FIRE JERRY!
2021-09-09 14:54
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