shox: "I'm really proud of the rookies, that they fought against the fear"

We caught up with Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon after Vitality made it back from a 0-2 start in the Legends Stage to qualify for the Major playoffs.

Vitality are through to the playoffs after what has been an impressive turnaround from a 0-2 start to the Legends stage from the French team. Losing to Virtus.pro and Heroic in the first two rounds, shox and company had their backs against the wall but persevered, surviving three-map series against EG, Astralis, and Entropiq to lock in their place in the Avicii Arena.

In the previous interview with the team, Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire spoke about the two Major rookies, Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier and Jayson "⁠Kyojin⁠" Nguyen Van, and getting them through the jitters they were experiencing in the opening stages of the tournament.

Talking to shox this time after Vitality turned their fortunes around, the veteran gave the two youngsters props for overcoming their fears to help the team pull through to the playoffs.

"You never expect that, but it was just what I wanted, us fighting for it day by day, game by game, which is really hard mentally," the 29-year-old told HLTV.org. "We had a couple of maps where we were struggling, especially in this mental part, but I'm really proud of the team, and especially the rookies, that they fought against this fear to just step up."

shox went on to discuss how he has had to become the hype man to help bring the energy up and the team's expectations for the playoffs.

"It's also going to be the first time in an arena for Kyojin and misutaaa, so it's going to be one more step for them," he said. "We're going to try to help them in that part to feel comfortable. But in my opinion, it's your first Major, you're going to play your first playoff in an arena, don't talk about expectations or whatever, just let them enjoy what is playing in the arena and we'll see what happens."

France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
335
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
France Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Jayson 'Kyojin' Nguyen Van
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
116
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.65
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1916
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1880
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
#2
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Switzerland [OG]Ph4nt0m
cool shoxie
2021-11-02 16:34
2 replies
#36
JoJo | 
Belarus Kerk
Shox was fighting against the wall from how much he missed
2021-11-02 16:46
1 reply
yeah but still a lot of impact. Yesterday he missed more, today it was less than normal.
2021-11-02 18:23
epic
2021-11-02 16:35
ty shoxie
2021-11-02 16:35
#5
syrsoN | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina dc4
misutaaa gonna be a rookie for the next 5 years I guess... 😂
2021-11-02 16:35
6 replies
Ahhahaha
2021-11-02 16:38
+1
2021-11-02 16:46
+1
2021-11-02 17:16
#58
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Argentina Saazu
Fair enough. But I think that this is his first lan. And being it a major is a double baptise. Same for kyojin.
2021-11-02 17:25
1 reply
second lan but first with major pressure (Cologne 21)
2021-11-02 18:25
lol
2021-11-02 18:24
"the only thing they fear is you" - doom
2021-11-02 16:35
1 reply
mick fucking gordon
2021-11-02 21:43
#7
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United States Virgin Islands tym2die55
ty shoxie jesus
2021-11-02 16:35
Shox much better than s0mple
2021-11-02 16:35
rookie's looking good. any time they were in a clutch situation together, always dangerous.
2021-11-02 16:36
There's only 1 rookie in vitality. I don't know for how long they'll say they're both rookies xD
2021-11-02 16:36
12 replies
Well in the sense that this is their first major and their first on stage appearance it’s definitely rookie status in thag regard !
2021-11-02 16:37
misutaaa and kyojin both rookies for sure
2021-11-02 16:38
Misutaaa is a 18 yo who is yet to play in front of the crowd, ofc he is a rookie
2021-11-02 16:41
1 reply
#66
RpK | 
France HippzZ
+1
2021-11-02 18:03
#28
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France Nescabir
Rookies in term of majors
2021-11-02 16:42
7 replies
hunter and nexa are rookies too. They never played in major also. I think u cant look it in that way. Only rookie is kyojin , rest are playing together for quite some time.
2021-11-02 16:46
5 replies
^ Cuz there are shit tons of players that are 'rookies' in other teams. Since we had online era for 2y. Broky is omega rookie then
2021-11-02 16:50
1 reply
yea... this rookie posts doesnt make any sense lol
2021-11-02 16:52
#50
JACKZ | 
Singapore ZyZy
hunter and nexa played for crazy at the berlin major 2 years ago and they were way older at the time, than kyojinn and misutaa are.
2021-11-02 17:07
Nope. Hunter and Nexa played in the Berlin Major with Cr4zy.
2021-11-02 17:08
they've already played in major, you're the rookie here
2021-11-02 17:31
#42
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France sAeR
Rookies in term of LAN (real LAN with crowd).
2021-11-02 16:54
Very well-played shox! All the best for the playoffs!
2021-11-02 16:36
shox <3
2021-11-02 16:36
#16
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Indonesia FinZzz
Fking legend
2021-11-02 16:36
anyone that doesnt like shox = a fucking lunatic
2021-11-02 16:37
4 replies
+1 I love how honest he is saying that they aren't expecting anything in the playoffs
2021-11-02 16:40
#29
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Europe nikk1408
+1
2021-11-02 16:43
+1
2021-11-02 17:45
+1 <3 shoxie
2021-11-02 18:24
Good luck, Kyojin and misutaa!
2021-11-02 16:37
1 reply
if they really perform good it is probably to beat navi dowm.
2021-11-03 06:50
you will be out next match because of Kyojin Not even Zywoo can carry that much. If you would have picked a tier 1 playr instead of Kyojin when replacing Le Tank you could have had a run at the major, but after 6 months Kyojin still underperform, like Apex has said.
2021-11-02 16:38
9 replies
name a t1 french speaking player that can fit pls
2021-11-02 16:42
8 replies
im not a fan of Vitality, i dont know the frence scene. But from what we have seen the last 6 months from Kyojin proves hes not god enough right now at tier 1 cs.
2021-11-02 16:44
2 replies
He has been the 3rd impactful player of vitality at the major imo. Some crucial entries and multikills in important rounds late into the games/maps. If he can keep improving with every series and tournament he couls become a great french player. Just not there this year but maybe next year
2021-11-02 17:25
#67
RpK | 
France HippzZ
Give him some time, Misutaaa took almost a year to become good. If in 6 months he is still underperforming then we can think about kicking him
2021-11-02 18:05
I wonder why vitality doesnt make academy team, maybe they should and make rpk as coach
2021-11-02 16:45
4 replies
RpK went back to his life-long passion = Cars so who cars? :D
2021-11-02 16:58
3 replies
#68
RpK | 
France HippzZ
Jerman cars 😎
2021-11-02 18:06
2 replies
bestest
2021-11-02 21:48
1 reply
bullsh1t
2021-11-03 17:11
Feeling warm every time shox and apex talking about young guys, they support them and give them time which is the most important in this case. Vitality are great at finding talents. Gl at Champions :)
2021-11-02 16:39
2 replies
lol Apex just said : i can't except from these rookies
2021-11-02 16:53
1 reply
No, he said that he is not gonna talk with them about expectations to not bring the pressure. It doesnt mean that they dont believe in this roster or whatever
2021-11-02 17:20
#30
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Germany midas1
shox <3
2021-11-02 16:43
SHOX :I'M REALLY PROUD OF THE ROOKIES THAT THEY FOUGHT AGAINST THE FEAR APEX: KYOJIN SHIT AND HE KNOW IT
2021-11-02 16:48
1 reply
#78
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Portugal joaosenra
SHOX :I'M REALLY PROUD OF THE ROOKIES THAT THEY FOUGHT AGAINST THE FEAR APEX: ZywOo plz carry us or this will be done quick.
2021-11-02 19:00
kio 2.0 49adr, what fought through the fear?
2021-11-02 16:53
I feel like there needs to be a comma in the headline :/
2021-11-02 16:58
Navi unfortunately will destroy them :(
2021-11-02 17:07
#52
shox | 
France Nooel
shoxie GOD
2021-11-02 17:15
#55
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Norway hemy
cool story
2021-11-02 17:19
shoxie <3
2021-11-02 17:21
Good
2021-11-02 17:35
God shox
2021-11-02 17:56
shoxieee <3
2021-11-02 18:19
shotXIE
2021-11-02 18:23
vita with the comeback, gg wp
2021-11-02 18:54
SHOXIE <3
2021-11-02 19:16
shoxie is a god
2021-11-02 20:01
#83
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United Kingdom Socks!
shoxie cutie
2021-11-02 21:53
what a legend. cant wait to see him in the arena
2021-11-03 12:49
ruecquies
2021-11-03 12:51
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