gade on XANTARES: "I think I bring a lot more tactically and in terms of comms to the team than he did"

Ahead of their appearance at V4 Future Sports festival, Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade sat down with HLTV to talk all things BIG.

BIG arrive at V4 Future Sports Festival as one of the favourites to take home the crown, but they arrive on the back of a mixed run of form. The PGL Major Stockholm run was something of a disappointment, and they bounced back to make the final of the last ever DreamHack Open, only to lose to fnatic.

gade spoke frankly on a range of topics

HLTV sat down with one of the newest additions to the team, gade, to discuss those recent tournament results, his assessment of his time on the roster so far, and much more.

The first thing to talk about is your run at the Major, how did the team feel about it?

Well you always want more, right? The losses we had were really tough, losing to first Flames, then ENCE, then MOUZ, and against MOUZ and ENCE they were really close matchups. I think we had good analysis and momentum coming from the IEM Fall tournament, which we got through even though it was a close call, but overall our map pool at the Major just wasn't good enough, so you could say MOUZ and ENCE deserved it more than we did. We played some decent CS but we definitely made a lot of mistakes, which cost us qualification for the Legends Stage in the end. Since the Major we have been working hard to just try and deepen our map pool.

What were your expectations coming into the Major?

It's always the typical answer for a CS professional to say "take it one game at a time", and I think in a Swiss format it is really like that, because you don't really know your next opponent. We got a win against Entropiq, lost to Flames but then beat Renegades, so we were definitely feeling confident. Even against Flames, though they were on a hot streak, no pun intended. I think overall, personally, I was not satisfied, I definitely wanted more. It's just so tight, the whole field was packed with good teams, and you expect to have upsets with best of ones, anything can happen.

Do you think the Flames result was partly due to them being a team you hadn't seen too much of?

The thing is, we had played them before at IEM Fall and also lost. At the Major we ended up playing Nuke against them, at IEM Fall it was Vertigo, which was also a really close match that they ended up winning. We definitely expected them to play well, they had shown great results at IEM Fall and we knew they were on the radar for other teams, so we prepared for them as normal. It just wasn't enough, they had a great run and deserved it more.

gade was critical of the team's map pool at the PGL Major Stockholm

Moving on to the DreamHack Open result, how did you feel about the run there?

I think it was an okay run. It was the last DreamHack Open and I have played a lot of them and only won one, so I was looking forward to winning the last one, you know? I think it was okay, we still ended up playing really close with forZe and GamerLegion, which was a bit unexpected, and you could argue we were supposed win those games 2-0 and we just couldn't close them out.

Against fnatic, on that day they were just individually better, they really stomped us so to say. I watched the game again late at night after that final, and it was a tough one. We just played bad individually, and team-wise the synergy was off, just a bad day at the office. You could say that was our C level, and you need to find your B level and that make that even better, but we were definitely lacking some individual skill, in how to handle executes and explosive stuff, just not good. Ever since they brought in smooya they have been playing well, and they played well against us. We played Ancient for the first time, it was an okay debut for us, at least we showed we now play that map and we can play it decent.

How much have you been working on Ancient?

I would say after the Major we figured out that our map pool just wasn't deep enough, as I said, so we kinda came to the conclusion that we had to have three or four maps that we could actually go and pick against teams. At that point, it was basically only Dust2 that we felt confident on, so now we have three or four more that we have made a lot stronger, so that is good coming into a new tournament here.

Talking more generally, how has it been going from your perspective since joining BIG?

From the start it has been going pretty good, results-wise we have been qualifying for the things we have to qualify for, like BLAST Finals. Sadly not the Legends Stage of the Major, and ESL Pro League we ended up flubbing, that was the first one.

I think it's going alright, I'm also learning a lot of new stuff, I think the system is now within my brain so to say. I definitely understand how tabseN wants to call and how the team works, also individually how people want to play in clutches and so on, so I think it's been good and I have really just been trying to take it all in. Also, adapting to a new language!

How has that been, it must be hard to adapt to a different language in a fast-paced game like CS:GO?

I have been in Berlin for a really long time, being there physically makes it a lot easier because I am also talking German right after and before practice. In CS, spots are just another name you need to adapt to, and then it's certain key words you always use to say stuff fast on the go. I think adapting to that is not as difficult as I thought, it's more outside of the game, if you're expressing feelings or if you have to explain something and you don't know the words. Being there physically and only hearing German for nearly three months now, it's definitely going faster than I expected and I think I have been doing alright. I can still get better at the language, so there is still some improvement to see there.

Obviously you came in to replace XANTARES, and most would not consider him to have a similar playstyle to you. How has that affected the roles within the team?

We definitely have been trying to play around with it a little bit, we have tried to set up so that I am the guy coming in to clutch at the end. We have also changed some maps so that I am doing map control with tabseN, for example, because there is good synergy. Now it is a bit of a mix, we are still trying to find out who has what role on some T sides, and also CT sides we have been making some changes, but it is definitely part of the journey finding out who plays best where. Also, now you can drop grenades, you can set people up even more to have one guy coming in clutching out the round when trades are coming in, and he can have an overview of the round.

I think XANTARES and I are probably two completely different players, I have been hearing tonnes about this firepower thing but that doesn't bother me too much. On paper yeah, but I don't see myself as an individually worse player than him, and I think I bring a lot more tactically and in terms of comms to the team than he did.

Do you think that was important to BIG, to have a more well-rounded player on the team?

Well I would have to say yes, because of what they did, right? I think they needed a change, and one thing to talk about is that they all speak their mother language. That is good for them, and a huge motivation boost for them, I am glad I can contribute to that and be the dumb Dane, I guess?

Good looking though, so it balances out right?

Yeah!

The other recent personnel change was the addition of enkay J. I know it hasn't been long, but what are the first impressions like?

So enkay J, Niclas, he is definitely the guy that you can look up to. He is very energetic, he is on time with everything, and he has everything planned out so he is really bringing some structure, which is good for tabseN so he doesn't have to think about that too much.

He also is very tactically aware, he is making good calls in game and in practice. During the tournaments we have been playing he can actually talk all the time, which is a huge factor, and he has surprised me a lot. I am definitely happy that he has joined us.

People often talk about coaches having different styles, some are more focused on the tactical side of things and some focus on bringing structure outside of the game, is he bringing a bit of both?

Yeah he is doing a bit of both and also just motivating us when we are in a tough time. For example, the recent final against Fnatic, we were definitely lacking some… not energy, but when nothing is going your way it is tough to bounce back right? He definitely did well, some good speeches trying to motivate us like “keep going boys, get the communication up, help each other set up a good play and we will make a comeback now, no problem”. He is bringing a bit of it all, some tactical help, some motivation, and some energy.

A meeting with Gambit in the final is what gade is hoping for at this event

Bringing the conversation to this tournament, where you come in as one of the favourites, what are the expectations?

Now I have to go back to that damn politically correct answer right, one game at a time? We are still waiting to see who our first opponent will be, the last qualification matches are going on right now so we will have to see. I am definitely looking forward to playing, and specifically playing some maps that we didn't get to play in Dreamhack Open for example, to show that we have been working a lot on them, which is always fun.

We will have to see, Entropiq for example, we beat them at the Major but they had a really good run after that so they are hungry. Gambit, deep run at the Major too. Then you have all the teams from the play-in, who will be even more hungry than some of the favourites here. It will be fun! Opening games are best-of-one, and the schedule means you can go out on the first day, so you have to be there from the start. We are working and practicing today, preparation is ongoing, and it's about coming in hot from the first match.

Speaking of preparation, have you had much of a chance to look at the play-in teams?

So we have eSuba, Sinners, Enterprise, and Fiend or Team Hungary. Fiend we have played, insanely good individually and they do things that are unexpected. All over the map they are taking duels, and if you lose the duel somewhere it creates a little bit of chaos on Teamspeak, because you don't know if you need to stay in your spot or rotate. You really have to punish them from the start, and I think syrsoN is the man for that. He can punish those offensive plays, really shut them down early on, and I guess they will then go to some set strats, maybe some explosive stuff, and I think we handle those pretty well.

Other than that I am just excited to play a new tournament. We have three busy weeks ahead, we have this one, then we fly to Copenhagen for the BLAST Finals, then straight after that we go to IEM Winter. It's a grind, and I am loving that, I am always looking forward to competing.

Any specific goals for that busy end-of-year period?

We don't have a talk about what our goals are, we take it on the go. Personally, I am always giving 200% for each match, I don't care who the opponent is, for me it's all about winning.

Here, making playoffs is what we need to do I think, and we will go from there. I would like to maybe meet Gambit in the final.

Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Russia ctronic
Yeah, still lost to fnatic 3-0
2021-11-16 20:03
9 replies
#65
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Turkey LineSon
gade damar gg
2021-11-16 20:15
#152
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Austria mo_bamba
lmao +1
2021-11-16 20:52
wouldve lost 4-0 with Xantares, cant touch GOD SMOOYA
2021-11-16 21:11
6 replies
#229
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Turkey mutedil
eternal would almost win vs fnatic with smooyaa. if xantares was in big it would be different for sure
2021-11-17 00:47
4 replies
fnatic would 3-0 eternal fire
2021-11-17 07:21
2 replies
#298
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Czech Republic BlastTM
+1
2021-11-17 16:17
we will see it soon if entropiq doesnt eliminate eternal fire from republeague tournament
2021-11-17 19:05
if xantares was in big it would be 10-23 on Inferno again
2021-11-17 09:38
XANTARES wouldn't have gone -14 he would've gone +14.
2021-11-18 15:17
#2
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Finland iBait
mr reverse firepower
2021-11-16 20:04
1 reply
Xantares with BIG become NR1 and was always a T1 team. I dont see a future for this team. With Gade or without. They need to change some players. Xantares haters are ridiciluous. A player like Xantares can play in top ten Teams.
2021-11-17 19:26
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
Yes but firepower is needed
2021-11-16 20:03
3 replies
but still, he will perfectly explain how he was outdueled on 1v1 to his teammates.
2021-11-16 20:22
2 replies
+1 XD
2021-11-16 22:19
he is that guy in the team that sits lowtab all the game because he sucks, but pretends to be IGL or support, never doing any calls and never throwing a single usefull grenade
2021-11-18 16:05
hahah bullshit
2021-11-16 20:03
20 replies
#30
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Germany Bastii2404
He's so frcking right. Xantares was not able to speak german, his English wasn't the best and so it is a real improvement for the team in terms of comm.
2021-11-16 20:08
18 replies
that's why they are now ranked 16th, surely becoming a solid t2 team with better comms. KEKW
2021-11-16 20:20
14 replies
Idk how you think a team can reach its limit. Gade needs the time, he's sometimes an awesome fragger and hasn't even played professional cs since 2 years. Also from the start of the year till now, they swapped 3 coaches because of personal circumstances in family or sth. Their new coach needs his time and will show his impact soon. "Legija" was btw just there to help with a transition to a new one.
2021-11-16 20:32
5 replies
True that. But i don't see how this team has a bigger (or even similar) potential now.
2021-11-16 20:39
3 replies
name checks out
2021-11-17 01:23
exactly, big will is tier 2 actually and it will stay like that you need a superstar in the team and it was xantares..
2021-11-17 08:42
name checks out
2021-11-17 08:57
2021-11-16 21:05
Thats why they are now playing on lan instead of online.
2021-11-16 21:05
7 replies
Rekt
2021-11-16 22:20
6 replies
I just hate how Xantares impact is overrated in this team. He is good, no doubt, but they had to change a lot for him and he haven't learn any german for 2,5 years. It is kinda a gamebreaker for me.
2021-11-16 23:00
5 replies
+1 I agree
2021-11-16 23:06
BIG didn't think it was worth it for him to learn German English would be a lot more practic and therefore BIG just communicated English. Look it up Tabsen said all this nothing to do with Xantares
2021-11-17 08:43
3 replies
Tabsen said on hltv confirmed : i wanted xantares to learn german but I didn't work. Also tavsen was very often translating in middle of a match. Had to speak german and English. It is not a viable option.
2021-11-17 13:50
2 replies
That last is cap look up their in-game comms they speak English fluently all the time. People forget before Xantares even joined Smooya was on the team prior and all of them were speaking English so long before xantares came on they already spoke English
2021-11-18 15:59
1 reply
But I heard syrson is very shy. So, It help player to communicate more freely. It is weird to have 4 natives and 1 outsider. At long term, it is not good for the synergy. And yeah, i forgot the smooya period.
2021-11-18 19:04
his love for Kurdistan was too strong to overcome language barriers.
2021-11-16 21:12
big without xantares is suck and you are sucker
2021-11-17 15:24
1 reply
Xantares without big suck too. Problem solved.
2021-11-18 19:05
flag
2021-11-16 20:11
Mad 13yo Xantares fans comments in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
2021-11-16 20:04
45 replies
#26
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Turkey TheJanus
but they are right? this is clearly a bait by gade
2021-11-16 20:07
42 replies
no lol, this was the best change 2021
2021-11-16 20:09
36 replies
#38
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Turkey TheJanus
2/8 could be better bait
2021-11-16 20:10
2 replies
0/8 turkish nip fan
2021-11-17 12:39
0/8 turkish nip fan
2021-11-17 16:15
best change for big maybe, best change out of all teams nope
2021-11-16 20:12
26 replies
tell me some better ones? astralis -dupreeh -magisk +blamef +k0nfig would be my 2nd place
2021-11-16 20:14
25 replies
navi +b1t ????
2021-11-16 20:18
3 replies
He already were in aca team + playd for Navi in 2020
2021-11-16 20:21
2 replies
doesn't change the fact that he replaced a player on the main team, so roster change
2021-11-16 20:23
1 reply
idk i cant find a real roster change post, but he already playd in blast 2020 for main team And already were there 6th player since 2020 if i am right. But ye, he really came out at the Major but still the big roster change is better in my opinion. hltv.org/news/30790/navi-add-b1t-to-blas..
2021-11-16 20:33
also how are even judging a roster move if they haven't even played?
2021-11-16 20:20
2 replies
combined neck length to the square + foreheadsize by 2 = Major winning percentage times 4
2021-11-16 21:14
1 reply
+1 HAHA lmfao this made my day
2021-11-16 23:42
refresh and sjuush to heroic xist to analyst (even if it's short term) karrigan to faze twistzz to faze snappi, spinx, hades and dycha to ence device to NIP hooxie and roej to cph flames flameZ to OG smooya, mezii and ALEX to fnatic floppy back to ES Oplano getting and org in 00nation all of these are better roster moves in 2021 than gade to BIG
2021-11-16 20:33
17 replies
1. no, just a normal upgrade 2. lmao 3. -karrigan +karrigan XD 4. kinda good but +ropz will be better and so is the BIG one 5. new team 6. kinda same level but if u add the fact, that BIG are now talking german again i would still go with the other change 7. tier3 8. tier3 9. 2 changes 10. tier3 11. new team
2021-11-16 20:42
16 replies
imagine saying device to NIP and gade to big is the same level
2021-11-16 20:47
8 replies
device for nawwk is skill wise and achievement wise a good upgrade - but also the team now plays arround device which makes everyone else "worse" on BIG u removed a brainless turkish player which couldnt speak eng/ger after 3 years, needed so much space and only could kill and click head. Now u get a high iq igl giving new strats, can call midround, speaks ger/eng - the whole team can communicate 10 times better which makes everyone better - tabsen has so much more space now and u can see it how much better he is now without xantares. Ofc u lost firepower but they earned so much teamplay. And i say this as a NiP fan - since 2013 lmao.
2021-11-16 20:52
4 replies
so big with xantares peaked at top 1. big with gade is now top 16, HUGE upgrade
2021-11-16 21:10
3 replies
peaking top1 for how long? during online era in 3 years, while gade is how long in the team?
2021-11-16 21:11
2 replies
peaking top 1 is still peaking top 1 online or not. 3 years? you can't say it's the best roster move in 2021 when after it happened they have just been steadily falling in the rankings..
2021-11-16 21:15
1 reply
#46 at the start of the year, omg they are now 30 places better than with xantares.....
2021-11-16 21:26
device not the same after being cucked by Emilia Hult in albanian rapper-filled music video
2021-11-16 23:55
2 replies
hahahhahahah
2021-11-17 08:46
the man speaks the truth
2021-11-18 13:52
heroics changes pushed them into a consistent top 5 top 3 contender with potential for more and that's a normal upgrade for u? 0/8 b8
2021-11-17 02:18
6 replies
2021-11-17 11:02
5 replies
Hmm but new roster is stable, the old one had way more weaknesses, they had a high peak too but once teams got used to them they usually got destroyed. In the period where they were strong nobody else played really well, it was kind of a power vacuum right. And there weren't the biggest tournaments unlike this year
2021-11-17 19:05
4 replies
Till now the old roster had better results, so stats/achievement wise they have a downgrade - but yes ofc, its still an upgrade. But this doesnt make it the best/better roster change than -xantares +gade
2021-11-17 21:06
3 replies
well most roster changes will be happening in the next few weeks so we'll see. But I think Bymas is an underrated one. Mouz might not be successful right now but he is constantly improving and played like a beast at his first major, definitely had more impact than gade onto BIG
2021-11-18 13:22
2 replies
You still dont get the point, i guess its useless lmao...
2021-11-18 15:15
1 reply
We'll see later if it even was a decent roster change at all
2021-11-20 03:15
3/8
2021-11-16 20:13
Not best change by any means, but a needed one. -flamie +B1T was way better
2021-11-16 22:21
4 replies
but B1T was already in main team since 2020
2021-11-17 01:08
3 replies
2 replies
1 reply
as a 6th man, not in the main 5.
2021-11-17 16:51
i r8 this g8 8/8
2021-11-16 20:12
2 replies
#55
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Turkey TheJanus
why do u think this is a bait?
2021-11-16 20:13
1 reply
i don't think it's bait, was just for the copy pasta
2021-11-16 20:14
He said tactically, not shootily. Why do you think that someone who the team had to change their language for is better for tactics?
2021-11-16 20:59
No
2021-11-16 22:21
I don't watch much CS but as far as I know I think BIG went for a bit of a trade here, they traded off a lot of firepower for more tactical capabilities. XANTARES is definitely a much better fragger than gade but in terms of comms and team comp this may or may not work, we'll have to see.
2021-11-17 07:17
xantares is irrelevant
2021-11-17 12:32
lol
2021-11-16 20:03
speaking facts
2021-11-16 20:04
0/8
2021-11-16 20:04
#9
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Netherlands Smii_
KEKW
2021-11-16 20:04
True
2021-11-16 20:04
#11
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Brazil jzeni
But didn`t bring turkish aim
2021-11-16 20:04
LMAO
2021-11-16 20:05
XANTARESS didnt need comms, he went on side, kill other guys and round done.
2021-11-16 20:05
5 replies
+1 xD
2021-11-16 20:52
#195
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Macedonia whitel
+1 communication is just an excuse for bad players.
2021-11-16 21:49
ye gg noobs
2021-11-17 15:06
2 replies
Man it was sarcasm but overall say me something.. with Xantaress BIG did better, already with gade they have no impact . Gade is lowet than 1.0 kd, he is really bad.
2021-11-17 16:34
1 reply
ye gade it's suck player
2021-11-18 01:20
I mean Xantares spoke neither German nor English very well so that's kind of an obvious statement lol
2021-11-16 20:05
4 replies
#79
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Turkey Clarityb
yeah, that's a fact and that fact makes gade's statement a little bullshit and no needed
2021-11-16 20:20
3 replies
Salty Turks come out of their shells once a week to get mad at people stating facts
2021-11-16 21:00
its not only obvious and not needed, this statement makes gade look more ego when he didnt bring anything better than what BIG could have with Xantares. I'm not a fan of him but at least the guy was the main source of firepower, gade doesn't bring anything special in the server
2021-11-16 21:23
1 reply
#187
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Turkey Clarityb
+1 mate, i'm not a fanatic of xantares or ef btw, but i just remember big with xantares times, which was insanely successful and i remember a time where complexity with obo was doing insane things, big were the only defeaters of them etc, great times, not a gade hater too but statement was well. really unnecessary like u said. especially i wouldn't be saying something like that after being 3-0d in a grand final
2021-11-16 21:30
RIP GADE :( DAMAR GG >>> SOON
2021-11-16 20:05
Yes but you can't frag like him and BIG doesn't win a game anymore
2021-11-16 20:05
#17
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Other pain^
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2021-11-16 20:05
who is gade
2021-11-16 20:05
1 reply
#44 + flair xD
2021-11-16 20:18
#19
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Russia Soawii
chad
2021-11-16 20:06
Gade is good player
2021-11-16 20:06
1 reply
he'd be fine instead of tizian or k1to
2021-11-16 20:07
#21
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Turkey TheJanus
lmao made me laugh
2021-11-16 20:06
Not enough to the scoreboard though sadly and that's what matters most at the end of the day
2021-11-16 20:06
Brought Rank #16 after BIG was practically in the Top 10 for 1 year
2021-11-16 20:07
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Turkey Bezuar
COMM yes FIRE no
2021-11-16 20:07
2 replies
Well he didn't say fire, he said tactic. Which I think translates to brain
2021-11-16 20:58
1 reply
#210
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Turkey glitchmob
he said " but i don't see myself as individually worse player than him" so
2021-11-16 22:59
Well ofc Xantares is literally 10 IQ lmfao
2021-11-16 20:07
Just shoot the heads. Who needs tactics !!
2021-11-16 20:08
and sexiness
2021-11-16 20:08
Godtares has just kicked ur danish mates asses. JAJAJAJAJA
2021-11-16 20:09
2 replies
Who is “Godtares”? Only god is device. 4x Major Champion, 2x Major MVP, most MVPs of all time! “Godtares”. LMFAO.
2021-11-16 20:23
1 reply
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Poland 138|
cmon men))) zantares won faceit game XD
2021-11-16 22:17
#33
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United States hjhjghj23
gayed brings a lot to my pants
2021-11-16 20:09
#34
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Ukraine futplxyer
I feel like this title is doing gade dirty, he not taking shots at xantares but it kinda creates that impression
2021-11-16 20:09
8 replies
#46
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Romania Pooknezeu
Exactly this!
2021-11-16 20:12
+1 nice bait from hltv 8/8
2021-11-16 20:20
2 replies
+1 ban this baiter
2021-11-16 20:58
1 reply
hltv.org/forums/rules Violating their own rules...wtf mens((
2021-11-16 22:52
+1 nice bait from hltv 8/8
2021-11-16 20:39
+1 exactly
2021-11-16 21:09
hltv b8 omce again
2021-11-16 21:15
#293
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Slovakia ypsylonnn
Hella true
2021-11-17 16:01
#36
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Europe peagod
lmao
2021-11-16 20:09
#37
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Turkey razendd_
BIG doesn't look so good after Xantares leaves XD
2021-11-16 20:12
3 replies
also not with xantares in team)
2021-11-16 20:46
2 replies
Check eternal fire page
2021-11-16 23:58
they were top 1 stfu
2021-11-17 15:25
He brings a lot more chadness to the team than xantares
2021-11-16 20:11
Oh no, mad turks inbound
2021-11-16 20:11
It's true but big lost their Turkish and an incredible aimer...
2021-11-16 20:11
oh no he didnt! uh uh!
2021-11-16 20:11
Did he really said that? With Xantares BIG reached Top1 even tho there is no comm :( Now they 16 and going down every day. Ofc comms and IQ important but BIG team needs a firepower more than smart guys (Tabsen is already brain of BIG)
2021-11-16 20:11
10 replies
+1
2021-11-16 20:12
"I think XANTARES and I are probably two completely different players, I have been hearing tonnes about this firepower thing but that doesn't bother me too much. On paper yeah, but I don't see myself as an individually worse player than him, and I think I bring a lot more tactically and in terms of comms to the team than he did." This is the whole part, doesn't sound too cocky when you put it into perspective.
2021-11-16 20:23
4 replies
Hey you can’t read out the full paragraph. That won’t create angry Turkish fans in the comments. All jokes aside, it’s funny seeing these people get all mad for something they don’t know the full side of. Gade isn’t wrong.
2021-11-16 20:41
3 replies
Most of them aren't even reading the whole article and get baited by the headline. gade got a point here. He also isn't saying that he is better than XANTARES just that he is better for the team tactically and communication-wise. And I guess that you need that kind of mindset in order to perform. Image how pros would play if they take every bit of hate seriously, they wouldn't have any self-esteem
2021-11-16 23:00
2 replies
Yeah, it's just a bunch of idiots commenting. Everyone reacts based on emotion rather than knowing the full truth instead.
2021-11-17 05:56
1 reply
+1
2021-11-18 15:21
BRO, even EG reached top 1 in 2020 lmao. 2020 was a crazy tear with 289371 different temas reaching top 1
2021-11-16 20:40
3 replies
Kinda sad that you can't change your name anymore on hltv
2021-11-16 23:01
2 replies
fallen will win 3rd major eventually, not in 2021 lmao
2021-11-19 23:03
1 reply
I doubt it but we will see
2021-11-20 14:49
#47
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Poland moistu
yes, because matches are won by throwing grenades.
2021-11-16 20:12
1 reply
#60
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
+1 astralis_4_majors_xantares_0
2021-11-16 20:14
Of course
2021-11-16 20:12
#51
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Finland AliSabid
For sure
2021-11-16 20:12
#52
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Poland moistu
I don't know if throwing grenades and good communication help you when you can't shoot well.
2021-11-16 20:12
3 replies
BIG reached major playoffs with gob b, keev & Legija in 2017 so I’m pretty sure it can be a crucial winning factor because in that 2017 roster tabsen was the only one shooting back
2021-11-16 20:16
2 replies
#88
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Poland moistu
anyway + faveN
2021-11-16 20:21
1 reply
They should’ve done -xantares +faven in the first place but now that gade is there I don’t see him leaving anytime soon, he‘s not their problem either
2021-11-16 20:35
F for gade the entire nation of Turkey will bully him now for saying something bad about onlinetares
2021-11-16 20:13
#57
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
BASED GADE!
2021-11-16 20:13
#58
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United Kingdom julz!
but u dont bring any fucking firepower lmao
2021-11-16 20:13
.98 rating GIGACHAD
2021-11-16 20:14
Well yeah but firepower is important as well, and results are pointing out to exactly that. Anyways, hoping best for both BIG and EF.
2021-11-16 20:15
Gade is a Great guy from what I can hear and see. Good player as well, definitely surprised me since he joined BIG. I hope this roster will succeed in the near future. I completely agree that a solid mappool is their biggest problem at the moment but it also feels like they are lacking a bit confidence.
2021-11-16 20:15
But also zero firepower compared to Exanteras
2021-11-16 20:15
king_dempz baiting hate comments. Expected from some brexit degenerate
2021-11-16 20:15
They were #1 with XANTARES.
2021-11-16 20:17
LMFAOOOOO
2021-11-16 20:17
xanta go kill was better tactic
2021-11-16 20:17
Choose one: >Firepower with Tabsen Master Mind >Some comms and tactical terms etc. with Tabsen Master Mind
2021-11-16 20:18
Toxic he is toxic kick him
2021-11-16 20:18
#76
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Denmark NipoCS
that is a big statement to add when BiG was #1 with xantares.
2021-11-16 20:19
Well, in terms of comm I might agree with him but firepower, and affection 0/8
2021-11-16 20:19
SOON: -GADE +FAVEN
2021-11-16 20:20
1 reply
Would make a lot more sense!!
2021-11-16 20:27
#83
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Turkey CHEAFOOT
xantares is better player but gade is right. language fact
2021-11-16 20:20
#85
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Czech Republic forseti12
uff
2021-11-16 20:20
how many days until gade deactivates social media due to fanbase?
2021-11-16 20:21
salty fans coming
2021-11-16 20:23
1 reply
cry more
2021-11-16 20:30
Ok but why are you lower in the global ranking now?
2021-11-16 20:26
#96
D0cC | 
Germany D3mon^
in the end you need to click head and xantares better at clicking head
2021-11-16 20:27
1 reply
If you are a CIS team yes ut if you tactic team you need good tactics and players that can executes
2021-11-17 08:37
Is gade trying to mog Xantares? Thats pretty lame
2021-11-16 20:27
#99
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
its not that BIG's problem was firepower, right? i like him and hes alright but hes just another middle of the scoreboard guy. i dont know what k1to is doing in big still if hes also support or something but if they only had another good rifler..
2021-11-16 20:27
2 replies
They should get rid of tiziaN/gade and k1to and replace them with faveN and Krimbo. This team wouldn't be that much of an upgrade at first but they have potential. You can't have 2 all brain no aim players like tiziaN and gade in the team and k1to is still fucking inconsistant. Also they need tow b back
2021-11-16 23:08
you see now that k1to isn't good enough. Xantares covered his weakness up. As Tabsen said with gade everyone has to give more firepower and K1to is bad in his role. Far worse than Tizian as a support player.
2021-11-17 08:35
i like the cockyness
2021-11-16 20:27
#101
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Portugal dracø
Lmao, but they were better with no comms.... Xantares did his job without being able to speak german nor a very good english. I'm sure he can learn a language faster than gade can reach xantares's individual level.
2021-11-16 20:27
2 replies
#215
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Turkey glitchmob
you underestimate xantares's stupidity
2021-11-16 23:07
1 reply
Lmao
2021-11-17 09:33
That's a shot across Xantare's bow
2021-11-16 20:29
but no robotaim xD
2021-11-16 20:30
with xantares big top1 without xantares big top 20
2021-11-16 20:30
#105
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Turkey Kuvars
How HLTV could restrict the title of this awesome interview into just 1 paragraph about Xantares?
2021-11-16 20:30
#108
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Asia GKDNZ
I think XANTARES and I are probably two completely different players, I have been hearing tonnes about this firepower thing but that doesn't bother me too much. On paper yeah, but I don't see myself as an individually worse player than him, and I think I bring a lot more tactically and in terms of comms to the team than he did.
2021-11-16 20:31
#109
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El Salvador Bredalow
Gade throwing shots but not hitting them
2021-11-16 20:32
Come to Kebabland
2021-11-16 20:33
lmao
2021-11-16 20:33
he totally speaken like a trash. its true about com but xantares play like more tactically and xantares aim is powerful
2021-11-16 20:33
LoL. big was top1 with XANTARES
2021-11-16 20:34
3 replies
but for some reason they wanted to be more tactical, and now they don't have enough firepower, gg xd
2021-11-16 20:37
2 replies
Current rank #16 Peak #1 Time at peak 8 weeks what are you talking about? LoL
2021-11-16 20:40
1 reply
i know i know, i edited :P but they weren't conisistent after that peak
2021-11-16 20:41
#116
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Europe Kephea
team comm and throwing nades are not important unless you can't shoot the target. big with xantares reached top1, big with gade is #16 currently. it's simple as that.
2021-11-16 20:35
So toxic
2021-11-16 20:35
king_dempz what a baiter lul
2021-11-16 20:37
#121
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Turkey RaynTr
0.98 kd ? haha ok ok
2021-11-16 20:37
lmao i love that the interviewer called him good looking in the middle of the interview
2021-11-16 20:37
WHO İS GADE ? BOT ?
2021-11-16 20:38
He isn’t wrong. Anyone who denies or disagrees is just a delusional xantares fan lol.
2021-11-16 20:39
0-3
2021-11-16 20:40
Gigachad gade
2021-11-16 20:41
how to bait a whole country in 1 sentence
2021-11-16 20:43
The Third Reich has spoken.
2021-11-16 20:44
#139
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Brazil Anarchybr
Who is this bot?
2021-11-16 20:46
So with Xantares they were top1, now they hover around top20. I guess bringing gade is an upgrade then - in some parallel universe, lul.
2021-11-16 20:47
Both gade and xantares are bad faveN would be better choice
2021-11-16 20:47
2 replies
Faven only for Kito not for Xantares
2021-11-16 20:48
1 reply
+1
2021-11-17 05:57
Only thing Gade you are better in than Xantares is bottomfragin
2021-11-16 20:47
no doubt... Xantares good aim, peanut brain
2021-11-16 20:49
That isn't saying much though is it?
2021-11-16 20:49
lol
2021-11-16 20:50
toxic
2021-11-16 20:51
it's true the problem is bot tizian and mr inconsistent syrson
2021-11-16 20:55
Baiting both Brazil and Turkey within a week. nice
2021-11-16 20:56
1 reply
Brazil, Turkey and headline readers in shambles. XD
2021-11-17 01:01
@ everyone who only read the headline
2021-11-16 20:56
the last dreamhack open?
2021-11-16 20:59
#162
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Turkey BUGRAw0w
Damar gg
2021-11-16 20:59
That's an unfortunate statement on xantares. i think gade believes that fans are comparing him vs xantares as a better or worst player. Its not about to being better player as indivisual but team chemistry together.
2021-11-16 20:59
#165
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Finland dvlx
he's not wrong
2021-11-16 21:01
Speaking wise yeah but skill wise Nah silver, I can even do better than Gadel3r...
2021-11-16 21:03
#169
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Turkey Chexcs
he is speaking like xantares cant even talk :d, man he wasnt igl so he was just have to give info to his team and make what tabsen says ,you dont have to know english perfectly in csgo because there is certain words and sentences im not saying xantares speaking bad but com is not the problem when you used to team and feel comfort you guys know it too so idt there was a com problem, xantares leave the team because he wanted to achieve something with turkish team, BIG never gonna be as succesful as with xantares ,their peak 9th without xantares and they were like 30s or something like that before xantares come ,now they are going to same ranking like old days :d all i see is bullshit
2021-11-16 21:05
1 reply
This
2021-11-20 15:19
ofc dane iq > tukish iq
2021-11-16 21:10
2 replies
two faced jerman
2021-11-16 21:31
1 reply
not two faced just faceless
2021-11-16 21:46
3-0 bro
2021-11-16 21:11
0.98
2021-11-16 21:16
ok so how things went to shit without the language barrier and a tactical mastermind on the team especially when tabsen is dropping frags like xantares did? it has been 3.5 months for just one player to adapt.
2021-11-16 21:21
guy is probably trying to keep is job, i can't blame him. His stats have been terrible on BIG even if you have better tactics you can't even get the kills to win the round.
2021-11-16 21:28
guy is probably trying to keep is job, i can't blame him. His stats have been terrible on BIG even if you have better tactics you can't even get the kills to win the round 0.62 kpr past 3 months btw.
2021-11-16 21:29
#189
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Turkey sedo7
Big held 6 months rank1 with xantares when they have had "comm problems" and gade came "without comm problem" and they went to rank16 and it seems they will go out of top20 most likely :D "I don't see myself as an individually worse player than him" bruh, if anyone else would have said this i would say okay i pay respect your opinion but if you say it to yourself you looks like you have inferiority complex. Even device s1mple and many pros called him as individually best aimer but you are arguing this BS when coming out of nowhere LMAO
2021-11-16 21:32
1 reply
this
2021-11-20 15:45
BIG with xantares at its best: top 1 BIG with gade at its best: 16th with 0.98 rating kekw xDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-11-16 21:39
xantares >>> gade bot
2021-11-16 21:42
bunch of bullshit lmao
2021-11-16 21:43
Smooya and Xantares are better now. BUGClan tier 3.
2021-11-16 22:29
Guys u miss something Big not kick xantares. Xantraes leave the team for Eternal Fire. Andd germans fans mad cuz they love xantares and they dont wanna go xantares another team that's the problem. They now saying bad things xantares cuz of this.
2021-11-16 22:37
5 replies
Xantares has better aim but that's it. he has compared to other players with that aim very low game sense. And no many Germans are happy that he left.
2021-11-17 08:31
4 replies
why would germans be happy that he left? the turkish community still supports big and big with xantares climbed their way to no1
2021-11-17 12:36
3 replies
And who cars about Turkish community in Germany? And they fall with xantares sorry but it is better to move on and develop.
2021-11-17 13:25
2 replies
hhhahahahahahah you appearently have no idea about the business side of csgo, have a nice life
2021-11-17 16:34
1 reply
business side?? do you mean to sell more kebabs?? BIG market is Germany, not Erdowahn fans. Gade looks more German than Tabsen and k1to --> profit. You talk about no idea of business?? hahahahaha have a shit day
2021-11-17 16:57
People just reading the headlines. The guy admitted he is worse in terms of firepower but said he makes up for it in tactics in comms. Probably untrue, but do you really expect a pro player to not believe in themselves.
2021-11-16 22:47
lol
2021-11-16 22:50
As a quick reminder Tabsen still IGL'in there, nobody needs Gade's 5th tier tactical intelligence. Giving info in the game is so simple no need to make it a big deal + Xantares game sense better than you with no doubt. Beside Xantares played more than 2.5 years with BIG so don't bring the communication issue on the table it is not so convincing at all. Focus your game, you're just any avarage pro player. Mediocre.
2021-11-16 22:56
Xantares 10 times better than you bruh
2021-11-16 23:03
#216
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Finland NRTTN
Gade > Xantares. LoLllllllllllllllllllllllll
2021-11-16 23:06
gade +
2021-11-16 23:10
Ngl I feel kinda gay for gayde
2021-11-16 23:31
#221
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Hungary raffai
bot
2021-11-16 23:37
loool turkey malding
2021-11-16 23:43
BIG had 1 tizian and they did add 1 more tizian to the team. When they start separating friends and job and kick 2 tizians for 2 tabsens insta success comes.
2021-11-17 00:11
Turktares cant even speak basic german so Gade is better for big in the long term (atleast until they find a better replacement for him)
2021-11-17 00:29
#228
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Brazil drydden
Gade+
2021-11-17 00:40
yes you're better talk german than xantares. but youre sh1t player :)
2021-11-17 00:48
2 replies
so he is like xantares
2021-11-17 01:41
In what way?
2021-11-17 02:07
GIGACHADe
2021-11-17 00:53
Xantares vs big i want to see this so gade can shut his mouth forever and ever !!!!! How can he says this!! Xantares played with non coach team non game house with space soldier he won 3 cups with them they came to top 20.. he go big he won 4 cups and 2 another stuffs rmr and 1 Million prize also.. he was the nr 1 top fragger for big.. he go to eternal fire just for 2 months he won a cup again and he is now in the semi finals .. Who the heck is gade to.talk about Xantares!!!!!
2021-11-17 02:07
1 reply
gade talk about his own effect on the team but especially k1to don't get carried anymore from Xantares. You see now that he is actually not good enough for a high-ranked team.
2021-11-17 08:29
As long as they still have enough firepower
2021-11-17 02:07
BIG with xantares >>>>>> BIG with gade
2021-11-17 04:01
1 reply
2021-11-17 08:26
#244
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Germany Teztyment
Very nice Article and write-up. BIG is my favorite team by far. They all have great attitudes and of course from GERMANY. <3 They did have a disappointing show at the Major, but they have been practicing and adjusting to their mistakes. This team has a TON of potential and great leadership. gade is def a better pickup for the team than XANTARES. gade is a monster. once he finds his groove BIG will be a top 5 team again.
2021-11-17 06:42
BIG with xantares >>>>>> BIG with gade
2021-11-17 06:44
1 reply
No, you just see how inconsistent and useless k1to is so many times.
2021-11-17 08:26
G4gade
2021-11-17 08:20
I think if big bring faven instead of gade they will more solid but this decision not the best. Why didnt bring faven i dont understand. He can speak german as well and his firepower greater than gade. It's a interesting choice.
2021-11-17 08:26
4 replies
I think you should kick k1to if you wanna change a player for faven. Gade has many good rounds and on any map good plays.
2021-11-17 08:27
3 replies
But kito 2nd awper you can't kick for faven.
2021-11-17 10:02
2 replies
tabsen can also play second awp. There aren't many points for k1to.
2021-11-17 10:03
1 reply
Yes, you are right. Kito doesn't consistent player. But tabsen always play rotation player. They change so many things for faven and it can't possible rn.
2021-11-17 10:34
#255
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Other Bactuga
Firepower > Comms/Strats In the end if you have really good firepower but bad strats/comms you can still pull it off, while if you have bad firepower but good strats/comms it will be way harder. also it feels like they dont even have really good strats compared to when they had Xantares
2021-11-17 08:33
#261
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Turkey Varyshy
KEKW
2021-11-17 08:48
#263
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Germany Teztyment
I really wish faveN joined BIG too.
2021-11-17 09:01
Certified csgo moment
2021-11-17 09:37
#270
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North America soduk_db
HOW ARE THOSE SUPERIOR COMMS WORKING OUT FOR YOU BIG? LOL
2021-11-17 10:32
6 replies
#292
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Germany Teztyment
oh god a domebuster... #1g up in this bitch cuhz bow down.
2021-11-17 15:59
5 replies
#309
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North America soduk_db
Hell yeah been playing since betas in 99 I'm famous or used to be lol legit-proof.com/search?m=name&q=soduk-_- This doesn't show not even half of my experience though for some reason it should account for WONid's as well not just STEAM IMO.
2021-11-17 17:10
4 replies
#320
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Germany Teztyment
Lol that's funny you posted a legit proof with a bunch of invite experience of you playing a total of 0 matches. Nice try man I remember who you are. play.esea.net/users/383738/history And this is my legit proof of a real invite player. legit-proof.com/search?m=name&q=Illusi0n.. legit-proof.com/search?m=name&q=Bendoski..
2021-11-18 13:38
3 replies
#322
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North America soduk_db
Haha calm down why all the hate was just saying that I've been around a long time and I know you dude quit your trolling lol
2021-11-18 13:57
2 replies
#326
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Germany Teztyment
Because you literally posted a legit proof of you being a roster rider and trying to take credit that's all. Not hating. The truth hurts
2021-11-18 15:43
1 reply
#335
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North America soduk_db
Hmm well I was manager and a sub at the time so yeah are coaches and managers "roster riders" as well? I've played plenty of matches since OGL before CAL and I worked for Angel Munoz as a event coordinator for CPL at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort in Grapevine, Texas and I was a CAL admin as well as I worked for MLG as a ref, I recruited almost everyone on the eMg aka eMazing gaming lineup including n0thing which was Jordan's first big LAN team around the time x3o and Turmoil were NA's best I was the manager then and when we picked up Braxton for ESEA-Invite under philco and hardwood I can go on but you already know me I'm not surprised that it would be you to question this stupid comment lol
2021-11-19 02:25
#273
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Turkey razendd_
Very interesting personalities
2021-11-17 11:37
1 reply
#274
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Turkey razendd_
Just joke GL Gade
2021-11-17 11:47
Noone didn't even know gade exist before he joins big lol wtf Is this explanation really embrassing
2021-11-17 12:01
#277
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Finland shadenn
yeah gade cuz u cant even kill a dead chicken!!!!
2021-11-17 12:27
3 replies
no one can? it's already dead.
2021-11-17 15:47
2 replies
+1
2021-11-17 16:31
#303
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Finland shadenn
why u rekt me so badly broo
2021-11-17 16:33
but you can't hit a shot mate
2021-11-17 12:31
Funny how tilted people are getting over the title, when deep down you all know he's speaking the truth.
2021-11-17 15:42
1 reply
one does not need to look very deep ppl dont mald over the title, but over the fact that BIG sucks unbelievable right now and a year ago the where a top 3 contender for the most of the yr...
2021-11-17 16:03
Xantares >>>>5x gade What a bait from gade ...
2021-11-17 16:11
3 replies
dont think BIG wouldve beaten Esoba with Xantares... look how they slaughter Gambit right now...
2021-11-17 16:30
2 replies
can't believe u pal
2021-11-18 12:18
what is this comment man LUL.
2021-11-18 16:05
But can't aim LAL
2021-11-17 16:14
also he brings another bot player :). sorry but he is 2 tier below than mr. xantares.
2021-11-17 16:28
who is this guy called gade ? XANTARES proved himself that he is a firepower beast. what happend after XANTARES LEFT BİG ??
2021-11-17 16:48
I mean Xantares spoke neither German nor English very well so that's kind of an obvious statement lol but yea BIG with xantares >>>>>> BIG with gade
2021-11-17 18:41
1 reply
hltv content creators are click baiters lol. Gade said a lot of things but they took a single paragraph from it to try to create a drama
2021-11-17 20:08
1 reply
#327
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Germany Teztyment
Uhm no. Not really. They have literally a couple words to make an article title all you turks need to get off X cack
2021-11-18 15:46
is this really up for a discussion - of course Xantares - havent heard of gadepeek - have reached top 1 with big - he has proven himself - gade have to show something - they were not even qualified for major - I mean seriously you have to give something semi finals quaterfinals just - i dont see any different in big with gade on the team all the way xantaresss
2021-11-18 16:10
delusional af, stats tell it all really about firepower... Now sure maybe xantares wasn't the perfect guy for this team but at least he still had kinda x factor.
2021-11-18 17:53
#337
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Turkey kannore
damar gg
2021-11-19 23:05
#341
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Japan Laira
gade lmao. They lost like 5+ rounds on that dust 2 map because of his tactically amazing decisions
2021-11-20 15:06
Xantares on the server Gade is quit
2021-11-20 15:07
GADE ON XANTARES: "I THINK I BRING A LOT MORE TACTICALLY AND IN TERMS OF COMMS TO THE TEAM THAN HE DID"
2021-11-20 15:09
Well, Good luck to him and BIG.. I can understand him a bit, people going to compare him with Xantares. ( which they already doing that. ) Also the problem is, this team need some firepower, not tactical 100 IQ brain shit or something.. Thats Tabsen's job not his.. About comms hes right. Hes just frustrated, cant blame him. But sometimes you need to understand and ask urself '' Why did we lose '' And admit what wrong things you made in tournament. Like i said, good luck to him and BIG.
2021-11-20 15:17
2 replies
GOD GADE still gets all the love after fragging less than BOTARES because he is just a likeable guy
2021-11-20 15:21
1 reply
+1 for ur nickname brother.
2021-11-20 15:22
#351
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CIS xMadara
-1 lmfao
2021-11-26 15:28
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