NEOFRAG on other team offers: "At the start of 2022 I had ENCE, but it didn’t work out"

After putting up a valiant fight against Natus Vincere, Adam "⁠NEOFRAG⁠" Zouhar took some time for an interview with HLTV.

BLAST Premier Spring Finals has been a whirlwind ride for a brand-new OG roster as they wildly surpassed expectations by making it all the way to top-four, despite playing with a stand-in. On the way, they beat the world #3 Natus Vincere and world #2 ENCE.

A rematch against Natus Vincere in the semi-finals would prove to be a step too far for a squad inexperienced on stage, but they acquitted themselves well by taking their map pick and being competitive throughout the series.

NEOFRAG had a strong showing here at BLAST

Fresh from the brave but unsuccessful fight against Natus Vincere, NEOFRAG gave HLTV some insight on OG's run, what it has been like playing for his new squad, and why he left his countrymen behind.

How are you feeling about your performance here in Lisbon? I know you are probably feeling disappointed after the loss, but you had a great tournament.

I wouldn’t say disappointed, because we lost against NAVI you know? We were coming into this tournament as real underdogs, I didn’t even know we were going to play on the stage. I was talking to the guys and I said we should just have fun and enjoy the moment, I wouldn’t say we are disappointed, I am happy.

What was it like playing your first game in front of a crowd like that?

It’s just amazing. I played in Czech LANs in front of a crowd and there was like 1-2k, but this was amazing, it was like another experience and I like it, the whole day I was only smiling because of this crowd, this is why we play CS.

I can feel that energy! Turning to the game, the whole team seemed to play aggressively, with no fear, and make a lot of individual plays. Was that part of the game plan coming into the series?

Yeah, I would say I just like to play aggressive against the best teams, because maybe they will not check it against us on LAN, they will think we are afraid, but I wouldn’t say we were afraid. We are just confident in these moves, and we are proving it.

So would you say it is your playstyle in general as a team?

Yeah.

The Inferno T-side was particularly impressive, getting you 10 rounds, and seemed to be what allowed you to take that map. What do you think enabled you to be so effective?

I don’t know… nexa was calling like a beast, I would say we had a good banana take, we had a lot of times control of car because of this, and we just knew what they were doing, so we were prepared.

You had beaten NAVI on Mirage earlier in the tournament, but they turned things around on you in this series. What changed?

Maybe they didn’t take the first match seriously, they thought maybe it’s going to be easy playing OG.

You think they underestimated you in the first game?

I would say so, yeah.

Turning to some more general questions, how different is it playing for a team like OG, compared to SINNERS?

I would say I am playing the same playstyle as in SINNERS, I have the same positions. I feel like this team is more experienced, I would say there is a better mood in the team and everything is going fine, we are helping eachother. I like playing in OG.

Would you say it's a more upbeat and hype atmosphere?

Yeah for sure.

Was it tough to leave your countrymen behind? I know not all, but most players would prefer to play with players from their own country. Was it hard, or an easy decision for you?

I would say it was an easy decision, because the last six months I was thinking that maybe it’s time to go, and also beastik told me it’s time to go, and I was like “okay.” We don’t hate each other, they support me.

Was it time to step up, you had outgrown SINNERS?

Yeah for sure, I would say at the beginning of 2022 I was still a child, and in six months I grew and I have a better mindset, everything is better.

You can see it on the server, you are playing really well.

Thank you.

F1KU said you have been given a lot of freedom, on Vertigo for example, are you getting that freedom on every map?

Yeah, I would say yeah. Sometimes nexa has to calm me down (smiles), sometimes I want to do a lot of crazy plays, but yeah I have the freedom.

Did you have any other international offers before OG?

Yeah, at the start of 2022 I had ENCE, but it didn’t work out. I would say it was good to not go there, it worked out in the end. I wanted to go there, something happened, but everything bad is for something good, you know?

What are your goals with this team?

I want to be a stable top-10 team, playing these LANs, getting better, and enjoying CS!

Czech Republic Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
669
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
maybe
2022-06-18 21:22
2 replies
overratedfrag
2022-06-18 23:29
1 reply
but this interview is not about F1ku
2022-06-19 01:46
#2
MSL | 
Denmark chrisazz
NotSoEZforENCE
2022-06-18 21:22
#3
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Hungary YoloKutya
OG was a nice upgrade for him
2022-06-18 21:23
1 reply
#40
NEO | 
Europe chespiZ
OG much better
2022-06-18 23:28
short interview but good, nice! OG looks very promising
2022-06-18 21:23
7 replies
exactly, i wish they could've continue with degster
2022-06-18 21:57
6 replies
I agree but have to say that mantuu is also very good
2022-06-18 22:36
5 replies
#50
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
he is awful dude. if not for degster, this team's run would've been completely different. time has shown mantuu doesn't belong in t1cs
2022-06-19 01:30
4 replies
i mean could be just the honeymoon period or whatever, i hope at degster at least gets in a good t1 team
2022-06-19 08:34
1 reply
#66
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
degster constantly has impact and maintained 1.2 rating at least for more than one last week
2022-06-19 13:22
What do you mean awful, he literally had the highest rating of OG troughout its existence. And no dropoff in performance against top tier teams
2022-06-19 17:39
1 reply
#74
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
dude, if they dont sign degster, just watch how this team's performance drops significantly
2022-06-19 17:48
nice lie
2022-06-18 21:26
cz prodigy
2022-06-18 21:27
bruh imagine ENCE snappi, dycha, NEOFRAG, spinx and hades with degster for hades that team would be like Faze on paper
2022-06-18 21:30
16 replies
maden is a good player too
2022-06-18 21:32
11 replies
#16
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
Yepp he's usally underrated cause of his time with godsent..
2022-06-18 21:34
10 replies
same with styko, also very underrated, sad that FPX didn't work out
2022-06-18 21:34
9 replies
#21
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
Forgot about styko :0 yes he's really good look at old mouz when they kicked him they instatly became worst
2022-06-18 21:36
8 replies
#23
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United States cybonics
jks AZR jkaem styko degster
2022-06-18 21:46
7 replies
#51
Juli | 
Canada Yaokon
That team would be so fun to watch 😱😱
2022-06-19 01:33
#52
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
man, hltv dudes just love sharing the most awful rosters they come up with
2022-06-19 01:35
5 replies
#56
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United States cybonics
I can make worse trust this is honestly pretty decent (jkaem still godlike)
2022-06-19 04:39
4 replies
#57
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
jks had one good tournament since 2019 standing in for faze. azr is wanted by nobody. btw au cs not relevant at all since 2019 dreamhack malmo. jkaem on the edge of becoming washed. styko washed/never been good enough. degster probably would not fit in here.
2022-06-19 04:49
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#58
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United States cybonics
JKAEM is absolutely dominating these kids in tier 2 tho
2022-06-19 06:35
Yo le noob, Just saying styko is washed and never had the level for tier 1 invalidates your whole point and shows hiw braindamaged u are.
2022-06-20 00:35
1 reply
#76
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
cry styko fanbitch
2022-06-20 00:37
#20
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Czech Republic JameS_19
I wouldn’t say FaZe, but it would be a really strong team
2022-06-18 21:35
#29
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Poland RiperCiu
In which world neofrag is better than Maden? Coz he had 1 good tournament? XD
2022-06-18 22:00
2 replies
he played very well for Sinners in IEMs, RMRs and ESL Pro league
2022-06-18 23:23
madden has been underwhelming in ence so far; don't know why people keep circlejerking for him
2022-06-19 08:38
#18
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Egypt BomberMan_
would have been an upgrade over maden imo but no guarantees about that. good to see ence scouting is really on point tho NEOFRAG was pretty amazing in t2 with sinners. I hope the best for him now that I think they gete mantuu back instead of degster who may be a top 5 awp with his performances at blast and major
2022-06-18 21:35
1 reply
Man, Maden is so good. I ain't sure about that NEOFRAG 'd make them better
2022-06-18 21:51
#19
mhL | 
Russia Ansi
top 10 OMEGALUL
2022-06-18 21:35
NEOFRAG = budget ZYWOO
2022-06-18 21:38
#24
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Finland Jebe_
Happy for him and ence that it wasn’t made to be. It worked out well for both.
2022-06-18 21:51
NEOGOAT
2022-06-18 21:53
#27
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United States R700
good looks
2022-06-18 21:55
yeah
2022-06-18 22:11
Bro I can't unsee. This is Neofrag tenor.com/view/huh-verne-over-the-hedge-..
2022-06-18 22:23
1 reply
+1
2022-06-19 15:31
#32
ANa | 
Slovakia nvrn06
"the whole day I was only smiling" imgur.com/xiVKDMR good luck in future NEOFRAG !!!
2022-06-18 22:32
1 reply
#35
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Slovakia Adwarin
:D
2022-06-18 22:50
#34
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Slovakia Adwarin
nice, Pog
2022-06-18 22:48
Nice to see. Best of luck to neo and OG!
2022-06-18 22:50
So ENCE are looking to replace Maden? +Yekindar?
2022-06-18 23:02
1 reply
#38
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Poland kenze_n
no? Neofrag said about January, so he was an option probably like 5 other players but they just picked Maden
2022-06-18 23:16
#43
mhL | 
Russia Ansi
im pleasantly surprised by NEOFRAG ! not only in game, but also on the cams he looks pumped up, full of energy and ready to go! Just what OG needed!
2022-06-18 23:38
#44
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Hungary TheBudi34
maden better than him
2022-06-18 23:44
Such an impressive performance facing Navi, not necessary to jump into another better team in rush, prove yourself
2022-06-19 00:01
#47
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Poland kramer1
"YEAH", luckily ence didnt pick him up. and yeah, it would be a downgrade for ence.
2022-06-19 00:11
#53
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Poland Astoner55
I think that both teams made the right call with their current rosters, NEOFRAG and F1KU seem to really fit into OG and Maden has been really solid in ENCE while mostly doing the entry work
2022-06-19 01:37
#54
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Russia super_rat
This guy will be tier 1 killer soon
2022-06-19 01:38
these guys perfectly fit OG . also degster . kick mantuu next move
2022-06-19 08:34
This guy is so good
2022-06-19 12:42
semis today, grand finals tomorrow
2022-06-19 12:59
#67
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Czech Republic m7ocs
GOAT
2022-06-19 13:58
#69
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France Diodele
goodluck one more talent from the Czech Rep for a long time after oskar
2022-06-19 14:15
"beastik told me it’s time to go, and I was like “okay.” We don’t hate each other, they support me." Beastik is the homie
2022-06-19 16:21
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