Twistzz: "I dislike seeing so many changes every break, it feels like teams restart their progression"

Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken talks FaZe's form heading into the new season and comments on off-season changes in the scene.

After returning from the summer tournament break, FaZe have so far gone undefeated at the BLAST Premier Fall Groups, beating Evil Geniuses and Heroic in comfortable best-of-one matches in Copenhagen, and await their opponent in the Group C final.

Meanwhile, we've had the chance to catch up with Twistzz to find out what form FaZe are in following the break and to get the Canadian's thoughts on who he thinks made the biggest improvement out of the top teams who made changes in the off-season.

You can hear his thoughts on changes in Vitality, ENCE, and G2 in the video interview above, or read the transcript of the interview below:

Back from the break, so far it seems pretty good. I know rain said on the stream that you guys have felt pretty comfortable with the practice that you got in - how are you feeling with your form? Are you back to that Cologne winning form that you guys had towards the end of the season?

I actually think so. I think everyone was missing Counter-Strike on their break and people really couldn't stay away from our group chat, so we were just talking every day and it was a nice feeling. When we came back, it kinda felt like we never left each other, so practice instantly started feeling good and everyone put in the effort before playing to make sure they weren't rusty in-game. So far it's felt like we haven't had a break, but we did.

Twistzz commented on some of the biggest changes of the off-season

Compared to the last season you were one of the few who didn't make any changes, a lot of things changed around you. What do you make of some of the big teams who made changes and who do you see has made the biggest improvement?

It's really tough to say because... I mean, you could probably say that Vitality made the best change, but I don't know, I think their main issue was communication, so I don't know if it's gonna fix that entirely. But they definitely have more firepower now. I would like to say that G2's change will be beneficial for them in the future, I just think they need to give one of their many rosters that they've had more time than they actually do give them. Obviously, I really like jks as a player, I was always talking to him before and I was happy that he found a team, finally...

ENCE, we played them in practice, but it's not really much. Right now, every in-game leader kinda has a foundation, a system in place, so if you play a team you don't really feel you notice the differences, so for ENCE it kinda just felt the same. Only time will tell about which organization made the best change. Hopefully, all these rosters, give them some time and... I kinda dislike seeing so many changes every break, because it feels like teams restart their progression. They don't try to find the full potential of the lineup.

But people are maybe looking for the ropz addition that finally gets them to that next level.

Yeah, maybe. You can also look at NAVI, how taking Perfecto was helping them already get to the next level, you don't necessarily have to take such a star player to reach the best part. You can see karrigan and RobbaN have found what pieces of the puzzles really belong together, and I think he's found all four of it.

So do you see NAVI as still your biggest challengers heading into the second season?

Yeah, of course. We're the teams that didn't really restart our progression. We stayed the same because we love our rosters, we have like a family going on, and it's the same for them, they're playing together for a while already, and I think that's why it's just going to be the two of us battling out for number one.

Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
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Rating 1.0:
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First
2022-08-21 18:10
9 replies
#12
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Norway CheNaLii
who
2022-08-21 18:12
3 replies
u right, g2 is tier30 atm
2022-08-21 18:39
1 reply
#84
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Norway CheNaLii
who
2022-08-21 19:09
imagine being a g2 fan 2022
2022-08-22 12:38
Reported
2022-08-21 18:13
2 replies
#26
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Australia poppyxox
hilarious
2022-08-21 18:16
1 reply
I agree, first comment hunting is very hilarious
2022-08-21 18:18
#86
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Finland giaoskr5
pov: tiktok's kids got finally a pc and start playing csgo
2022-08-21 19:10
#128
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Poland dejmanOOO
kid
2022-08-22 12:49
#2
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Finland PiapA
Reasonable
2022-08-21 18:11
Why u add ropz at first break then
2022-08-21 18:11
35 replies
That was always the plan
2022-08-21 18:12
6 replies
If coldzera didnt bench himself just imagine how faze would have look
2022-08-21 18:52
5 replies
#97
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Indonesia polyglot
u mean that it would be tier 3 garbage?
2022-08-21 19:27
And who is coldzera in faze? A nobody. NiKo pushed the deal and brought coldzera. Of all players that were playing in faze roster since he came,he was shit alongside olof and kyaerbye. He didnt bench himself, thats a story to avoid the word "kicked".
2022-08-21 20:19
3 replies
hahaha prove it, cold was just tired losing 0-16
2022-08-22 10:06
1 reply
dexerto.com/csgo/coldzera-says-he-got-ca.. "On FaZe, coldzera finally fulfilled his wish of playing alongside NiKo,"
2022-08-22 12:57
coldzera has been a joke and basically a non factor since leaving SK/Mibr. I't know what changed in his life but he went downhill in the fastest way I've probably seen out of any pro player and has been awful for like 4 years now.
2022-08-22 13:01
Because it was a necessary change for FaZe to actually progress further.
2022-08-21 18:12
19 replies
Same as spinx and danes for Vitality Or jks for g2
2022-08-21 18:15
18 replies
The argument for Spinx and him leaving ENCE was kind of unexpected in my opinion, especially because ENCE were doing good with him. The only argument for ENCE to progress further in performance was getting a new AWP'er and they would have done well without Spinx leaving for Vitality. Though, turn it around and take it into Vitality's perspective. They haven't been living up to the expectations when they first announces dupreeh, Magisk and zonic. So they wanted more firepower instead of misutaaa. Don't know about jks getting on G2 and benching JackZ. I've always thought JackZ was a great player that could fill all types of roles when necessary! The newer G2 haven't had a long time to get the chemestry going along with things going on In-Game.
2022-08-21 18:43
15 replies
i really cant comprehend the hooxi signing back jks makes perfect sense.
2022-08-21 18:53
8 replies
I believe in HooXi. He did well at Flames. He almost got them to playoffs at their first major at Stockholm and he got them to the playoffs at Antwerp. I think we need to be patient here and see what time will tell. People need to adjust their expectations a bit tbh.
2022-08-21 18:55
5 replies
cpf werent good tactically. to me copenhagen flamez looked like a mini g2 or old faze with insane riflers and the biggest dead weight igl possible.
2022-08-21 18:56
2 replies
Perhaps. You don't have to be strong tactically to be an In-Game Leader, in my opinion. In the end it's the killing the enemy team, planting or defusing the bomb, and they Flames managed to do that. Also, there are very different types of In-Game Leaders and they have different approaches to the game of course. In a Danish documentary of Flames' run in PGL Stockholm, you see multiple times that HooXi is the type of leader that backs up and supports the teammates in and outside of the game no matter if they won or lost a game. Time will tell if HooXi was great. I believe!
2022-08-21 20:29
That's why I think he is a much better fit for an aleksib. He likes/has that looser calling style giving players more freedom and relying on that skilled based more aggressive approach. And if there's something G2 doesn't lack it's definitely firepower...
2022-08-22 12:56
+1 he's been with the team for less than a week. Give it 3 months minimum.
2022-08-21 19:15
1 reply
Exactly! Too fast to tell if it's the right fit.
2022-08-21 20:31
Hooxi is understandable tbh, pretty sure he was the only igl in the market that have a proper tier 1 experience
2022-08-21 18:58
1 reply
pretty sure he was the only igl on the market whos only got tier 2 experience
2022-08-21 19:12
#70
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North America BoDaddy
Jackz had a terrible rating for a while
2022-08-21 18:54
Quite often the player that "can fill all roles" is the one that can play none of them well. Definitely the case for Jackz.
2022-08-21 19:14
2 replies
Good point. I don't watch too much G2 tbh, but the times where I've watched them, it felt like JackZ was that type of player that could pick up any given role/weapon at specific scenarios.
2022-08-21 20:24
Jackz of all traits.
2022-08-23 17:09
IMagine if ENCE had money and the change was -hades +zywoo That would have been the best lineup possible with these two teams atm. Even -hades +degster/SunPayus and keeping Spinx would have made them a serious threat
2022-08-22 12:58
1 reply
Exactly! That was my point! Glad I'm not the only one :D
2022-08-22 13:37
#67
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
0-2
2022-08-21 18:52
Twistzz was suggesting that potentially adding Spinx, whilst obviously an upgrade player wise, would really solve the team’s main issue, which was calling in English instead of French. Many people suspect that is why Vitality did worse after adding Dupreeh and Magisk, clear upgrades over Nivera/Rpk/Kyojin. Or that while HooXi and Jks may be good additions to G2, it resets their clock on getting comfortable and repeated changes puts even more pressure on the 2 players that keep changing (JKS and HooXi’s spots) bc they know the cousins and m0NESY are fine.
2022-08-21 18:53
That was always the final piece of the puzzle, they were just waiting for the contract expiration.
2022-08-21 18:15
2 replies
Faze probably had more roster changes than most teams His statement is stupid
2022-08-21 18:16
1 reply
How is his statement stupid? Its the management or coach that makes the changes, not twistzz.
2022-08-21 18:40
Olof wanted to leave and they waited for Ropzs contract with mouz to be gone
2022-08-21 18:17
2 replies
+1! Also, karrigan has since his time in MOUZ said that he really liked playing with ropz! So it was basically a no-brainer when getting ropz to FaZe when his contract expired with MOUZ. Only team/org that I can think of that would afford ropz would probably be Liquid or G2.
2022-08-21 18:47
1 reply
Of course he is an IGL, on top of being one of the top players in the world in raw skill ( he is top 5-7 in my book ) karrigan could see he is the perfect fit / missing piece for FaZe rolewise... ps : Vitality ... zonic wanted to get him, but NEO wasn't really insterested despite confirming having a livecall with ropz to talk about it...
2022-08-22 12:53
#39
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Canada Zenrod
They didn’t change during the summer break…
2022-08-21 18:21
they always knew olof was gonna go and ropz was gonna join...it was only a matter of when
2022-08-21 19:00
#4
FASHR | 
France Ansi
sometimes you need to force the situation, russel
2022-08-21 18:11
#5
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Israel michnass
He’s talking about g2
2022-08-21 18:12
Well you dislike everything mate
2022-08-21 18:12
1 reply
+1 lmao
2022-08-26 01:08
Tell that to G2 please
2022-08-21 18:12
16 replies
g2 wasn't going anywhere with aleksib and jackz. They won't be achieving anything with jks and hooxi either. They definitely needed changes but picking up hooxi and jks is just setting up for failures.
2022-08-21 18:14
15 replies
#43
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Afghanistan Pewpo
JKS is a god, hooxi however...
2022-08-21 18:25
11 replies
10x better than aleksi
2022-08-21 19:05
10 replies
#88
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Finland Hei456
What has hooxi ever achieved
2022-08-21 19:12
9 replies
Aleksib >>> whoXi I rly don't understand... they had such a good chemistry between aleksi, jackz and m0nesy
2022-08-21 19:22
1 reply
#103
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Finland Hei456
I've heard that aleksi and the coach disagreed how g2 should play and they decided to keep Voldemort
2022-08-21 20:24
what has aleksi achieved? bro is operating with negative iq he cant give a single good call or aim for shit
2022-08-21 23:53
6 replies
#140
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Finland Hei456
Aleksi has achieved 10x more than hooxi
2022-08-22 17:22
5 replies
he got carried , got lucky , you don't need to be good to win something here and there just like how complexity won a map of navi that's same as aleksi winning stuff and he was support not contributing in any significant way
2022-08-22 18:54
4 replies
#144
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Finland Hei456
Nah you're wrong + hooxi is danish so no one in g2 understands what tf he's saying
2022-08-25 16:23
3 replies
if you didnt had that flag mybe i would consider your option just wrong cuz everyone has a right for wrong one but you my friend are lost
2022-08-25 21:27
2 replies
#148
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Finland Hei456
Finland is based country and Ukraine is doing its best so we wouldn't have to face russians in csgo ever again
2022-08-26 00:32
1 reply
dunno what are you talking about my guy get help
2022-08-26 00:52
#83
BzOo | 
France JBzOo
It’s was full french roster with shox kennyS Amanek lucky and Jackz. Only Lucky was not really impactfull … Yes g2 never have good vision :)
2022-08-21 19:07
Hooxi is a solid addition and a good fit for G2. +jks will work out if they figure out how they will manage entries - then they are arguably the best team on paper after the top2.
2022-08-21 19:16
1 reply
+1, but stupidos were already calling for Hooxi's head in the twitch chat during his first game yesterday...
2022-08-22 12:50
G2 xDDD
2022-08-21 18:12
#11
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Norway Snaids
Agree
2022-08-21 18:12
#13
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Australia poppyxox
yeah why doesn't everyone just win like us in faze come on guys
2022-08-21 18:12
2 replies
twistzz top 1 ceo
2022-08-21 18:14
1 reply
#37
Petra | 
Poland 138|
faze up ass down
2022-08-21 18:20
+111
2022-08-21 18:13
like faze didnt do that until they found the right players lmao
2022-08-21 18:14
4 replies
its fine when they do it but others oh no, no way, we can't have that.
2022-08-21 18:15
1 reply
Faze added 1 new player in last 1.5 years. G2 added 4 new players in the same time
2022-08-21 18:40
He kinda right thought. Teams want to be on the top but they are not patient. Even if ropz came and they become top1, they struggled a lot before and they didn't want to constantly change the team. They had a plan and they waited for ropz. G2, even vitality don't have a long term plan.
2022-08-21 18:28
1 reply
I agree, with how developed the top teams are, it can take at least 6 months for results to start showing
2022-08-23 22:00
Did twistzz missed news that navi changed 2 players?
2022-08-21 18:14
8 replies
why 2?
2022-08-21 18:16
6 replies
boombla and s1mple?
2022-08-21 18:16
5 replies
S1mple is back playing next week
2022-08-21 18:16
4 replies
really? blade in interview said he might not come back in 2022
2022-08-21 18:17
3 replies
i'm pretty sure he said at the interview after topping group he's expected to return 22.8 for pracs and will be able to play next week
2022-08-21 18:19
bruh you think he wont play in major?
2022-08-21 19:17
#98
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
he literally said s1mple will be back in a week lol?
2022-08-21 19:58
S1mple is back next week, but for Sdy there was more reason behind it. Boombl4 was not only a bad reputation for the org, but this NaVi roster had played together for just over a year, meanwhile G2 and Vitality spent 6 months on a roster and just because they failed thus far they give up on it completley.
2022-08-21 18:48
based as always
2022-08-21 18:15
#25
jks | 
Greece J0hnN
Fact
2022-08-21 18:16
Resetting all the progress a team made when shuffling players was my point for years. You get to know each other, find decent results. You get stomped sometimes but these games are always an opportunity to learn and grow better. Instead it seems to be common practice to just give up instead of learning as a team and letting ppl learn individually as well. Easy way out if you just blame one or two random mates and exchange them, just to tell everyone after the next tournament group stage exit that you had no time to practice.
2022-08-21 18:17
3 replies
#35
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Australia poppyxox
true genius.
2022-08-21 18:19
Exactly, look at FaZe last year they had their best performance with top 4 in cologne and they never made top 8 in any other event (except blast fall where their was only 8 teams and they came 5/6th), they struggled so much and although Ropz is a beast in and out the server the other 4 playing together for an entire year together got them to learn more about one another and understand how they want to play, and then Ropz came in at perfect timing.
2022-08-21 18:50
1 reply
That's why their situation is completely different. karrigan already had built the proper system/team set up and they only had to slot ropz in ( for roles he is the best in the world at --> anchor/lurker ) for it to work... Completely different situation than G2 or Vita indeed. If anything Movistar's last ride should have reminded every other coach/CEO than having bigger names/more firepower gets trumped by a better, more coordinated team with better strats and atmosphere and on the same page on the way they want to play the game...
2022-08-22 12:48
#33
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Europe Lumbagor
Twistzz speaks so rational
2022-08-21 18:18
#38
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Denmark Almoe
twistzz based thats rare
2022-08-21 18:22
3 replies
twistzz is always based wdym
2022-08-21 18:25
2 replies
#52
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Denmark Almoe
Adderall abuse is not based
2022-08-21 18:33
1 reply
#99
RpK | 
France HippzZ
Based
2022-08-21 20:02
wtf I agree with him, that's why cs is kinda boring rn, people try to build a perfect team instead of trying to sculpt one
2022-08-21 18:23
1 reply
Well said.
2022-08-22 15:21
Indeed
2022-08-21 18:23
He’s scared to lose
2022-08-21 18:25
pogchad
2022-08-21 18:29
listen the NA goat @g2 @ence @vitality
2022-08-21 18:30
4 replies
G2 and Vitality yes but ENCE probably wouldn't have made changes if it wasn't for Spinx getting Vitality offer, and SunPayus for Hades was an obvious upgrade which they may have missed out on if they didn't take it.
2022-08-21 18:52
3 replies
so many teams ruined in a so little time, hurts to see, movistar and ence killed their progress for money
2022-08-21 20:35
2 replies
It's not up to ENCE and Movistar to decide if their players want to leave
2022-08-21 20:36
it's pro sports pal
2022-08-22 12:44
Said the player from a team which became competitive only because of proper kicks and transfers.
2022-08-21 18:31
1 reply
I dont think ropz for olof is a lot
2022-08-21 18:56
g2 haha
2022-08-21 18:39
i love twistzz's interviews
2022-08-21 18:40
I'm a FaZe fan, but the first reason of those roster changes is because they can't beat FaZe. As the top team of course you don't easily make changes but for challengers you need to change to have a chance.
2022-08-21 18:43
1 reply
Changing line up other day won't help them though.
2022-08-22 12:43
#60
HooXi | 
Sweden souI
g2 makes major finals carlos: roster change time!!!!
2022-08-21 18:44
6 replies
Dumbest move ever tbh. They've been going downhill non stop since then.
2022-08-22 12:42
*g2 makes major finals carried by NiKo, with an old, close-to-retirement lineup that can't be renewed and wouldn't peak any higher, upgrading both kicked out (and worst performing) members for wayyy better players (-amanek, -jackz / +m0nesy, +jks, (nexa wanted to leave)) getting better consistent results and being finally able to close out maps convincingly, something the previous iteration in their almost 4 years together has never managed to do* an hltv pleb and a random frenchie: NOOOOOOOOOOO B-BUT YOU WERE FINALISTS IN 1990!!!! WHY MAKE CHANGEEEEE. YOU WON SILVER
2022-08-26 01:05
4 replies
#155
HooXi | 
Sweden souI
im not reading by the way lol
2022-08-26 01:07
3 replies
WARNING: he's illiterate communicate to @soul via voice messages, he can't read
2022-08-26 01:10
2 replies
#158
HooXi | 
Sweden souI
ok bro
2022-08-26 01:11
1 reply
did you learn yet
2022-08-26 01:12
#61
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Finland AliSabid
FaZe and NAVI, the only good teams rn sadly
2022-08-21 18:45
Too mamy changes. Twistzz is on Point.
2022-08-21 19:01
"guys just stay in the same shit position you are in so we can farm all majors"
2022-08-21 19:02
ez money & ez tournaments for faze
2022-08-21 19:02
Easy to say when ropz joined and they immediately won big tournament and a major, of course they have no reason to change
2022-08-21 19:07
Easy to say as number 1 eh!?
2022-08-21 19:10
twistzz taking shots at g2 pog
2022-08-21 19:13
G2.....
2022-08-21 19:17
You can say what you want about not changing rosters but imagine a world withou Navi +b1t or Faze without +ropz the cs scene would be totally diffrent and who knows who would have won the last 2 majors. So everyone just wants that last piece of the puzzle.
2022-08-21 19:24
1 reply
Vitality and G2 don't even have a solid system in place where theyjst need the " last piece " to be able to thrive almost instantly in the difference of both NaVi and FaZe... So changing 40% of the roster every six monthes , basically trying every set up until one works, like an octopus trying to open a jar, most likely won't work...
2022-08-22 12:41
Sometimes you require time to have a progress and make a big break in the end
2022-08-21 20:20
2 replies
I'd say even " often " or " almost always " more than "sometimes" tbh. Valuable things almost never come " time free " IRL.
2022-08-22 12:38
1 reply
That's true
2022-08-25 19:33
#108
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United States GiantDays
yeah i think uh i think thats part of the point of the break, find the weaker links in a team, fix them if possible, or replace them and use the time to adjust to the new element.
2022-08-21 21:12
2 replies
The player break it is a pause. Nobody train really hard. So basically it is a reset for g2 and ence. The weak link it is not always a player but it is also a gameplay, strats or philosophy. G2 doesn't have an identity and I doubt hooxi will bring one
2022-08-21 21:28
1 reply
Yep, switching two player is basically a " system " reset , especially for G2 who changed their IGL...
2022-08-22 12:39
TwoFaZed.
2022-08-21 23:51
Nah Hooxi bot needs to go asap.
2022-08-22 00:05
Wiser things have never being told. I applause.
2022-08-22 01:04
Someone finally addressing the elephant room of G2/Vitality's musical chairs... Vitality just jumped on the danish trio because they were "free", seeing it as "an offer they can't refuse" despite the problems it could cause ( game culture, communication ) and now they're having way worse results than the one thad playing 4v5 with kyojin... G2 is even worse because they reached a major final and lost a close match ( hello nuke ) against NaVi on their best form ever... One could think with a few more monthes they could have been top 1 consistently. Instead of that both team changed lineups not once but twice in like 8 monthes and are back to square one... Comparing that to FaZe who basically one switched one player while the system was well establish and they just swapped in the perfect player both skill and rolewise makes no sense...
2022-08-22 12:37
1 reply
Heroic didn't change their roster 4 times in the last year. It doesn't change anything he said. Btw a bo1 as an argument ? Pretty weak
2022-08-26 01:01
#131
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Poland dejmanOOO
+1 smart guy
2022-08-22 12:50
twistzz is always right and on point
2022-08-25 21:28
He's scared :D
2022-08-26 00:33
8 replies
Of g2 ? Hooxi can bottom frag like that, they wont win against faze or navi
2022-08-26 00:58
7 replies
Most likely scared of up and coming talent "junior"
2022-08-26 01:35
6 replies
If I was him, I would be more scared of Cerq, the next top1 hltv player . 1.35 rating every freaking game.
2022-08-26 02:12
5 replies
2022-08-26 17:53
4 replies
3 replies
Top 30 is not a good filter, maybe top 1 instead
2022-08-26 17:55
2 replies
hltv.org/stats/players/11219/cerq?startD.. This better? 0.97 rating against bots
2022-08-26 17:56
1 reply
yes now hes a tank
2022-08-26 17:56
didn't asked he's scared
2022-08-26 00:59
2 replies
didnt asked Nice english
2022-08-26 17:53
1 reply
thank you! it's "didn't" btw
2022-08-26 17:57
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