HooXi on IEM Dallas: "I felt like giving up and I didn't really have more energy in the tank"

The Dane had a chat with HLTV after G2 took down Cloud9 in their BLAST Spring Final opener.

G2 have slowed down as of late, unable to reach the same heights as their victories at the BLAST Premier World Final and IEM Katowice a few months back.

The European roster missed out on the BLAST.tv Paris Major playoffs and were sent packing from IEM Dallas in the quarter-finals, being defeated 1-2 by FaZe in what was their first tier-one test of the tournament.

HooXi has regained some energy in time for the last event of the season

Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen and company have already shown a much better face at the BLAST Spring Finals, however, recording a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cloud9 to set up a date with Imperial, where a win would guarantee the side a semi-final berth and a top-four finish in the last event of the season.

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BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023

HLTV was able to sit down with HooXi shortly after G2's opening win versus Cloud9. The Danish in-game leader spoke about the team's opening series versus Cloud9, their upcoming bout versus Imperial, and the mood in the G2 camp after a relatively lackluster run of form toward the latter half of the season.

Tell me about this Cloud9 victory at first. It was fairly straight-forward, apart from the ending of Inferno. From that 10-1 point on they were catching some momentum, can you tell me how you finally got Inferno over the line in the end?

We kinda let them into the game again after being up 10-1. We gave them a few CT rounds, and then it's really tough to get CT rounds nowadays on Inferno. Obviously we didn't play some situations as well on CT, we had a 5v3 after Nema [huNter-] gets two kills and didn't manage to close it down. I'm not sure what happened, but it's just Inferno right now, and I think we are also two T-sided teams, Cloud9 and us.

Did you catch the game Imperial played against Vitality earlier?

I saw the Overpass game, but didn't have time for the rest, we had to warm up and set up. They are always pretty good on Overpass on the T side, and that's not going to be a problem for us (laughs), so that's good.

How are you feeling heading into that matchup? Confident?

Of course, I'm confident, but at the same time we've had a long season and they probably don't travel as much as we do and I think they are also more hungry when they get the chance than us. It's a big tournament for them, of course we want to win as well, but I think that is something that we need to bring the same fire that they have. We were setting up while they were playing and I could hear they were shouting, yelling, having a good time, and if we come in a lazy mood or whatever you wanna call it, then they will roll over us I think. It's important that we don't underestimate them and also important we come in with the right mentality.

I wanted to ask you about your energy, as well. You've been on this run since the Major, and then Dallas didn't go so well for you either. What are the energy levels at the moment and the mood in the team?

Dallas was a bit of a lesson, especially for me. I felt like giving up and I didn't really have more energy in the tank. Now, I didn't work as hard at Dallas and I tried to do less prep, also to get some energy back, and I think I have it now and I also showed it in this game that I'm bringing back the hype we usually have. If I can keep doing that throughout the tournament, I think we will do good.

What do you think was behind that in Dallas? A lot of people were talking about the body language inside the team, and from your perspective especially.

I could make a long list. It's been a long year in general, first year for me in tier one, traveling a lot, having personal issues, and just not playing to the level that we want. It's just hard when you put in so many hours and so much work and you don't see results, then that can be a bit demotivating. All of that just kinda hit at once. I'll be quite honest, I didn't feel like being there (laughs). We played a whole year, and to have one slip up in one tournament when it comes to mentality is, of course, not the best, but I wouldn't call it unacceptable either. But now we are back and I think we're going to do good.

Do you think that was the only problem, not being up to par with energy levels and mood at Dallas? Those two series you had against Heroic and FaZe, the Ancient comeback against FaZe was the only positive to take away, as it was pretty convincing losses otherwise. Was there something else that went wrong in those two games as well?

I think both teams were better than us, as well, just at playing CS. I think against Heroic especially we didn't even give ourselves a chance, we just lost to ourselves. Against FaZe it was different because it was in the arena and we had the energy back and the motivation to play. The Ancient was fun, but they had a really good answer for how we played on Inferno and completely shut us down, we never tried anything like that on the T side. I think they just kept the momentum from Inferno onto Mirage and some key rounds didn't go our way, so it's definitely not that we only lose because of bad mentality or because we weren't 100% energized or anything. Before you get all that energy back and show you actually want to be there, all of the rest doesn't matter. So it's one step at a time, and now at least we have the energy back and the mood back, so that's good.

Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
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2023-06-07 23:04
15 replies
2023-06-07 23:05
3 replies
pls leave g2 botxi
2023-06-07 23:09
2 replies
2023-06-07 23:24
Pls leave hltv
2023-06-08 15:54
+11 "It's just hard when you put in so many hours and so much work and you don't see results, then that can be a bit demotivating" umm theres a million ppl playing cs 24/7, and 0,0002% of them has a chance of goin pro... ur getting great money, those upcoming talents are basically playin for free.. if this is already demotivating you maybe just quit or try to change things up in the camp
2023-06-07 23:29
10 replies
If 0,0002% of 1 million players can go pro then that would be 2/1000000 players which isn’t very accurate 🤓
2023-06-07 23:41
9 replies
tell him 🤓
2023-06-08 00:02
you tell him 🤓☝️
2023-06-08 00:23
Theres 8 billion ppl in the world and like 50-60 t1 pros?? My stats were spit outta my mouth but i dont think im far off 😉🤫🤫
2023-06-08 07:21
6 replies
United Kingdom knareBy
You said % of people playing cs not people in the world lol you're pretty far off
2023-06-08 08:01
Czech Republic Korenus
"but i dont think" thats where your sentence should’ve ended
2023-06-08 08:04
🥸☝️you can’t just change the denominator from 1 million people to 8 billion people since you originally stated that a certain percentage of 1 million people had a chance to go pro. Furthermore if you assume all 8 billion humans play then that Would be 16000 players with a chance to go pro, which is also unrealistic as the pro scene would be larger if indeed every person on the planet played csgo. Checkmate 🥸—> 😎
2023-06-08 08:04
3 replies
Petra | 
Poland 138|
but you get his point. hooxi does not understand how good his position looks like yet he is ready to give up
2023-06-08 17:43
2 replies
Of course, I just felt like being a nerd
2023-06-08 18:47
1 reply
Petra | 
Poland 138|
okay, nvm then broski
2023-06-08 18:48
2023-06-07 23:06
1 reply
Lil bro had 2 day break and now he is perfectly fine
2023-06-08 00:07
nice interview
2023-06-07 23:06
Costa Rica YeAreGods
2023-06-07 23:07
great leader, publicly showing his vulnerability
2023-06-07 23:08
5 replies
Canada MiLkBaGzz
2023-06-07 23:24
Lithuania Woozylul
bro look at apex he shows vulnerability every fucking match lol
2023-06-08 01:44
Which makes him... A bad fkin leader???? Bro you shouldn't be such a snowflake if you trying to awake G2
2023-06-08 01:55
2 replies
A leader must never show he have lost faith, otherwise his team will lose faith too, simple as that.
2023-06-08 17:11
1 reply
I didn't catch the irony and thought that you praising him All good, all correct
2023-06-08 19:28
Poland PolarisS5
just retire
2023-06-07 23:09
United Kingdom SickaBoy
2023-06-07 23:09
Calm down, tomorrow you get to play the top1 team.
2023-06-07 23:09
1 reply
kkkk vamo irmão
2023-06-08 17:18
Sweden Hasklon
always respect an honest interview
2023-06-07 23:09
Being NiKo's IGL drained my bro energy
2023-06-07 23:10
1 reply
I would too, so I got him
2023-06-08 00:14
Czech Republic forseti12
just give up then
2023-06-07 23:12
Not a true athlete. Just a kid who grew up on the computer.
2023-06-07 23:16
16 replies
Canada MiLkBaGzz
You're on the wrong website.
2023-06-07 23:24
15 replies
It actually sounds kinda childish. Especially since he could have never dreamed of a better team than G2 and his main role is still kind of a motivator. Having no energy and letting it hang out like that are two separate pair of shoes. No hate but in that moment I thought that's quiet a no go. Was leading people multiple times myself and u simply can't do that. U are not just a bunch of friends. I wish them all the best but giving a good feeling to others can be impossible once u broke the facade so let's see how the synergy will be in the future
2023-06-08 00:43
14 replies
Canada MiLkBaGzz
Every pro feels this. Its just that only a few actually talk about it. Listen to any retired pro. They all say it happens. Listen to the device interview, listen to twistzz, listen to hooxi, listen to any of them. Burnout is normal.
2023-06-08 00:58
13 replies
It is but has nothing to do with what I said
2023-06-08 01:00
12 replies
Canada MiLkBaGzz
Yeah but keeping it bottled up is dumb and I thought that was implied. Letting people know what they feel is what you feel is way better than pretending to be supernatural. The second just makes them feel weak.
2023-06-08 01:07
11 replies
Bro it's human to have those feelings, not to show them at this level when u are the team captain. In addition they get paid so much. Imagine u pay this guy 10-20K to hype up ur stars and then he is like that on stage however he feels
2023-06-08 01:24
10 replies
Canada MiLkBaGzz
"Bro it's human to have those feelings not to show them" This sentence is exactly whats wrong with todays culture. Everyone is afraid to show their emotions
2023-06-08 01:14
7 replies
U should do it anywhere but there
2023-06-08 01:14
6 replies
Canada MiLkBaGzz
Agree to disagree I guess Nice chatting, have a good night man.
2023-06-08 01:15
5 replies
same good night mate
2023-06-08 01:15
4 replies
Get a room
2023-06-08 02:52
1 reply
2023-06-08 09:18
Most Canadian argument I have ever read :DD You guys are too rational for this website
2023-06-08 09:05
1 reply
Live the change u wanna see ;D
2023-06-08 17:07
Talking about how they feel is important to improve the performance. To just pretend nothing is happening is inefficient caveman mentality.
2023-06-08 10:26
1 reply
It is but not in public especially when u are the team leader. If u are in a relationship u gotta talk about feelings too but u shouldn't do that in a talk show
2023-06-08 16:57
should have. careers over. selfishly holding back players careers at this point
2023-06-07 23:17
5 replies
Won more than NA combined for the past 3 years LMFAO
2023-06-07 23:21
4 replies
+1 kekw
2023-06-07 23:40
The thing is, it was team work from NA, and HooXi just got carried by quiet kids twice. Literally, his only two trophies were earned by two slaves with bitch roles who just decided to play like stars
2023-06-08 02:05
2 replies
Poland monkasam
"bitch roles" pls stop watching cs
2023-06-08 09:32
1 reply
nt Riot
2023-06-08 19:29
El Salvador Bredalow
just made it to tier 1 feels like giving up already smh
2023-06-07 23:17
sure bro
2023-06-07 23:23
What kind of igl talks about giving up and no energy? :D Unless he knows that G2 will replace him soon.
2023-06-07 23:30
probably knows he will be replace in cs2, sad he won 2 trophies for g2
2023-06-07 23:32
seems to be pretty stressed for not getting many kills you would assume someone with big performances would be more burned out but not the gigachad
2023-06-07 23:38
GL hooxi <3 Us hookers love you!
2023-06-07 23:39
4 replies
the hooxi fanbase is dying repost if you are a true hooker
2023-06-07 23:44
1 reply
I heckin' love hookers!
2023-06-08 09:19
hooker meet-up when?
2023-06-07 23:44
1 reply
femboy friday??
2023-06-08 01:25
2023-06-07 23:47
Netherlands m1croG
-Hooxi +Fallen coming
2023-06-08 00:58
When your IGL says "i felt like giving up " that's how you know you ain't winning shit anytime soon.
2023-06-08 01:12
Gigachad masterplan: >Act like Keoz instead of acting like cadiaN >Become a legit reason of failure(how come🤯) >Get recorded by cams showing how tilted and sad you are >Endlessly blame yourself instead of trying to improve like true gigachad cadiaN or sigmachad Snappi >Receive a second chance >Repeat
2023-06-08 02:01
1 reply
+1111111 for sigmachad snappi! 🥰🥰🥰
2023-06-08 08:59
Germany who|cars
chill,, just buy 1 karty red bull (24can) and drink it on daily basis cheers!!
2023-06-08 07:08
Sweden multib
We viewers only see the matches and whenever it's "showtime", we forget that most of their lives and work is going on when the camera is off, yet we talk about it like it's not. Very hard being a pro
2023-06-08 08:02
2 replies
Slovakia GloryMole
2023-06-08 08:49
I do understand what you mean. But everyone else's lives are going forward as well. Without the exception of earning 30k per month.
2023-06-08 17:01
My guy gettin 2 kills per half and has no more gas in the tank 🤡🤡🤡🤡
2023-06-08 08:38
2 replies
KEKW thinks kills is only metric in CS go back to silver 2
2023-06-08 09:21
1 reply
Petra | 
Poland 138|
its not but at some point you gotta realize that gettin 2 kills in ~20 something round match is just bad
2023-06-08 17:47
Slovakia GloryMole
Jesus this website is full of insecure people.. I, for one, am glad to see he's doing better
2023-06-08 08:51
I like hooxi but I think he went too far with showing his vulnerability in this interview. I hope g2 has a sports psychologist working with him, because g2 desperately needs a leader, not just a caller. On a positive note it seems like he's aware of his shortcomings and he's ready to work on himself.
2023-06-08 08:53
2 replies
It feels like he has a very trash mentality. He might even rage under the cameras. He feels like me on weak days. But the difference is i would never give up. This is just adult things i guess? If i play sports i give up when i lose both my legs.
2023-06-08 09:01
1 reply
He never give up either. Even if he was mental down on Dallas, he did his best to keep his promise to get 0.8 and still won T1 tournament, but was the rest of the pack who couldn't make 1.4 to compensate.
2023-06-08 09:11
Is it just me or do people tend to smile a lot when they go to G2, but every single one of them stops smiling completely after a while in the team? :) m0nesy was smiling, hooXi was smiling and laughing all the time. Aleksi wasn't smiling too much but he started smilin in NIP. Now m0nesy and hooxi are like :| or :(
2023-06-08 16:56
These players just say some things U don't say publicly in an interview. I'm all for honesty but it just comes off as entitlement. Everyone has those days, gamer or not, any job you do. But representing a brand and yourself it just looks bad. Should he struggle without help? No. But it's not something you put out there when representing your team. Makes your rival teams more confident as well. Just all bad.
2023-06-09 03:14
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