Neo: "Afraid we won't reach 1.6 level"
We sat down with ESC Gaming star Filip "Neo" Kubski for a quick chat about his one-event stint with place2play.ru at PGS and his own team's transition to CS:GO.
The Polish hot-shot was on Thursday confirmed as a stand-in for place2play.ru at the Portuguese event, which will run from October 11-14 in Oporto, stepping into the shoes of Sergey "hally" Shavaev.
This could well be the last chance to see Kubski in action in 1.6, following ESC Gaming's decision to switch to CS:GO after the TECHLABS event in Ukraine, where the 'Golden Five' finished in third place.
In this exclusive interview, Kubski shares his expectations about the upcoming experience with the Russian team and gives his opinion about CS:GO as a competitive title and his team's transition to Valve's new game.
You were yesterday announced as a stand-in for place2play.ru at PGS. How did this offer come along and what made you accept it?
Since I have known OverDrive for a few years already, after a small talk at TECHLABS he told me their fifth player (hally) has some passport issues and asked me if I were interested in going to Portugal as their stand-in. Around 2-3 years ago there was a similar situation but I had to refuse the offer back then since my team had something else planned with the G5. This time I am very happy that I can accept the invitation.With four Russian players and one Polish, there are a lot of questions about how the communication during matches will be handled. How will you handle this issue?
That is a good question! I do not speak Russian, some of them cannot speak English, so that might be a problem of course. On the other hand, during these days, when teams cannot practice as much as they used to, teamplay is not as big of a deal as it used to be. I hope we will find the solution for that, though, maybe I will be just running around doing whatever I want. We still need to figure that out!How will the team practice for the tournament? Do you have any goals set?Not really. We have not even spoken of anything yet, since we decided about that just yesterday.
Earlier in the week, your team officially switched to CS:GO. How has it been going for you guys? Is there a big difference between your level and that of NiP or VeryGames?
We have not played against those teams for a while now, but it feels there is a big difference. Of course we were always bad online and especially in practice games, but I am afraid we will not be able to reach the level we had had in 1.6. The game is much different and there is a lot to learn, but of course as always we are trying our best.
There were still two big 1.6 events on the calendar - PGS and DreamHack Bucharest. What made you skip them and move to CS:GO at this time? Did you feel that if you did not switch right now, you would lose further ground to the teams who are already at the top in GO?It was not exactly our own decision to skip those events. It is pretty hard to keep practicing CS:GO and then go to a 1.6 event. Just as you saw at TECHLABS - that was totally random for us. We practiced as a team in 1.6 for like 2-3 days, since the only teams who were practicing at that time were the ones who were going to the event. But even they did not want to practice against us, saying that we were going to face each other on LAN.Were you surprised that your team did not make it to the final at TECHLABS?No, not really - we knew it was going to be random.
Earlier in the year, even before CS:GO was officially released, TaZ said that the game was unplayable and not ready to be used at a competitive level. Has his opinion changed?
I guess you will have to ask him that question again, but as far as I know, his opinion has not changed.What do you think about the game? Are there any changes that you would like to see introduced?
Personally I would like to see lots of changes. Right now, you just do not get that satisfaction while playing, the feeling of owning anyone like you had in 1.6.Which events does your team plan on attending?
As far as I know we will go to DreamHack Winter, and we are trying to get the invite for ESWC since we applied for that yesterday.