pre-ESWC interview: ESC Gaming NEO

This time it's the turn of an all time great in the world of Counter-Strike, as we catch up with Filip "NEO" Kubski from Polish ESC Gaming.

ESC Gaming received a direct invitation to ESWC 2012 thanks to their unmatchable success at the major which saw them repeat as world champions in 2007 and 2008.

The Poles haven't exactly turned yet in CS:GO as they were late to switch, but read on to find out what Kubski thinks of their changes heading into a domestic tournament this weekend, followed by ESWC.

How have you prepared for ESWC 2012? Have you bootcamped or only practiced online? Do you feel ready for the competition?

We have practiced only online, which makes us feel not as confident as we would feel after having a bootcamp. Especially in the new game where you have lots of new things to discuss.

How many hours have you played CS:GO overall? How about your teammates?

Before ESWC I will have around 250 hours in general, probably around 70 in past 2 weeks. We got tournament in Poland this weekend, and I hope it will give us some insight of how the game looks and feels on lan conditions.

What are you thoughts on CS:GO? What do you like and dislike? If you could change one thing, what would it be?

There are lots of pros and cons of that game. Personally I hate molotov granades, I wish that thing was banned. Feels that pistols are too strong, during our praccs there is lots of ECO rounds won and lost, which makes the game kind of more random. On the other hand it is cool that some other guns that colt/ak/famas/galil, used in a proper way can be viable.

What do you expect from ESWC 2012? If your life depended on guessing your final placing, what would you guess?

I am pretty bad gambler so I won't try that.


NEO was still playing CS 1.6 under two weeks ago in Portugal 

What can you tell us about your competition based on seeing them play and practicing against them? Who do you consider the strongest three teams going into the event?

We haven't played against NiP, or VeryGames, but I still believe NiP will be the strongest. We only played against Rush3D and brazilian team, but since we are much worse online than on lan, I never look at the results of our practice games.

Can you talk about your teammate and explain to our readers what everyone's role on the team is in-game?

Right now it feels that we haven't gotten any specific roles. The only ones I could mention, is kuben being IGL and pasha being a sniper. That's it.

Many say CS:S players had an advantage in switching to CS:GO, do you agree? Has the game been out long enough for it to even out?

The game been out long enough, if you have played it 24/7. We haven't, so I believe CS:S players have got some advantage. It's pretty hard to say that tho, since I haven't played that much of CSS to point out the similarities.

Do you believe it is necessary or advantageous to mix players from different games, or do you think it does not help?

I think it could help your team a lot at the beginning, since you can get a lot of good feedback from them ingame. I hope it's going to change after some time, when other teams, especially us - slowpokes and oldies learn new things.


Can ESC Gaming rise to the level they were accustomed to in CS 1.6? 

With CS:GO still being a relatively new game, do you believe simply playing more hours still gives players a clear advantage?

Yeah since that's a new game you got to play a lot to learn all the new stuff.

In an interview at PGS 2012, you said you're afraid ESC won't be as good at CS:GO as it was in CS 1.6. Has your opinion changed after some practice? Are you ready to compete or are you still lagging behind the competition?

Last days of our practice have showed me that we can be good, if we put enough effort into it. Unfortunately feels like we are still "lagging" behind.

Considering your team's past success in CS, if things were to not work out at ESWC, how long would you realistically be able to put up with losing before you would call it quits? Or are you ready to work through the switch, no matter how long it takes, confident that you will pull through?

Can't really answer that one, will have to wait and see I guess. We will try working hard to get good at the game. Just have to wait and see.

This of course is not the end of our coverage heading into ESWC 2012, as we will continue releasing more interview with participating team's players as well as more features in the coming days.

gl neo
2012-10-26 20:25
#2
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India h8or
GL NEO :D
2012-10-26 20:25
Keep em coming, Lurppis!
2012-10-26 20:30
gl
2012-10-26 20:31
Gl in csgo!
2012-10-26 20:32
neo the bestttt
2012-10-26 20:32
#8
NEO | 
Poland camarpl
neo strong
2012-10-26 20:32
#9
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_-
Last question seemed a bit rude lol. GL neo, sure they will do well soon enough ! :)
2012-10-26 20:33
2 replies
+1
2012-10-28 03:11
+1
2012-10-29 12:14
Great interview
2012-10-26 20:37
NEO NEO NEO NEO
2012-10-26 20:37
nice. btw, couldnt the hltv.org's writers edit the text, i mean correct the grammatical mistakes / incomplete sentences by the interviewed players?
2012-10-26 20:39
We only played against Rush3D and brazilian team, but since we are much worse online than on lan, I never look at the results of our practice games. aka lost badly
2012-10-26 20:47
2 replies
do you remember SBG before Dreamhack trainning with ESC?
2012-10-26 20:57
1 reply
i didn't say it means anything.
2012-10-26 23:48
good answers
2012-10-26 20:49
there is coming interview with Xizt too right ? :D
2012-10-26 20:52
2 replies
and cogu...
2012-10-26 21:21
1 reply
yep,right
2012-10-26 21:26
hope for high place
2012-10-26 20:54
neo
2012-10-26 20:59
#22
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Brazil hugoooo
King
2012-10-26 21:03
OK enough with this shit. HLTV.org will there be ESWC 2012 FEMALE coverage?
2012-10-26 21:22
4 replies
#28
NEO | 
Poland camarpl
why would anyone want to see that, why would anyone want to make separate esport contests for both genders, it's a mystery to me
2012-10-26 21:51
3 replies
I would want to see that, any problem? It's interesting to see only men claiming that e-sports are equal to both genres, even though nobody have ever seen a girl in a top male team or a female team beating a top male teams, and if someone had seen, it's 1 time in 1 million
2012-10-26 22:28
2 replies
#44
NEO | 
Poland camarpl
i know that, but when you watch voleyball it's different, they play differently than men + you got to see some titties bouncin, but in esports it doesn't matter who is behind monitor, only how good they are
2012-10-26 23:19
1 reply
I know, but it's clear(at least to me) that the top girls cannot reach the level of the top men and never will(I wish I could be surprised though), that's why I believe it's still necessary
2012-10-27 04:14
neo king
2012-10-26 21:38
gl neo and guys!!!!!
2012-10-26 21:58
top3 esc, please
2012-10-26 21:58
nice, gl ESC @ ESWC
2012-10-26 22:09
I'm still afraid of that Drunken Globus and Banana Phone (now MaxFloPlay) are still better than ESC in this game
2012-10-26 22:15
filip Neo kubski GL .
2012-10-26 22:19
GO ESC!
2012-10-26 22:27
well they weren't so successful in 1.6, they were 4th @ eswc 2011, that's why they sold 1.6 to try out in this disgrace for counter strike everywhere
2012-10-26 22:29
6 replies
#40
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United States lurppis
they have won the most majors out of anyone in counter-strike's history and more recently won the last two major events in counter-strike 1.6. why don't you go troll elsewhere?
2012-10-26 22:39
4 replies
just pointing out that they were weak at eswc 2011, such a epic tournament that was played exactly year ag0
2012-10-26 23:06
3 replies
troll executed!
2012-10-27 00:06
#58
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United States lurppis
nice troll
2012-10-27 01:00
man if u think 4th place is bad, u must be retard
2012-10-27 13:48
owned
2012-10-27 00:10
No team mastered navi and got under their skin like fnatic, thats a quite big effort in it self, majors or not. ESWC will surely be great, but DHW still greater if fnatic can put up some high amount of steamhours, highly talented worldclass players. Then i guess all greatest teams are attending exept current navi-lineup, IF they decide to call PGS the final showdown. CS:GO might be something, DHW will be the ultimate navigator where this RLY is going, with ESWC more as a pre-indicator. GL HF hfhf
2012-10-26 23:07
gl
2012-10-26 23:22
machine!
2012-10-26 23:23
gl ESC!
2012-10-26 23:33
neo, godlike
2012-10-26 23:34
gl guys. beat VG please :P
2012-10-26 23:51
eswc date?
2012-10-27 00:01
#56
cyx | 
Argentina plix10
gl neo, good job lurppis ;)
2012-10-27 00:11
Humble as always, love Neo interviews. to sad there are dumb fanboys who "ruin" it for him
2012-10-27 01:59
#61
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Estonia looodi
great read
2012-10-27 04:18
#62
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World owints
good luck neooooooooooooooooo :D <3
2012-10-27 06:07
gl neo!
2012-10-27 07:16
<3 cs 1.6 !
2012-10-27 12:08
I like the fact that ESC practiced against Rush3d and that they left the tournament... I would like to know the results of the pcw's :D
2012-10-27 12:52
wow, the questions were longer than the answers... bad iview tbh
2012-10-27 15:12
#73
NEO | 
India raiNzZ
GL :*
2012-10-28 16:20
gl :))
2012-10-29 12:42
NEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THE FUCKING KING
2012-10-29 21:58
GL Neo, GL ESC !
2012-10-29 23:06
nice iv:)
2012-10-30 21:20
gl Mr Anderson :D
2012-10-30 23:56
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