NBK: "Clash of the titans"

Following VeryGames' 2-1 victory against Area51 in the ESWC semi-finals, we got caught up with Nathan "NBK" Schmitt to discuss the match against the North American side and the upcoming final against Ninjas in Pyjamas.

The French giants found themselves on the backfoot against Area51 after losing the first map, de_dust2_se 19-16, but turned the score around with victories on de_nuke_ve (16-5) and de_train (16-11) to move on to the final.

They will contest the $10,000 cheque with NiP in what will be a rematch of the DreamHack Valencia final from September, which the Swedish team won 2-0.

In this brief interview, Schmitt talks about the team's hard time to move past Area51, their current level of form and also the mouth-watering contest against NiP.

Your team beat Area51 2-1. Did you expect such a difficult match?

We expected Area51 to be really impressive, we played against them on the internet several times. After watching their games yesterday, we saw that their playing style on LAN is way different from the one on the internet. Their individual skill is also pretty awesome. We expected a very tough game, and that is what happened.

Some of your team's players were a bit emotional and there were some words exchanged with Area51's players. Is there some kind of a tense atmosphere between the two teams?

No, it was actually only about the game itself. I have talked to some of the Area51 players and they are really nice guys, I really like them. We do not hate them at all, we are friends with them, at least I hope so.

Your team has been very inconsistent today. What is going on?

It is all about adrenaline. Once we get that, we go crazy, like the viewers have certainly seen. We just win clutches and none of us think anymore, we just act like robots, pretty much.

NBK into the game against Area51

VeryGames out for revenge against NiP

You lost to Area51 on dust2, which according to Xizt is also NiP's worst map. Do you think this map will be vetoed in the final?

Actually, I cannot really talk about the veto, because it is kind of a secret thing. We are confident on all maps, so we can play any map. We are just looking forward to the game.

You will now face NiP in the final, just like you did at DreamHack Valencia. Are you a better team now?

I think we are way better right now. People can just watch the game and they will see it. We have way more skill and more team play, so I think we are a lot better. This is going to be the clash of the titans, really an awesome match. Revenge? Yes, obviously.

You will have the support of the crowd tomorrow. Will this be an advantage?

Yes, it will be a great advantage, 3,000 people will be cheering and screaming for us and we will try to use that to our advantage.

Richard Lewis is MAD!!!!!
2012-11-03 23:21
why? I'm pretty sure he can still feed himself at mcdonalds all day everyday.
2012-11-03 23:41
2012-11-04 09:39
Summer | 
Korea dafNaY 
rape inc
2012-11-03 23:21
sgares > kennyS
2012-11-03 23:21
VeryGames titans? good joke
2012-11-03 23:21
In cs:go and css yes.
2012-11-03 23:26
What big thing has VG ever win in CS:GO? Never seen a team worth of "titan" status, without any major win on the belt. Pretty sure its stupid and premature to give teams in CS:GO (such a new game) any "titan" status.
2012-11-03 23:32
Germany Dok1 
titan =/= legendary I think you can call the strongest teams "titans" and as they both met in the final in the 2 biggest csgo events up to date it should be fine.
2012-11-03 23:40
What has anyone ever won en CSGO? It's the second big tournament, that logic is flawed.
2012-11-04 00:45
That match make them titans? dont think so :) try again
2012-11-04 00:32
but they r a good team !
2012-11-04 00:45
titans means top 5 world on their game, and they pretty much are.
2012-11-04 01:11
yea VG in source 49 camps 43 wins amazing team !
2012-11-04 01:32
Kray | 
World ashhh 
is winning every css lan not enough? derp
2012-11-04 01:15
2012-11-04 15:46
titans - NA'VI vs ESC
2012-11-03 23:23
in 1.6 move on this is not our beloved game :|
2012-11-03 23:30
yeah but na'vi vs esc has tons of semi-finals/final
2012-11-03 23:34
well you gotta stfu because cogu is low low low low low low low !!! dont say anything ! cogu is low low low low low low !!!
2012-11-03 23:31
so what about your country bro ?
2012-11-03 23:34
lol i am not from bulgaRia i am from sweden it is a troll because bulgaria is low low low just like brazil, so yeah you just got owned because sweden's NiP will own every1 ;)and oh yeah i forgot cogu is low low low low low low ;) live with that
2012-11-03 23:40
well .. you are low low low low low low in dota 2 so fuck you b*tch
2012-11-04 11:42
ahahaaha bulgarian people ARE SO MAD :D
2012-11-04 12:34
ahahah i have dota 2 invites and won't give any to you ahaha low low low
2012-11-04 15:40
still not better than me in cs1.6 and cs:go the thing that you are not gonna give me dota 2 shows it all if you think you are better lets play 1on1 at cs:go and if i win you are gonna give me dota 2. I expect that you are gonna say NO because you are afraid !
2012-11-04 17:50
Lets play 1v1 at Dota2, oh wait you don't have a key, that shows u r the one whos afraid! U MAD?
2012-11-04 17:57
1on1 on dota, ok have no worries i am gonna play it in my friends house, tell me your steam account pls, and if i win i am gonna have a dota 2 ? NO because you are too afraid !
2012-11-04 18:00
Ok but if I win I'll have your friends apartment.Afraid?
2012-11-05 01:18
lol i can't see bulgaria on cs:go/ and never saw on 1.6
2012-11-03 23:36
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
cogu = best awper of history... according dsn, lurppis, heaton, etc... :D
2012-11-04 01:13
fnatic rapes your titans in 2012
2012-11-04 00:15
i'm talking about major tournaments dude, back soon.
2012-11-04 00:29
lol? do you pretending your stupidity or you are really that dumb?
2012-11-04 00:35
? gtfo here fanboy
2012-11-04 00:44
You know what? You are right. I'm done with this retard community.
2012-11-04 00:49
retardad, i'm talking about Titans clash and you somehow start talking about fnatic.
2012-11-04 00:52
Lol you consider navi and G5 only to be the titans of CS ..? Sure the very exact same Swedish lineups havnt last for such long like 3 years (navi) and 6-7 years (G5) in these latest years but lets be honest. Navi didnt win anything big in a looong time. And thats mostly bcuz of swedes (and some danes).
2012-11-04 00:54
2012-11-04 00:57
I just said a more recent example, in the history we have several.
2012-11-04 00:58
lol navi didn't win some events because g5 or danish fnatic stopped them (2011 g5 and 2012 danish fnatic) navi have always crushing swedes like a little dogs, when f0rest and GTR switched to CS:GO, they don't feel that pain in ass ATM, but they will again when g5 and other good teams will practise more and learn that game
2012-11-04 11:43
Denmark AndersR 
isn't it actually mostly bcuz of danes? trace, karrigan, friis (3) to moddii,xizt/fyrr73 (2). however i havn't followed so the scene very much so I migh be completely wrong.
2012-11-04 12:35
Copenhagen Games+DreamHack Summer(3swedes2danes)+GameGune+PGS(3danes2swedes) = 4 consecutive final wins over navi. MODDII 4 wins, Xizt 3 wins, Gux 2 wins, FYRR73 1 win = 10 total karrigan 4, friis 4, trace 2 = 10 total .. However the lineup was winning perfectly with a majority of Swedes At First and it would've just proceed that way with: MODDII, Xizt, Gux, Karrigan, friis = Unbeatable anyways And before that it was the year of 2011 with Swedish teams mostly made sure navi barely didnt win anything with any higher whorths, with IEM Global Finals as the exeption. Ofc *G5* had their sheer parts in stopping navi from some time to time, but the poles themselves have quite poor all in all statistics against them, even if its almost always very, very equal and tight matches. But ofc they won the (latest and last) most important one in 2012 IEM Global Finals (and WCG Gold over Swedish team once again). But we can put it like this, since Navi was created there're one certian country wich made sure they didnt had opportunity to dominate with a majority of top1 placements all these 3 years of their existence, without any doubts MOSTLY bcuz of Swedes. They are the countrymen wich stood in their way most of the times.
2012-11-07 13:42
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
Nice interview. GO VeryGames =)
2012-11-03 23:24
Sweden Salcc 
Show em NiP, gl!
2012-11-03 23:24
I expect GeT RiGhT owning tomorrow
2012-11-03 23:24
I expect Get_Right baiting his team.
2012-11-03 23:29
Come on.. don't tell my you think that GeT_RiGhT is the stand out player of that team, that is just ridiculous... obviously it's either f0rest or Xizt.
2012-11-03 23:45
GeT_RiGhT got in my eyes the best recoil control overall... amazing how he can spray on distance...
2012-11-04 00:25
told ya :D
2012-11-04 17:14
Germany Dok1 
own 'em!
2012-11-03 23:25
Good luck VeryGames, hope you will win!
2012-11-03 23:26
2012-11-03 23:28
NiP over VeryNoobs any day, any time. This is a fact and deal with it.
2012-11-03 23:29
I really like NiP and i will cheer for them but verygames are immense right now so its gonna be a good match i will enjoy watching that "clash", so hf everyone ;)
2012-11-03 23:32
f0rp t0tte to dominate
2012-11-03 23:36
NEO | 
Macedonia balich 
stupid cs game when in the final aren't ESC,fnatic,SK,Navi -.-
2012-11-03 23:42
life is change die or keep trying man!
2012-11-03 23:44
+1 1 1
2012-11-03 23:44
Navi are pussies, that's why you won't see them.
2012-11-04 00:04
Finland FRGVN 
yeah and Nigel Mansell should lead the current F1 championship.
2012-11-04 00:35
Kray | 
World ashhh 
2012-11-04 00:40
2012-11-04 04:21
you actually enjoyed the same 4 teams filling the top4 of every event for the last years? that was actually one of the biggest reasons of 1.6 being dropped from major competitions
2012-11-04 11:44
NEO | 
Macedonia balich 
this game is unlikely for watching and boring for cs 1.6 players.. cs players>cs:s players
2012-11-04 15:03
that didn't answer my question, let me rephrase: do you actually enjoy seeing the exact same teams and players in finals every time with zero variety whatsoever?
2012-11-04 16:26
NiP is most likely to win, exactly like the last time.
2012-11-03 23:43
The game is not evn fun spectating..crap spray
2012-11-03 23:45
well you have to aim and not to "spray and pray"
2012-11-04 00:39
Denmark AndersR 
no one has really sprayed and prayed since 2000 though, at least not on the top lvl.
2012-11-04 12:37
You guys always complained about how easy it was to spray in source, i thought that would be good thing that its hard in cs:go..? :D
2012-11-04 09:58
clash of titans in CS:GO Muuhahaha
2012-11-03 23:46
2012-11-04 00:00
60% NIP 40% VG, source "coached" 1.6 trio against sourcers.
2012-11-03 23:49
xizt is the IGL for nip now, you are just making a fool of yourself, again. bye,
2012-11-04 02:24
wrong reply i guess
2012-11-04 02:56
he is right,xizt is igl so "source "coached" 1.6 trio against sourcers" is pretty nonsense
2012-11-04 09:28
The key word of his sentence is 'now'. Xizt being IGL now cannot be used as argument against Fifflaren leading the team in the early stages teaching them a 'how-to' about the game. For sure Xizt calls now very different that he did in fnatic at 1.6. So, that phrase still has some sense.
2012-11-04 12:34
how can fifflaren teached them a how to about game which he didnt play that time(just like other players)? it was new game,noone knew how to.he leaded them ingame but xizt does it now
2012-11-04 15:36
The engine, the physics, the maps... Are more similar to CS:S than CS1.6. You have to change your ingame leading playstyle from CS1.6 to CS:GO, but you don't need that from CS:S to CS:GO. Thats what I'm saying.
2012-11-04 15:57
i dont think that its more similar to css at all.engine is the same but thats it.maps are different a lot,recoil,granades,movenemnt etc aswell.he leaded them ingame but thats all.all of them had to learn the game themselves
2012-11-04 16:46
Sweden PPH 
nice hope for a great game tomorrow, gl both teams!
2012-11-04 00:01
way skilled than NiP ? He got to be kidding right ?
2012-11-04 00:22
He meant they are way more skilled than their previous result.
2012-11-04 01:19
CS GO scene is like Primera Division.
2012-11-04 00:23
who`s barcelona?
2012-11-04 00:44
NiP ofc
2012-11-04 00:58
"I think we are way better right now. People can just watch the game and they will see it. We have way more skill and more team play, so I think we are a lot better." Not confident at all :D
2012-11-04 00:36
He is talking about since dh valencia :)
2012-11-04 01:03
whos the titans
2012-11-04 00:41
Denmark AndersR 
Danish CS team which won ESWC '04 and took 2nd at WCG the same year, consisted of: eGene, Drally, Whimp, spx, KK and Eraz
2012-11-04 12:41
2012-11-04 23:35
VG titans of newbies...
2012-11-04 00:44
Estonia 2026 
3,000 people will be cheering and screaming for us But if you lose??? :)) GF ? Anyway I hope that NiP will win and f0rest da Best !! :D Go DotA2 f0rest !! :O Question to HLTV!?!?! Why don't we get to see VIDEO INTERVIEWS like Nix0n did...
2012-11-04 01:13
Because nixon was nixon and nixon dont like CS:GO
2012-11-04 01:28
Kray | 
World ashhh 
should be the game the community needs!
2012-11-04 01:16
Greece her-1g 
nip r a p e those kids like 16-0 thank you
2012-11-04 01:57
looking forward to watch this awesome game!! it's like old cs 1.6 times.
2012-11-04 02:22
NiP = titans VeryGay = titanic
2012-11-04 02:31
I see what you did there
2012-11-04 10:24
hahahahah nice !!
2012-11-04 16:21
ahhahhahahaah nice one !!!! :D
2012-11-05 00:40
16-1 16-3 to nip.
2012-11-04 02:35
16-13 vs ProGaming, 16-9 vs LowLandLions... yeah, sure :))
2012-11-04 10:14
you dont think its different to play final with 3000 people cheering for the team you play against? when nip has a 7-0 lead how do you think the audience will act?
2012-11-04 10:21
"you dont think its different to play final with 3000 people cheering for the team you play against?" and because of this, NiP has a huge advance ? Nice joke. VG have played multiple times in stages and so on...
2012-11-04 10:35
he's swedish, dont discuss with him, he has another view than others countries
2012-11-04 11:01
i have 1 right so far. 16-1 inc.
2012-11-04 16:13
16-1 inc mate.
2012-11-04 16:13
okay, they've smashed them on 1 map. Don't rush to judge me still.
2012-11-04 16:14
even though i dont like css or cs:go im cheering for VG cuz that would make next tournament more interesting probably
2012-11-04 03:00
how many spectators so far ?
2012-11-04 03:25
Yugoslavia b1n3 
way less than 1.6
2012-11-04 03:47
in semi final, there were 50-60 spectators on gotv!
2012-11-04 04:11
Most of the viewers were spread around in 7-8 various streams (with quite good numbers in total)
2012-11-04 04:24
that was only on your relay lol.
2012-11-04 09:13
But isn't it one IP = one relay?
2012-11-04 10:12
No, there are always several relays connected to the HLTV ip we provide, and you randomly connect to them of them.
2012-11-04 10:20
go nip!
2012-11-04 05:01
forest > vg
2012-11-04 06:58
Australia Dancing Panda 
"I think we are way better right now. People can just watch the game and they will see it. We have way more skill and more team play" The arrogance in that statement astounds me especially considering VG was destroyed by nip last time Really dislike arrogance like that in professional players
2012-11-04 07:29
he didnt say that they are better than nip,read it again.he talked about VG now vs VG at DH valencia
2012-11-04 09:31
Australia Dancing Panda 
true i just read it again and i was so off LOL
2012-11-04 09:40
GO VG!! <33
2012-11-04 07:32
how can this bitch compare himself with forest or gtr? U gonna be raped sauser
2012-11-04 08:51
>nbk >verygames >titans >csgo >hahaha >bye
2012-11-04 08:57
NiP have not lost an official match/map on LAN in CSGO. VeryGames have lost 3 and drawn twice. Im guessing NiP wins this.
2012-11-04 10:23
stupid cssers
2012-11-04 10:57
NBK's taking it too far.. Titans hah? If they had won a clear 2-0 victory in the semis - and dominated throughout groupstage like the Swedes - they could MAYBE be worthy of such a title... GL in the final to the lonely titans from NiP
2012-11-04 11:20
Group B was a harder group, and NiP got the easier tie in the semi's.
2012-11-04 12:37
And yet still somehow manages to win 2-0 in the final. VeryGames, titans indeed....
2012-11-04 18:20
Gogogo NiP! f0rest>all
2012-11-04 12:40
2012-11-04 12:41
ok i understand muahhahaa
2012-11-04 12:49
VG doubted NIP to lose on purpose in the group matches. They are scared as fuck and hope they can have an influence on NIP by making them think VG is confident. They are fooling themselves knowing they are going to lose. NIP has too much experience for that.
2012-11-04 14:09
You call ur self titan?, u are just an shitty saucer person. You do not deserve to be on HLTV News, shitty saucer! go back at ur source game.
2012-11-04 15:42
2012-11-04 16:16
titanS? which titans? I only see one.
2012-11-04 16:16
You are too overconfident!! ..U paid for that!
2012-11-04 16:41
Big mouths always loses
2012-11-04 17:02
I think he meant (NiP)"Crushing the bugs"(VG).
2012-11-04 17:07
dv | 
United Kingdom dv-_- 
You will now face NiP in the final, just like you did at DreamHack Valencia. Are you a better team now? I think we are way better right now. People can just watch the game and they will see it. We have way more skill and more team play, so I think we are a lot better. This is going to be the clash of the titans, really an awesome match. Revenge? Yes, obviously. WHOOPS
2012-11-04 17:16
1 things is for sure. You are all flaming on him. He is better than you, you wont ever be on first place at lans then he did so . GG
2012-11-05 01:22
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