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.
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.