Interview with GuardiaN
On the eve of the CS:GO main tournament of the year, HLTV.org arranged a series of interviews with the participants of ESL One Cologne. The sniper of our team, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács was the first to be interviewed. The winner of ESWC 2015 spoke about the preparation to the tournament in Cologne, analyzed the rivals of our team and announced a surprise for all Na`Vi fans.
— What do you make of the change in the group stage format? Is it better to have a chance to play against more than three set teams before the playoffs? Is it going to be harder to prepare for such groups?
— It is interesting and something new to deal with. If it will be harder or easier, its hard to say at the moment, because you can get good opponents that you are comfortable against and it dont have to be same for the opposite team.
— Train has been in the pool for quite some time, but ESL One Cologne will be the first major to feature it, how has it developed over the recent months? Was it figured out in terms of playstyle, strategy, etc.? Is the current map pool diverse enough?
— We like the map pool, removing our worst map and adding one of our best maps from the past is good for us. But we are still struggling inf finding our game on CT side, how to retake sites and how to hold site against rushes. We still have some time to focus on this so we will see what will be the result.
— What are your thoughts on your group? Can you go through each match-up and say how it is likely to play out?
— Facing new Titan in first game will be very, very hard. Going into the game knowing nothing about their new lineup and their game style is scaring. But of course we will be ready and confident to beat them. IF we win then we will probably play against Fnatic which will be the hardest game in the tournament I think. Playing against such an agressive team is very uncomfortable and hard even game wise and mentally. Next team is eBettle which came from the qualifier as winners against Titan, so we cannot underestime them because they can surprise any time. But yeah, they are pretty unknown for us, we havent played them yet so hard to rate them at the moment.
— Yet again this major has not seen a prizepool change, even though the sticker money is likely to get bigger, would you like to see it get increased?
— We are fighting for the Championship Title and the Trophy, not the stickers!
— With the proliferation of both online and offline events, and having had at least one big event every weekend or every other weekend for the past few months, and with many teams travelling around Europe and North America—or both—, how do you think it will affect teams’ performances?
— I think having so many events is only good. You can improve your game better than at practice games and fix mistakes from game to game. So i dont think it will affect teams in any way. It can only help. We have attended around 8 or 9 lans past 3 months, then we took some break before the bootcamp and from my point of view it did nto affect as at all. I think it is the same for all teams.
— Lately the outrage against certain weapons has decreased (e.g. CZ-75 at the beginning of the year, Tec-9 during the second quarter of 2015), are you satisfied with the way Valve balanced them out? Are there any weapons you’d like to see nerfed or buffed?
— Of course Scout has to be nerfed!