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Guardian: “I would come up with tournaments like they have in Dota”

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We had a chat with Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács right after their elimination in the semi-finals at ESL Pro League Finals in Dallas. He talked us about their performance in Dallas, Xizt’s take on roles, Space Soldiers, teams without dedicated AWPers, and what he would change in CS:GO. ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals was Guardian’s first negative rating event since 2017 June.

I want to start with your performance here. What do you think went wrong against Na’Vi and Astralis?

It’s a hard question because the group stage is always shaky. Anyone can lose a map or a game, especially against teams like Na’Vi or Astralis. Obviously, these teams are top tier teams. You can’t underestimate them. We only lost to Na’Vi in the group stage and still made it to the playoffs, so it didn’t really go bad way because it happens, you can’t be perfect. Even if you take sports, for example, even the best teams are losing. And if we talk about playoffs, obviously Astralis are the best team in the world. But at the same time, we were really off with our skill. We were not hitting our shots and our communication was really bad. We didn’t play anything that we played in Sydney, that’s why we lost.

When Xizt replaced Olofmeister, did he take Olof’s roles entirely or did you guys come up with new stuff and adjust?

When olof told us he needs some break, we were looking for some players that actually can do the role. We were asking around, we also asked shox, but he was injured, so we couldn’t pick him. It came to Richard (Xizt), and obviously, Richard is an in-game leader, so it’s a completely different role that he has been playing for years. We decided that we don’t have much time and he has to take the role that Olof had. Basically, it took some time for him to adapt how we play. But, I think, lately, he’s been playing really good and he started to adapt to the role very good.

I want to ask about (your performance) yesterday. You had 0/16 on Cache (after the second pistol round), did this ever happen to you before and how did you feel?

It happened to me once in CS: Source. I think it was one of my first LAN official games. I had -1/18. But if you’re strong mentally, it doesn’t hit you. I had 0/15 in the first half but I was still trying to win the round. Obviously, you become quieter and you don’t talk as much, you also don’t give many ideas because the game is not going well for you. But I didn’t give up, I was trying to play my game, do whatever I can for my team but it just didn’t work out. It was terrible and nothing I can do about it. I’m proud of myself that I didn’t give up and I was still trying. All you can do is take it.

I want to ask you about Space Soldiers. They are at this level, attending these tournaments, but they are lacking something to get to the next level. You guys played with them a couple of times, what do you think they are lacking?

Space Soldiers are a very strong team and they can beat the best teams in the world and they can qualify for tournaments like this. It’s very sad that Turkish players have problems with visas. It was very sad for Calyx because I think that at the moment, Calyx is the strongest player for Space Soldiers. At the same time, I think, to make the team better, they should pick woxic because they don’t have dedicated AWPer. They need a dedicated sniper and I think they are missing it a lot. Obviously, other players are good as well but I think woxic is a young talent, he is hungry for the win, and he is a dedicated sniper. I think that he would take them to the next level.

Space Soldiers is a team which doesn’t have a dedicated AWPer. After a while, Team Liquid also followed Space Soldiers’ road. Do you think this can be a new meta or it won’t work for them?

I don’t think it will work in the long run because AWP is very strong. If the sniper is on point, he can do everything, he can create a huge advantage for his team. You have to be super tactical without sniper to make it work. But I don’t think that’s completely possible. The teams with good snipers, G2, Astralis, SK, I think that they will always have the advantage against teams without snipers. It’s hard to say. I think it can work in the beginning but not in the long run.

If you had only one chance to change something in CS:GO either in-game or outside of the game, what would it be?

I don’t think the game has huge issues in-game, I wouldn’t change anything in-game. But outside of the game, I would come up with tournaments like they have in Dota. More majors and then we have one big event. Something like League of Legends has, Summer Split, Spring Split… This kind of system, I would bring to CS. I think people would appreciate it more and watch it more. I think this is something we are missing in CS:GO.

What about crowdfunding? Do you think that would work in CS?

Of course. Because people love skins and they open cases. Valve could also come up with new stuff like flags, jerseys in the game… they can add all kind of stuff inside the game.

Interview by: Cem “bodie” Mollaoğlu

Photo Credit: Adela Sznajder

 

 

 

 

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