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GuardiaN: "Worse than top 4 would be a disappointment"

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We got a hold of Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács ahead of the major. Why they've struggled since ESL New York as well as their expectations for the PGL Krakow Major are amongst the topics.
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and his Natus Vincere has been in a rough period the last couple of months. Even though there have been glimpses of success, they've had troubles with converting it to titles. We got the opportunity to talk with Kovács about the reasons behind that, his view of the swiss format as well as their thoughts on the major overall.

You have since winning ESL New York been struggling to show a consistent level. Can you pinpoint the reasons for why that has happened and what you've done to work with that?

I think the main reason behind our awful period of time since ESL NY, was that we haven't had proper preparation at all. Every time an issue that broke the practice came up, we did not approach the process of preparing the right way at all. We tried hard to do things, but it doesn't work out without having a proper preparation.


It's been a while now since you replaced starix with Andi. What does Andi bring that starix didn't? How has it worked out so far?

Andi brought a lot into the team since he became our coach. He is working with the players individually, trying to help them improve their roles or positioning, he is looking for many things such as smokes, flashes and stuff that can help in an actual game. He is working hard, he is trying to make new tactics, watching demos, he is always analyzing all opponents before an official. He’s simply doing everything he can to make us better.


In a swiss format, you only know one of the teams that you're potentially playing against beforehand. How do you feel about not being able to thoroughly prepare for your group matches? How does it compare to other tournaments in the aspect of preparation?

That is true that you don't get to know your opponent beforehand, but at the same time, you approximately know which teams you could face, if the favorites win their games. But yes, it's quite hard to get ready for the opponent, especially when u get to play your game in the morning. But our coach is working even in the night to have something ready for us before the game, so in that case, we can be aware of some things. I kind of like this system, because you simply have to show your best to win the next game, so you have to prepared for any map, any situation.


You have a very good track record when it comes to swiss format, looking at the last major where you went 3-0 for example. Is that something you've reflected on? What is it with swiss that suits you well?

I have no idea why that is. At the Eleague major we had superb CT sides, that was our main focus before the event since we played pretty bad CT before that. But then in playoffs, we had to face Astralis the first game of the day and first playoffs game, and we lost, due to bad CT sides. So winning the group 3:0 means nothing sometimes, if you lose the first game in the playoffs. The best thing I like about swiss system is that you have to play your best to win, failing could guarantee going out of the groups. You have 2 chances to fail, but that is tough in a swiss system, you face random teams and from 15 teams, could be any team and that is quite huge pressure to play with.


In your first matchup, you were drawn to play G2, what are your thoughts on the match?

G2 is one of the strongest teams in the world nowadays, getting back on track and showing some strong results. But playing G2 feels more comfortable for us than facing SK for example, maybe our style suits to play against G2 more or something. We have defeated them in Cologne, after some crazy comebacks on both maps, and here I would say, maybe we have a little bit better map pool than they have. Looking forward to playing against them again, always a fun game!


What are your expectations overall for the tournament? What placement would you feel “satisfied enough” with, and why?

I think we gave everything we could to practice for this major, so worse than top4 would be a disappointment. For me personally, it would be a huge disappointment since I gave the game all the time I had to prepare individually better than I was for Cologne. Its been a long time we played some good CS, and now I feel we can show a little bit better than in Cologne. Lets see.


Any last words?

Natus vincere.

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Following a catastrophic debut at DreamHack Masters Malmo, where FaZe fell short against NiP and Gambit en route to a group stage elimination, NiKo’s team delivered a masterpiece of a performance at ESL One New York. In perhaps the most dominant tier-one tournament victory of all-time in Counter-Strike, FaZe finished the event with 7-0 map record, allowing only a Liquid comeback from a 4-11 deficit to win over seven rounds against them, and averaging a ridiculous 16-6 score in their championship run. Could FaZe already be the best team around?
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Vito "kNg" Giuseppe is no longer a part of Immortals. The news was announced on Twitter on Tuesday evening and comes after a time of turbulence around the young Brazilian player.
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Philips OneBlade Cup set to start with the Swedish Qualifier — register now

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Fragbite is back to host a new tournament, this time in collaboration with Philips. Be a part of the Nordic countries biggest grass root tournament, Philips OneBlade Cup, and prove that your team is amongst the best.
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NiKo 4K with AK-47 vs. Liquid on Inferno

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NiKo taps away with the AK-47, taking four Liquid-players down in the ESL One New York-tournament.
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The German organization Alternate Attax has secured the services of Danish CS:GO player Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen. Petersen will replace Christian "crisby" Schmitt on the team and make his first official appearance during the upcoming ESEA Premier season.
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After a month long trial with Hellraisers, they have now decided to sign Turkish player Özgür "woxic" Eke on a permanent basis.
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Dreamhack Open Montreal has crowned its new king after a dramatic clash between North and Immortals. The Danish contestants won the game by merely triumphing on one map as Immortals got map punished by the rules.
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The million-dollar ELEAGUE tournament has just begun its first group week where the Ukrainians based Na'Vi fell on the finish line twice. Victorious came G2 and Faze who both secured their playoff positions throughout the week.
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During a Dreamhack Montreal 2017-match vs. compLexity, Tim "autimatic" Ta managed to clear the A-site all by himself using only his deagle.
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IEM Oakland has now completed its invite list with the last invitation going to NiP. The $300,000 tournament will feature world class teams like Faze Clan and SK in The Oracle Arena between November 16-19.
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The latter edition of Epicenter certainly imprinted itself as one of the most interesting CIS-events throughout history. After an amazing show on-stage in 2016, Epic Esports Events are back once with even more firepower brought to the table.
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Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert has found his way back to Counter-Strike as he will take on the analyst role for the upcoming event ESL One New York. He will accompany Duncan "Thorin" Shields who will also be present at the event.
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According to Noah Whinston, the Immortals CEO, Rafael "zakk" Fernandes will replace Vito "kNg" Giuseppe in the starting roster throughout Dreamhack Open Montreal and ELEAGUE Premier. Giuseppe has to return to Brazil and retain an athlete P1-visa.
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After the previous changes in the ESIC ruleset, ESL did not hesitate to regulate and lift the previous lifetime bans. A mere month later, DreamHack has joined the alignment and readjusted their rules ahead of upcoming tournaments.
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An exciting partnership brings new features to Fragbite, making it possible for us to provide you, the reader, with even more information on players, teams and matches.
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Which country has the best amateur scene? This will soon be decided

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The time has come to crown the best amateur Counter-Strike scene within Finland, Denmark, and Sweden in the biggest amateur tournament of the North, Philips OneBlade Cup.
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Fredrik "freddieb" Buö has united with his fellow countrymen in Godsent. The 23-year-old will connect from Epsilon and take over the in-game leading role, replacing Markus "pronax" Wallsten.
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