OG: "The individuals shine on [Mirage] and that's why we find some success" OG: "The individuals shine on [Mirage] and that's why we find some success"

OG: "The individuals shine on [Mirage] and that's why we find some success"

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Aleksib & ruggah from OG were kind enough to sit down and give us some time to talk at ESL Pro League. We asked about their Mirage dominance at the moment, their preferred opponent in the Quarterfinals, and what it is about forZe that make them some a tricky team to beat.
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Gambit: "I want revenge [against Vitality]" Gambit: "I want revenge [against Vitality]"

Gambit: "I want revenge [against Vitality]"

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We had the chance to talk to Hobbit and nafany from Gambit ahead of their Playoffs adventure at ESL Pro League about their tournament so far, their upcoming Quarterfinal, and their mentality after a tough loss like they had in the Group Stage.
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NiP: "It's not the best, but it's out of my control" NiP: "It's not the best, but it's out of my control"

NiP: "It's not the best, but it's out of my control"

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Heading into the Group Stages of ESL Pro League we got to talk to the squad at Ninjas in Pyjamas about their situation surrounding the fifth player, the confidence boost of beating Gambit, and the future of the team.
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Heroic: "I don't think I've ever experienced such camaraderie in any team before" Heroic: "I don't think I've ever experienced such camaraderie in any team before"

Heroic: "I don't think I've ever experienced such camaraderie in any team before"

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Amidst noise from outside the game the players from Heroic take some time to talk to us about their preparations for ESL Pro League, which teams have surprised them so far in the tournament, and what it feels like to knock Astralis out of EPL.
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Team Liquid: "Just more time together, more practice in EU" Team Liquid: "Just more time together, more practice in EU"

Team Liquid: "Just more time together, more practice in EU"

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There was a small shock in the Group Stage of ESL Pro League Season 14 as Team Liquid made it out and in to the playoffs. We speak to Stewie2K & adreN about their preparations, if they expected to make it this far, and if they can go even further.
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forZe: "We are like beasts and we can rule the mountains" forZe: "We are like beasts and we can rule the mountains"

forZe: "We are like beasts and we can rule the mountains"

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We talked to Jerry and zorte from forZe ahead of their game against ENCE in the ESL Pro League Season 14. The topics we touched on included getting that crucial tier-one experience against the top teams and zorte's debut on a big stage.
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Fnatic: "I'm confident that we can win [against Liquid]" Fnatic: "I'm confident that we can win [against Liquid]"

Fnatic: "I'm confident that we can win [against Liquid]"

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Fnatic are preparing to go up against Team Liquid in the first round of the ESL Pro League Season 14 group stage and we got some time to talk to them about going from a full Swedish roster into an international team, as well as their confidence levels coming into their game.
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ENCE: "I would prefer to play NaVi out of all the teams, because I just want to beat simple" ENCE: "I would prefer to play NaVi out of all the teams, because I just want to beat simple"

ENCE: "I would prefer to play NaVi out of all the teams, because I just want to beat simple"

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For the first interview of ESL Pro League Season 14 both Grady and Josh sit down with the guys from ENCE to discuss the big differences between Tier-1 and Tier-2 Counter-Strike and the challenges to bust up into the top tier.
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IEM Cologne Play-Off Teams: What do you think of Ancient? IEM Cologne Play-Off Teams: What do you think of Ancient?

IEM Cologne Play-Off Teams: What do you think of Ancient?

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All the teams had a chance to play Ancient in an official match at this point of the tournament so it felt fitting to see what the overall opinion was from the playoff teams to the new map. What did they like? What did they hate? and what would they like to change about it?
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IEM Cologne Play-Off Teams: Which teams surprised you? IEM Cologne Play-Off Teams: Which teams surprised you?

IEM Cologne Play-Off Teams: Which teams surprised you?

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Before the playoffs we talked to all six teams featured; Astralis, NaVi, Gambit, VirtusPro, G2, and FaZe about which teams surprised them in this tournament. Either performed way better than they were expecting coming into it, or that underperformed and needed to pick up their game.
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Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: IEM Cologne 2021 Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: IEM Cologne 2021

Counter-Strike Tier Rankings: IEM Cologne 2021

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The first LAN event in over 16months, IEM Cologne, has come to a conclusion and now it is time to see where teams fall in our Tier Rankings. There has been some massive shake-ups as some teams surprise us with their performance and some teams underperformed in the recent event.
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Heroic: "We don't want anybody who's not wanting to kick ass" Heroic: "We don't want anybody who's not wanting to kick ass"

Heroic: "We don't want anybody who's not wanting to kick ass"

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Ahead of their clash with Team Spirit, we got to talk to cadiaN, TeSeS, refrezh, stavn from Heroic alongside their mental coach Troels Robl and physiotherapist Kasper Straube. We get all of the insights about how the performance team helps out the squad in preparing for their games.
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Astralis: "I was really aggressive before, but I think I've tuned down that a little bit" Astralis: "I was really aggressive before, but I think I've tuned down that a little bit"

Astralis: "I was really aggressive before, but I think I've tuned down that a little bit"

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In a brief session, Josh got to talk Bubzkji & Xyp9x from Astralis. They talked about the other Danish teams rising into the top echelon of CSGO teams, and how Bubzkji has adapted into the Astralis style after coming over from MAD Lions.
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NaVi: "I feel like all our players finally feel the power that we have" NaVi: "I feel like all our players finally feel the power that we have"

NaVi: "I feel like all our players finally feel the power that we have"

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We talk to s1mple & b1ad3 from Natus Vincere about the other CIS teams that have shown great skill in the online era, the conditions that they have to play in their hotel rooms, and the important of the momentum from their win in the RMR tournament.
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Virtus.Pro: "[Cologne] is the most important tournament even if it's not a major" Virtus.Pro: "[Cologne] is the most important tournament even if it's not a major"

Virtus.Pro: "[Cologne] is the most important tournament even if it's not a major"

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Coming off a tough tournament, we talked to YEKINDAR, Jame, and dastan from Virtus.Pro about how easy it is to reset mentally coming into IEM Cologne. We also get some insight into AVANGAR's 2019 run compared to their current run.
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Team Liquid: "It's really hard to easily replace the chemistry" Team Liquid: "It's really hard to easily replace the chemistry"

Team Liquid: "It's really hard to easily replace the chemistry"

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There have been some roster changes since Team Liquid was at it's peak and we talk to EliGE about the difference of the variations, we also get adreN's opinion on skipping the play-in stage, and round it out with a talk about the best NA rising talent.
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Gambit: "We need to create our meta because we're on the top" Gambit: "We need to create our meta because we're on the top"

Gambit: "We need to create our meta because we're on the top"

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We got a chance to talk to the top team in the world right now, Gambit. nafany gives us some insights on getting to the number one spot versus trying to stay there and then Hobbit chats to us about the differences between 2017 Gambit and this team.
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G2 Esports: "There hasn't been any issues ever since I joined" G2 Esports: "There hasn't been any issues ever since I joined"

G2 Esports: "There hasn't been any issues ever since I joined"

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Directly into the Group Stage is G2 Esports and we talk about whether that is a positive or a negative with NiKo, huNter-, and JaCkz. We also talk to the cousins about playing together after 6months and to JaCkz about his time on the bench.
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MIBR: "We have a potential to be the best Brazilian team" MIBR: "We have a potential to be the best Brazilian team"

MIBR: "We have a potential to be the best Brazilian team"

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We have seen some changes around MIBR and Josh and Grady delve into that with yel, exit, and Apoka to find out the biggest changes of exist joining, their feeling surrounding the RMR reset, and how they view the entire Brazilian scene.
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Team One: "We wanted to give a chance to a new Brazilian upcoming player" Team One: "We wanted to give a chance to a new Brazilian upcoming player"

Team One: "We wanted to give a chance to a new Brazilian upcoming player"

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People might be sleeping on Team One, but we got the chance to talk to malbsMd, pesadelo, and righi before they compete at IEM Cologne. We talked about the addition of xns, the difference of playing in Europe, and how they have found Ancient so far.
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