By Taras Bortnik
Special to VPEsports
During the IEM Katowice Challengers stage, we had the opportunity to speak with Cloud9 CS
The former Counter-Strike champion and legend of the North American scene helped lead the team to a 2-3 record in the challengers stage.
Rambo discusses his time on compLexity, the new roster, Cloud9, and more in the below exclusive interview.
VPEsports: Was it your decision to not stay with
Rambo: I was removed. It wasn’t my choice. I had conflicting philosophies, and I had different in-game ideas with
VPEsports: Did these conflicts with stanislaw begin after the Major?
Rambo: It was pretty much from the start and we still figured out how to become a Legends. I think he had his own way of running a team and how to prepare a team.
VPEsports: Any examples of your ideas?
Rambo: Sure. My idea for that particular team in that line up I felt like we needed a more structured, offensive system. And
VPEsports: But if all these conflicts were even before the FACEIT Major, what exactly did go wrong after it?
Rambo: One thing is some kind of personality differences between the players. There was never like a real full five-man team, as a unit. And the second thing is in-game, we never could find a system that worked with all the players.
VPEsports: So why did you not make a roster change immediately after the Major, or after StarSeries?
Rambo: May get in trouble for this but I don’t think so. After the Major we got in top-8 and got Legend status, the management didn’t want to give up on that
VPEsports: You were the one who believed in roster?
Rambo: I think there was room for improvement, and better players were out there that would help the team. But we stayed with that roster and I think that was ultimately the reason why we didn’t perform. And we can never get past that contending point because of the players and also because of the system.
VPEsports: The changes that compLexity did, what do you think of them? Are n0thing and Rickeh the solution?
Rambo: I think so. Because now all five members are experienced, mature, and they’ve been playing Counter-Strike for a long time. And if they wanted to do well at a Major they needed five players with that experience. Cause they were limited by the amount of time for practice.
VPEsports: If you were still a coach of coL, would you like to work with these players?
Rambo: Yes. I like the roster move they did and it’s good.
VPEsports: In Cloud9, do you have that freedom, that you needed back then?
Rambo: Definitely I have more freedom. It’s an interesting
VPEsports: Can you describe your working process with Valens?
Rambo: Valens is a very smart guy. Super smart so I respect him a lot. Anytime he has an input in a way he’s been doing things. I think we share similar philosophies in terms of the game. We’re just figuring out how practices run, what he likes to contribute during practice. Now it’s been about
VPEsports: What issues are you going to fix first?
Rambo: We have
VPEsports: From your perspective, what’s going on with this roster here in Katowice?
Rambo: On the Challengers stage we played
I feel like if the players have
VPEsports: Do you have any thoughts on why the mentality of C9 is so unstable? In the first match of Legends Stage up you easily took down MIBR, but then you couldn’t win a single round against Astralis.
Rambo: That’s crazy, never seen anything like this before. Such a big win followed by such a big loss, so I think the key is in starting on CT-side.
VPEsports: Don’t you think that against the Danes you had a bad map veto? According to statistics, Train is your least played map.
Rambo: Yes. There was a mistake by us, and we know it. That’s all what I really wanna share. I prefer not to say who decided to play this map.
VPEsports: Do you have any thoughts about why NRG performed that poorly at this stage of the Major?
Rambo: This is not
VPEsports: Can you tell me about current state of Golden? Will you bring him back into the roster?
Rambo: I don’t know too much about Golden, he was before my time, but I know he has some health issues and I think he was doing some surgery maybe, cause doctor told him that he couldn’t fly. I think we’re just waiting to see what will doctor say, he’ll need
VPEsports: Whole 2018 Cloud9 struggled to find a proper player. Why is it so hard to find a permanent replacement for teams?
Rambo: I think most