G2 Esports' Richard "shox" Papillon is one of the most important players to come out of the French CS:GO scene. He's attended every single Major so far and has a Major title under his belt, but he's coming into MLG Major Championship: Columbus as a Challenger.
shox took some time to talk to theScore esports about his expectations for the Major and the speed bumps the team hit along the way.
What’s your opinion on your team’s performance in the season? How comfortable are you guys in the current meta?
We had been improving a lot since the beginning of the year and we are feeling pretty comfortable at the moment. We worked hard, now it’s time to get more good results.
During the DreamHack Master Malmö EU Qualifier #1, you beat Copenhagen Wolves, but lost to mousesports in the finals. Then in EU Qualifier #2, it was CPH Wolves that brought you guys down. What went wrong there? Is it a worrying result for the team ahead of the Major?
The first qualifier was a really tough fight between mousesports and us, they managed to take the win properly. What happened in the second qualifier is a totally different story.
We weren’t ourselves, some problems which made us play really badly as a team. Don't worry, everything is fixed and we are all good.
In an interview with HLTV.org, you mentioned that you only boot camped for a few days for Cluj-Napoca because you wanted to be loose. What kind of preparations are you guys making this time? Are you trying anything new, given the higher stakes?
We did a one week bootcamp which was really successful. We worked hard and fixed a lot of mistakes. We are feeling really good for Columbus, everyone put efforts in and we are more united than ever.
You’ve attended every single CS:GO Major so far, along with your teammate Edouard ‘SmithZz’ Dubourdeaux, and won one. What does that mean to you?
Hm… between Edouard and I, it’s a really long story since a few years, it means a lot for me to still have him by my side. Moreover, we proved that together we can make our team win, we just want to make it another time with G2.
Your team is one of the few going into the Major without a coach or analyst. Has the team sought out extra support staff?
Not really, the most important thing in CS for me is to focus on yourself and your team, that's where we put our efforts. We already thought about it, but it looks like it’s still not the right time, need to fix other stuffs before thinking about bringing a new person on board.
What was your reaction when you saw your group with Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro and Cloud9? What are your expectations during the group stage?
Tough group as always, but that's normal since we are Challengers. Our goal is definitely to pass the group stage and to get the precious Legend spot for the next Major which will avoid us a group like this one.
Beyond the Major, what are your or your team’s plans for the future? Any final thoughts?
We want to keep improving, keep working, and we know it will pay. Just focus on ourselves as I said and don't think too much. Be loose, but concentrate! Thanks for the interview and thanks to all our fans for their support!
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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