We caught up with Brodie earlier this week to talk about CS, the team, and their season so far.
What is your role in the team?
I am the in-game leader and my job is to make sure everyone knows what’s happening in rounds. What we want to do and how we want to do it. Making sure it all comes together. Off-spawn I usually call a strat and we then work together to help each other take map control. I’d like to think players have a fair amount of freedom, but too much and it would quickly get messy. Me and Linus are more support players, helping the rest move around and open up the rounds.
What makes a good IGL?
Hmm… that’s a hard question. You don’t have to be the best in the game or even the best in your team, but you have to understand the game and be able to read opponents and to call accordingly. Reading rotations, setups, and what the enemy team wants to achieve before they achieve it.
What makes a good CSGO player?
There are 2 things that make a good CSGO player. First, you have to be dedicated. You have to enjoy playing the game. Secondly, you have to be consistent. Consistency is key. It doesn’t matter if you have 30 kills in one game if in the next you only do 10. Every player is different, but a good practice routine helps. Maybe you do a certain amount of kills in deathmatch and then half an hour of surfing every morning and that’s what helps you raise your game. You’re warmed up and ready to play.
Team practice is also important, but if all 5 players are consistently warming up and prepared to play their best then you perform much better as a team. You also have to aim to play your own game and not the game the opponent is trying to force you to play.
When did you transition into competing at a professional level?
Right from the start, I had this drive to play. All I wanted to do was play the game. When I came home from college all I did was play CS, constantly playing through the nights. My first 4-5000 hours in CSGO was playing matchmaking and I was really bad… Like, really bad. When I started out-skilling my friends I was introduced to ESEA. I made a team with a couple of my friends and I loved it, so I started to play even more. As I played more, I got better and was introduced to the better teams in the UK. Then eventually UKPL was created and that became my main goal. That’s where pro’s like Smooya and Surreal played and I knew that’s where I needed to be.
Now we’re near the top, but we’re not at the top yet. Like I said, we need to be consistent to get to the top. Hopefully in the next month or so we can fix our mistakes and get there.
What advice would you give others looking to do the same?
If you want to make it to the top you have to enjoy playing the game. I don’t think there’s any point playing all these hours if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing. You can see it in really good players. They really enjoy playing the game. Despite playing so much, they still have fun. So yeah, I’d say if you want to try to go pro, make sure you’re playing with friends and that you’re having a good time. That includes enjoying practice! If you are playing Pugs/Practice/Officials and you are tilting or flaming your teamamtes then you are not playing the right game.
How is this Seasons so far?
We’re not where we want to be, but we’ve been here before and can bounce back. Fraazeh leaving obviously put us in a bad spot having to find a 5th. However, I think jayzaR is on another level. He brings all these different angles that are new to the rest of us and is a really good addition to the team. We can still make the ESEA playoffs. We did it last season and we can do it this season if we step up our game.
Although jayzaR is the AWP’er, his aggression makes him a good entry fragger. He might ask for a flash or smoke, but he always finds the kill. I 100% trust him to get the kills he says he will get at the start of rounds. He knows what he wants to do and he gets it done. He’s that good. We need to start winning and jaezaR is a key ingredient.
High and Low points?
We need a few wins to build some confidence. The start of the season was definitely a low point. The games didn’t go the way we wanted them to go and Fraazeh leaving took another chunk out of us. It was definitely the low point.
How do you manage good comms in tournament matches when tensions are high?
In practice, you aren’t worried about losing, and obviously in matches that matter people get nervous, and then comms sometimes suffer. That’s where I come in as IGL; helping everyone to always focus on the next round instead of tilting because they missed a shot or because they got ‘CSGO’D’. Comms is one of the most important aspects of the game. Clean comms is often the difference between a good team and a great team. This comes with experience.
Which player(s) do you take inspiration from?
Aleksib is the main guy for me. The way he plays and the way he sets up his team-mates is what I try to do. Obviously, I’m not there yet but I try my best to play as much like him as I can. I watched a lot of the ENCE games when he was there and now he’s in OG, I watch a lot of those games as well. The way he and his team move around the map now is very similar to when he was in ENCE. It was great to watch the way ENCE came out of nowhere to beat everyone. The way they played was so explosive.
What does success mean for you and the rest of the team going into future matches and tournaments this year?
To play in official games the way we play in practice. Right now we change the way we play and that isn’t what we should do. If we can play the way we do in practice we will start winning.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself a year ago?
Watch a lot more demos. If you spend your time efficiently, you’ll get better a lot faster. Demos, and knowing what to watch for in demos, is key to improving. Right now, I watch everything and anyone within the top 30. You learn new things every game. I don’t like to copy, but I take what I like and add it to my gameplay.
What’s going on in your life outside of the game?
I’m fully focused on CS right now. To make it happen for myself and the team. I want to help us get to where we want to be and I love what I do.
Any particular matches or tournaments you are looking forward to up next?
We just got invited to the helloplayer.one Cup and our first match is against LDLC in a best of 3 this Friday. Our map pools are very similar and there is a lot of games to watch on them so we can really see how they like to play.
Best of luck to Brodie and the team for tomorrow’s exciting match!