Jul 30, 2019
The USA-based South African ATK CS:GO squad have been having a tough time of it since Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek left to join Team Envy. Having to play with stand-ins, rather than securing a permanent replacement, has not helped make the lineup change as smooth as one would have hoped. Where to next for South Africa’s best Counter-Strike team? I reached out to in game leader Johnny “JT” Theodosiou to find out.
I highly recommend reading Dust2’s interview with JT from a few weeks ago during the ESEA Global Challenge LAN.
JT phone home
ax: Your most recent event was the ESEA S31 Global Challenge. Tell us a bit about how things went for ATK there overall.
JT: They didn’t go very well, we lost to sprout and chiefs but we weren’t expecting amazing results considering we were playing with our coach.
In the BO3 loser’s bracket match against Chiefs, it really felt like you guys were on the cusp of a win on the third map, Overpass. What went wrong?
Our CT side overpass has been inconsistent for a while now, they played a different style that we weren’t accustomed to. Their T side was extremely slow, their b executes were difficult to deal with and we were messing up our rotations all over the map. It was just extremely sloppy from us.
Were you happy with your showing, considering you were forced to play with your coach, Tiaan “T.c” Coertzen?
I don’t think we have an opinion of the result. We came into the tournament knowing it would be difficult considering the circumstances. We just came to play our best. Obviously we wanted to win, but it didn’t sting so much when we didn’t.
18 months into it, are you enjoying living in the USA? It must be tough being so far from family and loved ones.
It’s definitely tough living away from my family and friends. I miss them everyday, but I’m enjoying living in the USA and pursuing my dream.
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