AmaNEk: "We have a deep playbook."
G2 entered ESL One: New York with a makeshift lineup that included Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey standing in for Richard "shox" Papillon, who was on the verge of joining Vitality. G2 was about to complete the acquisition of both Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač to kick start the new international era of G2 Esports. We sat down with François "AmaNEk" Delaunay who took over the in-game leading duties for the event.
When you were calling for this tournament was there anything new or specific you were trying to do?
No, we just tried to stick to the game plan for all our matches. Kio helped with some of our calls especially on Overpass and Inferno, but mostly it was just like the days with Shox.
Did you always want to be the caller or was this change out of necessity?
I took the IGL responsibility because no one else wanted it. I have no pressure with it, we just needed someone to call for a bit and so I did it.
How does the calling work with this team right now? Do your teammates try and help with mid-round or do they usually give their ideas in before the round?
Most of the time they give me a lot of information and then I make mid-round calls, but sometimes I make specific calls in the beginning of the round. Sometimes another player calls an execute. When you're leading how do you like to play? Passive? Aggressive? Countering the other team?
We have a deep play book so we can play passive or aggressive. Most of the time we play aggressive, but it depends on the map and game plan.
Do you like to play around Kenny as much as possible when you're calling?
Now Kenny is free. All maps he is free. CT side, T side it doesn't matter. He can do whatever he wants. In the past it wasn't like this, it was more structured, but for this event he was free all of the time.
You played the new Evil Geniuses lineup was there anything you noticed about them that separates them currently from other teams?
We played them on Dust 2 and Nuke. On their T sides they play really slowly and have good chemistry and teamwork. It's really difficult to get multi-kills. They trade extremely well.
It's very difficult to play against.