We caught up with Angus “guag” Lloyd after Bizzare clinched a spot at the eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 Oceania, defeating Team SLYX in the grand final of the open qualifier.
Bizzare are currently set to face seven other teams in the eXTREMESLAND Festival 2020 – Oceania playoffs. The win marks the Australian team’s first title since its formation three weeks before Oceania qualifier began. We talked to Angus “guag” Lloyd about Bizzare’s victory, defeating better-known teams in the Oceania qualifier, how confident are they coming into the playoffs, and the atmosphere of the newly built team around ex-Chiefs Jordan “SkulL” Newland.
CSGO2ASIA: Coming into this tournament with your victory against Team SYLYX in the grand final, did you expect your team to win the qualifier? and how do you feel about it?
Guag: I’ll start off by saying we absolutely massacred Team Sylyx in the grand final, so much so that I think everyone would agree they didn’t even have a chance. And in terms of winning the qualifier, we expected to win it, and we feel warm all over about winning it.
CSGO2ASIA: What was the atmosphere in the team like and what did you do as a squad to prepare? Are you guys currently situated in a boot camp or in practicing from home?
Guag: The atmosphere in the team was euphoric, we felt super excited to have the opportunity to play this qualifier! As a squad, we like to anti-strat everyone we face, making them uncomfortable to play how they are used to, and to stop them from using set strats against us. We are currently in an online environment, but I’d say we still see more than enough of Matt every Thursday at 10 pm.
CSGO2ASIA: With your team winning the open qualifier, how confident are you coming to the playoffs? And how do you rate your team against the other seven teams there?
Guag: I’d say we all feel extremely confident coming into the playoffs, and even though it’s our first tournament as a team, I don’t see us dropping more than two or three rounds against these categorically weaker teams, such as R!OT.
CSGO2ASIA: Can you explain a little bit about the leadership inside your team?
Guag: Matt “Mizzy” Webster is the caller and does a lot to help out the team in practice, and he is overall the team captain, displaying excellent leadership qualities such as integrity, ability to delegate, empathy, influence and communication. Mike “HudzM” Hudson also coaches us doing anything necessary to help us to win, and I mean anything.
CSGO2ASIA: You played the open qualifier in a BO1, now it will be a BO3. How do you think your map pool stacks up against the rest of the competition?
Guag: I think our map pool is by far the best in the competition. Our weakest maps have been Inferno, Train and Nuke so we’ve been practising them the last few weeks. The rest of the competition have embarrassing map pools.
CSGO2ASIA: Which team would you love to face in the playoffs, and why?
Guag: We’d love to face anyone and everyone in the playoffs because our team has a unanimous love for the game and a unanimous loathing for everyone else in the tournament. Jokes aside, Downfall. We hate Downfall.
CSGO2ASIA: You’re going to face some big names in the playoffs. How do you feel about it, and what’s going to be the key if you guys want to move further in the playoffs?
Guag: We feel fine about it, I mean it’s not like we’re playing Chiefs, right? The key would probably be to ensure none of our internet connections drops – I don’t see a world where any of our games are competitive otherwise.
CSGO2ASIA: Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Guag: I’d just like to say Merry Christmas to everyone, particularly Maclane “gump” Cross, not sure whether it was The Bahamas or Hawaii that he was spending his player break, but if you’re reading this, reset and recharge.
Angus “guag” Lloyd and friends will face off in the playoffs in order to take home the eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 Oceania trophy. The event will take place on December 18-20, featuring a prize pool of US$1,500. More information to come from our viewer’s guide which will be posted soon.
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