Slingshot’s Jarek “DeKay” Lewis talked to EnVyUs’ Cédric “RpK” Guipouy (through an interpreter, team manager Jordan “Next” Savelli) during the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals in Dallas. They talked about his shifting roles, adjusting to a new team and working with cars in his free time.
Jarek Lewis: It’s been interesting to see this team form as EnVyUs after the French shuffle. Is it good to see you guys are capable of playing well like this?
Cédric “RpK” Guipouy: I was quite sure we could do it. And now I’m really happy with it. Now it’s about consistency and proving to ourselves and anyone we can be strong on many maps. We are working really hard for it.
JL: Some people are unhappy with the Pro League and how the online season is. For a team that did perform online, do you think the format should stay the same?
CG: I liked the idea at first and what ESL did with it. But if you look at the 20 best teams in the world, you can realize quite easily there’s a lot of competition in Europe. In EU you can find Virtus.pro, FaZe and Astralis didn’t make it. Looking at those things, maybe it’s time to find that balance and open the tournament to 16 teams instead of 12 and give more European slots. If you look at the 20 best teams in the world, you can find 15 European teams. That’s a lot.
JL: A lot of people think of you as a support player at this stage. Do you think of yourself as a support player or something else? If it is something, else, what is that?
CG: I’m definitely not a support player. In our team, and this is how it’s good, as a CT, I’m the first one to shut people down when it comes to me. I’m the one who shoots people. As a T, I used to play kind of alone, but I’m not a lurker. That’s Happy. Sometimes I’m in the three entry fraggers. I’m a military guy. I don’t speak a lot. When I speak, it’s just a few words, but it’s efficient. The team always knows what’s going on with my side of the map.
JL: Did you do anything differently in this event that allowed you to have such a good showing?
CG: There’s three things. The first is that the role on this team is different, and (we) work a lot to know how I work, what I like to do, and putting (me) in the right position. On different teams there were so many different stars, I couldn’t say much and was just doing what I’m supposed to do and that’s it. I’m really motivated this year to step up and show everyone I’m someone to count on among the best guys. (Jordan “Next” Savelli: And obviously, what he’s doing with this performance, we can see it every day at practice. We can see it more and more, and that builds confidence. What he did this weekend, this is what he did every day for the past four, five, six weeks at practice. He just keeps getting better, and we find a way to use him.)
JL: Is there a player or a team that is hardest for you to play against?
CG: Definitely Fnatic because of their play style. You never really know what is going on. They have good individuals, and they are not very readable. Some teams you can read them. Even though they’re top five in the world, you can still read them. Fnatic you can never really know. It’s kind of messy to go against that play style.
JL: When you took a break from CS, I know you do mechanic work. Do you still do anything related to cars or mechanic work?
CG: I’m a huge fan of mechanics, and it’s a family thing. I’m working with my father and we are building things and we are repairing cars. And I have two myself. An Audi S3, but it has 370 horsepower so far. I think it will be 500 soon. And a BMW M3 as well. Every weekend, that’s what I do.
Cover photo by Jussi Jaaskelainen/DreamHack