Written By: Steve Vegvari
The qualifiers are well underway for the World Electronic Sports Games. The multi-layered he Canadian team, Wardell N Friends are playing some of their best games in order to reach the Canadian Finals to progress to the next leg of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sub-category.
Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik is one member of Wardell N Friends. Subroza has been playing CS:GO competitively for the better part of three years. His notoriety rose as he began playing for Noble Esports and later, Counter Logic Gaming.
After being met with some controversy, Subroza decided to leave CLG and pursued a spot on French Canadians which allowed him to participate in the WESG 2017.
Presently, Subroza has found his place on Ghost Gaming alongside a few of his fellow French Canadian teammates. Supporting Canada in the WESG this year, it seems only natural that teammates Wardell and Steele would join him once again.
I was able to speak to Subroza and discuss his experiences with Ghost Gaming, and how he felt transitioning to Wardell N Friends for the WESG.
Steve: Tell us a little about yourself.
Subroza: I am 21 years old and was studying to become a computer engineer until I made it to the pro CS:GO Scene. I kind of put that aside for however long this lasts. Most of my time is dedicated to grinding Counter-Strike with my team and individually. I enjoy going out with friends when I can. Also excersing by going to the gym or just playing some soccer with friends. I was born in Morocco but have been in Canada for a while now.
Steve: How long have you been playing CS:GO competitively?
Subroza: I started playing CS:GO matchmaking with friends late 2014 around December and instantly just bought ESEA. I started competing for the first time during the 2015 season, so I guess early 2015.
Steve: From your experience, how do you view the Canadian CS:GO pro-scene? Is there anything that can be improved?
Subroza: I think we have a pretty decent amount of talent in the pro scene with the players on Liquid showing up, some in Complexity, us and some more but it could probably use more players.
Steve: What has your experience been like playing on Ghost Gaming this year?
Subroza: It has been ups and downs. I’m liking my experience so far and learning a lot from this as time goes on. I think we started proving people that we could compete at the top level and it is just a question of when can we reach that level of consistency.
Steve: Have there been any differences in the team’s playstyle since focusing on ‘Warrdell N Friends’ for the WESG?
Subroza: Yeah, actually everything is different. I mean it’s a whole different lineup and we do not really have time to put in time with it. We’re kind of just pugging it out and filling holes.
Steve: How confident do you feel as we head into the next leg of the WESG?
Subroza: Pretty confident. I don’t think there’s any team scaring us at all. I don’t even know half of them.
Steve: Has there been anything you would have done differently during the qualifying matches?
Subroza: Not really like I said we’re just pugging with this lineup. Maybe we could have gone over some basic stuff but we just decided to just go with the flow.
Steve: What is something you wish you knew when you began competing professionally?
Subroza: That I should take my time before signing long contracts and probably the amount of travelling it requires.
Steve: Any advice for up-and-coming CS:GO players?
Subroza: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Confidence is tremendous in this game and to work harder than other people. It’s all about out-grinding lazy people and staying smart. Oh, and don’t ever change your settings as I do, they don’t matter (trust me).
Steve: Where can people follow you online?
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