We are just hours away from the start of Northern Arena, a $100,000 tournament featuring eight top teams, including G2 Esports. With IEM Oakland looming, Northern Arena will represent an important test for the team, and Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro thinks that winning the title would be a massive boost ahead of the ESL event.
“We are here to win, this tournament will have a lot of good teams, even if it is not the ‘very best’,” he said. “A victory could give us back the confidence that we lost a few months ago.”
The group stage exit in ELEAGUE was a hard blow to take, but bodyy insists that there is no time to be licking wounds as the team must turn the page and give a better account of itself in Montreal and then in Oakland.
“The mood is not bad, we are already focused on the events ahead and trying to learn from our mistakes,” he noted. “I would say that we made a few mistakes against NiP, which, coupled with some crucial clutches that we lost, really turned the tide and cost us the match. We have picked up some new things we had not thought about by practicing against North American teams, and the time we are spending together is allowing us to see some things that would be harder to see online.”
Quizzed on the preparation for Northern Arena, bodyy said that the team mostly focused on improving their map pool and practicing individually. But will that be enough to overcome the challenges posed by Heroic, Team Liquid and compLexity in the group stage?
“This is a hard group, with teams we are not used to facing, with some really skilled players that they play around and rely on,” bodyy said. “But if we play like we use to, we should be fine.”