Even the smallest changes to his gameplay, such as chewing gum to reduce his verbal activity, have made the biggest differences when it counts according to Twistzz:
“Obviously a lot of players do this, when they die they have something negative to say or a comment on why or how they died. I feel like if you’re chewing gum or doing something, it distracts you from talking and you just don’t make that negative comment that your team doesn’t want to hear anyway.”
The addition of gum chewing, and overall just focusing on the things that may bother or affect his teammates negatively was crucial for Twistzz to overcome. In all types of sports, no matter the objective, it's imperative that teammates never interfere with each others gameplay unless it's absolutely necessary. In Counter-Strike, once one person goes down, it’s up to the remaining to win the round with less firepower, and with dead members distracting them from achieving a goal, winning a series will be challenging.
Ultimately, one of the final things that Liquid needed to overcome, was a teamwide mentality that became established after multiple second place and high tiered finishes. A quick glance on social media after one of these matches would point to the team “choking” during big moments. Twistzz thinks the roster blamed Astralis for their troubles, and until their victorious campaign began, no one had taken ownership for the troubles that actually haunted the team — they thought that Astralis was just that good. Their inability to finish and perform under pressure led to their demise. It wasn’t until the roster as a whole realized their grave mistake, that a change in results began to occur. Taking ownership of personal faults is crucial for leaders in every walk of life, and once you’re on the path to success, it’s only a matter of keeping yourself on track. This is again where Twistzz experience with working out comes into play. When asked about quitting and motivation, Twistzz gave us an answer that everyone should hear and completely absorb:
“When you go into fitness, for me it’s kind of either you go all in or… you can’t really half ass it, you have to commit to it. For fitness, for nutrition, and stuff, it’s not really a hobby, it’s more of a lifestyle. It’s a constant chain of self improvement. I’m never going to be like ‘ok I’ve hit my peak,’ you can always be better. And for fitness you can always push yourself to be better and you will never reach perfection. It’s a lot like CS in that regard.”
Mindsets like this are extremely common to the most elite performers all over the world. Whether you’re a special forces operator training to be deployed to a combat zone, or a world-class heavyweight boxer, the ability to keep yourself on track, and always striving to push past your imaginary ceiling is priceless.
All of these small additions and tweaks to both Twistzz everyday life, and Liquid’s gameplay, has allowed them to thrive among the competition. Liquid has DOMINATED 2019, punishing any opposition that feels the need to stand in their way, and for the first time in history, became the first NA team to be ranked number one globally — an incredible feat considering the other challengers. Their achievements can be thanked to the smallest of reasons, such as taking ownership of their losses, gaining confidence through exercise and fitness, and minimizing the amount of interference between each other during sense-heightened moments.
But at the end of the day, it’s the players’ competitive nature and drive for victory that wins games, and Twistzz is the ideal model for these traits:
“Everything is winnable. I never feel a sense of losing, I always feel like we're going to win.”