Luis ‘peacemaker’ Tadeu has seen it all when it comes to Counter-Strike. The former professional Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player has been in the trenches as a professional player and now as a coach.
Recently, peacemaker was told his services would no longer be needed as the coach of OpTic Gaming’s CS:Go squad with his trial period ending last week. Now back in his native country of Brazil, Dexerto’s Kevin Hitt spoke with peacemaker asking him about the current state of coaches and players.
Kevin Hitt: Can you describe the atmosphere at what happened at both Team Liquid and OpTic Gaming?
Luis ‘peacemaker’ Tadeu: Liquid was by far the best group of guys I ever worked with in my whole cs career. We were all focused and knew what we needed to do to succeed. Everybody bought into most of my ideas and what we thought we should do to succeed as a team and we all benefit from it in the end. I see a lot of people still saying we got to the Major finals because of s1mple, but people have no idea how much we all worked behind the scenes to make that happen. We stayed together for 6 months, obviously with a different roster, but I always had time to put down work which is the main reason why I was successful there. Now when it comes to OpTic, as much as I loved the short time with them I cant consider it a real job. One month and a half total considering only two weeks of practice with a trial player, no leader, and having to play two real big tournaments pretty much in a row. Then having to deal with the roster change drama right after that and no more practices at all, I mean it was very unfortunate, but as much as I worked really hard for the short period I was there, I dont think I did even half of what I could’ve done with more time and practice. I knew that I couldn’t pull a miracle in a short period, so I don’t judge myself at all, but I totally respect their point of view that I am not the kind of coach they’re looking for at the moment.
KH: Do you think esports athletes are different from traditional sports athletes in terms of their mental makeup and professionalism?
peacemaker: For sure. Having the experience of dealing with some esports players for the past year, I am convinced that a few of them still don’t understand what being a professional esports player means at all. Some are just trying to become pro players, but have no idea the consequences of it at all. Some just play for the money and the fame, others hate being on the cameras and just refuse to do anything sponsor related. Some of them just can’t deal with any kind of drama at all in a way that, if anything goes against his thoughts then they just completely give up and don’t care about the consequences. It’s starting to get better nowadays cause esports is growing really fast with the amount of money involved and all the structure that a few organization does have like psychologists and stuff, but in my opinion we are still a bit behind not only on the mental/professionalism part but also in the structure in general.
KH: Are esports athletes mature enough to handle the “tough” coach?
peacemaker:Depends of what being a “tough coach” means. Most of the players nowadays are young and not mature enough to deal with pressure and criticisms, that’s for sure, but I believe in most of the cases it will come down to the way the coach talk to his players. But indeed some of them really do believe they are self-sufficient.
KH: Is it true that team owners allow the players to pick and fire coaches?
peacemaker: It depends on the teams to be honest. I think that even in traditional sports if the players don’t like the coach then they will for sure try to do their best to get rid of him, either by throwing matches or just simply by not giving their very best. In the end if the players want the coach out, they will find a way to force it to happen. That is unfortunately the reality.
KH: Are esports athletes spoiled? Do you agree with the statement that esports athletes are the type that hate to be told what to do as they may not have been properly socialized because they have been playing video games for more than half their lives?
peacemaker:No, I disagree. A few of them are indeed spoiled, but in most of the cases professional players are open minded to any kind of support. I mean there is always a guy here and there, that as I already said, thinks hes self-sufficient and that just by the fact he plays the game for longer than you, you are not good enough to help him. Luckly ,this never happened with me, especially because I usually have played the game for way longer than most of them.
KH: It appears that as a coach you can’t really be hard on today’s esports athletes? Do you agree and if so why do you think that is?
peacemaker:I mean it all comes down to how hard you are and the way you do it, what some players don’t understand is the difference between all the type of coaches out there. I do believe that to be a good coach you have to mix it up and know how to be the good and the bad guy sometimes. That is just the way it is. We are not in a fairy tales anymore because of the amount of money involved. Coaches need to be able to know how to deal with their players to make them reach their full potential and players need to be open minded to take constructive criticize and learn from their mistakes so they can improve and reach their full potential. Some players hate having a guy behind telling them the mistakes they’re doing and what they have to do to improve. Are they wrong? In my opinion, partially yes, but also sometimes just a good motivational speech can be enough.
KH: Do esports athletes think they know what’s best for them? Do you think they are too young to know that and that’s why they need a coach?
peacemaker:I think that coaches are a must for every team just as it works in any kind of sports. Unfortunately, because of Valve, our jobs in CS:GO are way harder nowdays and I still believe they should review their rule to find a half term good for both sides. I personally refuse to talk with any organizations who do not understand what a coach does and thinks that we have to prove our value by giving them results in a short term. Trust me. That does happen. People have to understand that coaches should be treated just as it is in any kind of sport. They should have leadership on the team. They need to have a good and trustable relation with the management and also the most important thing; they do need time to implement their ideas in a constructive way. I like to make a joke that finding out the best way to deal with your players is the same as dealing with your girl. It does take time for you to find out what you can and cannot do right? And if you are able to keep a good relationship and manage to go through tough moments, the honeymoon will come and you will only benefit from it. That’s just the way life is when it comes to getting to know how to deal with different type of people with different personalities.
KH: Do owners need to do a better job supporting coaches in esports?
peacemaker:Owners should always support and treat coaches as important as players in esports. Of course we have a few bad examples of coaches out there, but in most of the cases, people have absolutely no idea the amount of work that most of the good coaches do in their teams. It’s as stressful as being a player. We are also human beings and have our personal problems to deal with and just by the fact we are coaches that doesn’t mean we cant be wrong sometimes. So yeah, you have to love this job if you wanna be successful in it because the pressure is insane. By having owners and organizations supporting in general, it helps a lot and gives you peace of mind to just work really hard and do your best.
Luis ‘peacemaker’ Tadeu is a former Counter-Strike player who has now had coaching stints with OpTic Gaming and Team Liquid.