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Following his fnatic exit, Faruk "pita" Pita in an exclusive interview with HLTV.org speaks about his departure, his experience in fnatic as a whole, his take on the situation with Marcus "Delpan" Larsson and what his future may hold.
fnatic made it public Thursday night that Faruk "pita" Pita had been left out of the future plans for the fnatic team. Pita explains when he found out and how the process took place:
"I have known it for some days now. Right after Delpan's departure (though he is still a fnatic player under contract) we started to discuss who to replace him with and for some days it all became quiet. It was mostly because cArn was in Taiwan doing some promotion for MSi. I contacted him on the 1st of June and he replied to me very quickly and said he had a lot to do and that this was the first time he checked his mail and we needed to talk.
I soon realized, by indirect messages, that I was about to get kicked from fnatic and these last days they have practiced with manne. I just want to point out, that the players have been honest with me during this time, while most of the players in community of e-Sports tend to go behind each other’s backs. Something fnatic never did to me. That's one reason I took it very good when I got the final decision from cArn."
When asked about the decision to remove him from the team, Pita told us the following:
"To be honest with you, during my career as a player, this is the first time I get kicked from a team. I have always admired cArn's ability to lead a team and to always know what's needed. I'd say that he, if anyone in the game of counter-strike, is the one who knows the most, not only in the game of CS, but everything around it. He does so much for fnatic that the fans don't see and when he comes with such a decision I truly believe him. He explains why it is as it is and I can do nothing but agreeing with him.
However these last months I felt that I played very well, mostly because I changed something (which I can't tell) that made me much better aiming-wise, and made me live up to my potential, the one I had back in the early stages of MYM. Sadly I made this change just a month ago, and I had only ICSC and the WCG qualifier to prove it. Apparently it wasn't enough, and I understand them. I do however feel that if I was given another opportunity to show them, maybe they would change their minds. But I don't want to nag myself back into a team. As said, if cArn believes something has to be changed, then something has to be changed."
Pita joined fnatic in January and at the end of the month he together with the team reached the top spot at the IEM5 European Championship Finals. The accomplishment is something which pleased Pita a lot, as many had big doubts to this new fnatic lineup.
"We couldn't have come out with a better first result with the new team. Especially when a lot of people doubted us and said we would fail and then we proved to the community that we were good. Though I have to say we did very well thanks to Xizt who played extremely well in the final and from my point of view - won the final for us.
On the other hand, cArn showed excellent individual play, something I have not seen from him in a very long time, but surely dsn and Delpan did very well too. I think we won mostly because we were a fresh unpredictable team and because of the individual performances from all of us, especially cArn and Xizt." - He said.
Later darker times came and fnatic did not manage to reach the podium at several tournaments, Pita has the following take on it:
"But by putting the bar that high early it will be hard to stay up there and I saw fnatic looking a bit like MYM back in 2009, when we won everything in the beginning and suddenly we fell like some shitty soldiers in the mud. I don't know really, we didn't manage to continue our good performance at the IEM5 World Championship. But apparently it was because we lacked good individual skills and players that did good in the EU finals were not that big during the World Championship. We placed on a respectively 5-6th place, after some great teams that truly deserved their spots in the world finals.
After that we played Xperia PLAY in Denmark and we didn't play that good there, still we did some good matches. But I think that we lost mostly because we like to play more on event computers and that we were maybe just little unlucky. I think we performed well individually but fell out of the tournament against the great Danes with zonic & co. I think that these 2 losses in the World Championship and Xperia PLAY were bad for fnatic, but I'm sad that there weren't more tournaments with event computers.
I really think we could have had a chance and I think that our team in the last weeks, when we played WCG, was really good. Even though we played a really intense game against Lions, I still think that the team of fnatic, with me and Delpan still on, could certainly be the best team in the world. Because I felt that things started to click and everything got synchronized, but unfortunately we never got another chance to show that, mostly because of Delpan leaving for SK (still pointing out he is still in fnatic), we can analyze how much we want, but we will never know."
Pita joined the ranks of fnatic in December 2010 and six months later he's no longer in the team. He said the following about his time with the fnatic organization:
"My time in fnatic has been the best during my career as a player. Not only have I been welcomed with open arms, but I have got to know people, that if they would hold the strings attached for the whole e-Sport scene, they would lift it higher than what football is (well maybe not football but you understand where I'm trying to go).
The persons in fnatic that I truly want to thank are maybe unknown to the community, but I think you should put these names in your mind: Anne Matthews, Sam Matthews, Neil Kirk, Danijel Remus and Philip Hedemark - It's been a pleasure working with you. I just hope that people can follow your path of how to run an organization in this business and not to forget the players I have played with, they know how much I like them and how much I cheer for them in their upcoming tournaments, forever a fnatic-fan!"
Commenting on the case surrounding Marcus "Delpan" Larsson – a very close friend of his – Pita said:
"Delpan has been a great friend of mine during my career. I got to know him back in the summer of 2009. Since then we have basically been playing with each other, with some months break here and there. I really like him as a person and I have always come along great with him. He has taught me a lot of things (haxx on every map since he is an old school cheater HAHAH... no just kidding).
I really don't like the situation that is happening now between SK and fnatic, but I have to say that the only looser in this twist will be Delpan. Since fnatic will have the rights to take his prize money from IEM and other tournaments, which is much more than the small fee of $2,500 fnatic is asking for. Not to flame SK, but I think that they are handling this situation totally wrong and very immature.
But still I don't want to say too much, since this is not my business. As Delpan is very close to me as a friend, I really want him to demand SK to buy him out from the fnatic contract. Because I think he has the right to demand that and also he has the dominating power to do it. Mostly because SK has been after him for some time and he has refused their offer over and over again. I hope this situation ends up good for all the involved parts – fnatic, SK and Delpan."
Regarding his future in e-Sport, Pita was not sure if it was time to hang up his mouse or continue:
"Sadly I can't say much. I don't know what I want to do for now. As some of you may know I'm studying full time at a University in Stockholm, where I'm studying economics. So that's what I will be doing, but the future is still uncertain for me. I said in an interview with fragbite earlier this year that fnatic would be my last organization that I would play for. So to live up to my word I assume I should stop playing CS now. The only reason for me to want to continue is because a month ago I did some changes in game which made me a lot better than I was before that. It's kind of complex to explain and it is a little secret of mine but however, only because I know now that I can live up to my full potential I feel that I shouldn't put my sword down to the ground.
I can't promise you guys anything as I have school and all that. But I appreciate all the support I have been given these last days. Some bad but some good, and trust me on this one when I say that I have read every single comment on HLTV.org regarding fnatic-changes. Something I have never done before. My last event was WCG Qualifier with fnatic in Stockholm, but I can tell you now that I will be in place at Adepto BH in Sarajevo 2 weeks from now, so I hope to see you guys there and if it will be my last event as a player I just want to thank all the support I have been given throughout these years. It has been a fun experience.
But as my mom always told me when stuff like this happen "Sometimes bad things happens for good reasons. You never know what the outcome will be, only God knows" with that said I have nothing more to say, only love to the fans and all the organizations I have played with during the years, especially fnatic! <3 Byebye"
What will Pita be doing at Adepto BH Open and what will his future in e-Sport look like? Stay tuned as we will be updating you on what Pita will do in the future.
Post edited 2011-06-10 14:34:16
Damn I LOL-ed when pita put a light at how Delpan became a known player "He has taught me a lot of things (haxx on every map since he is an old school cheater HAHAH... no just kidding)". He should had left out "no just kidding".
GL pita in the future, indeed u have improved alot this last month. A mouse change prohibited by sponsors I believe =)
but really interesting what pita changed, which made him aiming-wise
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Post edited 2011-06-10 15:03:10
He definitely looks like a nice guy! wish him the best! gl pita :D
Just continue play CS for your fans
pita seems a little bit disapointed, at least that's the feeling i get when reading his sayings. But, his mother (my mother, our mothers, parents) is right , "Sometimes bad things happens for good reasons"
Good luck pita
"Delpan is an old school cheater HAHAH" :DDD
Post edited 2011-06-10 14:50:12
GLHF pita! =)
one of the great players. gl in the future.
Post edited 2011-06-10 14:58:56
What did he do o.0
why he cant tell this ? drugs?:D
i hope he can connect with lions guys or so
Post edited 2011-06-10 15:01:01
He didn't change a thing, imo. :D
never expected they would drop you :(
gl pita, you are a great guy.
Best hope for you in real life and school.
this phrase makes me rofl :DDD
Look : http://www.hltv.org/?pageid=173&playerid=434&eventid=746
cause it`s online and maybe he just improved internet connection :)
Pita is good , I believe he is gonna be taken to top rated team
and think before typing :)
Post edited 2011-06-10 15:25:34
for people who think that delpan went to fnatic only because sk didn't want him...
He is not bitter about anything and as much as it speaks about his positive attitude in life it also speaks a lot about Fnatic as an organization where I have a feeling they handle things in a much better way than other e-sport organizations.
Alas CS nowadays is very competitive and players like manne have been hogging the news lately. I have to be honest. I also think that manne brings more firepower to the table. And Gux has played with Fnatic before so he is an obvious choice.
But pita...goodness is always rewarded. You will be too :)
hahaha :D pita <3
Post edited 2011-06-10 15:35:13
GL pita fight back for place in some team... do not hang mouse so soon..
j/k ptia is great and hope he will stay around and get into a really good team. really sad he was dropped from fnatic :<
I truly wish you the best of luck, take walle,sunde,moddi and someone and see how things would go.. you never know seems to me like the perfect combination
pita fighting ~
not to forget hes a good friend of delpan (pointing out hes still contracted to fnatic!) and likes delpan (still part of fnatic), lets see how this turns out between sk and fnatic/delpan (still a player of fnatic)
Sad that aren't in fnatic anymore
GL in future, hope it will be related to cs xD
btw 1 correction ->
"We placed on a respectively 5-6th place,"
I doubt this is a correct use of the word "respectively"...prolly respectable :)
but as i say do the thing that makes you happy in life,cuse we live only one time =]
1) when SK kick'd walle - its so stupid.
2) when fnatic put manne instead of Pita. manne is good, but never played with cArn so its not so good.
GL in the future pita, hope you do better now with your secret!
He was fnatics best player in last matches...
Uzivaj majstore, and don`t give up! :)
Post edited 2011-06-10 16:12:59
cheers pita, from now on i'll be a pretty big fanboy of you i guess, good luck with everything you will be doing in your life, you will do great as you've got such a personality.
Post edited 2011-06-10 16:21:41
anyway nice interview and gl in the future!
now everybody will think whats his secret that improves your aim :))
i guess that pita will read these comments so GL pita and i have a feeling that when gux leaves fnatic again, carn will call you to rejoin fnatic :))
no but jokes aside, he's 26 i dont think he gonna play for much longer :(
my take on the situation seems to be the same as pitas. he did indeed play a lot better during the last month and to me it looked like fnatic finally started clicking and becoming more of a team than they were before that, especially with him and Xizt showing up some nice teamplay and pita with his improved aim.
hence i completely agree with him that they could've been the best team in the world (or at least in the top3 with Na`Vi and FX). so it's really a shame that they didn't stick together but frankly i blame Delpan for that. if he hadn't left i'm sure cArn would've sticked to his word and kept the lineup intact for 1 or 2 more events at least and at those events they would've probably managed to secure top3 placings.
so yeah, sad for pita but life goes on and i to be honest the new SK and fnatic lineups looks much more interesting and fun to watch than the old ones.
Post edited 2011-06-10 16:38:03
All the best, Pita.
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I hope the best for him!
Good luck in the future Pita!
p.s. *** LIONS pita killed fnatic.MSi cArn with a headshot from m4a1 **
New team: Zyppe, zneel, pita, Jumpy, zet :P
To all: I've met pita in 2008/9 when he was very unknown, and used to mix with me and my friends, and I called him up to play for BIH national team because I was captain, and I'm grateful for everything he did for his homeland. After that I followed him from his first team right up until now, and I can just say that he didn't change at all. He's always available for chat, to joke around etc, not like some other "stars".
To faRRe: Hope you don't quit CS just yet, and definitely see ya in Sarajevo <3
Hope you can join a team as good as fnatic or even better
good luck in the future
gl finding a new team.
Post edited 2011-06-10 17:19:32
you have really improved your game lately.. :)
hope you deserve better team than fnatic.. :)
Post edited 2011-06-10 17:31:28
Gl pita in whatever you decide to do =)!!!
Same attitude everywhere(in game as well as outside)!
gl in the future man :D
go lions gogogo
You should think twice before posting, honestly.
To see 10.000 saying "what's the secret huh?"
just wondering what was that config change that he was talking about.
about the inverview, not much to say. he said that first 3 months he wasnt that good, same thing i`ve seen and i`ve pointed on a comment 2 days ago, where i was bashed by bosnians. he was playing to safe all the time, trying not do to mistakes. thats not the material for a top3 team in the world. add to that the fact that his buddy was a traitor (delpan - still contracted to fnatic :)) = they didnt had anymore patience with him.
gj fnatic as organisation and gj for the way u handle things.
i spit on sk.
someone use some muscles to force him to tell us or something >:D
Great interview, pita to Lions or ESC is a MUST! GL
After some time I noticed that u started to progress, ur game style and aim improved a lot and now are on the really high level. I am really shocked to see that cArn decided to change u, that's the thing I still can't understand AT ALL.
I think that at the moment u are on ur peak form and u must play for the best organisation.
fnatic.MSI pita FOR EVER!
i trust carn (and so does pita) in his decision, trust me, carn knows whats good for the team.
besides, pita clearly said he had his best time in fnatic so god bless him and gl :D
trully touching interview
gl in future,hope 2 see u soon back in action!!
cu in Sarajevo :]
Post edited 2011-06-10 18:50:52
good luck, anyway. :)
btw. pita play for eu4ia on adepto :D GL
If pita continues to play, time will proove me. :)
Good Luck pita, and please don't leave the scene, you're entertaining to watch and listen. :)
"fnatic would be his last organization that he would play for." Well np, since he has this little something that made him improve a lot he should get a good team (lions/ESC or some team like that) to practice a bit for few months, level up even more, wait for some departure in fnatic (which will happen sooner or later), come back and dominate the world. This time will be the good and still, he will live up to his word since fnatic will be his last organization.
Yet again I belonged to those who thought this move was necessary, not because pita wasn't good enough, but simply because it wasn't their time. Considering the friendship and the respect between both parts, I have no doubts a time will come when fnatic will dominate again, with pita in its line-up, let's just be patient.
This interview increased even more the respect I had for both fnatic and pita, was it possible. Good luck, please don't leave the game now, the future belongs to you !
just look at ibrahimovich he is doing really well after getting kicked from barca.. wish same for our e-sport ibra ^^
Hope we could see him playing again soon!
GL pita (:
the best of fnatic:
If there is any steamfriend of Pita ask him and tell me because I hate secrets :D
Post edited 2011-06-10 21:48:45
WTF... anyway i'm sure it's someting pretty known for any of us, and he was just forgetting about it since his MYM days, maybe some cmd he forgot to put in his cfg for a long time, there's no secrets in the game
Post edited 2011-06-10 21:53:12
Listen to your mom!
PS: The secret is using a white snow cap <3
and don't leave CS, you got the game, evethough you were kicked from fnatic. Appreciate your professional attitude!
Well i never ever liked fnatic or SK and i guess i never will
gl though pita
Many players have spoken how they originally used it and even with it got to high levels, but it just creates a huge level of instability in your aim style especially when you are constantly having to re set up your pc during tournaments.
Post edited 2011-06-11 01:01:28
Tell us please :D
All the best with Uni and your future.
the curiosity will kill me :X
Hello gays I'm here ...
new line up fnatic (dsn , Delpan , Xizt , cArn and ME =D )
Pita did great in this interview and I am just wishing him good luck in the future. This kind of approach will help him stay in the top of the eSports scene for a long time as a player or (who knows?) in the top management of an eSports Organisation.
Good Luck Pita!
Post edited 2011-06-12 15:24:30