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We sat down with Ninjas in Pyjamas captain Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson following his team's victory at DreamHack Valencia and quizzed the former CS:Source player on the tournament.
The Swedish team, who consist of three former 1.6 players and two ex-CS:S men, proved that they a force to be reckoned with by defeating VeryGames 2-0 in the final to win their first international event in CS:GO and keep their unbeaten run.
In this interview, Johansson talks about the feeling to beat a team who were at the top in the CS:Source scene for so long, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt's comments about the advantage of having several players who can master the AWP on the team and also what this victory represents to his side.
Your team won the final two maps to nil. Did you expect a more difficult game? Were you happy with your team’s performance?
We are happy with our performance, I think VeryGames actually played really well, I think we pretty much got what we expected, they played like we thought they would. It was a tough game for us and just ended up winning in the end.
How does it feel to beat a team that has been playing together for four years?
It feels good in a way, but then again we have to keep in mind that this is a new game, even though it is run on the CS:Source engine. You have to remember that everything about the game has changed. It feels good to beat a team that has been playing together for four years, but they have only just switched to CS:GO, just like us, so we are on the same field.
NBK said yesterday that having four snipers on the team could be a big advantage on some maps. What do you think about it, considering you are pretty much the only one using the AWP on your team?
I think that on maps like de_train, for example, it is beneficial, because they can use two AWPs, which they did, and I think it worked really well for them in some cases. But as of right now, the AWP is not used that much, I barely play with it, as well. On some maps it might be good, but I think the game is at a stage in which you do not really need a lot of AWPs, maybe because of the way the flashes and the smokes are built and basically the way the game has been built.
Do you see yourselves as the number one team in the world right now?
I think we are probably the number one team in Europe right now. We haven’t played against the Americans, but I cannot wait to meet them at the ESWC.
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number 1 my ass
+ there are a lot of other teams.
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Yeah they may end up getting beat in the future, but for now, they are rank #1, and the team to beat.
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They are no1 right now.
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I'm just saying with the current teams (although ESC and fnatic are getting suited for a CS:GO journey), they just proved themselves for now to be the no. 1 team in GO.
But only Verygames is the only team alive which is competitive against NiP
Why? obviously forest, gtr, xizt with 2 unknown css players just proved they can beat a 'pro' css team that has been playing cs using source engine for 4 years because those experience they got from playing 1.6.
1.6 skills is a BIG advantage to 1.6 players who switched to csgo. don't need for me tell explain any further because majority 1.6 in here understands pretty well what i'm talking about :)
so we will NOT be seeing the top american lineup :(
their lineup for their latest scrims and last match on esea doesn't include him, though two matches ago he played, so maybe it's coincidence
Also, NiP have been playing GO much longer tbh.
kenny owned NiP in this match, and 3 of them are top 10 players in the world.
There is no team that practised more than NiP in cs:go, so it's good for them this win. VeryGames showed that they are really good and have amazing individual skill. When there will be a tournament with all top teams, we will see the real power of nip
It's funny how VeryGames are amazing and NiP are gunna get destroyed, then as soon as NiP easily beat VG, suddenly "VG didnt practise" or "VG were the underdogs".
Most of you, laugh at VG like they were some noobs, they own you all. They played vs 2 of the best 3 players in the world in counter strike!!
When SK lost vs navi or esc 2:0 were they noobs?
If a team practises more, better for them, we all know that get right is a nolifer (in terms of hours played) [many pro players said that, even ESC players] but, it's not bad, it's good, better for him, why should we blame him for that? But it's a fact that NiP is the most prepared team right now for cs:go. Which doesn't mean that VG is a noob team, since they raped kick for example. And we could see that they hhave awesome players like kenny.
I don't get what your point is, all I'm saying is NiP are right now the best in the world cause they beat VG. I never once said VG were noobs lol.
Fucking idiot, it doesn't matter if there are 5 source teams or 5000, what I said is still true.
Don't know if i'm allowed to post it since it's from "The evil site" :)
17 different players played for VeryGames in 4 years...
Anyway wp nip !
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they are the best in europe RIGHT NOW
Great read other than that though, the games were pretty good to watch too.
This team have been playing together (mostly for 2 years), but kennyS is the newest addition who came in for the last 2 tournaments of CSS basically.
Doesn't mean NIP didn't deserve to win and VG seriously need to step it up to compete but I think they can, they are a driven team and have the leadership and discipline to do it.
He seems like a very smart guy and will be a good ambassador for the game. Look forward to watching more of him and the rest of NiP. Just wish they would stream more.
Great tournament and a decent interview