allu: "Getting better day by day"
We caught up with mousesports' Aleksi "allu" Jalli to find out how his team is doing ahead of this coming weekend's Gfinity 3 tournament in London.
Aleksi "allu" Jalli left the Finnish scene roughly a month ago by departing from ENCE to join up with the German organization of mousesports. They will debut this weekend at Gfinity 3.
Online mouz have had good results, starting 7-1 in SLTV StarSeries X with allu neck-and-neck among the top three players of the event statistically. Last night mouz upset Na`Vi.
mousesports were fresh off a rough weekend that saw them not qualify for ESL One Cologne after surprising losses to dAT and Copenhagen Wolves.
Now allu and company are hoping to prove what they are capable of at G3, where they've been placed in group B together with Virtus.pro, dignitas, Titan, ESG and Infused.
allu talks to HLTV.org about mouz and their G3 preparation
How have you fit in mousesports as the only non-German speaker? What language do you communicate in? Have you learned, or do you have any plans to learn German?
allu: It's going okay and getting better day by day. Currently we keep making some stupid mistakes as we speak English and it's not a native language for any of us. At first I told the guys that maybe I should start learning German as it would be easier to play when I get it rolling but it would take a lot of time as I haven't ever studied German before so we chose to stick with English.
How does playing in an international team compare to Finnish teams? Do you feel mousesports is more talented than any roster you could assemble from Finnish players right now?
allu: It's a little bit different, can't really say it in other words. On the other hand it feels great to have teammates that are willing to put in the hours needed to succeed in this game but then I keep missing my former teammates as we have spent so much time together in the past two years.
I have always said that there is enough talent in Finland to make a top team but I think the problem is that Finnish people are not willing to make the sacrifices needed to succeed. Besides that we have the problem that there's always someone who doesnt want to play with person X and that person X could play with others but not with the person Y, it's an endless circle :D.
Despite a strong start in SLTV StarSeries X, you failed to qualify for ESL One Cologne on Sunday even though you were favorites going into both dAT and Cph Wolves matches. To what do account the losses? Why couldn't you make it?
allu: Well to be honest I don't think our start in SLTV was that strong if you look at the opponents we played first, as they were so called "lesser" teams which we should almost win against by default. Failure to qualify for ESL One feels like stab in the heart as we all looked forward to this event and qualifying for it was our first goal, and we failed miserably. As for the losses againts dAT iI think we simply played shit and against Copenhagen Wolves we were quite even but we were on the wrong side of coin flip-type situations.
How well prepared are you right now? Are you still trying to fit into mouz or are you more or less good to go? How much have you practiced and do you have a bootcamp planned prior to G3?
allu: We have been playing five to six hours almost every day since I joined, which is quite a lot but I still feel that we have a lot to learn about each other's game-styles and to figure out how to get the best out of each player. I think when I joined we talked about having a bootcamp before G3 but the move never materialised so we are only going to play online.
allu has teamed up with chrisJ in mouz
With you only going to G3 and missing ESL One, do you think it may give you any advantage over the teams who are going to G3 to try to win, but with their eyes still on the big prize two weeks later?
allu: I don't think it really gives us an advantage as everyone comes to G3 to play as well as they can, of course we might see some teams saving tactics or some special tricks because ESL One is so close, but in the end I don't think it affects that much.
You're in a tough group with Titan, Virtus.pro, dignitas, ESG and Rasta. Do you expect to be one of the four teams advancing? Who do you believe you have the best chance of beating from the favorites? How are your chances versus each of those teams?
allu: We are indeed in a very tough group with two of the top four teams in the world and Titan, who want to prove they belong there as well. I think we have all the strings in our own hands and our main goal is to make it out of the groups. We have the best chance to win against ESG, but I think we can challenge any team in our group if we don't shit on ourselves in the important games like we did this weekend.
What are mousesports' future plans after August? Are you contracted until the end of 2014? What do you have planned after G3 and SLTV StarSeries X are in the books?
allu: Our future plans are to play as much as possible and try to steadily improve as I think we have alot of potential to be unleashed. I am contracted until the end of the year. As for future events after G3 and SLTV, I think you will see us in every event we qualify for or get invited to and we also have the EPS Germany group stage and hopefully Finals to look forward to.
What do you expect of G3? How well do you realistically expect to do? Who do you think will win the event? Do you have a guess on who might surprise or disappoint at the event
allu: I am expecting a lot of great Counter-Strike to be played over the weekend. I have my sights to get out of the group and after that I am happy with any result we get, I don't think we are yet good enough to play with the big boys but we will get there!
allu's mousesports will begin their campaign at G3 on Saturday by playing the home team FM on the main stage of the event in the opening game at 10:00.