GeT_RiGhT: "Time to win a major"

Our next pre-ESL One Cologne interview is with Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, who talks about the team's current shape following a disappointing run at G3.

The Swedish giants gave a poor account of themselves at the event in London as they were eliminated in the quarter-finals following a 0-2 defeat against dignitas, returning home with a disappointing record of two victories and four defeats.

NiP have been practicing hard in the last few days as they crave for a major title, with pretty much everyone HLTV.org has interviewed so far expecting them to be in top form in Cologne.

In this interview, Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund acknowledges that attending G3 was "a mistake" after coming off a vacation period. The Swedish talent also discusses NiP's preparation for ESL One Cologne and the two new maps, among other topics.


Will NiP win a major this time?

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne so far? Do you have a bootcamp planned for the final days leading up to the event? Do you feel adequately prepared?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: ​We've been playing a lot online, since our results from G3 weren't that successful in our own eyes. We've been having "online bootcamp" as well, a 4-5 days bootcamp in Stockholm for getting ourselves in shape. I think we're feeling alright at this moment, as for every single day we're playing. We're getting much better than we were before the G3 event. I think we shouldn't have attended the UK tournament, mostly because of our long vacation we had before that... But, the lesson is learned. Now more focus on the ESL One tournament!

After a long hiatus from international competition, G3 took place last weekend. What do you make of the results? Were you surprised by anyone? What comes to mind when thinking about the event?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: Like I was answering above, I think we shouldn't have attended it at all. Since we had around 3 weeks of vacation - and just a few days before, we started to play again since we really needed this break that we had. For surprises was more to LC (Norwegian team) and maybe mousesports.. I always had high hopes for them and they always somehow disappointed me (no offense), but now there back with the Finnish player allu, in my opinion.

At ESL One you’ve been placed in group A together with Wolf, HellRaisers and Epsilon. Can you go through each team one at a time, and tell us what you think about them, and your chances against them?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: Going through our group, it's going to be hard. Since we just lost against Epsilon (14-16) at G3 and we've always had problems against HR somehow... coming back to 1.6 days, if you ask me. Last but not least, Wolf - I have no idea how this team will play, since they haven't attended a international tournament before. We'll see when we go live against them! About qualifying for the playoffs, I think it's going to be hard - mostly because it's bo1, but also because of  the new maps in the pool. Even though I'm really open to the new maps, I do think they need some tweaks to get a bit better.

What are your expectations going into the event? I realize everyone will say they are in it to win it regardless of stature, but would you be happy with a quarter-finals exit? Top four? A spot in the grand finals?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: We're going step by step, first qualifying for the playoffs, so we can rely more on the bo3 system than bo1. If we do so, we're aiming for the number one spot. I think it's time for us to clinch on those majors... Even though it's going to be really tough with so many good teams attending. We will just go for the first step and hopefully we can play good there and pass the group stage. We'll see on Thursday/Friday!

Do you have a clause in your contracts regarding the sticker money that will be coming in from ESL One? Is that something you had added later on specifically with Cologne in mind, or did it exist in the first place?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: I'm sorry to say, but we're not giving out details regarding our contracts, s so I cannot really go into what's it saying about this.


GeT_RiGhT admits to being disappointed with himself

It’s now been weeks since ESL announced the new map pool, featuring de_cobblestone and de_overpass. Now that you’ve had a chance to practice them, what do you think about them? What do you think about the new map veto system? Do you think these changes will work for or against you?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: I think the biggest change was that they removed train, since it was one of our favourite maps in the game and now it's gone from the map pool... But for the newer ones, cobble / overpass - I think the change is awesome! I really like cobble since I played it a lot in 1.6 on a ladder for Swedes (r60) and it was a hell of a lot of fun to play on that map back then - and with the changes to it I think it's just really good. Overpass is a good map, needs a bit of adjustment... But I think the map itself is fun. It's going to be fun to see how many games we will be having this map in the group stage or playoffs.

At both of the previous majors we saw a new team win a title (fnatic, Virtus.pro), propelled by new players rising to stardom (flusha, schneider, byali, Snax). Do you expect another new team to rise up this time and if so, who could it be?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: I'm not sure, I think everyone is just hungry for the title and being the champions of Cologne. I think that London Conspiracy can surprise a lot of teams and that everyone else will be fully prepared for anything. But I haven't really focused on this like I have previously for tournaments. I've been only focusing on my team and myself, since I've been very disappointed with myself for a while now.

You’ve now had two weak results in a row at ESEA and G3. To what do you account the drop in your performance? Is it you struggling for some reason, and if so, do you know why? Or are other teams simply getting better, and now you have to play catch up?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: I think every team has been stepping up a lot and I think it's just good for the scene, even though I don't want teams to beat my team. I think it's good that every team has a chance to win a [major] tournament. About our performance, I think a lot of bad planning and other things have been "in the way" of us actually doing what we should have been doing from the beginning - Focusing on playing. But it's nothing that I'm worried about, I believe in my team and I know that my mates have my back on this.

How did your vacation work out for the team, aside from the G3 performance? Do you feel rejuvenated and ready to play? Do you feel you still need a longer break? How is the motivation in the team in general?

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund: The motivation is really high, everyone is playing a lot of CS right now and just focused heavily on that, even if we should have done that before. I think the "wake up" call from G3 was something really good for us. So looking on what's been happening these past 2 tournaments, I think it's just been something good for us.

NiP have been drawn alongside Epsilon, HellRaisers and Wolf, with the Swedish giants due to take on the Indian team in the first round of matches, on Thursday, at 09:00.

Ukraine Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow"I like the [new] maps a lot"
Denmark Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen"Our A-game can beat anyone"
France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer"Tired of quarter-final exits"
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas"We haven't reached our peak"
Norway Pål "Polly" Kammen"We are here to stay"
Denmark Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen"There is no I in team"
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell"We can surprise a lot of teams"
United States iBUYPOWER: "Too many mistakes"
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin"You are in for a treat"

We are interviewing a player from each ESL One Cologne participant, and will be releasing all the interviews in the coming days, with the tournament starting on Thursday.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1821
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1671
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1612
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1631
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Norway Pål 'Polly' Kammen
Pål 'Polly' Kammen
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
NICE !
2014-08-12 03:49
#5
Estonia rYm 
[NO MAJORS] Fifflaren
2014-08-12 03:50
this
2014-08-12 22:56
Sure about that? So sick of all you haters, would love to beat the fuck out of y'all.
2014-08-18 03:15
#6
Finland deksu 
N1
2014-08-12 03:50
#7
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
dont put pressure in yourselves lol
2014-08-12 03:50
Agree, play the game :)
2014-08-12 04:23
Some people thrive on pressure and I think NiP is one of those teams that does that :)
2014-08-12 04:26
+1, I haven't been counting but it's a safe bet NiP have the most great comebacks of all the teams, and on big stages too.
2014-08-12 04:44
Yea like at DHW and EMS. Big stages bring out the best NiP! More like they don't like the big stages and prefer to be in the back.
2014-08-12 09:38
+1 Like Copenhagen Games. Not much crowd :p
2014-08-12 13:55
Good job mentioning some of the only times NiP lost a tournament. Try and remember to last year, and how many times they were facing elimination from a LAN, or were a map down in the knockout stages, only to bring it back and win the whole thing. It's a lot.
2014-08-12 14:46
No other tournaments have been on huge stages?...
2014-08-12 22:16
I don't mean literal stages. Just matches of great importance.
2014-08-12 22:47
n1 gl
2014-08-12 03:51
n1 hf
2014-08-12 03:51
good luck
2014-08-12 03:52
gl
2014-08-12 03:54
n1, ok im late
2014-08-12 03:54
HYPE gl x
2014-08-12 03:54
mmmm
2014-08-12 03:54
#15
AZK | 
United States Dood 
lol prob not happening...choke 2 stronk
2014-08-12 03:58
gl star
2014-08-12 03:58
GeT_MajoR
2014-08-12 03:59
gl
2014-08-12 04:07
#19
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
gl
2014-08-12 04:08
Its like a GG warning for fiffy :0
2014-08-12 04:17
#23
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
They have the easiest group draw. Their first game against Wolf is a free pass. They only need to win 1 game against either HR or Epsilon to make it through to 1/8th.
2014-08-12 04:21
we dont know anything about wolf and since its a b01 everything can happen
2014-08-12 10:17
Wolf is only practicing the 2 new maps and they are gonna veto in a way that will give them a chance to play the new maps. Wolf 16-14 NiP in the Bo1 on Overpass. \o/
2014-08-12 04:27
#43
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
I actually think NiP will actually want to play them on one of the new maps. Wolf = easy meat and NiP won't have to show tactics on any of the maps that will be played in playoffs. Wolf doesn't even have reference tactics (or smokes/flashes that they can copy) for Overpass/Cbble... I don't think they have enough resources to come up with plays for the new maps (and to test them against strong opposition).
2014-08-12 05:22
Or maybe NiP just lies about the new maps and have played it alot so they will veto in the playoff to get those maps :D
2014-08-12 06:56
Wouldn't it make more sense to use some old tactics on old maps and save the few tactics they might have on the new maps?
2014-08-12 14:22
Yes, it would, but NiP really wouldn't need tactics to beat Wolf. Just some basic splits and rushes will be enough with the massive skill gap between teams.
2014-08-12 15:34
Yes, but if Wolf practiced those two maps really hard, NiP might need more effort to beat indians than they would like to, whereas on other maps they could just "warm-up".
2014-08-12 17:20
looks like u know everything about wolf? whothefvkareyou?
2014-08-12 22:04
I've played with/against most of them in 1.6 times, so I do have an idea.
2014-08-13 03:44
Wait, where does he say time to win a major?
2014-08-12 04:32
"we're aiming for the number one spot." Tho ofc he say first that they need to get out of the group.
2014-08-12 06:57
"I think it's time for us to clinch on those majors... "
2014-08-12 09:08
ofc its lurppis wish
2014-08-12 14:00
WOHOOO go go NiP
2014-08-12 04:38
"but now there back with the Finnish player allu, in my opinion" You're not wrong.
2014-08-12 04:40
You're not wrong, you're just an asshole.
2014-08-12 04:51
That's some pretty terrible English even by HLTV standards and he didn't even insult him, you're way more of an asshole.
2014-08-12 13:27
It's a movie quote, nothing serious... the fact that you even replied to me is amazing. geez
2014-08-12 15:29
mybad
2014-08-12 19:47
<3
2014-08-12 19:56
I don't watch movies.
2014-08-12 23:26
I don't think any human with a mind and a dick could think imposing the maps is a good idea before a major. GTR get off volvo's lap please
2014-08-12 04:58
Some ppl see it as a challange and some just look at it like something negative.
2014-08-12 06:58
regardless of their personal feelings toward it (seeing it as a fun challenge, getting to experience new things), it's irrefutable that this was a horrible competitive decision
2014-08-12 07:10
if a team thought it was too little time then they should have done just like HR. Thats my opinion , and seems like you dont share it with me so.
2014-08-12 07:13
the point remains: why cause such an inconvenience for all teams before a major? if valve allowed them to veto the maps, i wouldn't have one issue with it, but they are forcing them to play them. i respect your opinion, but don't see the logic with it
2014-08-12 07:59
Well they still can veto it away in the bo1.
2014-08-12 09:29
ah that's good to know :D
2014-08-12 10:21
And some just saying bullshit to be in better veto position like hr and nip imo.
2014-08-12 10:04
"Can't talk about our contracts" nip payed by volvo confirmed.
2014-08-12 11:41
What is the statistics for human beings with vaginas?
2014-08-12 13:16
LoL
2014-08-12 21:18
#39
World 1663 
i think theyll end up in the top8
2014-08-12 05:05
no! get_Magor only have 60 hores =\
2014-08-12 05:07
#44
method | 
United States f0xes` 
brilliant
2014-08-12 05:25
I hope they take the major. Id love c9 to take it but if im being honest I have faith in nip. Fifflaren to be on form this tournament. You heard it here first mates
2014-08-12 05:12
What does "Fifflaren to be on form" means to you?
2014-08-12 05:36
#50
Ukraine smw` 
9-44
2014-08-12 06:12
As in those performances everyone ignores to continue flaming him
2014-08-12 06:26
You mean those who happen against teams like TEAM INDIA WOLF? Where NiP could literally play 3v5 and still win? Who cares if fifflaren gets 20 kills versus some bot team.
2014-08-12 09:40
oh just shut up
2014-08-12 12:59
#133
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United Kingdom jMz86 
An easy example would be against Titan on Inferno, his two 4 mans with 2v1 clutch rounds at decisive moments in the game that people seem to forget about. Or back in the day when he was dropping heads against VP (HR) when VP were beating them often.
2014-08-12 14:30
Tell us what his best tournament performance ever was
2014-08-12 20:04
I think NiP could take this one too actually, Tho just like you I want C9 to win one. n0thing deserves it(aint saying the other in his team doesnt tho but im a n0thing fan). But C9,NiP,Dig and actually fnatic look like teams that could win. Not sure yet tho in what form HR will attend.
2014-08-12 07:01
I agree with basically everything you said but vp and navi are looking great too. Competition will be stiff. Go c9. Go fiffy!
2014-08-12 20:27
Would be hilarious if NiP get knocked out of the tournament by losing on one of the new maps, after the support they gave to Valve about adding the maps.
2014-08-12 05:26
#47
arch | 
Ukraine arch 
gl guys!
2014-08-12 05:32
hellraisers will fuck them up bad
2014-08-12 06:02
i can feel this. bcz HR preparing really well on new maps as Angel said
2014-08-12 06:14
gl boys!
2014-08-12 06:21
Get_new5th it will be too late losers
2014-08-12 06:36
GTR and f0rp will surely carry NiP all the way !! They will surprise
2014-08-12 06:51
wont make it to finals
2014-08-12 07:02
nip are playing only the new maps like when was streaming - only overpass cbble and cache
2014-08-12 07:04
+1
2014-08-12 07:16
"if you ask me" - classic get_right
2014-08-12 07:58
whats wrong with it?
2014-08-12 12:36
Nothing. Im just stating the fact that get_right has this parasite expression "if you ask me" which he drops pretty often when giving interviews.
2014-08-12 12:45
its just perfectly regular english, a phrase that ppl use if they want to make sure the interview partner knows they are only speakin for themselves, not for anyone else
2014-08-12 13:02
Phrase "I don't know" is also a perfectly regular english. But when used before everytime you are going to say something, it has become that person's parasite phrase. Im just stating the fact that get_right uses phrase "if you ask me" very often.
2014-08-12 13:45
aye =)
2014-08-12 14:59
not this time
2014-08-12 08:19
Time to lose in a group stage.
2014-08-12 08:21
gl krzysiek
2014-08-12 08:26
#72
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Finland phoosi 
gl
2014-08-12 08:42
gl mcilroy
2014-08-12 08:48
#74
 | 
Spain akproxx 
GeT_ReKt_DrEaM
2014-08-12 09:03
you wont, though
2014-08-12 09:23
Wont pass the groups.
2014-08-12 09:27
And you will guys.
2014-08-12 09:41
#84
Finland pulu 
time to lose again in final.
2014-08-12 09:57
Top 8 xd
2014-08-12 10:01
GL but I don't think so.
2014-08-12 10:17
come on, Christopher, you can do it!!
2014-08-12 10:35
i hope u will win but i dont think u can do it..
2014-08-12 10:43
NiP 2 win, 4 sure! GO Ninja GO!
2014-08-12 11:03
NiP vs Titan final? Yes please.
2014-08-12 11:05
Gonna be rekt by VP\Titan\HR in finals again. Nip forever 2nd place at majors.
2014-08-12 11:46
#99
Poland eiur 
nip cunts got the easiest grp like always + they knew the the maps before the other teams. Seems like someone is trying hardly to give them advantage to win the major. But it wont happen anywayz
2014-08-12 12:00
will happen ;)
2014-08-12 12:32
They didn't know the maps before anyone else lol, you interpreted the text wrong loke everyone else.
2014-08-12 12:46
They did know since the last major. But still fuck that team
2014-08-12 12:52
Are you stupid sir? They didn't know, like everyone else didn't. The only teams that knew before the other ones were LDLC and Titan, like mentioned on reddit.
2014-08-12 13:03
yes they did
2014-08-12 14:21
Alright, then show me some proof.
2014-08-12 14:24
So where is the proof?
2014-08-12 15:12
And where is your proof that only Titan and LDLC knew before the others?
2014-08-12 16:20
I saw it somewhere, don't really care at all. Give me the proof that NiP knew it before other teams.
2014-08-12 16:23
hahahaha, wait lemme just search under get_right's desk, i might find it.
2014-08-12 16:52
So you have no proof
2014-08-12 16:56
Xyp9x was talking about NiP knowing about the maps before everyone else, everyone else is speaking about that, everyone knows that NiP talks the most with Valve, so turn your little brain on and stop being an idiot.
2014-08-12 17:02
hltv.org/?pageid=18&threadid=631466#r568.. #27 and #45, there you go, now please don't reply to me anymore.
2014-08-12 17:03
cool, now add NiP to those 2 and there u have it
2014-08-12 17:07
You're like a religious person, impossible to argue with. I come up with actual proof, and all you do is deny and come up with theories without any proof at all.
2014-08-12 17:08
Much proof, very wow
2014-08-12 17:14
You got owned bitch, sit down
2014-08-12 18:53
Oh look his friend came to defend him, ai vil vak avej sry sry
2014-08-12 20:03
i dont concider hr beaing easy
2014-08-12 20:59
go NiP, bring your A game and you can beat anyone easily, and if f0rest is on form... ooooh my
2014-08-12 12:02
"We've been having "online bootcamp" as well" i think there is a big mistake here. pls rewrite the sentence with the correct word "offline"
2014-08-12 12:08
with FIFFY? it will be miracle
2014-08-12 12:16
"Time to drop Fifflaren" :v
2014-08-12 12:33
time for nip to get rekt by asiens Kappa
2014-08-12 12:48
NiP please GeT_RiGhT your game and GeT_MaJoR
2014-08-12 13:00
NiP will be strong as always, although im not sure they will get that elusive major. f0rest will be a beast as always on LAN.
2014-08-12 13:19
#121
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Germany maRkyBEAST 
2014-08-12 13:21
No hate towards fifflaren, but 0.30 is fucking awful :/
2014-08-12 14:43
friberg and GT has to step up this lan, they were shit last time
2014-08-12 14:02
I think 2nd place hahahaha :D
2014-08-12 14:04
Fifflaren after winning ESL One: i.imgur.com/oy77wZw.gif
2014-08-12 14:34
2014-08-12 15:12
yeah, and then he woke up
2014-08-12 18:34
'Time to -Fiff' Kappa
2014-08-12 15:00
in before they lose the final, again.
2014-08-12 15:30
gl
2014-08-12 16:00
#151
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Ireland Tobin 
gl
2014-08-12 16:25
How fanboys titan vp dig here Hahaha so funny
2014-08-12 16:35
7-1
2014-08-12 17:27
7-1 never forget
2014-08-12 18:39
let's go NiP
2014-08-12 18:34
GLGTR
2014-08-12 18:54
there is always second place for them
2014-08-12 20:01
#174
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France cedd 
don't think they're gonna make it past quarter finals. fiff either needs to magically get better at this game or he needs to go
2014-08-12 20:29
#175
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Portugal maguire 
This will be their best chance to prove their haters wrong. Competition is harder than ever.
2014-08-12 20:31
they need awp'er otherwise they just stick behind, they onnly dominated csgo from start bcoz there where only like 2-3 good teams but game evolved alot
2014-08-12 20:35
Fifi will do great friberg forest n get gona dominate xizt gon be motionless like always
2014-08-12 21:05
Its time to lose group stage and chew bubblegum...
2014-08-12 21:20
#188
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United States darkun 
get_right your a champ! mouz is pissing me off too!
2014-08-13 03:05
I am a fan of NIP. GTR has always been my favorate player. BUTTTT , nip will fall hard! time for a change
2014-08-13 03:42
I don't support NiP but fuck, you lot need to get off Fifflaren's back. He might not be a star or even that consistent but he pulls his weight when he needs to, and he's obviously improved recently. He's also probably better than most of you. The others haven't been playing as well, you can tell with get-right, friberg and f0rest haven't been at potential. On another note, proofread maybe?
2014-08-14 04:56
Okay, boss.
2014-08-17 19:11
and now crying
2014-08-17 19:12
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