pronax: "Was a lose-lose situation"
fnatic's Markus "pronax" Wallsten has taken to social media to address much of the controversy surrounding his team and their performance at DreamHack Winter 2014.
In a lengthy post on his Facebook fan page, Markus "pronax" Wallsten spoke candidly about the recent so-called community "witch-hunt" in the wake of recent VAC bans of high-profile players, particularly the accusations levelled against members of his own team:
"Despite what a part of the community(including few pro-players) might think.. We are trying to play a fair game, for me competeing means that I try my absolute best, to do better then my opponent, but also following the rules of the tournament," he wrote.
"We may not communicate as much as other players on social medias, but we are a very hard working team that practice a LOT. And going to Dreamhack was not only about competing and doing our best anymore, we also wanted to squash the cheating accusations, since Dreamhack admins said that they would host the most secure tournament so far in cs:go.
But after a few players and some "respectable" profiles joined the witch-hunt as well, trying to get dreamhack/valve to disqualify us from the tournament before it even had started, the same tournament that is supposed to be so secure that we would not be able to cheat... And people want to take away the only chance we have to prove ourselves?
I think its here we really started to feel insane amount of pressure going in to the Dreamhack tournament.
However, i do think we showed that we are one of the best teams, even if it was shaky here and there we still delivered good games, and I definitely think flusha proved himself, he is the second best rated player in the tournament followed by: pasha, olofm and JW. And there is clips from dreamhack where he does the exact same things that made some people accuse him of using "aimlock." And i actually think that speaks for he's innocent."
Wallsten also addressed his team's decision to forfeit their rematch with LDLC, and their use of the now-infamous boost on de_overpass which preceded it:
"As probably everyone know we used a very special boost in the game against LDLC on the third and deciding map: Overpass. We did not think there would be anything wrong with using this boost. I had seen LDLC using a similar boost against NiP in the groupstage, and thought it was fun that they also had found something that no other team knew about. Dont get me wrong, I understand that the boost we used was A LOT better then the boost LDLC used. But the boost is not as game-breaking as the Dreamhack "experts" said. And we really thought that the boost was legit to use according to the official rules. The only reason the boost seemed so game-breaking was because the team we played against took to long to figure out where Olof was standing. If they had figured it out in time(i think they figured it out at 13-13), they could have bought an scout/awp and killed Olof from outside T-spawn without Olof even being able to see the guy who kills him.
I just cant belive that if other teams had found this boost before the tournament, that they would not have used it if they had not known about the "transparency." bug.. but thats only speculations of course.
And I cant help to think that if a team like NiP was to use this boost that they would have endured the same reactions as we did. They would get praised. Again, thats only speculation.
Please, understand that we had no intention in mocking the rules of dreamhack with the boost, or doing anything to harm the tournament in any way, we went there with the mindset to WIN, and to give our fans a good show, and to once again show that we are one of the best teams.
So why did we forfeit against LDLC?
Because even if atleast I thought that Dreamhack took the right decision in restarting the map from 0-0, we had nothing to win by playing that match. It was a loose/loose situation for us, no mather what we did. And some of the players had no motivation left to play in the tournament considering everything that had happened. So we decided as a team to give LDLC the victory, wish them luck and move on.
Some last words:
I would like to give a BIG thanks to Fnatic and our sponsors, who have shown that they support us no mather what, and that they do everything they can for us. I am truly happy to be able to work with all of you!
I would also like to thank all of you that have been supportive to us during these hard times. I will forever be grateful. And i hope that all of you will continue to support us in the future, and i hope that we can come back stronger in 2015."
His comments on the boost in particular echoed the sentiment of an earlier tweet he made, which drew a parallel between fnatic's used of the boost and Dota 2 player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin's use of the "fountain hook" against opponents TongFu in a match during The International 2013:
After bowing out of the rematch against LDLC on de_overpass at DreamHack Winter, fnatic placed 5-8th in the year's last major. They will next be seen in action in Dallas, Texas for the ESEA Invite Finals on December 5-7.