f0rest: "We are where we want to be"

stich
March 11th, 2015 21:00

We sat down with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg in one of our final pre-interviews heading into ESL One Katowice to discuss his thoughts on NiP's preparation for the event, among other things.

For ESL One Katowice, NiP have been drawn into a group with Keyd Stars, CLG and HellRaisers. Although the group is rife with upset potential, NiP are widely favoured to advance as first seed.

ESL One Katowice 2015 will be NiP's first offline event with Finn Aleksi "allu" Jalli after he was drafted from 3DMAX to replace Mikail "Maikelele" Bill. This change also marks the first time in CS:GO that NiP have a non-Swedish player on their active lineup.


NiP are insanely consistent in making major finals; can they do it again? 

In our interview below, Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg talks about how the team prepared for Katowice, his thoughts on the team's newfound synergy, and other topics.

If you would like to browse any of our previous series of interviews, you can find them in the table below here:

France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire: "[LGB] might surprise us all!"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo"We want to reach top eight"
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen"We are a team to fear"
Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas"Minimum placing is top two"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács"Our goal is to win the title"
Germany PENTA"Aware of [Titan's] strengths"
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson"We have something planned"
Australia Vox Eminor"Dark horse will be us or FlipSid3"
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen"[stonde] will bring chaos"
Ukraine Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy"We don't feel any pressure"
Norway Morten "zEVES" Vollan"C9 can surprise in playoffs"
United States James "hazed" Cobb"We don't have a ceiling"

How confident do you feel with your preparation going into ESL One Katowice? Are you having a bootcamp or only practicing online? Is there something you focused on in particular?

I feel that we are in a very good state when it comes to preparing for Katowice. We had one bootcamp with allu when he first joined for 3-4 days, and now once again we are bootcamping for 6 days before the event, to fine tune the last stuff. We have focused a lot to communicate well as a team and actually find the team spirit again, which is something I believed we lacked the past few months and I feel we are where we want to be again so I'm stoked going in to Katowice.

What do you think about your group? Can you go through each team and tell us how you think you match-up against them? Which two teams should be advancing to playoffs out of NiP, Keyd Stars, CLG and HellRaisers?

Our group would on paper be considered one of the easier groups at Katowice, but I feel like it is also a very scary one. KeyD is a team we can't get much information on so it will be hard to predict their playstyle, which could cause an upset. CLG showed some upset potential at MLG, but they are a team we've looked into just to be prepared. And of course we have HellRaisers left which is always such a hard team to play against (even though we did win quite comfortably over them at DHW); they did beat us online proving great strength so as always we´ll prepare as well as we can and make sure we proceed. My prediction is NiP and CLG will advance.

What is the minimum placing your team will be satisfied with in Katowice? Do you feel any pressure to succeed, will you be extremely frustrated if you fail to reach your minimum goal?

Anything less than final would be disappointing, we've fought hard every single major even when people didn't believe we could and we will continue to do so! We as a team don't feel any pressure going into Katowice, in our heads we are still number one we will just go in with guns blazing and make it to the final. Of course it would be frustrating if you would end up going out in groups or even in the quarterfinal but sometimes games might not go your way and that's CS for you, but we just gotta make sure to minimize our mistakes as much as possible.

The professional scene has probably never been as competitive as it is now going into this major, but who do you think will end up in the top four? And who do you see as the most likely surprise, whether to win it all or get out of the groups ahead of some big favorites?

I think it will be us, fnatic, Virtus.pro and LGB.

NiP interview after the grand final

The Ninjas will find anything short of a grand final run disappointing 

Is there a player or two in your team who you will hope to make the biggest impact in order for the team to achieve its goal?

Looking at how our practicing has been going it feels nice knowing that we do not rely on one guy to do the job, we work as a team, get the frags as a team and we win as a team. That's something I've been missing in the past months so it feels great. Everyone knows their job and everyone will pour their hearts out to make sure they succeed at it.

How has allu adapted to your team’s playstyle and how did the team adapt to his? Will we see a significant change in NiP’s strategy and general playstyle?

I am very surprised how well he came into the team and how he had the same mindset when it came to playing the game, he came in with great ideas and we managed to work a lot of stuff out quite quickly after he joined, sure we've done a few great changes to our game which people will get to see over at Katowice.

How is the communication working out? Is allu making progress in Swedish? How much does he still need to talk in English?

The communication is going okay, he hasn't learned to speak Swedish fluently, of course, and sometimes we call stuff in English and so will he, in general all the talking comes naturally for everyone so it's not something we worry or think about too much. We have a nice flow when we play and it's all that matters to us.

With the addition of allu NiP became an international team for the first time. Do you think this could be the future of the scene, international teams where language barriers are overcome with practice, or will most teams continue to seek and develop local talent?

I do actually hope it becomes more international, there's a lot of talented players in different countries, and they might not be able to find a team in their home country so I believe the next step is to look more globally, a lot of players speak very good english so it shouldn't be a problem. And also looking at DotA2 it seems to be working, and they need to communicate quite fast as well when teamfights breaks out.

There has been an increasingly high number of online leagues and cups lately. How did participating in them affect your team, do you think it helped in preparation or damaged you somehow? And how does it affect the scene in general in your opinion?

I feel it's both good and bad in some ways. Good side is that you get to practice your stuff during important games rather then just do the strats on practice all the time, people tend to play differently on practice and official games. The bad side is that it can also become too much tournaments to keep track of and it might make people lose interest in watching the games, at the moment I think we´re fine but if more tournaments pop up and more online leagues it will just be official games every day with the same teams and it might make people less interested.

What does your team think about the changes to Overpass and Cobblestone? Are the changes for the better or worse? Have you practiced them?

I like the changes they did, it opens up more possibilities for T's which has been lacking on those maps. And looking at how the “meta” is right now it feels that T side is a lot stronger than lets say four months ago which should make the maps more interesting. We've practiced both maps quite a lot just to be as prepared as we can be.

Do you like the current state of the pistols, Tec-9 and CZ-75 in particular? Would you make any changes to them or are they all finally balanced enough for competitive play?

I think the CZ-75 is in the right spot at the moment and they should leave that one alone! Regarding the Tec-9, I think a few tweaks might be neccessary.


allu's communication has reportedly improved within the team 

What is your stance on the current tournament system in the majors? Ever since DreamHack Winter 2013, the system has remained the same with a BO1 group stage, as well as a playoff spot securing a place in the next major. Would you change it in some way or keep it the same going forward?

The one thing I don't like is the BO1 groupstage I would much rather see either straight to playoffs with BO3 WB and LB, or do it as DotA2 The International where every single team is in one big groupstage to make it more interesting for people to watch.

Since the start of 2015 the prize money in most tournaments started rising fast. Although no single tournament “outweighs” the majors yet, do you think that time will come? ESL One Katowice will be a huge event nevertheless - do you expect the viewership record to be broken? How many people do you estimate will watch the grand final this time?

I think we're reaching the point when other tournaments will start to pick up, which some already have! And it's so much hype / viewers going on with CS which should encourage some tournaments to go bigger. At the rate CS is growing, I think we for sure will see another viewer record being broken, my guess is 700k, with enough hype and 2 entertaining teams (VP vs. NiP rematch anyone?) or any other team with some history behind them.

The remaining interviews will be forthcoming today and of course tomorrow we will go live with immediate coverage at ESL One Katowice 2015.

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Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1229
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
689
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
900
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Andrey 'B1ad3' Gorodenskiy
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
899
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1140
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Finland Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Joona 'natu' Leppänen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
188
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Norway Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Morten 'zEVES' Vollan
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
274
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1197
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
603
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1296
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1381
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
HYPE HYPE
2015-03-11 21:12
Waiting for c9 yo.
2015-03-11 21:15
C9 said no :(
2015-03-11 21:16
w00t :(
2015-03-11 21:20
thats why we love them
2015-03-11 21:20
:(
2015-03-11 21:21
:{
2015-03-11 21:22
:) stay positive m9's
2015-03-11 21:36
what about envyus?
2015-03-11 21:34
More like EndOfUs, Jk I love envy was a huge LDLC fan, but at the moment I like VOX and NiP a lot.
2015-03-11 21:52
NiP hype!!! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
2015-03-12 02:53
Vox <3
2015-03-12 11:30
If you read the Fallen's interview they said that NBK's and F0rest's interviews are coming today
2015-03-11 21:56
why ? that's pretty sad tbh :/
2015-03-11 22:08
the only interview c9 will do is an exit interview RIP [*]
2015-03-11 22:29
What the hell are you talking about?
2015-03-11 23:07
That's pretty weird :/
2015-03-12 09:40
F0rEsT
2015-03-11 21:12
#4
Lithuania RRoH 
yay
2015-03-11 21:13
Chicken Nuggets
2015-03-11 21:13
ok
2015-03-11 21:13
#8
wrecky | 
Portugal wrecky 
#alluinpyjamas
2015-03-11 21:13
:D
2015-03-11 21:30
allucarru
2015-03-11 21:13
Allulululul
2015-03-11 21:13
HELLOO
2015-03-11 21:13
expected
2015-03-11 21:14
#13
United States mah9 
f0rest-dA-kING
2015-03-11 21:14
go nip!
2015-03-11 21:14
gogo
2015-03-11 21:14
epik player
2015-03-11 21:14
gllu
2015-03-11 21:15
"... actually find the team spirit again, which is something I believed we lacked the past few months..." "Looking at how our practicing has been going it feels nice knowing that we do not rely on one guy to do the job, we work as a team, get the frags as a team and we win as a team. That's something I've been missing in the past months so it feels great." shots fired at Maikelele?
2015-03-11 21:15
reaching.
2015-03-11 21:21
lelelele
2015-03-11 21:40
I thought that was directed at Titan because I saw in a few HLTV threads and interviews that they to rely on KennyS to do good and if Kenny dies first they loss most rounds. Again this is just my opinion and I think Titan and NiP have some rivalry in the past? But I'm new to CS scene only been watching and playing since late September or early October. Also I remember forest made a little joke saying Titan will always be #2 in an interview video at a lan event, and guess what NiP beat em :p
2015-03-11 21:49
no, he was talking about his own team.
2015-03-11 21:55
uhm yea they have rivalry but its not the same anymore cuz theres no shox nbk smithzz scream in titan anymore
2015-03-11 22:33
Of course I don't know allu but I have gotten the impression that he is a very cool guy to play with. He has his own ideas but he also listens to others, never rages and overall get's along with people. That's not the case with maikelele or Delpan. A lot of players have mentioned that maikelele has some temper issues and we all know that Delpan is a huge rager and a massive egotist. allu is not only the "nice guy" but also a great, versitile, player :)
2015-03-12 09:58
I finally started liking NIP when they added maikelele,now i like them even more when they added Allu. Allu will shine @katowice
2015-03-11 21:16
-Obama +Fiflaren
2015-03-11 21:16
Id vote for Fifflaren over Obama
2015-03-11 22:49
n1
2015-03-11 21:17
Inb4 that allu chokes
2015-03-11 21:17
I think he'll do great!
2015-03-11 21:19
n1
2015-03-11 21:18
>top four? >I think it will be us, fnatic, Virtus.pro and LGB. Top kek.
2015-03-11 21:19
Who are you quoting?
2015-03-11 21:38
He/she is taking from the article.
2015-03-11 22:15
I was just teasing the mr 4chan meme.
2015-03-11 22:21
its a trap!!!! grills dont go on 4chan.
2015-03-11 23:25
#106
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Russia Dmitrii1992 
>shygirl11 seems legit
2015-03-12 01:46
Always great interviews by f0rest, as straight forward as you can be without getting into rudeness. Good luck NiP.
2015-03-11 21:19
#29
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
LGB top 4 HAHAHAHAHA
2015-03-11 21:19
f0rest troll is real, love it!
2015-03-11 21:23
^ ME2 AHAHAHAH
2015-03-11 21:24
#57
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Sweden larsbananas 
They could easily upset. The individual skill is very high, but as a team in it's current state they would have to rely a lot on luck to get to top 4.
2015-03-11 21:38
#67
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Yes, they could upset, but at best their upsets will get them out of group stage. Making it to top 4 is more than just extremely unlikely...
2015-03-11 21:44
#70
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Sweden larsbananas 
It sure is. Maybe it's just for the "lulz" he named them. I could see LGB getting out of groups to be fair.
2015-03-11 21:48
They have a sick T game, if they can bring their CT side to the same level they can easily be top4.
2015-03-11 21:50
#102
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Out of groups? Sure. Top 4? No.
2015-03-12 00:50
Well apEx also said that LGB might surprise. They do have a very talented lineup and I for one am really hoping to see some upsets. So maybe LGB will deliver :)
2015-03-12 10:28
#30
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
"My prediction is NiP and CLG will advance." ALLINCLG
2015-03-11 21:20
''The professional scene has probably never been as competitive as it is now going into this major, but who do you think will end up in the top four? And who do you see as the most likely surprise, whether to win it all or get out of the groups ahead of some big favorites?'' ''I think it will be us, fnatic, Virtus.pro and LGB.'' wut
2015-03-11 21:20
he prolly meant that LGB will get out of groups :DD but dunno.. But well is f0rest after all :DD
2015-03-11 21:44
in Jail? ("__")
2015-03-11 21:20
tec9 is balanced
2015-03-11 21:20
You're where you're gonna be after group stage - at home.
2015-03-11 21:21
They're where they're gonna be after group stage - at home. :D:D:D
2015-03-11 21:22
LGB?
2015-03-11 21:26
no, VP
2015-03-11 21:27
aa okey, makes sense
2015-03-11 21:28
#41
s1mple | 
Turkey Hemta1 
-Allu_Akbar +Maikelele or you lose.
2015-03-11 21:23
+1
2015-03-11 21:48
Allu_Akbar lol wtf
2015-03-12 02:55
#42
f0rest | 
Algeria NS! 
Da King is speaking B|
2015-03-11 21:23
In Poland? I would rather be somewhere nice tbh.
2015-03-11 21:23
#48
Estonia 2026 
I hope for NiP vs Na`Vi finals only because I want starix to win a major before he retires. Other then that I like the way f0rest mentions dota a lot because I know he plays/watches dota and I agree that international teams would be great and the TI/DAC approach of playing the groups would be really entertaining for viewers and really good for CSGO in general.
2015-03-11 21:26
Starix is only going to get kicked out of Na Vi if he performs bad, as Guardian said in his interview( it was worded differently tho).
2015-03-11 21:46
It's not about his performance, it's about the entire Na`Vi squad. If they don't make atleast top4 I think there will be changes cause they want an upgrade somewhere and for me I'd actually change seized aswell cause he's so damn inconsistent.
2015-03-12 02:29
I can agree, in my opinion tho 3 of the players in Na'Vi could be changed, at least at the most. I feel bad for Guardian as if his team had a few better players they could easily get top 4 at a major like DH. I wish the game was like League or Dota where it doesn't matter where your from you can just join any team. What I mean is in like league a lot of NA teams draft EU players and they move to the NA all in the same gaming house, so in CS view more teams should draft other players from other countries. If they wanted they could make an ultimate squad if the chemistry was right. But I think the reason for this is you can't make a big enough living to do this unlike the other games do to prize money.
2015-03-12 03:15
First of all fuck league. 2nd of all fuck gaming houses. AND 3rd, international teams can happen, if you're good and known enough you can easily get +4 guys, but to make that work, that's up to you.
2015-03-12 04:39
#51
HeatoN | 
Yugoslavia Knugen1 
haha LGB > envyus
2015-03-11 21:29
#53
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Dota 2 is called Dota 2 not DotA2. DotA is an acronym, while Dota 2 is simply the name of the game. It's not an acronym of anything. DotA is copyrighted by blizzard.
2015-03-11 21:30
ALLU!!! GO NIP!!!!!!
2015-03-11 21:42
f0rest to rekt every single team ? Confirmed by HLTV.
2015-03-11 21:42
No spoilers pls
2015-03-11 21:54
#63
NBK- | 
Estonia BlameS 
Damn f0rest trying to piss the French off by saying LGB will pass :D
2015-03-11 21:44
go go nip!
2015-03-11 21:51
Lol Krimz "We got something planned" (New olofmeister boost confirmed)???
2015-03-11 21:52
One the things I do like with NIP is the chemistry and tha untited idea they do have. They rely on the teeam and not on one person. Which is nice to hear. It's one of the only team that speeak alsways as a team and not individuals
2015-03-11 21:52
GO ALLU AND GO NIP!
2015-03-11 22:08
Allu+some random swedes will rekt everyone in Katowice!!!
2015-03-11 22:12
when legends talk :D
2015-03-11 22:12
"we do not rely on one guy" GeT_RiGhT laughs as he consistently top frags
2015-03-11 22:16
What rock have you been hiding under the past few months?
2015-03-11 22:28
It's a major, not your average online cup. You will open your eyes to it i'm sure.
2015-03-11 22:40
f0rest said that they no longer rely on 1 member to carry, they play more like a team. And then you say that GeT_RiGhT consistently top frags. If you watch their games the past few months you will see that GT is not performing like he used to, thus confirming what f0rest just said in the interview. So i don't care what your inferior brain comes up with, you are simply wrong no matter how much you argue with me.
2015-03-11 22:56
They have always played like a team, but when inconsistency strikes on others GeT_RiGhT is usaully the man filling the gaps. The past few months I can't see any majors. Sorry!
2015-03-11 23:01
Number 1 retard on hltv has been found. Read the fucking interview, but ofc you know better than f0rest himself as you are so close with NiP.
2015-03-12 00:33
If his name wasn't f0rest you might be less blind to reality. Learn some facts and crawl out of his ass please.
2015-03-12 00:56
Wow, you are completely missing the point. He is a member of NiP and he is telling us what they have been doing since allu joined the team. He says they play and frag more like a team and don't rely on one or two members going big every game. And then you come in here and say that he's wrong. Bottom line is, you don't know more about NiP than a NiP member, so the door is in the top right corner of your screen, use it and never come back.
2015-03-12 02:58
I'm on your side but even before that wasn't Mikelele top fraging for a while?
2015-03-12 03:19
Yes he was, but i don't see the point of that since the interview was about what NiP has been improving and practising since Allu joined. I might have missunderstood you, its really late and i'm tired. ^^
2015-03-12 03:55
forest such a troll, lgb top 4 xD
2015-03-11 22:24
i love f0rest and nip but i dont actually think you can trust nip in interviews after the maikelele-situation ,can you ...
2015-03-11 22:47
gl i guess.....
2015-03-11 23:10
EASY WIN FOR NIP!
2015-03-12 00:41
LGB must be raping the practise matches for everyone to expect a potential big upset
2015-03-12 01:02
:)
2015-03-12 02:41
NIP once again with the easier group
2015-03-12 01:06
woo let's go king
2015-03-12 02:29
#110
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Chile akazeta 
no envyus top4? :O
2015-03-12 02:50
Bitches Please! Here's the real top four! 1.Na'Vi 2.LGB 3.CLG 4.Vox Eminor Kappa
2015-03-12 03:14
I wouldn't be surprised if we saw at least one of those teams make top 4 tho. Titian and NiP have mentioned good things about LGB and Na'Vi has made top 4 before. But out of those 4 I want to see VOX =)
2015-03-12 03:17
I want Na`Vi to win! They've been my favourite team since 1.6 and if they lose Katowice then say bye bye to the CS Veteran Starix. Cause he'll be leaving if Na`Vi don't win Katowice
2015-03-12 03:21
#121
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Finland 2op 
gl allu my man
2015-03-12 05:02
I dunno why people are praising LGB so much They won't pass groups Imo.
2015-03-12 10:26
RIP maikel
2015-03-12 14:30
NiP FTW!
2015-03-12 14:45
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