AcilioN: "We didn't expect to do well"

We got a hold of Asger "AcilioN" Larsen to ask about SK's close best-of-three against NiP in the initial match of Gfinity Summer Masters I.

SK Gaming arrived to London with only a couple of days of practice following the team's decision to change Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen for a new in-game leader, Danny "BERRY" Krüger.

Despite that they were able to take NiP to double overtime on de_cbble, where they would likely win hadn't it been for Aleksi "allu" Jalli's heroics, and 12 rounds on de_inferno. Asger "AcilioN" Larsen answered a couple of questions about the match, as well as the lineup change and SK's match with Titan tomorrow:

Basically, you had both maps in the palm of your hand, why did they slip away?

Well, I think they didn't win the game, we lost the game, because we made so many stupid mistakes. There were so many situations, where we were in a big advantage and we just threw it away. I remember two rounds on Cobblestone, where allu just wrecked us all. 

Did those two aces that allu had impact you mentally?

The first one didn't, really. It was him taking the first kill and killing my teammates, but the second one was like a 5v2 and allu just rushed matrix, the hall, and just shot everybody. We had a 1v2 and we just did stupid mistakes. That lost us the round.

AcilioN's SK have already shown progress only days after bringing BERRY in 

What were your expectations coming into the game in the first place? You just changed an in-game leader.

As you said, we played with BERRY for like five days and we only practiced for like four hours a day. I think we have practiced Cobblestone once. I don't think we have practiced Inferno. We wanted to do our best, of course, but they are a strong team and we didn't expect to do as well as we did. I'm proud of my team at least.

What was the reason for removing HUNDEN and replacing him with BERRY?

HUNDEN is a really nice guy, and he's one of the best teammates I've ever had on a personal level. We tried to tell him that he needs to change the way he calls and generally stuff in-game. We, me and Friis at least, have now played with him for like five months and we haven't seen any improvement. We sat down and told him that either he will make a big change or he would not be on the team anymore. And he said himself that he didn't want to bring the team down and stepped down. It was a mutual decision in the end. We brought in BERRY and I have played with him before at my first international event where we had a team with Kjaerbye and two other players, mupzG and xanzir. We came into the tournament as underdogs and we won the whole thing against encore. I thought that he would be the kind of guy to get our team to do better. I already thing he made a huge progress on the team. A month more, and we could compete and even beat NiP.

Heading into the game tomorrow, are you going to work on your performance now or are you just going to sleep, reset...?

I think we are going to talk about the game and figure out what went wrong and how we should approach the game tomorrow. Of course, think about which maps we think we're going to play and how we're going to play them against Titan. 

Do you think you can take it against Titan?

Titan got owned by dignitas, so I think if we have a really good start, win a pistol round and the third round, they will be mentally tilted, because they already lost a game. We did good and we're not tilted about this game as we didn't expect it. So I think if we get a good start, we can win against them.

SK have another test up ahead as they have Titan in their crosshairs in tomorrow's do-or-die match scheduled for 13:00.

Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
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Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
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Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
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Denmark Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
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2015-06-26 22:52
LOL i said the same thing after reading this sentence "A month more, and we could compete and even beat NiP."
2015-06-27 03:45
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Algeria FATALSki 
2015-06-26 22:52
ye cuz nobs
2015-06-26 22:53
2015-06-26 22:56
jOELZ | 
Finland stubey 
2015-06-26 22:54
we neither... so gg sk!
2015-06-26 22:55
Then why play if u dont expect to do anything?
2015-06-26 22:56
How stupid do you actually have to be to ask that question?
2015-06-26 22:57
ur danish so ur words are worthless under this news thread
2015-06-26 22:59
You're stupid so your words are generally worthless :)
2015-06-26 23:10
Denmark zaney2k 
And you're russian so your words are worthless in every situation.
2015-06-26 23:48
really stupid
2015-06-26 23:00
mad 3rdie?
2015-06-26 23:03
Russia Lifa 
2015-06-27 00:15
Change IGL, practice 5 days for 4 hours. Play cobble once, inferno 0 times. In your opinion he should've expected to win against t1 professional teams who play CS full-time on a salary?
2015-06-26 23:49
Why there isn't any video coverage anymore? last event it was the same..
2015-06-26 22:57
It was too short to go on video
2015-06-26 23:03
Because we don't have our video interviewers at this event (same for SLTV). We will at the next one. Besides that, we found that there is a crowd for both, some people prefer text interviews, some video, so it's not always a priority.
2015-06-26 23:07
Okay, thanks :)
2015-06-26 23:10
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Text is bestest (video not bestest)
2015-06-26 23:25
Text is nicer imo
2015-06-27 00:09
Russia Lifa 
+1, Striker feels(looks?) embarassing sometimes :(
2015-06-27 00:16
-sometimes +always
2015-06-27 10:15
I don't mind the interviewer, I just like to read the interviews while playing cs, or doing something else, rather than have to watch a vid
2015-06-27 11:38
For people like me, text makes all easier to read and understand. I think the best thing would be videos with subtittles, but it is such a hard work so no problem :)
2015-06-27 00:20
I prefer text since I mostly read hltv on the move. Maybe videos with a transcript could be possible, although it takes a lot more time.
2015-06-27 01:28
nice guy
2015-06-26 22:57
draken | 
Sweden Eyyo 
Allu too op
2015-06-26 22:59
2015-06-26 23:04
2015-06-26 23:24
Hunden is bullshit. but I never think berry is good. Seriously, If they had had clone-tenzki or clone-friis instead of berry, They could have taken NiP down.
2015-06-26 23:25
if nip cloned friberg they would have 16-0 them both maps
2015-06-26 23:46
Except Berry seemed to play better than Friis this time around. Impressed by Berry to be honest, was expecting something close to SK|HUNDEN
2015-06-27 00:15
yeaaaaa throw out an igl and replace with one more AWP or entry
2015-06-27 02:08
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
"Titan got owned by dignitas" :v
2015-06-26 23:38
AcilioN gamestyle: Camper
2015-06-26 23:39
Pakistan zaidspawN 
nice 1
2015-06-26 23:40
African Union ArisA 
Respect the way they kick him, or would rather say replace him, not many people get replace that nicely.
2015-06-27 00:05
gonna get rekt by titan
2015-06-27 00:13
Impressed today by the game of SK Gaming, such a good performance against Nip !
2015-06-27 00:19
Korea saddummy 
LMAO "Titan got owned by Dignitas" so cold :D
2015-06-27 00:23
Norway kakkopp 
cobblestone is the only map sk guys been playing last year so not impressed
2015-06-27 00:58
"I already thing he made a huge progress on the team."
2015-06-27 01:18
[...]we did mistakes [...]"
2015-06-27 10:16
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