zakk: "We were lacking confidence"

After Immortals secured a place in the semi-finals with a series win over SK, we interviewed the coach, Rafael "zakk" Fernandes, about the Brazilians' drop in form and their matches here at DreamHack Summer.

Immortals have found their way into the DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer semi-finals after all, as despite a loss to SK in the initial round, the Brazilians won the elimination match versus ENCE and the re-match with the Danes.


zakk talked us through Immortals' route to semi-finals

After their last series in the group stage the team's coach, Rafael "zakk" Fernandes, gave us an interview about Immortals' matches, how they adjusted to SK's Train and more:

Before we get to DreamHack itself I want to touch on the main qualifier, where you were considered one of the favourites but ended up getting eliminated in four maps. Do you agree that you were going through a slump or was it simply bad individual matches?

I think it was many things, we had a poor bootcamp, we didn't prepare very well. We needed to use our time wisely and we didn't use it smartly, so when we were there we choked in a lot of games. We should have won against TyLoo - they're a good team, don't get me wrong, but we should've won against them. And we picked the wrong maps, too, so it was a lot of mistakes, unfortunately.

What kind of confidence did you have going into DreamHack then?

Not very big. We lost the first game against SK because I think you made the right question, we were lacking confidence. But now we have won against two teams and the guys are playing way better, so they needed those two wins.

Against ENCE, the first map, Mirage, was very close purely because they almost came back at the end, did you get complacent or why were they allowed to do that?

I don't know, we couldn't read what they were doing. Actually, we know they were getting mid control every round, but the rounds we tried to break them, we were just confused and made a lot of mistakes trying to break mid. They just took the opportunity and we lost many rounds in a sequence and started getting nervous, the emotions got to them. 

Is it because the team is so young, all of them being 19-20 years old? Does that factor into dealing with the stressful situations in this kind of matches?

Yeah, of course it does, we need more time, more experience, more events like that, big events. They will now what to do in certain situations, right now they're not fully prepared, they didn't even reach 80% of their potential.

You met SK for the second time after losing to them on Train, which is the map I want to touch on. The second time you looked like you had a clear idea on how to handle their T side, what did you learn from the first one?

In the first game they were going a lot from alley with like three players and killing felps many times. So we studied them, started to get two or three guys to alley and waited for them to come, not comitting to a kill. We just waited, sat on our asses and killed them when they came in, that was our plan.

SK obviously came in with the two stand-ins pretty much as a mix-team, did that throw you off? Was it hard to predict them?

Yes it was. Sometimes it's bad to play with a mix, but sometimes you have an advantage, because you can't study them, you don't know what they're going to do. So the only way we had to study them was from the demo yesterday and they did the same things, that was lucky for us. If it was another map, maybe we would've lost.

In the semi-finals you will be facing GODSENT, what do you think about the team and how do you see yourselves fare against them?

I think they're very good to tell the truth, I'm not gonna lie. I really like those guys, they have tons of skill. They could be one of the top three teams in the world in some time, because they have pronax, znajder, twist, every player has a star quality, you know? But I think we can beat them, if we played like we did today, with our hearts, shouting every round and stuff like that, we can beat them.

Make sure to check out our interviews taken during day one in case you missed any:

Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallsten: "We've been playing so much lately"
Sweden Andreas "MODDII" Fridh: "valde is a complete player"
Sweden William "draken" Sundin: "I'd prefer playing GODSENT"
Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli: "naSu brought more stability"
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Andreas 'MODDII' Fridh
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
961
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Brazil Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
95
KPR:
0.51
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
EAZY | 
Czech Republic baylife 
noice
2016-06-19 21:49
who
2016-06-19 21:50
#15
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
ez for homesent then
2016-06-19 21:52
ez
2016-06-19 21:49
expected
2016-06-19 21:49
1
2016-06-19 21:49
#7
ropz | 
Sweden fearl3ss2 
IMMORTALS TOP 9 KAPPA
2016-06-19 21:49
they;re bad
2016-06-19 21:49
N1
2016-06-19 21:49
1
2016-06-19 21:49
oh ok, i am most confident person in the world i can give u some
2016-06-19 21:49
Tá precisando de um domingo, fazer um churrasco pra conversar, porque o time parece que não conversa cara! Really needs more comunication!
2016-06-19 22:14
I love this coach's hltv picture
2016-06-19 22:23
Lucas1 sometimes show up, but showtime is always bad very low level player
2016-06-19 22:43
why this monkey always hate on TyLoo, you lost to China just like Luminosity your big bros, shut up and take it in jealous monkey!
2016-06-20 03:35
I dont hate TyLoo, I actually like them a lot tbh
2016-06-20 03:37
in qualifers he say bla blah he isnt scared of any team even from China, after he loss he say they should have won and now in this interview he needs to mention Tyloo again when they lost to 3 teams. clearly his mind is obsessed with tyloo.
2016-06-20 03:41
Imo immortals are hardly top 15 in the world, some fanboys and other idiots started to fill their egos up after some wins and they kicked Peace who made a great job to them believing they were a complete team who didnt need a great coach like him who did a lot for the team, putting them in the right place. If you ask me, what is missing in Immortals is humility, not confidence.
2016-06-20 03:45
#26
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France kennySsSsS 
"we play like shit" -zakk
2016-06-20 04:56
ha
2016-06-20 08:24
#28
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Norway packmanblack 
we're lacking bananas
2016-06-20 13:57
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