felps: "Brazilians don't give up"

We're closing out our DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer coverage with an interview with Joao "felps" Vasconcellos and Rafael "zakk" Fernandes following Immortal's victory at the $100,000 event.

Immortals became the DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer champions following a two-map victory over Ninjas in Pyjamas, where the Brazilians gave the Swedes their first Cache loss on LAN in their full lineup.

Immortals are your DreamHack Summer champions

After the squad lifted the trophy in Jönköping, we got a hold of João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos and Rafael "⁠zakk⁠" Fernandes, who helped translate the winning interview:

Congratulations on winning DreamHack, now I know this is an awfully generic question, but how does it feel to win and especially, how does it feel after receiving so much criticism after the main qualifier?

Brazil João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos: "It was a heavy weight off our shoulders, because we were not good at the major qualifier and we didn't start well here either, so the criticism was huge, but we proved everybody that we are Brazilians, and Brazilians don't give up."

Talking about the grand final itself, I was fairly surprised to see Overpass being vetoed by NiP, did you expect that and overall the whole veto?

Brazil João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos: "We didn't know what they'd ban, but we were sure what they would pick - Cache. And we were very confident on Cache, but Mirage, we don't play Mirage, so it was hard, we had a bit of confidence there, but we were confident we were going to win Cache. About Overpass, we don't play it either, so they banned maybe based on the game yesterday that we won against SK pretty easily."

Now onto giving NiP their first loss on Cache on LAN, did you have a specific game plan going into it?

Brazil João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos: "No, we didn't have any plan, we just trusted in our aim. When we play together as a team and hit the shots we hit today, no one can stop us."

Next up was Mirage and obviously you had this huge 12-3 lead and even won the other pistol, but then it started crumbling. First of all, where did your issues on the defence lie and secondly, did that affect your morale?

Brazil Rafael "⁠zakk⁠" Fernandes: "Like we said, we don't practice Mirage, we don't play it, so when they started dominating the mid area, we didn't know how to combat that. They started doing splits on A and we saw that happening, so we had to wait until they were so confident that they were going to win with the same strat over and over, and then do our anti-strat."

You took a timeout at about the 13-9 mark, what did you talk about?

Brazil Rafael "⁠zakk⁠" Fernandes: "We tried to break their momentum, you know, we just paused to chill, stay calm and talk to the guys "You know you guys have this game, don't choke now, they're doing the same things, let them build confidence and then we're gonna punch them in the face."

I want to talk about that eco that gave you map point and broke the game, was it just luck in being able to push out apps and get that one gun, and then stacking the B bombsite, or was that based on a read?

Brazil Rafael "⁠zakk⁠" Fernandes: "Actually, I didn't do anything this game, I'll tell you the truth. This round was my doing, I told hen1 to go apps because f0rest was alone there, and after he picked the AK, SHOOWTiME said they were going B. I told them to go B fast and stack, that was all I did in this game. Just this."

Looking at the future, where do you see yourselves stand?

Brazil João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos: "I think we're lacking a bit of experience, we need to play teams like Astralis, LG, Na`Vi, NiP. If we keep doing this and gain some experience, we're probably gonna be very good."

Our DreamHack ZOWIE Open Summer coverage has come to a close, before the Cologne major we will also put out full coverage of the ECS Season 1 Finals, taking place from June 24-26.

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
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2016-06-20 22:15
2016-06-20 22:15
Brazil sprk1
2016-06-20 22:15
NiP also didn't (against Astralis). Astralis was the real team that beat NiP (mentally)
2016-06-20 22:16
NiP was saving strats noobs :D
2016-06-20 22:16
2016-06-20 22:16
1 reply
lmao theres a gigantic wall thats bigger than mexico's and its name is olofm Xd
2016-06-20 23:52
and everyone else does? lmao fo felps you mong
2016-06-20 22:16
3 replies
Sri Lanka 1v1meRust
Liquid gets to 15 and gives up Astralis gives up at semis
2016-06-20 22:18
2 replies
nip dont, fnatic dont, nv force buy their way to victory.. what are you talking about
2016-06-20 22:54
yea astralis gives up LOL Liquid gave up LOL you're an inbred LOL
2016-06-20 23:53
If Brazilian falls into Gorilla pit who gets saved?
2016-06-20 22:21
2 replies
Actually, they shoot the gorilla. Or both then, I guess. So no one?
2016-06-21 00:42
2016-06-21 02:02
2016-06-20 22:21
LG felps
2016-06-20 22:21
2016-06-20 22:23
You won't give up until you or Luminosity face Fnatic, then everything changes badboys
2016-06-20 22:26
2016-06-20 22:26
They did a great job and all, but what an obnoxious thing to say.
2016-06-20 22:27
2 replies
2016-06-21 01:52
2016-06-21 19:21
i remember the 7:1
2016-06-20 22:28
It's cool to talk after the win. Tell that before it, or after you lost to some shit.
2016-06-20 22:30
Czech Republic MrM4sl0
2016-06-20 22:34
2016-06-20 22:46
Brazil EleGiggle
2016-06-20 22:52
really like watching BR players, they seem to have a great passion for the game, wp 8-)
2016-06-20 22:55
2 replies
Yeah just like LG right?
2016-06-20 23:24
1 reply
2016-06-20 23:25
2016-06-20 23:18
Europe DeusCUTE
they only give up in real life
2016-06-20 23:36
Europe Instabait
"Brazilians don't give up" doeas thier football team thinks the same?
2016-06-20 23:46
5 replies
2016-06-21 10:24
4 replies
Europe Instabait
and brasil 2014 WC? copa america 2016? ... n/c
2016-06-21 20:03
3 replies
2014 wc the team was trash and the best players dint play(neymar and thiago silva) and copa america no neymar,no thiago silva,no marcelo,no douglas costa and lost by a hand goal
2016-06-22 05:25
2 replies
Europe Instabait
thiago silva didnt play? i still remember his "tunel" :D
2016-06-22 06:37
1 reply
vs germany?nah
2016-06-22 10:40
gj, you deserve every $
2016-06-20 23:49
im not gonna lie, this is totally me when im cheating.
2016-06-20 23:51
"Brazilians don't give up"
2016-06-21 00:39
nak: "Without a good start we can't win"
2016-06-21 00:44
"Brazilians don't give up" Yah makes sense when you live in a shithole= your country doesn't give up
2016-06-21 05:07
Cool interview, well played and good luck in the future immortals, just wish your fans were not such a horrible bunch of people, yours and lgs fans are actually making people hate your teams so maybe you guys should do something about that.
2016-06-21 05:34
like they didnt giveup vs germany
2016-06-21 06:14
Argentina ivanpb
"brazilians don't give up" u kidding? top 1 team nowadays is brazilian and u're talking about giving up
2016-06-21 06:24
"hurr durr, we are brazilians, look at how we don't give up" Oh my god, you smug fuckface, your nationality has nothing to do with it, no one likes to lose and trying hard in CS is much easier than fixing your shithole of a country. So congratulation for having a good CS team. Perhaps you could apply the same attitude towards life in general and fix the dying septic tank you call Brazil.
2016-06-21 08:32
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2016-06-21 09:54
"I think we're lacking a bit of experience, we need to play teams like Astralis, LG, Na`Vi, NiP. If we keep doing this and gain some experiene, we're probably gonna be very good." HLTV typo in the very last statement by Felps, Striker. Thank you.
2016-06-21 09:26
Can't wait for Fnatic to end this stupid brazilian run in CS GO.
2016-06-21 09:52
Luxembourg alex24
no they don`t... they just get better cheats fallen can confirm that LG just donated some high class cheats that they used, since coldzera, fnx and taco got new ones
2016-06-21 09:55
at least hes modest by saying "we're probably gonna be very good." look at botburger yesterday after his team carried "oh yeh we rule y0u knowz" #gaynip
2016-06-21 10:33
Great result for them after the dry period. Proves they are still promising and relevant without Peacemaker. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here. They had trouble facing TOP20 teams in groups, a close 3-mapper against another one in playoffs and then beat a NiP that is nowhere near as good again as people hype them for. Yeah NiP did beat Astralis, but when did they ever not? Not more than a handful times; NiP is THE team to grind out comebacks, and Astralis THE team to give up leads. When these two meet NiP in my book always has an advantage.
2016-06-21 11:41
1 reply
People like you make this site look so good, nice comment.
2016-06-23 01:44
2016-06-21 12:12
Brazilians strong
2016-06-21 17:15
2016-06-21 17:20
"It was a heavy weight off our shoulders, because we were not good at the major qualifier and we didn't start well here either, so the criticism was huge, but we proved everybody that we are Brazilians, and Brazilians don't give up."" What the fuck, noone cares about you and when noone cares you get no criticism....are you delusional? wow =D all you have to say is, yes we did a very good tournament even tho we never expected to win this, with hard work and motivation we managed to pull out the unreal win here. That's all you have to say bitch ass nigga, noone ever gave you 1% chance to win this, it's not like you were a big factor in this tournament
2016-06-21 18:08
1 reply
they got criticism by the br community, and guys who don't know shit about this line up for sure didn't think they could win, but us brazilians who watch close the scene since the beggining we know they had a chance. people sleep on this lineup, the fuck ups they do is because of experience... they already won 2 lans right know...
2016-06-21 19:13
gratz <3
2016-06-21 19:08
Brunei cyLoL
i dunno did you watch the brazilians at copa america centenario they looked like they gave up every game
2016-06-21 21:46
2016-06-22 19:52
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