k0nfig: "Main goal is top eight"

Our second interview prior to ESL One Cologne 2016 is with the young star of dignitas, Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke, who talked to us about dignitas' chances at the Major.

Denmark's second biggest team, Dignitas, will represent their country alongside Astralis, who are currently ranked #6 on our rankings. The two teams recently swapped René "cajunb" Borg and Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye.

Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke & company, who are ranked #15, will face their fellow countrymen Astralis, Gambit, and the North Americans of CLG. We interviewed the 19-year-old youngster to get his thoughts before the Major kicks off in Cologne.

How have you been preparing for ESL One Cologne? Have you had a bootcamp to specifically train for the second Major of 2016?

No, we haven't bootcamped but we have played a lot individually and had a lot of practise.

You have been a part of dignitas for all of 2016. Do you think playing with and against better players developed you as a player?

I think that playing for dignitas has helped me a lot in my CS career, and I'm really happy that they gave me a oppurtunity to play.

How did losing Kjaerbye affect your team? Were there big role changes after cajunb's addition?

After losing Kjaerbye we were a bit depressed because we had to play the Major qualifier and that was the biggest priority. Then we changed players, so we had change roles and swap positions, but in the end we made it. So here we are in Cologne.

k0nfig is hopeful about the upcoming event 

What are your thoughts about the group that was assigned to you (Gambit, CLG, and Astralis)? Do you think this opens the way for your team to advance to the quarter-finals?

Our main goal is to reach top 8 (quarter-finals) and even if we were in Group D, that would be the main goal, but of course we are happy that we got group A.

The inefficiency and the unfairness of the current Major seeding system, which allows for groups such as Group D (SK, G2, fnatic, and FaZe) has been criticized before by journalists and players. What is your opinion about the system and do you think it should change?

I think that Group D is the group that you didn't want to land in, but, in my opinion, it's a bit random that there are four great teams in one group. Random, but also sad.

What will be the goal for you in the tournament? What placing would you consider a success and what would be regarded as a failure?

Placing top eight would be a success, and losing the group would be a disaster. I really hope for top eight, but i would like to reach the semi-finals as well. Hopefully we will go all the way to the final with a bit of luck.

What is your opinion about Nuke as a competitive map and do you think it is ready to be played at a Major? Do you feel comfortable playing it or are you still adjusting your game and developing?

We are still adjusting to the map because its so new. There are new angles to peek, new spots to hide, new smokes… It's really hard, but we manage to play it.

What is your top four prediction and which team, in your opinion, can surprise us? Could that dark horse be dignitas?

Top four would be: SK, NaVi, Dignitas, and EnVyUs. I really hope that we can upset some teams and reach the final, but it will need a bit of luck and extremely good teamplay.

Is there anything you want to say to your supporters before we end our interview?

I really hope you guys will support us at the ESL One Cologne 2016 Major and help us reach the final! Buy our stickers and support us with everything you got, then we will provide you with WINS.

Our pre-Major coverage will continue with more interviews as well as group previews. Below are all the pieces about the upcoming Major:

Canada Damian "daps" Steele: "Focus on getting out of groups"

Germany Group A preview by Michal "stich" Malachowski
Germany Group B preview by Milan "Striker" Švejda

BenjaCS writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
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Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
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Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
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Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
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go for it buddy
2016-07-02 18:01
Germany Bier 
he will cheat the hell out of himself
2016-07-02 18:07
main goal: bypass ESL security
2016-07-02 21:08
2016-07-02 18:01
2016-07-02 18:01
Australia Rx777 
Top 8 LUL I aren't think that
2016-07-02 18:01
rain | 
Romania BluXtreme 
K0nf1g cheater ez 41 bomb
2016-07-02 18:07
Spain Alser 
ez group ez life
2016-07-02 18:12
have you seen their group? 2nd place in that group is freeeeeee
2016-07-02 19:37
Europe chespiZ 
top5 imo lmao
2016-07-02 19:41
Finland Eepzie 
2016-07-02 18:01
Finland kizmo 
2016-07-02 18:01
2016-07-02 18:01
Netter versuch! Falsch flagger
2016-07-02 21:23
You whaa
2016-07-02 21:42
2016-07-02 18:01
Poland aleks2805 
2016-07-02 18:01
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Russia band1 
2016-07-02 18:01
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fak 2,late
2016-07-02 18:01
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main goal is toggle hard
2016-07-02 18:01
Australia closet 
2016-07-02 18:01
ahahaha everyone try to get 1
2016-07-02 18:01
Xyp9x | 
Iceland Fridd 
Go for it.
2016-07-02 18:03
Netherlands YourT 
Dont think they will make it though
2016-07-02 18:03
2016-07-02 18:05
SK, NaVi, Dignitas, and EnVyUs? ok
2016-07-02 18:07
If you dont believe you have a chance, then you should stop playing professionally. As he said, upsets do happen, so you never know
2016-07-02 21:25
I am more talking about EnVyUs
2016-07-02 21:26
2016-07-02 18:12
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
2016-07-02 18:13
Top 8 with MSL? I aren't think that
2016-07-02 18:19
nice interv
2016-07-02 18:22
then you should better toggle on
2016-07-02 18:34
"Hopefully we will go all the way to the final with a bit of luck" That's not luck that bring teams to grand final lol. SK, FNC, G2 Na'Vi and astralis are much better than Dig, and you are poised to meet any of these team on the way to the final. If you wins in group and get a lucky draw you can go to semis but try to win groups confidently before talking about finals.
2016-07-02 18:35
astralis 3 group stage exits from their last 4 events stronk team q:D
2016-07-02 18:36
People can't seem to understand that major has nothing to do with any other events.
2016-07-02 18:53
astralis core has never even made it to the finals of a major, they're harmless there too
2016-07-02 18:54
They went to every playoffs though
2016-07-02 19:22
+1 played all majors and never went out in groups.
2016-07-03 00:15
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
gl, the group will be interesting
2016-07-02 18:38
maybe if u replace tenzki
2016-07-02 18:41
lmao konfig thinks they can get to the playoffs with MSL
2016-07-02 18:47
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
you can cheat to top1 also but would be obvious
2016-07-02 18:54
k0nig pulling a troubley right now
2016-07-02 18:58
France MarioReL 
Dingitas top8 ? Biggest joke i ever seen lul
2016-07-02 19:02
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Twinaye 
people calling pros cheat are like Lem at max.
2016-07-02 19:02
Good luck xd
2016-07-02 19:07
EnvyUs in top 4? How far behind the times is k0nfig? Living in the days when Dignitas were getting wins over EnvyUs thanks to his top notch cheatZz?
2016-07-02 19:12
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
i will be honestly impressed if they wont drop on groupstage with msl in their team
2016-07-02 19:23
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World Houzzy 
Dignitas to win major.
2016-07-02 19:24
literally ever interview with these t2 teams is "GOAL IS TO GET OUT OF GROUPS HERDER" why bother
2016-07-02 20:01
so funny they really believe they are top 8 hahah g8 b8
2016-07-02 20:12
Slovakia drikaN 
he forgot the Kappa
2016-07-02 20:20
Spain Ayrr 
Alright cheaterino
2016-07-02 20:54
GL Dignitas
2016-07-02 21:07
4 groups x 4 teams? top8 = make it out of groups m I wrong?
2016-07-02 21:16
yes 2 teams from each groups goes to playoffs
2016-07-02 21:52
Inb4 0.6 rating cos lan LUL
2016-07-02 21:23
Estonia Rebae 
good luck dignitas
2016-07-02 21:35
Hopefully we will go all the way to the final with a bit of luck. LOLNO
2016-07-02 21:58
main goal is not to get caught
2016-07-02 22:34
ez 4 cjaunb
2016-07-03 00:03
Czech Republic MrM4sl0 
Lol no. Dignitas is shit all the time.
2016-07-03 00:13
So he's gonna start cheating more blatantly
2016-07-03 07:11
Nice name
2016-07-03 15:35
main goal: top locks flusha: not gonna happen m8
2016-07-03 11:57
Worst interview object ever. Holy shit that was some dull answers. For all of you that dont bother reading it: They have pracced They want to get top 8 Losing kjearbye was not fun Group d is hard Nuke is a new map Please support them
2016-07-03 15:11
Sweden lagcats 
i would aim for top1 wth.
2016-07-03 15:30
2016-07-05 12:17
How u can loose round 2 vs 1, bomb is planted, you are both in toilets, enemy has AWP, wtf are you doing, just hide and wait for defuse. Dignitas - silvers.
2016-07-05 12:22
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