kassad: "nV match was a team effort"

We interviewed coach Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović after mousesports eliminated EnVyUs from ESL One Cologne 2016 in Group C.

mousesports are so far 1-1 in matches at ESL One Cologne, losing to Virtus.pro in the initial match despite winning 7-0 before taking down Envy.


kassad is getting more involved in calling and creating a game plan

We grabbed coach Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović to talk about the group, his progression towards becoming the in-game leader, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's struggles and more:

I want to get back to our previous interview that we did at the main qualifier, where you said you leading the team was in the plans but wasn't happening yet, has that progressed over the past few weeks?

Yes, definitely, it has. I'm doing some calls now in-game as well, I'm more involved in the game plan as well. So yes, it has definitely progressed.

How much is it between you and NiKo then? How much do you call and how much does he?

Well, it's about 65/35 in favor of NiKo, but it's the other way around when it comes to game plan, so all in all it's 50/50, I guess.

Heading into the group, let's look at it overall, what you thought about when you saw it first.

It's the second most difficult group, obviously, and the best and the worst thing is that we can beat everybody, that's the best thing, and the worst thing is that we can lose to anybody. You saw it today that VP beat Liquid, we took down EnVyUs and lost to VP, so everybody can take on anybody in this group, it's the same with SK, fnatic and G2.

What did you think going into the game with Virtus.pro? Can you tell us a little bit about how the game progressed past the 7-0 mark?

Oh, it's very painful, I couldn't sleep last night, I was up to like 4 AM, thinking about that stuff, what happened, what went wrong. We had the perfect game plan, we executed from the pistol to the eighth round very well, and we tried some different stuff later on. We should have taken about three more rounds in that half, but in the CT half it just fell apart, the economy was bad, we gave the VP guys a chance, they took it and destroyed us on the CT half.

That reminds me of some previous mousesports matches, where when the emotions got to the players, it was hard for them to come back from it. Seeing as you were actually able to overcome the emotions, has that gotten better with you being able to call the pause and calm them down?

Well, we are still in the middle of the tournament, so tomorrow it'll probably show if it's better or not. It's definitely progress, but tomorrow is the most important match so far, so we'll see then.

Talking about the EnVyUs game, it was about 8-12 when you took the timeout, what did you talk about and what did you figure out?

After the timeout we talked like "it is do or die for us, let's just fight till the last round, the last frag and see what happens." It paid off, everybody contributed, it was a team effort, a team victory, I'm very proud of the guys. I'm just looking forward to tomorrow's match.

Touching on the team victory, before we've seen NiKo carrying the team through events, this time it hasn't been very true so far, is he off his game or has anything changed?

I think it's because of the map, we structured our game on Train differently and NiKo is getting less favored positions and more difficult stuff to do. He's doing that job very well, he's creating so much space for us to do whatever we want, without that I don't know if it would be better or worse, it's going fine now and we won't change it at this tournament for sure.

In the last group stage match you'll face the third team in your group, Liquid. It must be very hard to analyze and create a good game plan against them...

They're kind of a mix team, they came into this tournament to maximize their result with the best possible lineup they could assemble. Like you said, it's going to be very difficult.

We can finish off with the predictions of the remainder of the group stage, who do you think will go through?

Well, obviously NiP I think will go through from the decider tomorrow. Astralis should also win against dignitas, because they won every important match against them, I know it's like a Danish derby, the rivalry is big, but Astralis is the favorite there. In the group of death, I'm sure fnatic will bounce back, based on practices in the last month I think they have the biggest chance to be the second in their group. They will probably beat G2, even though it's still a best-of-one, if shox and ScreaM wake up and do their thing, it's gonna be hard, but I believe fnatic will prevail and be second.

So far we have conducted six interviews at the Major, which you can catch up on in the list below:

Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "Confident playing T side [on Cobble]"
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov: "We wanted revenge for MLG"
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "I expect us and G2 through"
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "Tech pause was good for us"
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "gla1ve is really good at adapting"
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
Brazil zlkz1 
What a shame eleague
2016-07-06 20:34
EZ 4 CHRISJ
2016-07-06 20:34
#4
Respect | 
United Kingdom krazd 
Good interview EDIT: Holy shit Fallen visited my profile :D
2016-07-06 20:35
#16
Respect | 
United Kingdom krazd 
xd
2016-07-06 20:34
no he didn't faggot.
2016-07-06 20:35
#26
Respect | 
United Kingdom krazd 
so b8ed
2016-07-06 21:06
xDDDDDD he trolled you instantly memed b8d m8 xDDD yeah kill yourself yellow_kek
2016-07-07 17:10
#5
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
nice win :>
2016-07-06 20:34
d
2016-07-06 20:34
#7
TaZ | 
Poland Leszczon 
nice one
2016-07-06 20:34
1
2016-07-06 20:34
damn i suck at being first, I tried to do so for the first time and I ended up 8th some1 please kill me and my children so they wont live in shame ty
2016-07-06 20:34
give adress. will do.
2016-07-06 20:36
#9
Germany mkai 
d
2016-07-06 20:34
2424
2016-07-06 20:34
first
2016-07-06 20:34
ez
2016-07-06 20:34
wp kassad
2016-07-06 20:34
nt assad
2016-07-06 20:34
Fuxk
2016-07-06 20:34
#23
Costa Rica Ckks 
K-K-K-KEEMSTAR
2016-07-06 20:46
#27
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United Kingdom oTYL3R 
imgur.com/a/OXoaj All the Letters From ESL
2016-07-06 21:10
"...It's the second most difficult group, obviously, and the best and the worst thing is that we can beat everybody, that's the best thing, and the worst thing is that we can lose to anybody. You saw it today that VP beat Liquid, we took down EnVyUs and lost to VP, so everybody can take on anybody in this group..." This is the most retarded thing i have read in any interview
2016-07-06 21:51
disappointing interview
2016-07-07 10:46
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