Jumpy: "We're improving every day"

fnatic's new coach, Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson, talked to us about his venture into fnatic, his role as coach, how the team is improving with time and more.

Earlier this week fnatic have announced that Viktor "vuggo" Jendeby would be taking a step back into analysis, while Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson took over the coaching role.

The Swedes have played their first official matches against mousesports in ESL Pro League since then, and won both affairs following close scorelines.

Jumpy talks all things coaching fnatic

We got a chance to do an interview with the new coach which delves deeper into his role in the team, how the new lineup are adjusting to one another and more:

After the remaining two players, olofmeister and dennis, and vuggo didn't exactly see eye to eye in-game, why do you think you got the chance to take over? What can you bring to the table?

I think they wanted a coach with previous in-game leading experiance to help out, since wenton has never been an in-game leader before. I've been playing CS for a lot of years and been calling for the most part of it, and I always liked that tactical side of the game and I believe I have alot to offer when it comes to that.

Considering wenton's inexperience in leading, is it possible that in the beginning you will have a bigger impact on how the team will play before the in-game leader adjusts to the role?

Yes, I will probably take a more active role in-game now in the beginning and wenton will take over more and more as time goes by. But we can only hope they remove that rule and everything can continue as it is.

What do you make of the new ruling concering coach communication?

I don't like that rule, because I feel it's a step back in time. I believe coaches can help out a lot and that would make the scene even more competitive and more fun to spectate.

I imagine when you first got asked to fill the role you still didn't know about that rule, has your approach to coaching fnatic changed from when you first accepted the offer to after you found out about the ruling? Will you take more of a passive stance?

It all happened at the same time, so I guess I've always had the same approach, but I will do my best to help the team even if I can't be as active in-game as I would like.

Jumpy is excited to work alongside vuggo

vuggo mentioned in lurppis' podcast that he will be working with you closely when it comes to analysis and preparation, and there will also be a staff of analysts behind the scenes. What does it mean for you to have that kind of support available?

It's always nice to have support from smart people that can find or see things in a different way than yourself. I've known vuggo for a few years, he's a smart person and I'm excited to be working with him.

You've already played your first official match and have been training for a few days, how is the team adjusting to each other?

It has been a bit shaky from time to time, but it's a new team with new positions and me as a coach, so everything is very fresh. But either way, it feels like we are adjusting to each other very well and that we are improving every day.

Since ESL One New York will most likely be fnatic's LAN debut, do you think having an extra month will help you get ready for top-tier competition or would you rather have played an offline event earlier?

I think all the time we can get to practice before the next event is good for us, I don't think a smaller event would help more than weeks of practice.

You previously coached Escape before transitioning into a playing role, were you leading in both cases? If so, how did the two periods differ from an in-game leader's point of view?

In Escape I did not call as a coach, I just gave some input on things I saw that the team didn't. When I started to play with them I took on the in-game leading role. I was the in-game leader while coaching when I was with aliGon (Lemondogs) at the Minor and even if you loose a bit of gamesense you get while playing, you gain a lot of information due to the overview you have as a coach.

Do you have any last words, shoutouts?

I would like to thank fnatic and the guys in the team for the opportunity!

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goodest luck for them )
2016-08-25 13:59
PogChamp Fnatic top1?? PogChamp
2016-08-25 13:59
rain | 
Norway Norsk 
toppest kek
2016-08-25 14:35
Europe wai7ing 
the toppest kek of the toppest keks
2016-08-25 16:38
jumpy lol
2016-08-25 13:58
Denmark beastd 
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Finland cockcheek33 
2016-08-25 13:58
I tried boys
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2016-08-25 19:32
ty bro hard loss
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France botSIX 
fuck :(-
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Portugal dracø 
nt but no
2016-08-25 13:58
can confirm
2016-08-25 13:59
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mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Why use the Escape Gaming logo when he is in fnatic now?
2016-08-25 14:01
Brazil oskadopLis 
2016-08-25 17:22
striker misspelled "experience"
2016-08-25 14:01
India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Jumpy answered incorrectly. Striker just stuck to exact journalism.
2016-08-25 14:12
jumpy doesn't type , it's a verbal interview that gets typed
2016-08-25 14:27
India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
So I have to put kappa everytime Got it..
2016-08-25 15:04
Lithuania Tomekas85 
2016-08-25 14:05
2016-08-25 14:18
You can't improve enough, having wenton and Lekr0 in your team, they're not a tier1 material.
2016-08-25 14:22
+1, fnatic will never win a major with them in the team sadly, not just possible
2016-08-25 14:34
Well he's not going to tell teh truth and say they're a shit bottom tier 2 team.
2016-08-25 14:28
godsent will rekt them
2016-08-25 14:29
They will have a very hard time against g2 today
2016-08-25 14:30
why does the graphic have a team Escape logo on it lol... amateur journalism
2016-08-25 14:41
i can see they can be top 4-5 right after navi sk and godsent but not higher
2016-08-25 14:42
Sweden lagcats 
vuggo will teach him his shenanigans
2016-08-25 14:43
Guatemala KlassiKer 
2016-08-25 15:18
Sweden godname 
i hearded from olof´s stream yesterday when he talking about he´s new team feels like olof will move to a another team where he can win major´s
2016-08-25 14:52
Luxembourg Hargreaves 
what i think he said he's no longer commited that much to the fnatic project, now he has all his options open
2016-08-25 15:33
faze olof confirmed? :o
2016-08-25 15:54
Once Lekr0 hits form theyll be good
2016-08-25 15:26
Argentina ZaraLarsson 
>coach fnatic for 3 days >we are improving every day
2016-08-25 15:28
Improvement can occur over the course of even 5 minutes, depends on the amount of improvement made by them.
2016-08-25 17:03
Europe midi 
He should go back to coaching Team Secret.
2016-08-25 15:37
why the fucking overwatch logo?
2016-08-25 16:13
worst choice possible almost. i guess fnatic doesn't aim for a top10 team anymore.
2016-08-25 17:13
how ignorant can one be
2016-08-25 17:23
i am not ignorat. they barely are top3 in sweden atm. not even close to top10.
2016-08-25 20:28
its been like a couple days ffs lol
2016-08-25 18:09
Escape top1. oh wait..
2016-08-25 18:31
good luck
2016-08-25 20:36
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