Friis: "Need to trust ourselves"

We caught up with Michael "Friis" Jørgensen after his team lost a double-overtime game against Epsilon that put them one loss away from elimination at the PGL EU Minor. The Dane talked about ESWC 2016, niko and their upcoming match against HellRaisers.

Heroic lost their opening match against Epsilon 26-22 on Cobblestone, putting them in a tough position at the start of the group stage in Bucharest.

Before their elimination match against HellRaisers, we talked to their AWPer Michael "Friis" Jørgensen to find out how the team is feeling after switching Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander for Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen.

Lets start with what happened before this event - you were at ESWC 2016, you didn’t have a great result but it was your first event with niko. He seems to be playing pretty well, but I’m just curious about your thoughts on the event in general and him fiting into the lineup.

Him fitting in is going quite good but we only had four days of practice. At ESWC we played against a team that hit more shots than us. I think it was the second map against fnatic academy that was the problem because we lost so many clutch rounds, like against Epsilon today so it was kind of a same problem in both games. I don’t really know what the biggest issue is but I think with more practice we can get back to a high level.

The roster shuffle came in a pretty bad timing for you, but it also happened for four teams here. In general, how do you feel about the fact that when the bigger teams pick-up talent from smaller teams just when the Minor/Major cycle starts and leave them in a pretty bad position?

In our situation it was our own choice, as we could keep gla1ve if we wanted but he really wanted to play in Astralis and we didn’t want to block that - and we got the chance to get niko as well. I think we can get even better with this team, firepower wise. The only thing we need is for me and Snappi to step up.


Friis started well on Cobblestone, but couldn't keep it up until the end of the match

Talking about that, you lost your first match against Epsilon where you had a big lead in the beginning of the CT side.You were playing good on the B site with the AWP, but they were able to claw back and win after two overtimes. What do you think went wrong?

The things that were wrong were the clutch rounds. We were 14-11 up and we had a 2-on-1 on B and we said “hide”, but one of the players jumped out died - and we lost the following 1-on-1. If we had won that one we would be 15-11 up with five match points. We had one more round when it was 15-14 and they had nothing, but we had a wrong call and they crushed us.

In overtime it was really hard for me on the B site with the AWP. I was really bad as T as well but on the CT side it’s hard to play a lot of rounds because they just peek, and when I hold the angle they flash me off. I went on A for one round and that worked out for me, but in the last overtime they just overpowered us.

You have a best-of-three elimination match coming up, and since there was an upset in the other match in the group, you need to play against HellRaisers, one of the favorites for the whole tournament. How do you feel about it?

I feel OK. I know they have practiced a lot and they have a lot of tactics, they are a good team and have strong players. We need to beat them, we need to stop making so many mistakes and I need to step up - if not I don’t think we can win.

No matter what happens here, what are your plans for the future, what do you think you can achieve with niko when he settles in and this roster stabilizes a bit?

I think we will still be a top 20 team for sure, we just need to trust in ourselves, I think we have lost a lot of trust in ourselves. I can feel it myself, and I can feel it on some of the other players as well. We’ve had a really bad month, also with gla1ve. It’s getting better now actually. We need to focus on improving and keep going.

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Lets start with what happened before this event - you were at ESWC 2016, you didn’t have a great result but it was your first event with your new player niko. He seems to be fitting in pretty well, but I’m just curious about your thoughts on the event in general and him fiting into the lineup.

Him fitting in is going quite good but we only had four days of practice. At ESWC we played against a team that hit more shots than us. I think it was the second map against fnatic academy that was the problem because we lost so many clutch rounds, like against Epsilon today so it was kind of a same problem in both games. I don’t really know what the biggest issue is but I think with more practice we can get back to a high level.

The roster shuffle came in a pretty bad timing for you, but it also happened for four teams here. In general, how do you feel about the fact that when the bigger teams pick-up talent from smaller teams just when the Minor/Major cycle starts and leave you in a pretty bad position?

In our situation it was our own choice, as we could keep Gla1ve if we wanted but he really wanted to play in Astralis and we didn’t want to block that - and we got the chance to get niko as well. I think we can get even better with this team, firepower wise. The only thing we need is for me and Snappi to step up.

Talking about that, you lost your first match against Epsilon where you had a big lead in the beginning of the CT side.You were playing good on the B site with the AWP, but they were able to claw back and win after two overtimes. What do you think went wrong?

The things that were wrong were the clutch rounds. We were 14-11 and we had a 2-on-1 on B and we said “hide” but one of the players jumped out died, and we lost the 1-on-1. If we had one that one we would be 15-11 with five match points. We had one more round wen it was 15-14 and they had nothing, but we had a wrong call and they crushed us.

In overtime it was really hard for me on the B site with the AWP. I was really bad as T as well but on the CT side it’s hard to play a lot of rounds because they just flash me off. I went on A for one round and that worked out for me, but in the last overtime they just overpowered us.

You have a best-of-three elimination match coming up, and since there was an upset in the other match in the group, you need to play against HellRaisers, one of the favorites for the whole tournament. How do you feel about it?

I feel ok. I know they have practiced a lot and they have a lot of tactics, they are a good team and have strong players. We need to beat them, we need to stop making so many mistakes and I need to step up - if not I don’t think we can win.

No matter what happens here, what are your plans for the future, whad do you think you can achieve with niko when he settles in and this roster stabilizes a bit?

I think we will still be a top 20 team for sure, we just need to trust in ourselves, I think we have lost a lot of trust in ourselves. I can feel it, I can feel it on some of the other players. We’ve had a really bad month, also with Gla1ve. It’s getting better now actually. We need to focus on improving and keep going.


Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Michael 'Friis' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Good luck Heroic.
2016-11-04 14:35
hi mom
2016-11-04 14:34
BOT friis
2016-11-04 14:34
nice read
2016-11-04 14:34
gg
2016-11-04 14:34
yes
2016-11-04 14:34
#6
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Slovakia Kurki 
ok
2016-11-04 14:34
#7
allu | 
Finland yes_asd 
Friis very good
2016-11-04 14:34
#8
jemi | 
Finland 73joy73 
nice
2016-11-04 14:34
first
2016-11-04 14:34
Nt waffle
2016-11-04 14:54
friis is life
2016-11-04 14:34
You are so fast guys.
2016-11-04 14:34
GL Heroic!
2016-11-04 14:34
Need to replace all five players on our team to be good* fixed that title for you
2016-11-04 14:35
Too long.
2016-11-04 14:36
Rekt
2016-11-04 14:53
LUL puggod friis find new team pls
2016-11-04 14:38
#17
rain | 
Poland HazzardRM 
UNINSTALL THIS GAME
2016-11-04 14:51
Atleast Friis is willing to admit he and Snappi not being good fraggers is a problem for the team. Meanwhile SmithZz refuses to leave G2 and friberg refuses to leave NiP
2016-11-04 15:02
In fairness, friberg has stepped up his game recently and has improved his impact fragging power. Though it's still nowhere near what he once was.
2016-11-04 15:06
A few good LAN's in comparison to nearly 2 whole years of being deadweight. I strongly doubt his form will continue for very long.
2016-11-04 15:08
That may be true, however several aspects of his game have become more consistent. So even if he doesn't reach a godlike form, he still plays a major role in the team. In the case of NiP, it's not just Friberh refusing to leave. The main 4 players have been together for a considerably long time and it may be hard for them to play without friberg.
2016-11-04 15:11
Since when do they "Refuse" ?
2016-11-05 16:52
They refuse to make the decision to leave the teams that they are clearly dragging down.
2016-11-05 16:53
Yes, I've already seen you said that. Wanna answer my question bud?
2016-11-05 16:54
Expand on that question. It makes no sense to me other than to expand on what i meant by "refuse".
2016-11-05 16:55
I know what the word refuse means, I'm saying you don't even actually know they refused to fucking leave?
2016-11-05 16:57
"They refuse to make the decision to leave the teams that they are clearly dragging down." That literally implies the fuck out of that they refuse to make the decision themselves, not that they have been asked by their teammates or team to leave and have outright refused. They refuse to take the initiative of stepping down from the lineup, in the same way players such as Fifflaren, Slemmy and others have done.
2016-11-05 16:59
"Use your fuckin brain next time" For the last damn time, you don't actually know they did this shit for sure.
2016-11-05 17:09
Well its pretty fucking obvious that they have, because they're still in their teams lineup. No point arguing with a 14yr old burger who fanboys the fuck out of G2 though. Enjoy watching them bomb out of ELEAGUE my friend.
2016-11-05 17:12
Still don't know why your panties are in a twist, gg.
2016-11-05 17:12
Use your fuckin brain next time ;)
2016-11-05 16:58
#24
rain | 
Brazil gbonfera 
the headline should be: I NEED TO RETIRE
2016-11-04 16:30
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