pronax: "Always had the Major spot"
GODSENT completed their ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier run with a 3-0 score, making them the first team to secure a challenger spot at the upcoming Major. To hear about the accomplishment, we talked to Markus "pronax" Wallsten.
With a Major spot reserved for him and his team, Markus "pronax" Wallsten was happy to chat with us about their games, their playstyle and his spot in the team.
Let's start with the match against dignitas, you faced them on Mirage, one of their better maps and they are considered one of the better teams at the moment. What do you think was the key thing you had that allowed you to totally shut them down on the CT side. Do you feel that they are not as good as people rate them at the moment, them not being in form or something else?
I think that they said before the tournament that they didn't practice that much, and at the same time Mirage is one of our better maps as well, the CT side especially. It's CS, best-of-ones. I think they are a good team but everything just clicked for us, we had a good idea about how to play, we talked about how we should play this tournament, that we should try to play simple, have good communication and I think that's why we managed to win.
Today's match was against HellRaisers, a rematch of the Minor final, and you also played them in the upper-bracket at the Minor. Let's actually start with the veto, that was actually influenced by that win since you were the upper seed and then had the additional ban. How do you think that influenced the whole thing, and the randomizer ending on Train?
We pretty much knew that it would be Cache or Train, so we were very prepared to play them on Train actually, because we know they like Train and we like it as well. We had a pretty good idea at least how they play on the bombsites as CT so we tried to exploit that as much as possible. Other than that we tried to play simple, shoot headshots and go together.
So what are your thoughts on the veto format they have here with the random factor?
I don't mind it that much, it's ok, it's a good compromise even though I don't like the random map. It's fine.
GODSENT have decided to play simple for the time being
What's your mindset at the moment about the team - as flusha said you play pretty simple in the moment - looking back at your history, how do you fit in this team if you are playing that individualistic, simple style?
I think I have always been able to call quite simple because I like to do mid round calls, but I also like to do a lot of fakes, double fakes - we don't have the structure that you need to win tournament after tournament. I think we can play like this, we are definitely gonna try to build up a little structure in the future but it takes time. We've tried to do it before but we stressed it too much, we need to take it slow with time to actually build it up right this time.
Do you plan to do that before the Major?
We won't have time before the Major because when we come home we have a break for Christmas and New Year. lekr0 is actually going away with his family and is coming back when we have the DreamHack Masters Qualifier. The day after that we travel to China to play WESG and when we come home from that we will have a maximum two days of practice before the Major. So we are going to do everything we can to be as prepared as possible even if we won't practice as a team.
Now when this is all finished, the whole saga with KRiMZ leaving, you losing the Major spot, winning the Minor, the Major Qualifier is over - can you give me a final statement to close out that whole period?
In my mind, we always had the Major spot.
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