In our next interview from day two at the ELEAGUE Major, Dennis "dennis" Edman talked about fnatic's loss to G2, their narrow victory over North, and shed some light on his team's preparation.
Prior to the event, there was a lot of discussion surrounding fnatic's preparation, which we asked Dennis "dennis" Edman about in the following interview, where he also talked about the Swedes' two matches so far:
Let's start with North - overall a very close match-up, run me through the match, what were the keys to win against the Danes?
Our CT half was really bad, actually, they just destroyed us at B, more or less. They just took B without doing anything, they just got it every time. As T we had a really good read on how they were playing, because Jumpy is really good at his job. He just said what we should do, what we should think of, and that's about it, we had a really good read. When we were at 13-13, we paused because he had an idea and the idea was to molotov left side, rush right side, and that's when we won.
I'd like to ask about the anti-eco you lost at 10-11; where did it go wrong?
The call was to more or less just go as a group in mid, the only way to lose that was if they were stacking mid. It was just bad communication, we spread out and they got us one by one and we lost, it happens, it was a mistake.
Going back to G2, your first match, also a fairly close affair even though not as close as this one with North. One thing I want to ask about is shox's 1v2 in the pistol, how did it look from your point of view?
Yesterday was not a good day for me at least, I played really bad. We didn't get any pistols and it ended at 16-10, it didn't feel like we were on point, any of us, even though we did some clutches. That round when shox had 8 hp and did a 1v2 in the pistol, we didn't know that he was low so we didn't took a duel, we wanted to play it safe.
There has been a lot of different information about how much you played before the tournament, can you shed some light on that? How many days, how many hours a day...
Absolutely, we started to practice a lot and then we felt ready, we had enough tactics on each map and didn't want to repeat them anymore, you can't have too many. We did enough tactics and felt like we knew them all, then we just said we wouldn't practice anymore and rather play individually. Because to win is not all about teamplay, practice, and teamwork whatsoever, it's about individual plays, mostly about individual plays. If one guy steps up and gets 30 frags, you're most likely to win the game. And about hours, everyone has at least 100 hours per two weeks, so that's just some... rumour.
This is actually your first tournament with disco doplan in the full lineup, as at ELEAGUE Jumpy was standing in for you, how do you feel about his play and how he fits into the team?
He fits really well. He's a calm player who does the right decisions, he might be new but we don't really notice it. So he fits very well I would say.
Let's talk about the other teams at the Major; we don't know too much about their form, who do you think are going to be the best teams and who could be a dark horse, some underdog that will surprise?
Actually, I think the best teams that's gonna go far in this tournament would be maybe GODSENT, FaZe, teams that play YOLO, they don't really play like a lot of tactics, they play more individually. I think the teams that play more individually and don't use as much smokes, flashes everywhere, they're gonna go far.
Make sure to check out the other interviews we've conducted so far at the ELEAGUE Major:
Day two Spencer "Hiko" Martin: "It doesn't feel like we won" Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: "Gonna fight as hard as we can" Chris "chrisJ" de Jong: "Confident about our map pool" Day one Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey: "Everyone's happy with their roles" Markus "pronax" Wallsten: "I'm happy it went to Train" Dan "apEX" Madesclaire: "It was hard after jdm's 1v5" Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev: "Hope to show beautiful CS" Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski: "It's always close vs. OpTic" Ricardo "fox" Pacheco: "We played 12-14 hours a day" Richard "shox" Papillon: "FaZe can do pretty well here" Abay "HObbit" Khasenov: "We prepared for everyone"