karrigan: "allu's 1v2 was key"

Finn "karrigan" Andersen gave us an interview after FaZe's double-overtime victory versus Liquid, where he shared his thoughts on some of the latter rounds of the nail-biter as well as the advantages of the Swiss format.

After three rounds of the Swiss format, FaZe are at a 2-1 record with a narrow win over Liquid on Nuke, which went to two overtimes.


FaZe are one win away from Major playoffs 

We got a hold of Finn "karrigan" Andersen after their match against the North American team and asked him about some of the key rounds of the encounter on Nuke:

Another close match for FaZe, this time against Liquid, there were a lot of close rounds, which do you think were key in your win?

One of them was allu's 1v2 with the AWP inside the hut, that was the key round where I felt like this was where we can wreck their momentum, and I think they eco'd after that, but then we lost that round. That was a pretty important round to win.

Towards the end of regulation, right after you lost that anti-eco, you went for a semi-forcebuy and ended up having to forcebuy again afterwards due to losing the first one. Talk me through that decision, what was going through your mind at the time?

I really wanted to make a semi-buy, because I wanted to rush upper and I had a feeling they played very defensively. We even got a 3-on-3 trade and then it just collapsed, I just wanted to see how they were playing inside and then maybe they'd be afraid of us using it in the next round.

I think we had enough money to do what I wanted in the next round, which was an explosive ramp, so I didn't need that many nades to fake outside, or whatever I decided to do. So basically, we had one tec-9 and four AK's with limited grenades, got down to the bombsite and made the X-on-X how we needed to do.

The first overtime was a very back-and-forth battle, what kind of mindset did you have throughout it and how did you adapt?

We really believe in our T side, so first of all, we had a bad start as CT and we knew that once we came into overtime we had a fresh start and could fix our CT side and not going cold into the match. I think what was the hardest was our standard, they were pretty good at adapting, or not adapting, they knew beforehand how we like to take yard control.

So in the overtime, we had to really think about how to fake this kind of thing, and then go ramp where nitr0 played. So the last round when we were as T we faked that and I killed one in the back, and the whole lower bombsite was open since they had two yard and were expecting us to go around cat or behind CT. So we kinda faked that in the end, because I knew how they were playing on yard.

You have two chances to make it to playoffs now, with the Swiss format you can't know who you'll face, is there anyone you'd like to face, or someone you'd like to avoid?

I think Astralis is the hardest team in the 2-1 pool right now, but everybody in that group are good teams. We can definitely not face SK, so that limits it down to four teams, Astralis, G2, Gambit and fnatic, so one of those four teams...

G2 and fnatic have kind of the same playstyle, so I think we have a good match-up against anyone we want to play, so Astralis is the hardest opponent in that group. You never know when you have Gambit, we had a lot of practice against them, so that will play a factor.

Lastly, I'd like to talk about the Swiss format, it seems FaZe likes it, what are your thoughts on it? What are its biggest advantages?

The last top eight, the seedings would have been completely wrong in the normal groups, there could've been a group with Liquid, FlipSid3, someone who qualified like GODSENT and then the fourth team who also qualified, so the Swiss system takes out some of those random factors.

That we have gotten FlipSid3 and Liquid, of course we're lucky in the draw, but we can't do anything about it, it's random, and you have to win three games, so there must have been an upset somewhere. In the end, in the Swiss system that makes the best teams come out on top, there's of course a random element, but I think that is better than doing groups. Especially with the scene right now, where 10 out of the last 11 tournaments had different winners, so how do you seed the number one in the world? I think that is the best way to do it, hopefully the top eight who go to playoffs are also the top contenders.

Make sure to check out the other interviews we've conducted at the ELEAGUE Major:

Day three
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "We came with only one goal"
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen: "We had a great bootcamp"
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer: "Didn't expect Dust2"
 
Day two
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "I hope Gambit will be nervous"
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "It was important for us to start well"
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman: "[YOLO teams] will go far"
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin: "It doesn't feel like we won"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo: "Gonna fight as hard as we can"
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong: "Confident about our map pool"
 
Day one
France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey: "Everyone's happy with their roles"
Sweden Markus "pronax" Wallsten: "I'm happy it went to Train"
France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire: "It was hard after jdm's 1v5"
Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev: "Hope to show beautiful CS"
Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski: "It's always close vs. OpTic"
Portugal Ricardo "fox" Pacheco: "We played 12-14 hours a day"
France Richard "shox" Papillon: "FaZe can do pretty well here"
Kazakhstan Abay "HObbit" Khasenov: "We prepared for everyone"
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
25
Rating:
1.15
Maps played:
911
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
25
Team:
Rating:
1.10
Maps played:
558
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
21
Team:
Rating:
1.17
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
24
Team:
Rating:
1.13
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
25
Team:
Rating:
0.90
Maps played:
1015
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating:
1.08
Maps played:
859
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating:
0.96
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating:
1.09
Maps played:
202
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.16
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating:
1.07
Maps played:
594
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating:
0.92
Maps played:
1064
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
30
Team:
Rating:
1.03
Maps played:
545
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating:
1.12
Maps played:
847
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating:
1.08
Maps played:
1044
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
24
Team:
Rating:
1.06
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
26
Team:
Rating:
1.06
Maps played:
596
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
29
Team:
Rating:
1.05
Maps played:
1174
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
19
Rating:
1.17
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.84
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.11
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
22
Team:
Rating:
1.02
Maps played:
942
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#1
Finland jjemi 
NICE TO GAME :D
2017-01-25 02:07
lul nv not g2
2017-01-25 02:19
Aluuyy lel
2017-01-25 06:23
karrigan? more like deadagain.
2017-01-25 02:07
karrigan monster
2017-01-25 02:08
yes
2017-01-25 02:07
#8
World fns1 
yes
2017-01-25 02:07
GOD ALLU
2017-01-25 02:07
As always you can count on Allu GOD to carry the game.
2017-01-25 02:07
lol what? he played like complete dogshit the entire match, missed more awps shots than he made. He got 1 easy 1v2 and hes the hero?
2017-01-25 02:39
Not the god we deserve, but the hero that we need.
2017-01-25 05:16
"1 easy 1v2" LUL are you retarded or triggered Liquid fangay? not allu's best game by a long shot but he stepped up massively in overtime and had a lot of impact frags
2017-01-25 09:59
lol nt liquid fanboy
2017-01-25 14:02
nt but im not a liquid fan and i hate hiko, allu played like shit....look at ur flag, u call me a fanboy lol
2017-01-25 22:48
ok nt
2017-01-26 16:32
when did this happened, i watched whole game i didnt see any 1v2 from allu? can anyone tell me the round? i even rewatched all rounds to find it, and i didn't wtf is this bait
2017-01-25 02:33
tied the score to 17-17
2017-01-25 02:35
omg thanks, i was so mad that i couldnt find it, somehow i skiped this round rewaching
2017-01-25 02:37
Team Giggidy had 3 match points vs very weak buys and you just can't keep losing those at major level. Must be pretty demoralizing.
2017-01-25 03:38
botallu
2017-01-25 04:52
Yes.
2017-01-25 10:03
Allu had to clutch it. He missed so many shots before it.
2017-01-25 10:08
I felt like that round where Faze were 2v4, and kio killed 4 people on lower bombsite changed game more idk, just me?
2017-01-25 10:11
faze (allu) is looking way too shaky to win the major :(
2017-01-25 10:17
he gradually gets better until he gets to the final
2017-01-25 12:06
this is actually true. Allu is known to do better late in tournaments, that was always the case with NIP too. Hope they beat Gambit and get to Playoffs! And let's be honest, they wouldn't even be here without Allu. He's played incredibly for this team overall since joining, there is no doubt about that.
2017-01-25 15:31
allu playing well vs gambit right now!
2017-01-25 22:48
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