René "cajunb" Borg talked us through North's overtime-worthy Overpass versus GODSENT, Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke's risky knife, and the upcoming playoffs.
Our next interview from the Major features René "cajunb" Borg, who talked about the Overpass match and gave us his and the team's initial reaction to Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke's knife in a 1v1 in the first round of overtime.
He also explained what North need to do in order to do well in the playoffs:
Let's start with the pre-match, what were your expectations for GODSENT?
I, of course, expected a tough match, we lost a game to them at the Major qualifier, so we knew that they're a good team and they're like the veterans of the Majors. They don't have the pressure that some of us have, because they have all that experience. They know how to handle these Majors, so I expected a tough game.
You had a solid start to the T side and then GODSENT got most of the remaining rounds, were there any glaring mistakes that you made towards the end of the first half or something they did well?
We had a little bit too much respect for them, and we made some wrong calls individually, but I have to give kudos to JW as well, he played really well, he managed to catch us off-guard. So that was a guy we had problems with.
In the end it was a back-and-forth battle, were there any key rounds or plays that pushed you to 15 rounds?
I think the eco we won was really important for us, I think RUBINO got like three kills, that was definitely the turning point for us, which got us to 15 rounds as we got the confidence back.
We have to talk about the knife; I noticed you had quite the reaction to it, what was your reaction at the exact second when you saw k0nfig was going for it?
I was screaming "No, you're NOT gonna do that", if we lost that round we wouldn't have gone to playoffs to be honest. But he did it and he won, so I can't really say anything about it, he managed to do it, but I was definitely frustrated, all of us were at some point. But it helped our economy in the third round, because we lost the second and he could drop us guns.
Did he say anything about it afterwards, did he defend it?
Not at all, he was just like "I'm gonna do it", it was just so important for him to show balls.
Going over to playoffs, you have a high chance of meeting Na`Vi or Virtus.pro, or possibly SK, how do you view your chances in the quarter-finals?
We know it's gonna be tough, that's no secret. If we wanna win against those teams like we did at EPICENTER, we have to step up individually. And, of course, MSL has to call really well, but I think we can do it if we just hit our shots and play our game. From my point of view, it's gonna be tough, I definitely see Na`Vi as the favorites of the tournament so far.
Lastly, I want to ask about you and k0nfig switching around with the AWP, does that happen when you don't feel good with it or when k0nfig does?
No, it's because when we do a certain strat, I'm the guy who decides when we're gonna go. And, sometimes, k0nfig likes to play with the AWP, so when we make a certain strat, he can have the AWP and that's the only situation where he can have it.
Make sure to check out the other interviews we've conducted so far at the Major:
|Epitacio "TACO" de Melo: "We studied Astralis a lot"|
|Andreas "znajder" Lindberg: "I'd like to beat [...] Pimp"|
|Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun: "We can beat everyone"|
|Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke: "We didn't expect much vs. G2"|
|Will "RUSH" Wierzba: "Our preparation was limited"|
|Finn "karrigan" Andersen: "allu's 1v2 was key"|
|Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "We came with only one goal"|
|Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen: "We had a great bootcamp"|
|Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer: "Didn't expect Dust2"|
|Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "I hope Gambit will be nervous"|
|Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "It was important for us to start well"|
|Dennis "dennis" Edman: "[YOLO teams] will go far"|
|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"|
|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"