rain: "Knew nV would play pug-style"

We grabbed Håvard "rain" Nygaard for a quick interview about FaZe advancing to playoffs over EnVyUs and match-ups they'd like in the quarter-finals.

With a 16-11 victory on Nuke against Envy, FaZe clinched their place in the quarter-finals at a 3-2 record.


rain would like to face Na`Vi or Virtus.pro in the playoffs 

One of our last interviews from the ELEAGUE Major group stage is with Håvard "rain" Nygaard, who talked about some of the important shifts in the Envy match as well as potential quarter-finals match-ups:

What were your expectations for EnVy's Nuke before the match?

We didn't really have a plan on how they play, kio and karrigan had some input, but we knew they were going to play like a pug-style game. They didn't really have any set strats that we felt like we needed to counter or anything.

Towards the end they somewhat started coming back into it, what did you have issues with in those rounds?

They just started hitting their shots more, we made some mistakes and our communication wasn't on point. Then we had this key round, when we won the eco round, or the forcebuy, and the momentum switched, we just won out straight after.

Was that forcebuy a set strategy you had prepared or was it improvized?

I think everyone that played Nuke against us knows that we have a push inside, in the lobby, we can do it in eco's or gunrounds, it worked out perfectly this time.

Going into playoffs, there are obviously quite a lot of hard match-ups, is there anyone you want to play?

We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first. At least I always had an easy time playing against VP. We think we can beat Na`Vi on a good day as well, so we're excited to play them.

What would be the keys to beat those teams?

We just have a playstyle that's needed to play them, we have the skillset, we have karrigan's mind, I think it's gonna be good.

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

Day four
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg: "k0nfig's knife helped our economy"
Brazil Epitacio "TACO" de Melo: "We studied Astralis a lot"
Sweden Andreas "znajder" Lindberg: "I'd like to beat [...] Pimp"
Sweden Joakim "disco doplan" Gidetun: "We can beat everyone"
Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke: "We didn't expect much vs. G2"
 
Day three
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba: "Our preparation was limited"
Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen: "allu's 1v2 was key"
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"
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
621
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetun
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Rain the god
2017-01-26 04:53
yeah, teh french shuffle is coming boys!
2017-01-26 04:53
#4
Friis | 
Poland Austinn 
Ez for rain
2017-01-26 04:53
Yes 11 rounds against Pug. Lul. Will get eliminated as possible as that faze
2017-01-26 20:24
#5
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Finland AxaFin 
n1
2017-01-26 04:52
#6
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Ethiopia Bloody_Ganker 
lol nt
2017-01-26 04:52
We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first. At least I always had an easy time playing against VP. We think we can beat Na`Vi on a good day as well, so we're excited to play them. :D
2017-01-26 04:54
#13
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World WestSideDude 
I hope it was a joke by him! :DDD
2017-01-26 04:56
He's having fun with it, sure. Not like it's not true though. Rain has been shitting on VP since he played in fucking London Conspiracy.
2017-01-26 10:40
Even without karrigan Faze managed to win many times against VP
2017-01-26 14:10
AHAHAH +1 Spytt!
2017-01-27 09:26
#16
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Latvia Phenomennn 
+1 seems like a b8
2017-01-26 04:59
16-0 kinguin my friend.
2017-01-26 05:05
cache in that victory :D
2017-01-26 06:30
#64
rain | 
United Kingdom shitbruh 
2017-01-26 17:10
#65
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Germany leinaD^^ 
well... i cant even remember vp winning against rain since kinguin.. of course they won against him few times but most of the time kinguin/g2/faze won against vp :D
2017-01-26 19:47
#8
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North America stooloveu 
still 11 rounds for a PUG team lul
2017-01-26 04:54
#9
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Denmark Houlden 
Going into playoffs, there are obviously quite a lot of hard match-ups, is there anyone you want to play? "We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first. At least I always had an easy time playing against VP. We think we can beat Na`Vi on a good day as well, so we're excited to play them." Is he on drugs? He would like to face Na`Vi? Seriously?! And VP? LMAO, it seems even worse than Flusha's answers! xD
2017-01-26 04:54
FaZe always beats VP, its their kryptonite, but idk why would u want to face NaVi
2017-01-26 09:21
Becausr k1o said in an interview that they practiced navi a lot and they don't seem too strong for them or at least for their playstyle
2017-01-26 14:11
#10
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Australia Fut1lez 
Ez for faze
2017-01-26 04:54
"would like to face Navi" HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH... gl dude, you will need it (you must be sick)
2017-01-26 04:55
#12
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World WestSideDude 
rain would like to play against Navi and VP xdddddddddddd
2017-01-26 04:56
#14
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
stopped reading at "We would like to face Na`Vi.." xD
2017-01-26 04:57
#15
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Latvia Phenomennn 
Are you seriously would like to play against Na`Vi? I mean... Now? At this Major? You must be ill dude!!!
2017-01-26 04:58
inb4 navi got rekt by audistralis xddddddddd
2017-01-27 13:20
"We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first." :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-01-26 05:00
So he'd like to be raped at first? Facing Na`Vi... You know.
2017-01-26 05:02
#20
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first LUL
2017-01-26 05:03
#21
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Sweden Traitorz0r 
rly.........
2017-01-26 05:04
#22
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
so he likes to be raped in the ass if he really wants to face Navi or Vp imo.
2017-01-26 05:05
#24
nak | 
Brazil hAGGRAZ! 
i wouldn't be that overconfident dude.
2017-01-26 05:06
We would like to face Na`Vi wat?
2017-01-26 05:07
#26
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Brazil Collee 
TAZ TRIGGERED BY FAZE AGAIN LUL
2017-01-26 05:08
:DDD gl dude
2017-01-26 05:08
#28
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Germany grimmtz 
"We would like to face Na`Vi.." eleGiggle
2017-01-26 05:10
'We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first.' =DDDDDDDDD
2017-01-26 05:12
#30
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Other VladimirLucas 
2017-01-26 05:12
#31
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Switzerland Sylleo 
he knows faze won't win so it's better to lose vs Navi/VP
2017-01-26 05:12
+1 ROFL
2017-01-26 05:14
"We would like to face Na`Vi or VP first." Don't do this dude, the words can become the truth. And you gonna be raped too hard.
2017-01-26 05:13
i dream him to face Na`Vi from now... :D would be funny
2017-01-26 05:15
#35
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Brazil arunino 
"We would like to face Na`Vi" ok. i hope you won't lose 0:16.
2017-01-26 05:17
lol
2017-01-26 05:18
#37
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India nicebaitm8 
VP vs faze finals elgiggle
2017-01-26 05:36
goodluck dude!
2017-01-26 05:41
want to see Taz take back his words when Faze beats the crap out of VP "I think he should look at where FaZe is in the rankings, he should look at where FaZe is at the tournaments and he should pour a huge bucket of cold water over his head."
2017-01-26 05:52
He said that about jkaem, trashcan player.... Faze was ultimate shit at that moment. Then they kicked the trash player called jkaem and added karrigan and added back kio
2017-01-26 16:33
Everyone is overhyping NaVi tbh. I know they played almost flawless group stage but that shouldn't give them 'granted' road to the final.
2017-01-26 06:32
That phenomenal performance in the Group-stage by Na`Vi just proves that they are f*cking prepared to win this event. At least they have more chances than other teams who were weak in groups. This is not "overhyping", this is just pure logic.
2017-01-26 06:40
You're giving BO1's way too much credit. EnVy and Mouz are pretty shit and SK on d2 have a 50% chance to play like total bots. remember when Astralis used to plow through groupstages only to get dicked in playoffs? Na'Vi will choke in semis or quarters probably
2017-01-26 10:34
#57
shox | 
Moldova CarrieZzZ 
If Envyus are shit who are GODSent? CAUSE NV WON THEM PRETTY EZZZZZZ 16:3
2017-01-26 16:03
yeah godsent are obviously more shit, what's your point except proving autism?
2017-01-26 16:05
#59
shox | 
Moldova CarrieZzZ 
So NV are cool And SHUT UP :DD
2017-01-26 16:06
ok :D
2017-01-26 16:09
#61
shox | 
Moldova CarrieZzZ 
sorry I'm stupid BUt VERY SMART(((
2017-01-26 16:10
Group stage: Na`Vi [16:3] SK @ Dust2 Na`Vi [16:6] EnVyUs @ Cobblestone Na`Vi [16:3] mousesports @ Cobblestone "overhyping" sure.. LUL
2017-01-26 06:47
Sk with stand-in. And frags are not everything. Addition of fox has screwed over their team play. Fallen isn't awping. Trash Trash So I'm not sure I'll read too much into it. And we haven't seen navis weak map yet. QF will be bo3 Astralis map pool is a good match with navis
2017-01-26 07:43
Trash sk=same lv astralis Who not tradh this event?vp???
2017-01-26 09:18
That guy is a faze fanboi, ignore him
2017-01-26 16:33
#55
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Europe lalt 
That's one BO1 against top10 team. Overhyping.. exactly.
2017-01-26 14:45
#44
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Finland ginbay 
Gl even tho lost vs gmbit
2017-01-26 06:50
#49
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Russia rainsjer 
NaVi FaZe final
2017-01-26 09:28
#56
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Europe lalt 
Gambit v FaZe incoming!
2017-01-26 14:45
Kio say that on scrim faze beat 4 maps on navi
2017-01-26 20:21
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