karrigan: It would be fun to play NiKo

Finn "karrigan" Andersen talked to us following FaZe winning a tight Mirage against Renegades at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas. Apart from that match, we explored the topic of Nikola "NiKo" Kovač joining the team and how he's going to be used, as well as Philip "aizy" Aistrup's departure.

FaZe announced the signing of Nikola "NiKo" Kovač prior to DreamHack Masters, it was however revealed that the Bosnian would play his last event with mousesports in Las Vegas and FaZe opted to use Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad as a stand-in.

karrigan will get his wish to face NiKo in Vegas

In our interview with Finn "karrigan" Andersen, the in-game leader shared a few details on the departure of Philip "aizy" Aistrup, as well as the prospect of NiKo joining the team after the $450,000 event.

The Dane also talked about FaZe's first match in Las Vegas, where they defeated Renegades in narrow fashion on Mirage:

Let's begin with this tournament, which you're attending with a stand-in. In that situation, usually expectations and goals decrease, what do you think those are for this event?

We have a goal to finish top eight, we wanna keep on qualifying for playoffs, since I joined we had a good playoffs run. It's kinda hard to see us going deep at the tournament, but we'll just take it one game at a time. It's no secret that we put jkaem one to one with aizy's positions, there's no reason that we disrupt the structure of the whole team. We just let jkaem play some of the "FPL" positions I would say, he can just run around and hopefully he feels good in that, that's all we can do right now.

Talking about the first game you had, a very close win against Renegades on Mirage, you had a lot of issues on your T side, where were your mistakes?

I think we should've won the pistol, allu already knew and said directly when he lost the 1v1 that it was his round, since he peeked stupidly and he knew it, it was kind of a brain lag. So it could've ended 16-4 if you look at it that way, but in the end we had to claw back into the match, and it was pretty hard for me to find an opening, all the tactics that we had we didn't show to jkaem, so we had to play a lot on the fly and try it out, and that can be hard if people are hitting their shots. But I think we came into a lot of good clutches at the beginning of the T side but couldn't win them, in the end we finally found some of the clutches that made us win the map. If we didn't win those clutches, we would've lost that match.

Is there any preference between mousesports and Na`Vi in who you'd like to meet next?

It doesn't really matter, I think we don't fear any opponent. Of course, Na`Vi is the favorite in the match, but NiKo is in mousesports, so you can never count them out, right? One thing is that I can still see a lot of upset potential in mousesports, it's their last tournament, maybe they'll play with a little bit more freedom. And they have lmbt calling for them this time, but I think we'll play Na`Vi and hopefully we'll play mousesports at some point, that would be pretty funny to play NiKo in his last match of his mousesports career.

While we're on the topic of NiKo, obviously we have to talk about him joining FaZe after this event. It's a very special player to work with, especially from your point of view, do you have a clear idea in your mind of how you're going to use him and what kind of a system you'll have with him?

I think the way we play is gonna fit him pretty much, aizy was one of the more important players, aggressive player, many important positions and many things he did with me. If I'm gonna put him in one to one spots with aizy, I don't think so, it doesn't really make sense, we have to give room to both rain and NiKo.

It also gives me a secondary caller, so if we are split on the map, he's able to give me information I exactly need, because he knows what was important for him to know when he was calling for mouz. So I think that is one thing that I'm going to utilize a lot, having him and me on different sides and he can help calling. I'm just very excited to play with him, it's a dream come true, finally we got the talented child to FaZe, we really believe this is the team that can bring FaZe to a whole new era and maybe trophies here in 2017 with all the great teams around us.

I'm not quite sure what the process was, whether it was aizy's decision to leave or you decided to part ways, can you explain that process?

We had a talk after the Major, we felt like aizy didn't have the motivation or didn't feel so good sometimes. We just asked him "What if North came and asked you to play with them", and just an honest answer if he switched if it was possible, if he didn't have a contract or anything, he said "I would like to play with North". So I think that was the moment where a player would rather play on another team, and we let him go, of course we couldn't let him go for free, so he had to have been sold, and we were able to get a new player.

And that is when NiKo came into the picture, this is where the tradeoff felt like okay, we lost an important player in aizy but we gained a whole new monster, so I'm quite happy with the switch. Unfortunately, I was feeling great with aizy on the team, I think I set him up to do a lot of good stuff. In the end, I think it was a good thing both for North and for FaZe that we have the whole team where everyone wants to play. That's important in every aspect, that every player feels good.

Let's finish this up with the other teams that have made changes, most of which are here, especially SK and fnatic. Talk to me about those teams, how do you think they'll be able to do?

I think many of the top ten teams made a big upgrade, there's gonna be a lot of questions, even in our team, how the roles are going to be… felps is a very aggressive player, they have fer, are SK gonna switch up or how will they do it, that's one interesting thing.

About fnatic, it is about if they can find the old way to play, I still believe they need to change a lot, so if they're gonna keep on playing that old style, I see them having a lot of troubles adapting to winning tournaments. But you should never say never, it is olofmeister, KRIMZ, JW and that lineup. About the other lineups, it's hard to say, because they're not here, so they didn't have their first real test I would say, it's the same for us at Katowice.

We kind of had a similar situation after the off-season last year, where a lot of the top teams changed lineups and the scene was really tight, a lot of them went on to win tournaments, is that going to happen now that a lot of the top ten has changed lineups?

The question is when right, because Astralis is the clear favorite everywhere, they're a composed team, they have a lot of confidence and won two tournaments in a row. So they are the team to beat, if you start beating them, then the whole scene is open. The day Astralis doesn't win the next tournament, or the next two, then I see the whole scene opening because then it gives room to other teams to gain confidence, and you gain confidence by winning. And that's what Astralis did.

Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
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Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
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Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
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Hell yeah it would!
2017-02-16 05:59
Afghanistan crywolf1337 
+111111111111 :d:d:d:d
2017-02-16 07:55
+111111111111 :d:d:d:d
2017-02-16 09:12
China Ava1ondraGon 
Have to watch that xdxdxdd
2017-02-17 01:25
2017-02-16 13:20
russian karigan ?
2017-02-16 18:09
lol, karrigan singing
2017-02-16 19:59
Finland ginbay 
Gl faze
2017-02-16 08:44
Indonesia calvinpg 
2017-02-16 09:23
ez 4 niko bellic
2017-02-16 05:59
WOw amazing
2017-02-16 05:59
Finland Tekh 
2017-02-16 05:58
2017-02-16 05:58
2017-02-16 05:59
United Kingdom wtfprototype 
Wish granted then
2017-02-16 05:59
you sure it will be fun xD ?
2017-02-16 05:59
Finland wrathh 
just pure yoy
2017-02-16 15:10
that was pure yoy lol
2017-02-17 14:58
Sweden Trojka03 
Did you guys forget to bring the video camera to Las Vegas? All interviews have been text based :/
2017-02-16 06:00
Ran into an issue with the mic, we'll fix it for tomorrow, don't worry!
2017-02-16 06:01
Sweden Trojka03 
Ah! Looking forward to it :)
2017-02-16 06:02
Remember, what happens in LV stays in LV hahaha (L) ;)
2017-02-16 06:11
Can you release text along with videos? I don't like committing 10 minutes to something I can quickly read in a minute.
2017-02-16 06:15
Europe lalt 
Yep, tbh, I dont think I have ever watched hltv vid interview.
2017-02-16 06:18
+1! reading > watching but i guess that's some kind of integration for special needs kids that can't read. it's hltv after all and you have to know your audience
2017-02-16 12:20
I would say hearing is harder than reading))))
2017-02-17 09:36
2017-02-16 14:20
+1 even for ones who has troubles with english is better to read
2017-02-16 14:36
Europe lalt 
I hope it doesnt.. I want text! :D
2017-02-16 06:17
2017-02-16 06:00
Germany sunnyrain 
cant wait for FaZe NiKo
2017-02-16 06:06
yeah i am excited to see the "fun" in karrigans face when NiKo will rape his team xDD
2017-02-16 06:13
I arent think that
2017-02-16 06:47
2017-02-17 09:38
i are think that now
2017-02-17 14:00
I can't remember why i typed "so?"
2017-02-17 14:55
faZe..lul mouz will win this event. they have skill but they are mentally retarded. but now they know that team will change, they dont have to care about this event too much, no niko rage, no "do or die". ez win, perfect situation for mentally weak players
2017-02-16 08:04
"to play with niko" karrigan gay ?
2017-02-16 08:39
2017-02-16 09:56
Norway insy 
And then niko rapes navi bots
2017-02-16 08:53
Belgium v1ncNtt 
Why? To ask him to play bad so his new team could win?
2017-02-16 10:20
Norway Marvi 
i hope Niko will destroy these noobs!
2017-02-16 10:25
:D N1
2017-02-16 12:11
would be funny if mouz beat faze
2017-02-16 13:16
ez mousesports ez NiKo
2017-02-16 15:00
"a whole new monster" haha neat
2017-02-16 18:05
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
karrigan officialy admited he would rather face niko because he will throw
2017-02-16 18:27
Norway insy 
Nice throw by karr
2017-02-17 06:49
How did that work out again? :P
2017-02-17 09:30
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
oskar wasnt part of the plan =)
2017-02-17 10:55
2017-02-16 18:58
Lithuania theGUR1 
go go go NiKo
2017-02-16 19:53
Taiwan SCVready 
Too much fun I guess :D
2017-02-17 08:51
World ZMDR 
2017-02-17 09:23
A lot of fun! Hope they get even better when Niko joins.
2017-02-17 10:03
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