FalleN: felps has specific skills

We managed to catch up with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo after SK's victory over TyLoo to hear about his AWPing, felps and facing the Chinese team.

SK didn't have an easy time versus a Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand-less TYLOO as the Chinese side got 10 rounds on Mirage before the Brazilian's strong Terrorist side kicked in and allowed them to close out the match 16-12.


FalleN feels that it's just a matter of time before his individual level recovers

In our interview with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, SK's in-game leader talked about his individual slump, the team's game style and João "felps" Vasconcellos's window room plays on Mirage.

Your last event was Katowice, what were you doing in the meantime, what was your focus and how did you prepare for this event in particular?

After Katowice we just went back to the way we used to practice before, trying to shape the strategy, trying to play on a more team-game style. We played online matches for tournaments such as ESL and did a lot of practice for this tournament.

Talking about playing as a team, what is your current thought process on that, have you figured out how to use all the players with felps coming in?

I think it's more felps adjusting himself to how we like to play, so he feels more comfortable. He's been doing a great job from the beginning, he is an amazing player and I think we are starting to feel better playing with each other. Sometimes changing one piece can change a lot inside the game, but I think we are getting close to how we would like to play.

Your individual game, probably since you change fnx for fox, dropped off a lotconsidering you were the second best player of 2016. What do you think is the cause of that and how have you been dealing and trying to improve?

It's hard to describe why this is happening and I just try not to think too much about it because otherwise I'd just burn out. Of course you want to be the best, you want to play on your top level every single time, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. I think when we changed to fox, I was a little bit concerned about how he should play and tried to adjust myself to try and give him space. For some reason, it could be coincidence, my individual game dropped a little bit. I've been trying to get back in shape, I've been practicing very hard, I've been giving my best, I think it's just a matter of time before the performance and the results come back.

Do you think the fact is worsened by you being the AWPer? Seeing that the smallest of margins change the outcome a lot?

Trying to in-game lead and being an AWPer sometimes is really hard, because normally teams have the other players playing for the player with the AWP and on my team it's normally me, even with the AWP, doing something to help others accomplish what they want. That is not an excuse, it's always been like that, it's just that it felt more natural in the past. I think it's just a question of time before it becomes natural for me as well with this new lineup and I'm pretty confident I'll be back to my level soon.

A thing a lot of people noticed about felps on Mirage is his play in the window area. You seem to give him a lot of freedom there, how does that work inside of the team? Do you leave them there and let him do his thing or do you expect him to do a certain thing?

felps has specific skills you don't often find in other players. Window on Mirage is one of the finer points of his game in which you can really see that he is different from others. In our team, sometimes it's specific, we want him to do this, sometimes it's just timing when he sees an opportunity and he makes a play. It really depends on what we want to do. And we know more and more teams are paying attention to how felps is playing Mirage so of course, we don't want to leave felps alone every single round.

About the match against TyLoo that you just played: in general, when you play lower ranked or less experienced teams they tend to play scared. It didn't seem like TyLoo were scared at all, did that catch you off guard?

Yeah, definitely, I think it was our first eco round on T side when we were doing a fake B to go A and suddenly there was a player with a shotgun pushing B - I was like "OK, this is something we are not prepared for". I think they played a good game, they are an opponent we always respect, we lost from them in the past, recently we've been beating them but they are a team you can never count off.

They have good players, good skill, it seems like they are missing something but that is normal, they are playing in a far away region and the only way they can develop is by playing tournaments. If they keep getting experience, they are going to be a scary team.

How are you approaching this event, is there any pressure to perform, do something big? What are your expectations?

Expectations are always to win to be honest, but I think our real expectation here is to play a team game. The way we played two tournaments, one we could've won and the other one we went out of the group stage. So there is so much difference when we play like this. This time we just want to play our game, get out of groups first and then start thinking about the title. Expectation for everyone in the team is to win titles and we work hard for it.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
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
Indonesia Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Hansel 'BnTeT' Ferdinand
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
692
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.15
#3
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Venezuela CE2K 
gh
2017-04-04 15:30
#4
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Europe skelteR 
n1
2017-04-04 15:30
#6
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Finland k0rnEr 
n1
2017-04-04 15:30
I have a specific set of skills
2017-04-04 15:30
#11
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Denmark Notallama 
SK is gonna crash out of the group stage again
2017-04-04 15:30
#45
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Brazil braga1 
Why?
2017-04-04 16:16
Deja vu
2017-04-04 15:30
#14
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Luxembourg alex24 
calling aimlock a specific skill... crisp logic only from BR CS :)
2017-04-04 15:31
#thecryisfree
2017-04-04 15:48
#15
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Brazil neyzambo 
Fallen is a Chael Sonnen of CS:GO
2017-04-04 15:31
#17
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Malaysia phyzell 
League of the Gods
2017-04-04 15:32
#18
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
the two major wins many months ago made this bad team way too cocky.
2017-04-04 15:32
> bad team > Won two majors > pick one
2017-04-04 15:46
#33
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
They just got lucky. The scene was messed up at the time. Now they walk around like gods or something, cocky pricks.
2017-04-04 15:48
#46
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Brazil braga1 
"They just got lucky" like Astralis
2017-04-04 16:19
#47
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Astralis are actually good
2017-04-04 16:20
#55
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Brazil braga1 
No surprises. So biased
2017-04-04 16:34
Yes but its good that you can see that you are biased.
2017-04-04 17:04
#75
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Brazil braga1 
Yes. We're all biased
2017-04-04 18:14
If envy killed, you would be dead.
2017-04-04 20:04
Two majors Lucky KK
2017-04-04 21:07
#76
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
the cry is free
2017-04-04 18:28
god fallen
2017-04-04 15:32
felps>>fnx. Cryfnxfangays
2017-04-04 15:33
SK with FNX = Titles, highest spot, a real threat among the best teams in the world, clutches won every single match, living legend of the 1.6 times doing work. SK without FNX = Out in groups already, nearly beating down Tyloo, can't outplay VP for shit, zero titles so far, almost no clutch winnings, aggressive pleb.
2017-04-04 16:21
#51
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Brazil braga1 
"titles" , "clutches won every single match" nice try
2017-04-04 16:28
I guess there is no counterarguments here to be found. :) #cryisfree
2017-04-04 16:32
#58
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Brazil braga1 
In the second half of 2016 you can count on one hand the clutchs won for him. Until the TACO was better
2017-04-04 16:40
yep, and SK with FNX ->>> More than five million lost for lack of training and dedication of the same. How curious, huh? (Remembering who said this wasn't me, but cold in an interview.)
2017-04-04 17:01
Yep. How curious indeed. They still used to win some with a lazy ass player in the lineup back then and now they're all "dedicated pros" who can't even intimidate a chinese squad. What's the point of "going hard" if you're still trying to take benefits from default plays (especially on CT sides)? I see nothing new. Do you?
2017-04-04 17:20
Apparently you are a person with little intelligence. When I say "Felps> FNX", it's so obvious that I'm talking about the current performance of the two players. TODAY, felps are MUCH better than the FNX. And one more thing: You talk in a way that it seems that SK has already played at least some 130000 championships with this lane up. How many tournaments have they played with this lane up? Stop being fanboy of the guy and look at the side of the statistics.
2017-04-04 17:27
Apparently you are the person who can't stand an OBVIOUS banter for shit. I even distorted the whole thing on purpose so that we could take it further. Geez, dude. You need to chill.
2017-04-04 17:35
ok, so my bad. It's because I really can not put up with people who think fnx was just a victim on their team exit. I'm very grateful for him to come back to the team, but only if he's playing what he really knows!
2017-04-04 17:41
#78
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Brazil vicTHOR 
Stop sucking fnx's cock, you are not fer's ex gf. Even with fnx SK wasnt winning titles. The last one was the cologne major in july. Fnx was kicked in late december.
2017-04-04 19:09
Look HLTV! We've got another user roaming out of context here.
2017-04-04 19:36
Professeur there's an error in your article - "(t)hey have good players, good skill, it seems like they are "
2017-04-04 15:40
its only matter of time before his skill magically come back and he start cheating again :>
2017-04-04 15:41
It's a law. He explained it figuratively but you didn't get it. By universal spiritual and physical laws (even admitted by Einstein), if you plant a thought in your mind and consistently work towards it, then by law, it has to manifest into reality. It has no choice but to happen. It's the sowing and reaping law. Except that it applies to an idea in this case and not an actual seed.
2017-04-04 15:50
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United Kingdom Aelin 
he has a specific set of skills? xD
2017-04-04 15:45
Was going to write the same :D
2017-04-04 16:11
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Norway zyxsaje 
WalleN
2017-04-04 15:45
Sorry guys but Brazil still rules cs go,you guys should respect the best players in the world.
2017-04-04 15:46
+1 ez for the best team in the world SK GAMING #thecryisfree
2017-04-04 15:49
Yeah its sad that most people dont respect the Astralis players.
2017-04-04 17:06
#38
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Ukraine gungrave 
KappaPride?
2017-04-04 15:56
WUT did BENTET PLAYED ON THIS MATCH ???
2017-04-04 15:56
Nope. Visa issues. He did not attend.
2017-04-04 16:00
If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career.
2017-04-04 16:02
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Thank you my IGL, we appreciate that! Let's go BRAZIL ZIL ZIL ZIL, we can do it boys! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-04-04 16:14
Sucking Fallens dick?
2017-04-04 16:20
Will never forget fnx kick #skoutdated
2017-04-04 16:20
ok, but can he drop glocks?
2017-04-04 16:50
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Brazil plc_junkeR 
XD I lol'ed
2017-04-04 17:34
these skills are called toggling
2017-04-04 16:55
*Specific* It's not related to csgo :D
2017-04-04 16:59
#67
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Netherlands davin 
SK with fnx > SK with felps
2017-04-04 17:21
#77
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Brazil oldStar 
"...my individual game dropped a little bit." LOL !!!
2017-04-04 18:43
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