friberg: Probably the best on Nuke

Following NiP's dominant win over VP on Nuke, we caught up with Adam "friberg" Friberg who talked about pyth's removal, draken's AWPing style and breaking the Poles' confidence.

NiP bounced back from a bad start, losing 16-6 to G2 on Inferno, and picked up two consecutive wins to go 2-1 up in the group stage of SL i-League StarSeries Season 3.


friberg revealed that removing pyth was a management decision

In an interview with HLTV.org, Adam "friberg" Friberg talked about Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi's departure, playing against MVP Project and his team's struggles against the double AWP on Inferno.

Let's start with the draken pickup. From what we heard, THREAT had a big impact on deciding who you were going to add to the team. At the time, did you know how you wanted to use draken and did anything change since he joined?

I wasn't that involved in the process of replacing pyth, I think it was more from the management than from the players. Because, we didn't get the results that we wanted, so it was more of a management decision [to replace pyth].

I mean, if we would pick up anyone it would probably be [draken], because he is the player we are kind of missing in our team. We were missing an AWPer and I think he fills the role very good, we've been too passive on CT because we can't go for picks without an AWP. I think he fills the role very well, doing what we want from him, he is taking a lot of initiative and things like that, that we needed. So I think he was a good pickup.

This is the third AWPer in the team since fifflaren was replaced, you had maikelele and allu before. Can you compare them with draken, not on a player level basis but by their style of AWPing? Who do you see being more aggressive, more passive, some people were talking about draken maybe being a more passive-style AWPer?  How do you see him?

From what I've seen with draken so far he's been very aggressive, I think allu was very passive, maikel was kind of aggressive as well, he was in the middle, could play both passive and aggressive. And draken so far has been very aggressive, going for picks both as CT and T, trying to get picks. draken is by far the most aggressive AWPer I've played with.

Moving on to the games, you started with G2 on Inferno. It seemed that you were very off on the T side especially, they were shutting you down with the double AWP. It looked like you lacked cohesion and utility usage, how did you see the game developing and what went wrong?

The game against G2 was a big mess honestly.

We were not used to how they played because we have never played against a double AWP on the new Inferno before. In one of the first rounds we got picked off, two entries super fast, and we were in a 3v5. Then we were saying "try not to get picked" and that made everyone play super passive instead. We didn't really do our standard, take the map control that was needed and I think that really hurt us in the end. We were just sitting and waiting for them to do mistakes and they were just holding sites, so we had to come to them and they shut us down.

That was just a really bad game, we talked a lot about that game, how we could've done it differently, we watched the demo, analyzed our own play… It was a good experience at least for us on Inferno, we know what do do the next time we play. But they owned us, we had nothing to do against them as T.

Moving on, you played against MVP. In the beginning it seemed like a tight match but you closed it out pretty comfortably in the end, looking at the score. How did you feel about that match, against the Asian team?

In the beginning, we tried to do set strats as T but they shut us down on B long, they just used tonnes of nades and we just died. We had a timeout after a few rounds and said "Just do standard, we can out-aim these guys, just do comfortable plays". That was what we said and then we won 5-6 rounds in the row and won the T side at least, 8-7. CT we didn't do anything special, we didn't know how they played, we had no info, just did our play and shut them down. That was a pretty easy win, but it was a good timeout, the timeout won us the game.

Now you played against Virtus.pro, you had a good start with the two first rounds and then you lost against Glocks practically, you personally pushed the doors then, and later you lost the 1v4 against neo as well. What went wrong in those rounds and how did you manage to get such a good half considering them?

The round where they had two P250s and three Glocks I kinda lost the round for us, I pushed squeaky and didn't check the left corner, it was kinda stupid. We had the mentality going into the game that we should just run them over, push their confidence down because we know they had a very tough game yesterday. So if we start really tough on them they would probably break down and we would probably win the game super easy, that was the kind of mentality we had when I tried to go for that push—but it was super stupid and I will probably never do that again.

The 1v4 against neo, I think everything happened so fast so it was more chaos in TeamSpeak, we weren't quiet and didn't just say: "you smoke, you defuse"… It went too fast and we weren't able to just kill him.

Were you surprised that after those rounds you were able to get such a good CT side? Usually VP would punish such mistakes?

Yeah, Virtus.pro is probably one of the better teams on Nuke, I would say that we are probably the best team on Nuke, we haven't had a chance to play it, a lot of teams remove it against us and I think more teams will remove it against us in the future as well. But VP is one team that isn't afraid to play Nuke, we have some new stuff no one has seen before so I guess they got a bit surprised by how we played. I think our CT side has improved a lot with draken, so right now we are one of the best team, if not the best team on Nuke.

THREAT came in as the in-game leader, then stopped doing that because of the rule change. What is his role now, is he on the micro stuff, like certain flashes, smokes, positions, or maybe on the macro scale, the maps, vetos and thing like that?

He is doing both tactics, he is helping xizt call, helping him with how to do the game plan, when to do rounds for example. For vetos, he watches demos of specific teams and talks to us about it. We feel super prepared, he does a great job preparing us for the game. He's a coach, doing strats, watching demos, helping with tactics, doing tactical timeouts when he sees something. Because it's the same as Major rules here, he is good at taking timeouts and telling us do this and this and that.

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

Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
#6
jks | 
World Spourma 
n1
2017-04-06 20:16
Good one
2017-04-06 20:18
#38
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Sweden ConaN007 
#GONINJAS
2017-04-06 20:18
LMAO. nip needs a good igl and awper. And n1 xD
2017-04-07 04:20
#8
RpK | 
Morocco Onpoint 
nt
2017-04-06 20:16
#9
wrath | 
World XRAy1999 
True.
2017-04-06 20:16
ROFL?
2017-04-06 20:16
#13
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
best player 2017
2017-04-06 20:16
ez
2017-04-06 20:16
n1
2017-04-06 20:16
#18
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Russia imzbe 
true
2017-04-06 20:16
#20
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Australia DabBoy 
Good 1
2017-04-06 20:16
LUL
2017-04-06 20:16
#22
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Portugal dracø 
friberg revealed that removing pyth was a management decision lul kek
2017-04-06 20:16
#23
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Argentina juanme555RIP 
vp old veteran friends decided to help their other veteran friends and throw the game, now they fkd up the chance for immortals xddddd
2017-04-06 20:16
delusional when is he retiring for good
2017-04-06 20:16
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2017-04-06 20:17
who better flusher?
2017-04-06 20:17
Astralis, Heroic without me thinking much about it
2017-04-06 20:18
Astralis are a better team overall, not better on Nuke, Heroic i lul. Anyway, Asstralis are gonna get rekt by Fnatic now
2017-04-06 20:18
The only true thing in your comment is "Astralis are a better team overall".
2017-04-06 20:20
The only true thing in your nickname is "<3 Royals"
2017-04-06 20:25
1. its "<3 ROYALS" 2. its not part of my comment 3. my total comment is true
2017-04-06 20:26
1. dont know why you so slow, but i edited it 2 minutes ago 2. why is your comment yellow 3. bye
2017-04-06 20:27
1. gyazo.com/47a5d4b74fc9e24c9009d8ea0a4e5b.. ??? 2. i dont know 3. goodbye
2017-04-06 20:28
#27
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United States Custer99 
FRIBORG OP
2017-04-06 20:17
Poles'*
2017-04-06 20:17
What a fucking retard. North, Astralis, SK and G2 would rape them on nuke
2017-04-06 20:17
#40
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France t3r4byt3 
SK ON NUKE xddddddd
2017-04-06 20:19
Bro. SK may not be good on nuke. But nip is tier3 and suddenly think they are good rofl. Wont even make it to playoffs
2017-04-06 20:20
#65
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Brazil Waldemar H. 
SK? LOL g2? LOL Astralis? LOL North? Well they are good
2017-04-06 20:32
#100
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United States Logic_CSGO 
North is shit on Nuke, G2 I can agree with, SK and Astralis are ass on Nuke.
2017-04-06 23:30
''I would say that we are probably the best team on Nuke, we haven't had a chance to play it'' typical delusional nip player..
2017-04-06 20:18
#48
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Portugal Shion 
he doesnt even understand that VP played bad and NIP players overperformed xD
2017-04-06 20:20
unexpected
2017-04-06 20:18
#41
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United States jaeger_steam 
whoa now, saying they are prolly the best on nuke is jumping the gun a little bit.. don't get too far ahead of yourselves now...
2017-04-06 20:19
+
2017-04-06 20:20
#43
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
cocky as fuck man
2017-04-06 20:20
#44
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France t3r4byt3 
Most delusional and cockiest player in the scene, hoooooooooly shit
2017-04-06 20:20
Yeah he should get kicked for being so disrespectful towards all members of the cs scene.
2017-04-06 20:21
#67
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Brazil Waldemar H. 
lol
2017-04-06 20:33
#111
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
mind games mate... Friberg always talks like this. According to him, NIP is not an underdog and people should know it. He also said about some new stuff that the team has on nuke. While we all might be able to afford to laugh and chuckle and ridicule him at what he said, I don't think any team will take this lightly. He doens't cares what u or anyone thinks about him and his statements, its what the other teams think. VP did the 'mistake'. inb4 every team bans nuke against NIP now on.
2017-04-07 06:31
Its fucking crazy, i get some shittak but fried burger literally believes he's good. problem with nip; D E L U S I O N A L AS FUCK
2017-04-06 20:48
#50
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United Kingdom counterpxl 
expected
2017-04-06 20:22
Kick_friberg_ffs is coming
2017-04-06 20:22
Friberg <3
2017-04-06 20:23
"I wasn't that involved in the process of replacing pyth, I think it was more from the management than from the players. Because, we didn't get the results that we wanted, so it was more of a management decision [to replace pyth]." so its confirmed that its the mangement and CEOs etc of NiP who always kick the 5th player when they dont get results because they want to keep the other 4 because of the big brand those players have, so they will never be kicked and always the new 5th
2017-04-06 20:24
HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA :D XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-04-06 20:26
nice
2017-04-06 20:28
#61
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Portugal dascouves 
LUL
2017-04-06 20:28
we are probably the best team on Nuke BOOKMARKED. Will bump thread every time.
2017-04-06 20:31
bump
2017-04-13 19:48
Bump
2017-04-21 08:44
bump
2017-04-26 20:13
best on nuke pffffffffffffffff friberg top1 hltv baiter :)
2017-04-06 20:31
#66
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Poland mamba99999 
Just wait for VP to end their mini-slump, they will wreck you on Nuke.
2017-04-06 20:32
nt
2017-04-06 20:34
+1000
2017-04-06 20:35
#84
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Sweden proffs 
"minislump" watch them not reach playoffs next tournament.
2017-04-06 21:02
luul VP still the best Nuke team. yeah they oversteamed them but tbh they way VP played was awful. they would've probably lost against NiP in every other Maps. that delusional idiot. VP was 13-0 before heroic came and they've beaten much impressive teams on Nuke so shut up botberg. yeah you clearly owned them today no doubt but wait for the next time
2017-04-06 20:37
#76
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
'we've been too passive on CT because we can't go for picks without an AWP. I think he fills the role very well, doing what we want from him, he is taking a lot of initiative' so basicly you wanted Maikelele?
2017-04-06 20:42
"I mean, if we would pick up anyone it would probably be [draken]"
2017-04-06 21:28
#93
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
I just don't know why they kicked maikelele if draken is so much similar to him
2017-04-06 21:47
yeah true, maybe something about his personality? some say that (atleast used to be) toxic
2017-04-06 21:57
They needed a change or they didn't get along and they decided to kick the last guy in. I don't know the reson for picking draken over maikel, maybe they wanted something new or lele didn't want to join etc there can be many reasons for it.
2017-04-07 01:21
ROFL
2017-04-06 21:02
rofl waiting for NiP vs Astralis on nuke xD
2017-04-06 21:04
NiP would won
2017-04-06 21:43
maybe in our hearts ;)
2017-04-06 21:45
xD
2017-04-06 21:48
#88
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Denmark Notallama 
No.
2017-04-06 21:39
it's one thing to be slumping but friberg is trying too hard to make people hate him
2017-04-06 21:42
#92
United Kingdom Alth 
He has once again proven that he is by far the most delusional player in the professional scene. Fucking hell, man needs to check his ego.
2017-04-06 21:46
+1111111111111111111
2017-04-06 21:59
What is he on, that makes him trip so hard?
2017-04-06 22:15
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2017-04-06 22:47
wtf are you hating on? NIP is probably top 3 on Nuke maybe the best team. As he said Nuke gets removed a lot when teams play NIP.
2017-04-07 01:19
Kids nowadays don't know much about the legendary cameback of NIP vs VeryG
2017-04-07 01:24
Not far of being right... NiP always were the kings in the old Nuke.
2017-04-07 04:26
Yeah I don't understand why you guys are hating he is kinda right I'm not going to say THE best but one of the best teams on nuke.
2017-04-07 10:49
#116
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Colombia SnipeZ 
LUL
2017-04-13 19:49
AHAHAHHAHA THATS WHY VP WON
2017-04-13 19:49
probably the best on nuke
2017-04-13 19:52
#119
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India TYZ4 
nope, you are not.
2017-04-13 19:56
offline > online stfu vp plebs
2017-04-13 19:58
if nip out of next major = bench fatberg cuz they need that stickers money
2017-04-13 20:01
WE ARE THE BEST ON NUKE OK
2017-04-13 20:26
lul.botbirg
2017-04-14 00:51
kekd
2017-04-21 04:52
N I C E M E M E I C E M E M E
2017-04-21 04:57
oh shit here we go XD LMAO
2017-04-21 05:00
Time to bump it up bois, best nuke team got rekt by liquid
2017-04-21 08:43
pahahaha delusional shithead hltv.org/news/20280-liquid-defeat-nip-2-..
2017-04-21 14:10
Hmmmmmmm best on nuke....
2017-04-26 20:13
best at team killing
2017-04-26 20:14
omg he is right such a dominating performance against EnVyUs
2017-05-09 21:10
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