olofmeister: I'd rather play GSL

Fnatic got their second win at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals by eliminating Virtus.pro with a dominant performance on Inferno. Following the match, we caught up with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and talked about their previous LAN events, hardest defeats and format preferences.

fnatic are currently 2-2 in the Swiss format group stage in Kiev, Ukraine, and have to win their last match to qualify for the playoffs—which would be the first time this lineup made it past the group stage since reuniting.


olofmeister said he feels for Pasha after VP's recent results

We talked to Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, who opened up about the tournament so far, hard losses at Katowice and his experiences using the Swiss format.

Let's start with recapping the matches you played up until now, you had one win and two losses coming into today, what were the biggest takeaways from the first three days?

We played good against Gambit, but against Na`Vi we had trouble on the T side, they played well as well but we should've managed to get a few more rounds. We kinda understood how they played in the end but we didn't take advantage of it. Also, on the CT side, we felt like we were making a comeback, but we did some mistakes, we won the second force but we should've won the first one. If we would've won the first one we would have more rounds to work with. Also, they were saving one round, three of their guys, and we were chasing them and three of our guys died in the end. I think we lost the round after that and we had a bad economy, so if we didn't chase we could've had a lot of more rifles.

Mentioning that and looking at your previous playstyle, back in the day, you were always running on confidence, taking aim duels, but now after two bad LAN tournaments, we see you focusing more on the mental approach, working on the details. Has anything changed after the first two LAN's you played, playstyle wise?

I think we need a good LAN before we can get the confidence back, but also, at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, we played bad, we were just really bad. At Katowice, we felt a lot better, it came to the little details, we had a 15-13 against Astralis and a 3v1, if we would've won that we would have gone on through and they wouldn't. Also, against Immortals, we had 13-3 and lost, that was probably the hardest loss ever for me and if we would've won that we would have gone on to the playoffs as well. That was our fault, we choked, but they played great as well. 

We need to get to the playoffs, we didn't play a BO3 on LAN for forever, maybe in Vegas the last time, I don't know. We need to get good results, get our confidence back and when we get that rolling we will play better. We are talking a lot about small details, if we win the pistol, in the economy rounds, we need to do a lot better. We've done that at this LAN though, we've been a lot better in those rounds.

Let's move on to the match you just played against Virtus.pro. They were coming in as one of the favorites, in the end they are out with some massive losses. What were you thinking coming into this match, how the things were going to break down?

When we got Virtus.pro, personally, I was like: "Fuck". We could've got a lot "easier" matchup on paper, but I don't know, I don't think they were themselves this tournament. I think we played really good on Inferno, but they really weren't themselves. It's random, and we're getting some bad luck, we got Astralis, Virtus.pro and Na`Vi, we could've got easier games, but you need to be there if you wanna go through. The other guys beat us so we can't complain.

In the match itself, it seemed pretty straight forward. Was there anything you especially noted that worked well for you or worked bad for them?

To be honest, almost everything we did worked. We got 13-2 as T, everything worked, when someone wanted to do something he did it and got a kill. It's just one of those games when everyone is hitting their shots.

You mentioned facing very hard opponents, so what are your thoughts on the format? It's still a little bit debated, how good the Swiss is, would you rather play a GSL or the IEM format?

I think I'd rather play GSL, but with seeding though. But it's like, so weird, because we got Na`Vi, Astralis and VP, VP got SK, NiP and us. If you look at some other team, like Immortals for example, they got two Asian teams in the end. You can bend it in all different ways, but I'd rather do it with GSL with seeding.

Lastly, any special shoutouts for pasha maybe, considering the banter and all that?

No, I think no banter. I feel for him.

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

Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
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1329
KPR:
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DPR:
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APR:
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#5
MEZi | 
Europe aintnopleb 
yes
2017-04-07 13:30
sup
2017-04-07 13:30
i would also rather watch GSL. exactly the same reason as he stated too =))
2017-04-07 13:30
#27
France Bouf 
whats GSL
2017-04-07 13:33
#34
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United States hehexddd 
whats GSL
2017-04-07 13:36
#39
device | 
Russia Gr0wlGF 
game show league
2017-04-07 13:40
#41
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United States hehexddd 
ty
2017-04-07 13:40
it's a tournament format the comes from starcraft 2
2017-04-07 14:20
actually it came from Global Starcraft League in Korea, and that's exactly where such format introduced a while ago
2017-04-07 13:49
the standard 4 team groups. opening games depending on seeds then winners against each other, winner is thru to playoffs losers against each other, loser is out loser of winner match and winner of loser match against each other to decide.
2017-04-07 13:41
#50
France Bouf 
ty
2017-04-07 13:47
#87
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Poland eidetikos 
lol, i was sure its short from group stage lan or something xD but i thought about same thing
2017-04-07 15:08
LUL
2017-04-07 13:30
understandable
2017-04-07 13:30
Silvermeister
2017-04-07 13:30
#83
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United States Logic_CSGO 
LEL silver Sweden still better than GNM UK.
2017-04-07 14:40
aha way above gnm and even if i was, UK GNM = NA GE
2017-04-07 16:12
#93
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United States Logic_CSGO 
That's why your country has no scene? Makes sense. Keep trash talking, maybe one day Sparkles and 3KliksPhillip will make a team.
2017-04-07 16:16
#98
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Created:2007-09-24 Disbanded:2008-11-18 Yes, I'm sure there were some UK 1.6 teams, too. That doesn't mean you have a scene. If UK GNM=NA GE, wouldn't there be more UK teams than NA teams? Makes sense bro.
2017-04-07 16:30
nice!
2017-04-07 13:30
When we got Virtus.pro, personally, I was like: "Fuck".
2017-04-07 13:31
+1
2017-04-07 14:02
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fnx | 
Poland redfinka 
cool guy olofm8 :)
2017-04-07 13:32
#20
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
Agree, not saying GSL is perfect but swiss format is pretty damn stupid. Bo1 fest
2017-04-07 13:32
yeah round robin is better for bo1
2017-04-07 17:21
well lad you don't get to decide that since you're not the viewer :^)
2017-04-07 13:33
#23
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United Kingdom Rocu_ 
GSL? CLG. Nice one HLTV
2017-04-07 13:33
#35
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
theyre talking about the format
2017-04-07 13:37
UK b8?
2017-04-07 14:04
#24
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World dddouseddd 
legend and good guy all around
2017-04-07 13:33
no banter, only feels now
2017-04-07 13:33
No?
2017-04-07 13:34
#31
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Sweden Div-\ 
Regarding immortals and the asian teams, asian teams shouldn't have been here in the first place... I mean ok I get that they need international windows aswell but having 3 teams like that is just wasting spots, and fucking up swiss system aswell.
2017-04-07 13:34
This, the problem is not the swiss system itself, but how they pandered to Asian teams in this specific case.
2017-04-07 13:43
legend.
2017-04-07 13:35
#33
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
+1 i think that swiss format is bad, its too random.
2017-04-07 13:36
#49
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Sweden Div-\ 
It would not be random if all the teams were top 12 teams, it becomes random when you have nonamers that are basically free wins...
2017-04-07 13:46
no, it still random, check Fnatic run at Eleague major wiki.teamliquid.net/counterstrike/ELEAGU.. they faced G2 on their first match and they lost to G2. losing to G2 was actually a good thing for them since after that G2 faced, VP,Astralis and North in a row, they ended up goin out 1-3 while in the other hand Fnatic got Mouz,Nv and North so they went to quarter finals without facing any of the favorites of winning the major just because they lost their first match to G2 while G2 got fked up because they won their first match, not only that but after that Fnatic got Gambit at quarters finals and made to semi finals without facing any of the teams favorite to win the major at the time. that's just goes to show how random swiss system is.
2017-04-07 13:54
#59
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Sweden Div-\ 
I get your point, and I would prefer a GSL format with seeding aswell, mostly because of the BO3 eliminations match, anyway the swiss format is less random if teams more or less of the same level are involved.
2017-04-07 13:57
#36
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Portugal Shion 
"No, I think no banter. I feel for him." olof classy as always!
2017-04-07 13:38
#37
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Andorra Wolter 
olof <3
2017-04-07 13:38
#38
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Croatia mds818 
Well no shit,having Fnatic vs VP at elimination match is the wrost thing that can happen
2017-04-07 13:39
Olof should give Thoorin some behaviour classes. Maybe that would cure his autism, which is called 'banter' by this redhead noscener
2017-04-07 13:40
#42
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Brazil Seleskva 
I would love to see them playing against Immortals for 2-2 match and losing.
2017-04-07 13:40
swiss system is retarded, gonna use SK as example, they got VP, G2 and Astralis in a row, if they lose to Astralis they can get Fnatic or FaZe. while CLG lost to Astralis on their first match then after that they got, UYA,HellRaiser and Gambit. so this kind of format actually rewards you for losing your first match and its too random, for instance last major, Fnatic got to semi finals without facing any of the favorites to win the major. i think that tourneys need proper seeding so shit like that dont happen.
2017-04-07 13:46
ye its retarded
2017-04-07 13:47
Swiss won't work util every continent has world class teams or they stop inviting any teams at all from asia and such
2017-04-07 13:59
same thing can happen in events with the best teams only read what i said on #57
2017-04-07 14:16
#48
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Luxembourg alex24 
feelsbadforpasha
2017-04-07 13:46
#53
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Poland mamba99999 
Why make so many slots for Asia in the 1st place when they can not play this game at all ?? I would put seeding into the Swiss system, don't like GSL.
2017-04-07 13:50
olof legend
2017-04-07 13:50
Put some bo3 decider matches. like group elimination match bo3 2 bo1 group matches then 1 bo3 elimination decider match GSL sucks Swiss format sucks.
2017-04-07 13:51
What you just say is GSL format Get your fact right first buddy
2017-04-07 14:21
#56
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Brazil pliskin 
what did pasha do??
2017-04-07 13:52
#84
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United States Logic_CSGO 
Don't fuck with Papa
2017-04-07 14:41
#90
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Brazil pliskin 
explain please?
2017-04-07 15:54
#91
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United States Logic_CSGO 
That's just his go-to banter line
2017-04-07 16:08
#96
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Brazil pliskin 
i see, but did he say something to olof or fnatic before the game?
2017-04-07 16:21
#97
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United States Logic_CSGO 
He tweeted out that they would make it to the stage for sure.
2017-04-07 16:28
#102
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Brazil pliskin 
hahahahaahaha ty
2017-04-07 20:28
Swiss is working perfectly as log as you just invite the best teams...
2017-04-07 13:56
+1 the format itself is good but doesn't work when you mix top 5 world with a bunch of asian nonamers and other bad teams
2017-04-07 13:58
that's just not true, read what i wrote on #57
2017-04-07 14:05
people saying it was unfair to VP are retarded they lost 16-5 against fucking nip on a non-random map and they supposedly have the deepest map pool they were just not on the level of the qualified teams this event, whether it is nip or hellraisers
2017-04-07 13:57
#61
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Finland ginbay 
respect
2017-04-07 13:57
Yeah like it wouldn't have been the same outcome with GSL groups
2017-04-07 13:59
I like this format better... So you don't get stuck in the group of death
2017-04-07 14:03
#70
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Russia bralBry 
Swiss system is easy fixable - just apply seeding system (4 pools) for drawning every round (with the exception of teams that already played each other can't play again).
2017-04-07 14:05
#82
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Denmark donfrankie 
If you just keep your seed, it wouldn't be a problem. Why should you get easier matches just because you are a top team and lose to a team you should beat. Then you could just invite 8 teams and to directly to the playoffs. If you're a team that is good enough to win the tournament you will get out of the group stage.
2017-04-07 14:36
#100
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Russia bralBry 
What are you talking about? Immortals have an opportunity to making a playoff by playing 2 asian team and now CLG.
2017-04-07 17:45
#107
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Denmark donfrankie 
Did they get to the playoffs. What team got cheated by the swiss system? IMHO no team got into the playoffs because of luck.
2017-04-07 23:36
GSL format with only Bo3s you mean? Sure, sure.
2017-04-07 14:09
#77
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Europe KappaKaako 
events with 8 teams could easily do bo3 groupstages. it would be nice to see if majors would ever use bo3 groupstages and maybe like a bo5 final that would be nice
2017-04-07 14:25
GSL is good though. 2016 as a year was fucked up and that's why other ways were implored. All deciding matches are BO3 in GSL. It is good
2017-04-07 14:28
Lets go Fnatic , hope they will win last match :)
2017-04-07 14:35
#86
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Sweden lagcats 
gogo fnatic show what you're made of ;d
2017-04-07 15:06
But it's like, so weird, because we got Na`Vi, Astralis and VP, VP got SK, NiP and us. If you look at some other team, like Immortals for example, they got two Asian teams in the end.
2017-04-07 15:37
#89
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Slovakia sanjuro 
swiss format, great idea with most retarded execution ever
2017-04-07 15:51
#105
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India transformer 
"Lastly, any special shoutouts for pasha maybe, considering the banter and all that? No, I think no banter. I feel for him." Respect Olof for not saying anything.
2017-04-07 22:22
#106
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China Yanick 
"No, I think no banter. I feel for him." Olof so polite, much respect.
2017-04-07 23:33
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