karrigan: We wanna face the hardest opponent

After his team secured the second spot in group A and a place in the semi-finals, we talked Finn "karrigan" Andersen about the downtime since IEM Sydney, the opener against OpTic and changes FaZe was focused on.

FaZe secured a second place finish in group A, eliminating G2 in the decider match. The European mixture had a good showing in their first match against OpTic, but struggled against SK on Train, where the Brazilian side managed 10 Terrorist side rounds.

FaZe worked on their Overpass during the time off

To hear about the tournament so far, what his team was working on and who they would like to play in the finals, we talked to Finn "karrigan" Andersen.

Let's start with the time off you had since Sydney, what was the focus of your training, preparation, what did you do in the meantime?

After losing to SK [in Sydney] we realized our map pool wasn't strong enough, especially in BO5's. The two finals we have lost as a team were BO5's against Astralis and SK. So we focused on fixing our map pool and especially Overpass. That was a key map and today it showed as well.

When we got NiKo we just swapped him in where he wanted to be, and after Sydney I decided to swap some positions on the CT side, especially on Overpass, playing rotation is one of the positions we changed. I think that showed today, that we can play Overpass as a good team now, compared to Sydney.

Coming here, were you feeling rusty at all? Was that one of the goals, to break up the rust, get into playing form, get into the rhythm?

When you practice a lot online... We are really a LAN team I would say, our focus and communication in practice is not the same as in official games or LAN tournaments. So I think to talk about rust it's only the first match we can talk about, against OpTic. And it felt OK, it didn't feel like "Oh shit we are on LAN again". Basically, the rust was already thrown out of the window in the OpTic game and that was one of the games that could've hurt us the most, we could've played an elimination game against G2 if we lost the first game. So people knew we had to be focused from the first round against OpTic.

In that match, you had a bunch of 2v4's and crazy clutches that you won that eased up the game a lot. What are your memories of that game?

I think we had some... maybe lucky rounds, but when you look at SK that is how they win a lot of games. And at some point, it is lucky that you have the exact good timing. I just think that we played really good and that is something we worked on a lot on after Sydney, our retakes. Calmer communication, no reason to stress and stuff like this, play the time a little more. If you don't get the kills just fall back and save. That is something we utilized against OpTic. A round that we won 2v4 OpTic overpeeked too early and we were able to defuse last second. That was one of the key rounds you shouldn't win, but you are able to win it because you play it more passive.

SK, when they had their dominant era, especially toward the second part of 2016, they had a lot of retakes, especially on Overpass, they just retook the B site all the time. Do you think that is one of the keys to being a very strong team?

It depends on what players you have. I think our B hold with kioShiMa and NiKo is doing a great job just locking down the site, but if you are not able to lock down the site you also need a backup plan. That we didn't have in Sydney. But now we are able to retake B, but also commit B. That way you can change your gameplay all the time and I think that is has become good for us, on Overpass at least.

NiKo had some of his CT side positions changed recently

After that you played against SK again, that was on Train. That was a map you struggled on your CT side a lot and it happened again in the G2 game, your CT side wasn't that strong on Train. What are your thoughts about that?

I feel like that those are two different games. In the game against G2, we had a lot of good money, we had control, we just weren't able to close out the rounds, maybe some mistakes in communication and rotations, stuff like this. Against SK, I must admit that we won five buy rounds as CT and we basically lost five buy rounds as well. We just lost the wrong rounds and we weren't able to capitalize, get two or three rounds to get control of the money system. 

That is what makes SK the most feared team for me, they are so good in these most important rounds of the game, they are able to clutch it and lock it down. And that's a championship team for me.

You are moving on to the semis now and you are going to be playing Cloud9. They are the surprise of the tournament, especially coming out first in the group. What is your thought on that matchup?

If you ask Cloud9, I don't know how many times we played Mirage against them in opening games, when I first joined FaZe. I don't know, it's an interesting matchup, I'm looking forward to it because it will be fun to see the maps. I don't know where we are going to end yet, I haven't looked into it since I don't know Cloud9's map pool at the moment. As you know, Cloud9 has these off-on tournaments and it looks like they have an on tournament right now. That being said, they qualified with two BO1's, now they have to make it through a BO3. And this is where many teams can struggle so we have to see tomorrow how Cloud9 plays. But they are a team you shouldn't underestimate because they have a high peak.

Moving forward, potentially, if you make it past Cloud9, you have SK, Astralis and Liquid you could face. Is there anyone you would like to face more than the others?

I really want to face SK at one point, I think we need to show that we also can beat SK. I'm really hungry to beat SK for the first time in my life in a BO3 on LAN. I've never won a BO3 against them so that's something I really want, to break the curse. Because I feel like there is something mental going on and we all know that with Danish players and the old days.

We need to show that we can also beat SK because we can beat Astralis, but if we can't beat SK then we can't be the best team in the world, for example. We wanna face the hardest opponent for us, and in my opinion, right now, that is SK.

Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
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2017-06-24 23:01
So they want to face Cloud 9 , nice.
2017-06-24 23:02
2017-06-24 23:03
Myanmar Lemo2K 
Cloud9? Ok, there you go glhf <3
2017-06-24 23:09
Australia lambr 
Yeah, nice.
2017-06-24 23:02
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2017-06-24 23:01
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Pardon? What do you want to tell me with this screenshot? EDIT: The time? Yeah, different time zones and stuff, it might have been on the edge of the minute.
2017-06-24 23:04
look at the time EDIT: ah, k then lol
2017-06-24 23:05
2017-06-24 23:02
Brazil AnthonySilva 
2017-06-24 23:02
Germany Zectiion 
2017-06-24 23:02
United Kingdom KemNG 
2017-06-24 23:02
Portugal phvm 
2017-06-24 23:02
Romania zeneix 
Is Faze year
2017-06-24 23:02
Colombia DEK441 
Is saying words like "wanna" or "gonna" grammatically correct? It might sound stupid to ask but I'm curious
2017-06-24 23:04
Mostly American terms
2017-06-24 23:10
Yes and when writing an article, journal, publication, etc. it's incredibly inappropriate to do so (more because it's too informal). You usually would just replace "wanna" with "want to."
2017-06-24 23:11
United States ThetaSigma11 
Incorrect, it would actually be more inappropriate to change what the Karrigan said. You should keep what he said 100% accurate. That would be rude to karrigan if you would change a word of what he said.
2017-06-25 06:04
Actually, it's common journalism practice to adjust certain things with the use of brackets. I'm not sure about titles, but within the actual text, they'll replace or add in words that would make the speech flow properly. For example, if the player/person spoke in broken english, it would be incredibly difficult for readers to understand or follow. So, it's up to the journal writer to either write the piece in a way that it makes the speech coherent (without adjusting the actual words) or to fill in/adjust the actual spoken words. edit: but to be fair, this IS a hltv article, not some big name CNN, NatGeo piece so there's that. edit 2: ah wait no, you're right. idk about rude, but it's not proper journalism to change what he said.
2017-06-25 17:43
apparently yes, the words are in the dictionaly of eng. language. what an abomination
2017-06-24 23:16
United States ThetaSigma11 
What are you trying to say, the english language is an abomination? Then why use it?
2017-06-25 06:05
im trying to say that wanna and gonna shouldnt be grammatically correct
2017-06-25 08:50
World ZMDR 
yes but its informal language and isnt typically used in interviews
2017-06-25 12:55
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
that's right karrigan!!!
2017-06-24 23:06
Brazil vass28 
almost the entire interview talking about SK LOL so good "That is what makes SK the most feared team for me, they are so good in these most important rounds of the game, they are able to clutch it and lock it down. And that's a championship team for me." +1
2017-06-24 23:10
ofc it's mostly about SK, theyre the only team that is clearly better than faze atm, and karrigan is focused on them (should he talk about optic and cloud9 instead?)
2017-06-24 23:31
Leave him alone. Brazilians here only knows about SK and fuck people around on hltv not to mention murdering people in favela
2017-06-25 10:41
"That is what makes SK the most feared team for me, they are so good in these most important rounds of the game" ye because thats when they toggle
2017-06-24 23:10
2017-06-24 23:14
Here we go...
2017-06-25 02:54
Russia LANAdelREYlul 
2017-06-25 08:25
* thats when you cry
2017-06-25 12:28
Other Mortal_Wombat 
its because new users like you, with no clue about cs we get a bad reputation
2017-06-25 12:39
new user lol. not my fault faggothan.E gave me a 10year ban
2017-06-25 13:09
Poland DzonPrice 
Karrigan is a great guy
2017-06-24 23:11
respect karrigano
2017-06-24 23:15
United States Jrfaster 
Much love for respect my Brazilian brotha
2017-06-24 23:44
+1 lost all my love for respect
2017-06-25 00:14
gl in finals) FaZeUp
2017-06-24 23:18
Yeah to get rekt 0-16 karrigan is a masochist
2017-06-24 23:21
Norway duffz00r 
word up
2017-06-24 23:30
Chile nachooww 
2017-06-24 23:35
Brazil kitcha17 
2017-06-24 23:36
Portugal tioNik 
Which is SK.
2017-06-24 23:37
Brazil LaicaBoss 
Lol wtf He already faced sk in group stage..
2017-06-25 00:02
Japan jia 
We wanna face the hardest opponent for us, and in my opinion, right now, that is SK.
2017-06-25 00:06
great interview, GL in the future against SK
2017-06-25 00:15
BL in the future against SK. jk, GL in the future against SK
2017-06-25 02:55
Can you stop commenting everypost? This is why people hate Brazil. Start to respect other people and leave the pride at home cause you don't have that much to show lol
2017-06-25 10:44
I comment wherever I want. Wtf is wrong with you?
2017-06-25 12:45
Sure do whatever you want. But all you are saying is Brazil has everything (from game wise to country)
2017-06-25 12:46
No I'm not. You're mistaking me with someone else.
2017-06-25 12:59
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
2-0 sk
2017-06-25 02:56
You already faced the opponent, and took an assrape as you will do every single time you face SK.
2017-06-25 08:59
Brazil Gunzel 
C9 too HARD for you feelsbat for FaZE
2017-06-25 10:06
FaZeUp. They are getting better every tournament. This mite be there's here is hoping. I want them to face SK in the final too as I would love to see FaZe best them in a b03 final. Gl boys!! Karrigan amazing igl. Can still remember cheering him when he was a monster awper for fnatic. Now he's a world class igl. Fkn top class player to have changed so drastically. Can't say much about all top players.
2017-06-25 12:44
My invite to betting SITE!!! (goo.gl/4qciG4) Site is New , but OK! Used it.
2017-06-25 15:14
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