k0nfig: "I think [ave] uses almost all of his day anti-stratting for us"

North was unable to defeat SK on Cache in their second-day match, falling to the Brazilians 16-10. After the match, we caught up with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke to hear about how he feels about his team's recent results.

The Danish squad North finished the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals in second place, losing to G2 in the finals. After a period of absence from LAN events, North is competing at ESL One Cologne where they are currently 1-2, with a win against TYLOO and defeats to OpTic and SK.

k0nfig feels like SK's loss to Space Soldiers shows that the skill gap in CS is small

Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke talked about the difference between the elite and the lower tier teams, communication issues and Alexander "ave" Holdt's impact as an analyst.

You are ranked fifth in our rankings, but how do you feel about your team at the moment? Do you feel closer to the top four?

I think it's really different because sometimes we feel like beat everyone and sometimes we feel like we can lose to everyone. I think the skill gap between teams right now is really small, because we saw SK losing to Space Soldiers and us losing to OpTic, so I think there is the good comparison to the lower ranked teams, the tier two, three can probably reach the same level as us. So we have to do something new and find something special.

What do you think then separates the top few from the rest?

I think it's dedication, some of it. Because, some players, they dedicate their whole lives to playing Counter-Strike all the time, their team dedicates to doing anti-strats and watching demos and stuff like that. That's the main part that is changing.

Talking about the preparation for your team coming here, what did you do, what did you focus on?

We have ave at home who is sitting and doing anti-strats for us, he makes a google drive and puts in videos, anti-strats, we watch that and see how they usually play. He also puts up percentages, so we can see, for example, fer is always playing sandbags on Inferno, fer is always doing this and this on force buys, and on pistol round... So we are getting a really good anti-strats from him at home and I think he uses almost all of his day on anti-stratting for us.

The first match you had here was against OpTic, that was a surprise win from them, especially considering their recent form. Tell me what went wrong for you in that match?

I think we didn't get started on the T side, that was the main part, then after the T side I think everyone was a little bit shocked because we were expecting to get a minimum of 5-6-7 rounds, which we usually do. I think, just the mentality we had, in the beginning, was really bad. Because some people need to start well, and usually we have bad starters on our team, everyone is starting slow and now we are getting better and better [at that].

After that, you faced TyLoo, a Chinese team now with peacemaker in the mix. What were your takeaways from them, did you see anything different from them, I'm not sure how much you've faced Chinese teams, but what were your impressions of them as a team in this match?

We played against them almost a year ago in the Major qualifier for Cologne. I think they have changed a little bit, and they also have the new player BnTeT, I think he is really good actually, he has a sick aim. I don't know about the part with peacemaker because he is talking in English and they are talking in Chinese, so I think it's really hard communication-wise.

I think the main problem they have is, I think they get nervous when they play against better teams. And usually they don't have good practice in China, so they probably play worse teams, meaning they can do different things in practice and it still works. If you play against a better team and do that, it probably won't work, because the better teams are always better at countering what they do.

The last game you played was against SK, most of your CT side was just you playing 2-1-2 setups and either you totally locked them out or you were totally overrun. What do you think were the differences in those rounds? And tell me a bit about your A setup, it looked interesting with aizy playing on the boxes behind red.

We changed our CT positions for this tournament, we changed it at the bootcamp we had one week prior to this event. I think we have some kind of communication problems sometimes because they could be up short when I was AWPing from the other side and get shot. We have a tiny bit of miscommunication but I think the CT side we had against SK was probably one of the best [we had]. We lost the pistol round and got I think 7 buy rounds in the end.

One of the things cajun b mentioned when I talked to him in Sydney was the sports psychologist coming in, you changing your practice regiment and stuff like that. Has that been a thing you started doing, any improvements there?

We have a sports psychologist and he helps us a lot with the personal problems in the beginning. And then after the personal problems, he will start doing sports stuff, like if you feel nervous in the first match and stuff like that. We kinda need him a bit more, I feel like, so he can help us break the curse in the first match against OpTic.

You are now 1-2, one loss away from elimination. Whats the feeling going into it the third day?

I think we have the opportunity to go through the group stage and then get to the quarter-finals, because we are a team that, even if we have 0-2, we fight with all we have like we did at the Major Qualifier as well, we were 0-2 and we just kept pushing. So we will keep pushing all the way till we reach the finish line.

You can learn more about North Academy's coach and the main team's analyst, ave, by reading the interview we conducted with him last week.

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wait, ave is their analyst?
2017-07-05 18:06
Portugal LuisMRamos 
Its their coach
2017-07-05 18:13
oh i see
2017-07-05 18:16
no. he is the analyst. ruggah is the coach.
2017-07-05 20:24
Denmark sorN 
Ave is the analyst for North + he is the coach for North Academy and casdueh is North's coach
2017-07-05 18:24
and they're still trash
2017-07-05 18:05
wait wait wait a second. they lost to SK, it's difficult not to.
2017-07-05 20:24
they also got raped by OpTic
2017-07-05 20:25
yeah that I was surprised about tbh. North are really inconsistent but it's not over for them either. I'm kinda hoping we're too quick to judge.
2017-07-05 20:32
Denmark potatomato 
2017-07-05 18:05
FlipiN | 
Spain rastleh 
Ave is GODtier IGL like Zeus, cArn, walle, RobbaN...
2017-07-05 18:06
2017-07-05 18:08
Brazil hunte[R] 
north players are cocky and I don't like then, hope they get disqualified 1-3
2017-07-05 18:09
North is so shitty team, arrogant and two-faced...
2017-07-05 18:17
Germany Trip1909 
anti strating working out well it seems lul
2017-07-05 18:19
dennis | 
Slovakia Jarci 
they lost both pistol rounds didnt win a single forcebuy and still get 10rounds i guess it was a very solid result
2017-07-05 19:01
Germany Trip1909 
maybe i phrased it wrong. If you are unable to find crucial key rounds, such as at least 1 of two pistol rounds, anti strating can only give you limited success. Being down 6-0 due to pistols and then trading rounds 1 for 1 isn't gonna do the job..
2017-07-05 19:07
World neomax360 
But at least it is good base. After you have they have to work on their weaknesses. Even if North loose against SK, I think they play a good CT side. Some months ago, North use to have strong, T side and then an absolute garbage CT side. It seems like they are improving their CT side. That is good for them. There are still some weakness but, I find their CT side better than what they show some months ago.
2017-07-05 23:53
So cocky
2017-07-05 18:26
Germany ssaH 
lol no sense what he is talking
2017-07-05 18:30
Norway felt 
this man is incredibly talented and always does his thing but how fucking arrogant he is too
2017-07-05 18:31
World neomax360 
People want every player to be pussies lol. He is not even that much arrogant. He just has is own and strong personality, very confident about his own abilities.
2017-07-05 23:56
Norway felt 
nah he's disrespectful most of the time being confident is one thing and trashing every other opponent is another. he has a lot to learn
2017-07-06 00:37
World neomax360 
Lol. he is not the most respectful out there. But the trashtalk of Konfig is a somewhat a way to provoke the opponent. It is common on competitive sport to provoke your opponent. Nothing really bad. That make the game more joyfull. He trashtalk KennyS before the final of EPL and when G2 win he congrats KennyS, He even give a hug to KennyS after the game and congrats him on twitter for his MVP title. Here is an example of Bad manners and anti sport manner: youtube.com/watch?v=HjLHduTNxlQ
2017-07-06 01:03
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
k0nfig <3
2017-07-05 18:35
wtf vro
2017-07-05 18:41
good luck kenny
2017-07-05 19:03
Brazil potat 
nice interview
2017-07-05 19:07
Sweden 133665 
Konfig is a cocky loser. All the players on North seem like two faced whiners
2017-07-05 19:09
Germany grabke 
lol North most overrated team done nothing since winning Epicenter "years" ago and maybe a lucky playoff finish beating some bad teams.
2017-07-05 19:09
Dat Hater
2017-07-06 08:13
2017-07-06 09:20
Malaysia phyzell 
Yeah, Asians have sick aims. Asian aims are sick, Top two from the bottom.
2017-07-05 19:10
They need more time, TyLoo's current line up aint that bad, its just bad timing or lack of confidence. Never seen BNTET backing away from a fight till date.
2017-07-06 04:34
Malaysia phyzell 
Few of Tyloo's players just got fired which obviously affected the team's winning chemistry. They thought by having a top fragger will give them a quick fix for their tight schedule. The right way to fix a broken team is hiring a good coach first before getting a top fragger. And that's what they are doing now, but sadly Tyloo players are having a problem communicating using English, and this problem will put more delays in achieving greater success. BanTeT right now needs a 'sidekick' like how the insertion of Rez has affected the performance of NiP. He can't do it alone especially when he himself having trouble speaking mandarin. It's a very risky long journey that BanTeT has to endure if he's going to fix the situation all by himself. I'd suggest it's better for him to leave Tyloo and find a team with his sidekick, that knows how to speak proper English, or form his very own death squad.
2017-07-06 10:31
Very much true. Communication Gap was quiet visible in the entire tournament from TyLoo. Never seen them in such a helpless situation before. Any info on Zhoking ?
2017-07-07 03:32
Malaysia phyzell 
Not updating much about the entire Asian scene, but I don't think China are able to reach greater heights in the game because of their society's mentality living around them. If there are good gamers like Zhoking, i'd suggest they should migrate to Southeast Asia as right now the csgo players here are able to compete with big teams from Australia, which were tactically good during the 1.6 days. Even DSN is quite happy to build an esports carreer in Singapore.
2017-07-07 19:38
JW | 
Sweden peterrrr10 
antistratting in 2k17 xD
2017-07-05 20:57
Denmark cyb1 
2017-07-05 20:59
Estonia rYm 
north is a bad team, kids can't handle with their nerves - magiks and k0nfig
2017-07-06 09:16
Still playing like shit, despite the fact, they have a random danish cuck in the motherland who is anti-strating the whole time. gg
2017-07-06 11:33
Lithuania sorian 
SK era xd
2017-07-06 11:43
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