Following FaZe's 2-0 win over EnVyUs that saw the European mixture move on to the semi-final in Atlanta, we talked to Finn "karrigan" Andersen about the matchup, the excitement around his squad and the bracket moving forward.
Continuing the trend of 2-0 wins in the quarter-final matches of ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, FaZe took down the French side of EnVyUs on Nuke and Overpass. The first map was no easy task, as it would be expected, but Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer and co. couldn't match up to FaZe on Overpass.
In a post-match interview, Finn "karrigan" Andersen admitted that his team is hyped too much at the moment and that they still have a lot to prove.
Let's start with the preparation and you coming here, what did you guys do and what was the outlook coming into the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier?
We've been playing like 24 online maps, it has been a very rough week leading up to ELEAGUE because we had so many ESL Pro League matches and we had to qualify for EPICENTER so what we did was only play two or three maps before we played officials so we don't get burned out during the day. So we haven't done so much preparing for ELEAGUE, I think we have been improving our map pool, testing out some maps, testing Cobblestone against Heroic and NiP, made Nuke a little stronger, Cache stronger and we tried to work slowly on all the maps so we are able to play any of the seven maps, depending on what team we play.
Since winning ESL One New York, there has been a lot of hype about your team. How has that been for you, on the inside of the squad. Was it hard to stay fully focused on working and improving?
When you talk about hyping our team, I think people forget what matches we played during ESL One New York. We came into every veto quite surprised that we got to play Overpass, Mirage, Inferno with them, statistic wise, being very good for us. So we didn't get to be contested on the other four maps in the map pool. I think people hype us too much right now, let's see when we play other teams how they are going to veto. Because they know our strong maps and which maps we have to work on. And working on them is what we have been doing for ELEAGUE. Other than that, I don't think we have been overthinking or been overconfident about the New York win. We just play one game at a time, and online games are always hard.
Talking about the maps and the veto, playing against EnVyUs, it was pretty obvious that you would ban either Cobblestone or Nuke and that they would pick the other thing, so tell me about the thinking behin and what you expected from the veto here?
Since we were the higher seed, we could either start the veto or pick the side of two maps. I kinda knew where the veto would go, the question was would they pick Cache or Nuke against us, since if you pick Nuke we have to start CT side and it would not be fun dor them to start T side on Nuke in the first game, first map.
Coming into the veto we would pick Overpass, they haven't looked good there and Overpass, Mirage, Inferno are our strong maps. We knew that they were going to ban Mirage, so there was not too many surprises, I knew that Inferno would be the third map, so that's why we chose to switch around the veto so we could start on the CT side on Nuke and the third map.
Tell me about that Nuke, especially at the start, there were five force buy wins going back and forth. What were the issues there?
I think that they played good, they made us overrotate, we had bad communication, some issues at the beginning and I think Nuke is a hard map to play in anti-force buys. You are so close in every area. If you do the smoke wall in yard and go ramp and then there are four guys ramp. It's very hard to play the anti-eco on Nuke and that's why when you play the early game you won't give up your economy until you have to.
Once we got the economy, we didn't have that much money and they managed to win one round and then we didn't have full equipment. From that round it steamrolled. I must say that they played good on Nuke T side but so did we and that's why we won the Nuke game.
After this win, how do you feel about your Nuke, do you feel like you've elevated your play there?
When we got olofmeister and GuardiaN we looked into how we wanted to play Nuke. We began to play how we play now, except olof was playing inside and I was playing ramp. Then we switched it completely around, rain played inside and GuardiaN was playing outside. Now we went back, I'm playing inside, olof ramp, NiKo rotation, rain yard and GuardiaN is everywhere. Since then we won two Nuke games against NiP and EnVyUs and I think that is pretty good when you look at how many good Nuke teams there are and that EnVyUs and NiP are probably top 5 on the map.
Let's shortly touch on Overpass, it seemed like a straightforward map, but what are the key rounds, why did it go so easy?
I think if you look at our Overpass, I don't really understand why anyone wants to start T side on Overpass. Famously, our Overpass CT side has been very, very strong. If you go B, you see NiKo, you see olofmeister, then you think, OK, let's go to the other side and you see rain and GuardiaN. And you can't find me because I'm hiding somewhere so the others can shoot them. (laughs)
I mean, it was quite surprising that they picked T side, I think the game could've been different if they picked CT. I just felt confident the whole way, I think we lost a pistol, it was 9-1, 10-2, it just felt like a normal day in the office, which it is lately the situation on our Overpass as well.
Moving forward, it's either North or Heroic on your side of the bracket and there is Cloud9 and Astralis in the second semi. How does the team feel, what are you thinking right now?
I think that we don't fear anyone. There is always the question if we can beat SK, I have never beaten Fallen in a BO3, so I think that is one of the teams we are happy to avoid, but of course, we also want to play the best team in the world.
So right now, I don't really care who we face I still think we should win it with the form we are in and with the map pool we have. It's probably going to be a hard match, the next one, since we played Heroic six times in seven days and North has been improving ever since before Malmö when they got valde. No matter who we face in the next round, we have to step up a little more, especially because, if we play the first map like we did today, we are probably going to lose it.