karrigan: "I think people hype us too much right now"

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.

karrigan feels that his team wasn't fully tested in New York

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.

France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
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Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
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Maps played:
Portugal Kikocbr 
2017-10-11 23:47
he’s right
2017-10-11 23:48
Norway eia 
what do you know about cs abdi
2017-10-11 23:50
i play cs in real life tier 2 denmark
2017-10-11 23:52
Norway eia 
driving trucks into civilians is not cs abdi
2017-10-11 23:56
nt anders breivik
2017-10-12 00:00
lmfao rekt
2017-10-12 23:05
World zonfen 
2017-10-15 14:26
Bosnia and Herzegovina FaZeTier3 
lmfao rekt
2017-10-12 00:18
African Union mikecool 
2017-10-12 00:36
rain | 
Norway fredheim 
2017-10-12 11:56
shox | 
Poland kubeq97 
2017-10-12 00:09
Australia _Lurkin_ 
he has a big sausage waiting for other teams
2017-10-12 10:47
Panama allu_snackbar 
2017-10-11 23:48
India MONKS 
Tell him not to rek teams left right and center then xD
2017-10-12 06:37
He's right, they have a lot to prove still
2017-10-11 23:48
Norway CChron1c 
2017-10-12 00:35
Portugal RKO23 
2017-10-12 00:48
2017-10-12 06:02
Vietnam t4y 
2017-10-11 23:48
ropz | 
Canada deadass 
2017-10-11 23:48
u bet?
2017-10-11 23:48
lol FaZe isn't even Top 1 yet fuck off
2017-10-11 23:48
definitely overhyped, they haven't played against any solid tier 1 team on lan
2017-10-11 23:49
Germany AYEON 
2017-10-12 00:15
Bosnia and Herzegovina FaZeTier3 
G2 are too inconsistent, 'solid' i.e. Astralis and SK
2017-10-12 00:18
Germany AYEON 
>sk >solid
2017-10-12 00:24
Bosnia and Herzegovina FaZeTier3 
Well, they're not good atm but you can't call winning 5 tournaments this year inconsistent is what I mean
2017-10-12 00:25
India XyZ9999 
Sk solid lul
2017-10-12 04:07
France Leskines 
They dont play g2 on lan
2017-10-12 21:53
Germany AYEON 
eleague group
2017-10-12 22:34
France Leskines 
it's what i told you , they dont play g2 , they play Na'Vi and Renegades
2017-10-13 17:41
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
so which team is solid t1 team now in your opinion.
2017-10-12 03:09
Indonesia FinZzz 
Liquid (faze beat them so good for them), North and Astralis. G2 is inconsistent but still tier 1.
2017-10-12 04:20
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
see faze banging north today and astralis tomorrow
2017-10-12 06:17
+1 Indian CS friend
2017-10-12 09:34
HEN1 | 
Palestine S1rEz10 
+1 a street I would shit on
2017-10-12 15:08
United Kingdom InsCS 
2017-10-11 23:50
Jame | 
Iceland xijmplr 
2017-10-11 23:50
United States ViKaLiBuR 
Karrigan admitting his team isn’t even that good. They need TabseN and K0nfig.
2017-10-11 23:51
2017-10-12 00:16
where do people get these ideas lol
2017-10-12 06:03
From trash can
2017-10-12 06:10
fer | 
Czech Republic Jostra 
Well , K0nfig is a god but Tabsen ? xD
2017-10-12 11:54
In terms of pure skill l, tabsen > konfig by far. You cant blame someone for worse m8s
2017-10-12 12:45
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
I dont think that
2017-10-13 12:28
Karrigan.. If you prove himself and your team.. kNg is gonna kill all of you.. So you better stay safe.
2017-10-11 23:53
didnt read
2017-10-11 23:58
Maybe a bit TOO hyped
2017-10-11 23:59
that's true but it's also expected
2017-10-12 00:00
2017-10-12 00:04
WE DONT! Awesome team!
2017-10-12 00:08
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
2017-10-12 00:13
how u have bold nick?
2017-10-12 13:29
2017-10-12 16:03
nt 0/8 jonathan e is the admin
2017-10-12 21:01
m8, hover over his name, ''HLTV.org admin, beware''
2017-10-12 21:21
he's just normal user like us i believe. which admin use "<3 hltv". that guy obviously tried to fool us. how did he get bold btw?
2017-10-12 21:24
Idk man, i always thought only admins could get bold text. Maybe ask jonny boy?
2017-10-12 21:30
I think so.
2017-10-12 00:12
Looking at SK's form right now, making the case that Faze is top 1 isn't that far fetched tbh...
2017-10-12 00:17
"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." :>
2017-10-12 00:20
All pro players are kidding about sk being the best(hltv tolerant admins opinion)
2017-10-12 01:46
Who cares abou karrigan? he is the worst at this team didnt read
2017-10-12 00:20
... how can he be the best around rain olof guardian and niko?
2017-10-12 00:53
1. guardian is not THAT good, 2. olof few months ago was garbage.
2017-10-12 00:55
guardian has gained motivation and hes pretty decent atm.
2017-10-12 02:03
Indonesia FinZzz 
He is brazilian bro what did you expect?
2017-10-12 04:21
Polish and g2 fan. Totally expected since ur scene is a joke
2017-10-12 10:31
Poland dolb 
Nt Brazil good schools you have there with the flags recognition programme ay?
2017-10-12 17:19
2017-10-12 17:21
xD yeah i forgot
2017-10-12 12:51
Finland Smoonah 
1. Neither is tempo storm. 2. Neither is SK anymore. 3. olof is better in FaZe than he was in Fnatic 2017.
2017-10-12 05:28
1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes So what? Gurdian still not that good and olof still a garbage few months ago....
2017-10-12 10:32
You are mentally issued bro,beside the fact he's the captain of the team and their IGL,he isnt bad that al.Ye,he dont play like NiKo,but for example yesterday he topfragged vs nV.Also its hard to be best in the team with niko,rain,guardian and olof on it.GuardiaN and olof needed just motivation to play again,same what snax need now.Yes ofc they are not like in 2015 because every player had his peak,but when all performance good they are gods
2017-10-12 13:38
Finland Smoonah 
need to stop living in the past m8.
2017-10-12 17:59
Denmark iaintnojoke 
He's the IGL. He's not supposed to be the top fragger. He has a team of insane talents, his role is to make them shine as much as possible. I would say he's the most important player on the team, because with a good IGL FaZe struggled for so long with no structure. They didn't get any good till he joined the team.
2017-10-12 11:54
2017-10-12 00:45
Not wrong
2017-10-12 00:54
Norway anMu 
"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)" Last sentence LMFAO xD.
2017-10-12 01:17
Sk top 1 confirmed.
2017-10-12 01:24
That's true, but still I think that they are the most decen CS:GO team in the world right now.
2017-10-12 01:36
Karrigan seems like he'd be such a great interview.
2017-10-12 01:36
Other Onizuka_go 
now, World No.1 Team
2017-10-12 01:41
Felps was the problem.
2017-10-12 01:42
karrigan feeling the pressure ? Hmm
2017-10-12 01:45
Hong Kong TROIIDA 
karrigan HUMBLE
2017-10-12 01:49
They are #1 but not by a lot. Just barely. Rn though faze would smash sk lol
2017-10-12 01:51
Germany uRaguuu 
faze is top 1 if you look at september/october performance. overall i would say sk is top1 by far
2017-10-12 01:56
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
sk was top 1 3 months ago. ie.upto july. in these three months they haven't performed as the best team in the world.
2017-10-12 03:11
France BaguetteArmy 
Ofc,it’s faze kids love faze
2017-10-12 01:58
Europe duke` 
you mean kids like to watch other kids playing computer games? no shit sherlock.
2017-10-13 14:20
France BaguetteArmy 
No duh idiot stupid toxic faze supporter
2017-10-13 20:42
it would not be fun dor them to start T side on Nuke in the first game, first map. <- for them* :)
2017-10-12 02:49
Finland Smoonah 
how can not hype about up and coming #1 team to knock SK out of top spot.
2017-10-12 05:27
eze EZEEE .. all of time eze from Faze.
2017-10-12 08:30
device | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo 
karrigan isn't dumb, why put even more unwanted presure on the team, when by default with their roster expectations are very high?! They are probably number 1 in the world right now, but why say it when they haven't beaten the team that hold the spot at the moment yet. Also don't know why cry about rankings when they clearly state rankings are a culmination of team's results in the past months! SK may not be the best in the world right now, but looking at past few months they won the most and consistently placed in top4 or top8 at least, that's why they're still number 1, before that it was astralis and both belonged there IMO. Some people would change rankings based on two maps played in ESL PRO LEAGUE which is just retarded. If SK continue this bad form they won't be #1 for long that is for sure. G2 will probably lose the #2 spot by next week. No ranking system is ever perfect for everyone, but this one is WAAAAAAY better than for example FIFA rankings in football, by far the biggest sport on the planet.
2017-10-12 09:42
+1 my Yougoslavian friend
2017-10-12 09:57
+1 couldn't agree more, someone with brain on HLTV scientist approves
2017-10-12 13:33
Malaysia byaIi 
2017-10-12 20:11
Faroe Islands shubaNN 
-karrigan +god b real solid top 1
2017-10-12 10:14
gob b my ass bro.
2017-10-13 20:44
Canada PwnNewb 
he is the best IGL right now
2017-10-15 07:40
Norway duffz00r 
Absolutely True karreh :)
2017-10-12 15:09
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
ofc people are hyping you up with 3 all-star players on the team
2017-10-12 15:34
Canada PwnNewb 
3? Id say 4...and karrigan is a star IGL so you could argue 5. But for sure all 4 others can frag and carry
2017-10-15 07:40
remove that BOT and the hype is all warranted
2017-10-12 16:04
India XyZ9999 
Lul nt
2017-10-12 16:05
shut the fuck up you fat fuck karrigan
2017-10-12 18:23
calm down dimwit
2017-10-13 20:44
only karrigan was not hyped ever :D
2017-10-13 03:37
Turkey Mustafa- 
-olofmeister +XANTARES would be good for FaZe
2017-10-13 07:34
if XANTARES was fluent in english then fine :p
2017-10-13 20:44
Turkey Mustafa- 
im feeling ty xD
2017-10-14 11:30
2017-10-15 06:35
Poland MakaPaka1337 
I love karrigan
2017-10-13 11:08
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
oh please you had enough time. Now or never FAZE TOP 1
2017-10-13 23:22
eoLithic 2.0
2017-10-15 02:56
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