REZ: "We really want to prove that we're a top team"

November 20th, 2017 05:11

After picking up his first MVP medal in Oakland, REZ sat down with HLTV to run us through how it happened.

A grueling series between NiP and the European powerhouse FaZe ended with the Ninjas taking the match, and title, after going the whole five maps. Fredrik "REZ" Sterner, who shone through the whole tournament, took the MVP title with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg coming in close behind.

REZ with his IEM Oakland MVP medal

In the interview, REZ notes the importance of the team's mental coach on both the collective and with him individually and runs us through some of the keys of the grand final that took place at the Oracle Arena.

During the group stage, draken said he expected the team to play well at this tournament, did you expect to play the way you did at the beginning, and especially that you would be able to make it all the way?

I expected it would be a tough and rough way to the playoffs, but like he said we put in a lot of work to get a routine, and our mental coach Jens has done a lot for us. That's a huge part of what we're doing now, and I'd say he's a part of this win. Letting mistakes go and keeping the frustration away is huge. If I make a mistake and just cry out loud and I'm unhappy and send out bad energy to the team that has a domino effect on the whole team and would keep us down.

It was easier having this mental state that lets us just fight and fight and fight every round. Even if we had an eco and got one or two kills we would be happy about it and keep the positive energy flowing through the whole game. I would say Jens is doing the most to keep us in that state of mind.

A lot of people were really impressed by you personally, your composure, playing on stage at a final of a big event, was there any personal preparation going into this match?

Everyone in the team has these individual sessions with Jens and this is something I talked about with him. I needed to work on keeping my calm and my positive attitude on the big stage and in the big matches, even when it gets tight. I just need to keep the calmness and he's the one to help me to keep that state of mind all of the time. That plays a huge role and it's a huge part of this game. If I would have played this tournament a month ago, when we didn't have Jens, I would have been shaking because there's so much pressure.

Going into the match itself, kicking it off on Cobblestone, there were some tough clutches lost and traded rounds, but you eventually ran away with it.

First of all, we didn't think they would let us pick Cobble. They decided to ban Nuke so we were just happy. We went into Cobble with full confidence. We practice it a lot and they haven't. They don't have much of a record on that map, so we just played our own game the whole way and it worked every round. The only rounds we lost were just 1vs1s and 1vs2s because they are such good individual players. We didn't try to adapt because of that. We knew our standards and defaults worked, so we just kept playing our game.

After that came Inferno, and without being able to exploit the B site like against SK, it didn't go that well.

They were definitely better on Inferno than us and SK. They're a good Inferno team and we knew that. We didn't expect to destroy them or anything. We played our own game but that didn't work too well. We tried to adapt a few things but it didn't work so we just tried to let it go.

Against SK we abused banana control and it worked every time, but FaZe really want to fight back in your face and they took banana control over us every time and we couldn't answer to that.

After winning Train it went to Overpass, which is a pretty good map for you guys. What happened there?

Going into that map someone spilled water all over my mouse and my mouse pad, so I was pretty tilted about that. I went into it with a bad mental state. I tried to fight it back because of what I've learned from Jens, but it didn't go that well.

The map overall, I don't really know what happened. They were just playing really aggressively and we just didn't have an answer. Like on A, rain is a really is really strong playing on the offensive when he should be defensive, and we really didn't know how to face him.

And finally Cache, where you won...

We went in with an open mind, ready to fight this all the way through. It's an up and down map for us, it's not a bad map or a good map, but this time our own game turned out well against their standards and defaults.

Something to notice about this final, and this event, has been how crucial your opening rounds have been. You're aggressive and good at it, is there something to that?

Yeah, of course, like I said before, Jens is doing all of that. Before Jens, I feared to play my own game. I was too scared to do things like going through smokes or making the important plays. Basically, when I talked to him individually he taught me that I have to trust myself to make these plays and to not be scared and do my own thing. This is what NiP has been doing before Oakland and what we're going to keep doing into the future.

Finally, talking about the future, BLAST Pro Series and Pro League is coming up. How are you going into that now after winning Oakland?

After this, I'd say we have a bright future. At these upcoming tournaments, we just want to prove ourselves even more, because we've worked really, really hard. Working out, eating healthy, exercising, doing mental sessions... We really want to prove that we're a top team.

Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
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Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
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Yes. Wow, first #1.
2017-11-20 05:12
REZ if ur reading this just know that i've supported you since the day u joined epsilon baby
2017-11-20 05:14
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
2017-11-20 08:03
bullshit lier
2017-11-20 11:38
thats true
2017-11-20 05:11
2017-11-20 11:50
2017-11-20 12:09
You ARE a top team!
2017-11-20 05:12
top team cant even qualify for major qualifiers OMEGALUL
2017-11-20 06:28
Malaysia Level1Cam 
2017-11-20 06:50
Paraguay HighAlching 
Still better than failing to qualify to a minor lmao
2017-11-20 10:02
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Because of team like clan Fountain...
2017-11-20 07:29
Thats a NA Team dumb cunt
2017-11-20 08:54
That’s CIS meme team that was caught on cheaterung during faceit match year ago
2017-11-20 10:17
dennis | 
Latvia De1Co 
2017-11-20 08:03
Thank mr Jens
2017-11-20 05:12
The real MVP
2017-11-20 06:31
Australia Mr.Sinister 
2017-11-20 05:12
f0rest | 
China l1n4mm4n 
you are the future of Sweden CS
2017-11-20 05:16
i think you did it
2017-11-20 05:16
niceee rez
2017-11-20 05:18
Argentina OwnedStyle 
You already did it my boy
2017-11-20 05:19
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
easy katka
2017-11-20 05:20
2017-11-20 05:22
too soon.
2017-11-20 05:24
2017-11-20 05:34
BnTeT | 
Indonesia rareguy 
Such a young player... NiP put him as a star player with confidence to pull out magnificent rounds together. REZ was put in frontline. Congratulations!
2017-11-20 05:41
2017-11-20 12:08
2017-11-20 19:56
I was just talking about how competitive the top 4 teams can be on a good day, but probably the 5-8 rank is the most hotly contested
2017-11-20 05:42
tl;dr: This "Jens" guy is a wizard who has helped REZ unlock his full potential. Awesome to see REZ breaking through though, and proving the haters wrong! Absolutely a great move to replace friberg with him. And despite my "flair", I'm super happy NiP won. This five-man lineup, unlike previous ones, is extremely likeable.
2017-11-20 05:48
Turkey blazerX 
2017-11-20 06:05
top team LUL win one tournament then back to being top15 shit team
2017-11-20 06:24
Germany Youdontknowme 
You say like winning iem oakland is „just obe big tournament lul. Beating all teams in bo3 and faze in a bo5 does count a lot
2017-11-20 10:42
they only beat one team in bo3 and one in bo5. besides, this is the same "nip magic" we see - they win one tournament and then they drop in form again, they make a roster change, win a tournament, etc. the cycle continues
2017-11-20 15:44
Finland Alko^ 
back to top15? they were doing good on lan before oakland every tournament with current lineup
2017-11-22 11:19
+1 they got TOP 4 at Dreamhack Masters Malmö against the likes of FaZe.
2017-11-23 06:33
>Beating FaZe in a bo5 >Shitty team Pick one
2017-11-20 14:48
>Beat the two best teams in the world XOMG XDDD DEI ARE NOT TOP TEAM LUL
2017-11-21 18:25
2017-11-20 06:25
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
2017-11-20 06:25
2017-11-20 06:45
impressive interview coming for a 19 year old kid. Nice mentality. He has a bright future.
2017-11-20 06:51
Good job, REZ, good job!
2017-11-20 06:56
North America inkrias 
Pretty sicc kid
2017-11-20 07:16
want to prove that we're top team okay thats just too much kid just be on your size
2017-11-20 07:18
United States Optimus_Bait 
Maybe try to qualify for a major qualifier if u want to prove it so badly
2017-11-20 07:23
Ur name really checks out LOL. Online qualifiers are random af. Teams like nip nv and heroic deserve a direct invite into the minor. Team 5 or pride would fking choke on LAN...
2017-11-20 10:07
Ecuador ARKZE 
thats true but its cs and somehow these teams made it
2017-11-20 10:45
Of course its healthy for the rookie teams and that way we discover new talent, but its just sucks for a big dog like nip. I dont mind them qualifying but id rather see it all on LAN because of the higher skill ceiling there. NiP has one of the largest fan bases if not the largest and its just frustrating to see them needing to play online bo1s rather than on LAN for a spot in the minor...
2017-11-20 10:51
Ecuador ARKZE 
i know. its good that there are new teams but to see top teams like nip or vp lose to them in quals or premier leagues is heartbreaking.
2017-11-20 15:06
Rickeh | 
New Zealand HeliiZ 
Ikr the online qualifiers are broken as fuck. Its essentially just allowing onliner teams to upset. Like ffs Pride, AGO, Windigo and eXtatus all made it to the EU Minor over NiP and Heroic just cos they won 3 Online bo1s. But for NA and CIS they give invites stright to the LAN to shitter teams like Tengri, Spirit and CLG but cant give it to former MAJOR CHAMPIONS. Makes no sense
2017-11-20 10:48
Exactly m8 +1
2017-11-20 10:52
United States Optimus_Bait 
They really dont earn direct invite. If they cant beat tier 5 teams online they doesnt deserve to go lan to qualify for one of the biggest events next year. Git Gud
2017-11-20 11:25
K m8 have a nice day :).
2017-11-20 11:25
Belgium St0n3RaC00n 
Gl at major oh wait ...
2017-11-20 07:28
Sweden Theo143 
belgium scene LMAO
2017-11-20 08:07
shox | 
Latvia archm 
lol don't cry
2017-11-20 09:16
Gl at major oh wait ... comment on my nationality please but that wont make appear at next major :)
2017-11-20 10:14
Russia LeonWong 
Major =(
2017-11-20 07:41
FalleN | 
Brazil xandoca 
Deserved. Crazy Entry kills, what a youngster NiP found!
2017-11-20 08:45
"eating healthy" It's a fucking video game.
2017-11-20 09:08
United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
A healthier body helps with a healthier mind dude, which is where most of the game happens; any doctor would tell you the same.
2017-11-20 09:14
thats they you suck at it,while they are making money playing a fucking video game.
2017-11-20 10:13
Brazil plc_junkeR 
Fatty Doritos eater detected
2017-11-20 11:02
fat fag
2017-11-20 16:16
Go nip
2017-11-20 09:17
Poland Vissi 
Prove it on major! Oh, wait, PRIDE...
2017-11-20 09:29
Dosia | 
Iran ahmaden 
they cant, and you guys will see .
2017-11-20 09:36
Dosia | 
Iran ahmaden 
something that happened once, not gonna happen again .
2017-11-20 09:35
Sweden Rexz 
amazing work by them especially yung REZ GGWP #GONINJAS
2017-11-20 09:43
Everytime someone makes a statement like this,they fail miserably in the near future. Hoping nip dont break the trend.
2017-11-20 10:13
2017-11-20 10:13
2017-11-20 10:42
Faroe Islands shubaNNN 
top team not in major over a year pick one
2017-11-20 10:55
Finland Alko^ 
mad cuz nip top1?
2017-11-20 12:32
Indonesia yolorize 
ez for justin "REZ" bieber
2017-11-20 10:57
aizy | 
Europe Winde 
Nice joke, off-brand justin bieber
2017-11-20 10:57
Poland Vecchio 
NIP is back baby!
2017-11-20 11:00
nice, gl :).
2017-11-20 11:02
Europe vasseldomau 
This guy was so important against SK. He was in beast mode on Overpass.
2017-11-20 11:52
Europe vasseldomau 
If NIP had beat SK that's a better team than FaZe, of course they could be champions
2017-11-20 11:53
yes, they played very well, the game was very complicated for sk, they gave their best, they deserved :)
2017-11-20 17:49
I don't know what happened to NiP, but they're very strong atm.
2017-11-20 12:04
Remembering him back in the days when his first lan was in Bucharest with a mix team including rezex,draken,zehn, and now winning an international tournament,what a solid player he has become...
2017-11-20 13:33
WP REZ! Just this Jens guy... wonder if they have homosexual affair? He sure talks about Jens a lot... just curious...
2017-11-20 13:58
United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
Jens looks old enough to be his dad so unlikely haha
2017-11-20 14:53
gj rez you god
2017-11-20 14:25
Latvia myhem 
lol wtf North do in top5
2017-11-20 14:33
Russia KygecHukx 
2017-11-20 14:50
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
Congratz NiP and REZ... u guys deserved this title!
2017-11-20 14:52
You fuking idiot REZ , the only way to prove youre the best or in top 3 is to win a major !! Like teams like Faze or SK or G2 etc will show up all their tactics and strategies to win 100K in a small tournament when in 2 months there is a major and they want to keep their major spots + far bigger prizes. Im not taking anything away of this win from NiP, in fact i wanted them to win and i won a nice bet also, the fact though is that if you cant even make it to minor qualifier, let alone major qualifier, let alone go to major ... you are NOT a top team by winning a tournament vs teams that have to compete in a major in 60 days.
2017-11-20 15:07
Idiot bo1 + online.
2017-11-20 15:45
Cry me a river, no major for Nip, not major qualifier. Top team
2017-11-20 18:40
still rekt faze and sk cry is free
2017-11-20 18:41
And i made $500 because of that, why to cry ? You crying for hearing the truth.
2017-11-20 18:42
Proof or never happen
2017-11-20 18:42
No you keep crying bitch !!!! And ill keep crying too with $500
2017-11-20 18:42
haha nice proof
2017-11-20 18:42
Like ill do all that to prove to noone that my logic is real that of my original post.
2017-11-20 18:43
If you win something. Proof screenshot or something.
2017-11-20 18:43
You win 0 cuz you kid. and without any proof
2017-11-20 18:43
NiP +1.5 easy money 59%. I bet you didnt have the balls to bet even that vs Faze. Stupid cunt.
2017-11-20 18:44
nt. cry is free faze fanboy. you not win anything.
2017-11-20 18:44
The fact is i made $500 when you didnt bet shit ! You come in here to praise Nip AFTER the outcome like noone could expect Nip to win ... Nip in major ... since 2016.
2017-11-20 18:45
I can shit talk like i win 5000$ too. and what is point? idiot
2017-11-20 18:45
Nah you havent won shit bro. You would never bet against Faze because you are not a predictor
2017-11-20 18:46
yes i win 5000
2017-11-20 18:46
We both know you didnt have balls to bet against faze, i did. Cry me a river
2017-11-20 18:46
You're afraid to show a screenshot of your bets because you did not bet, and did not win anything.
2017-11-20 18:48
If you win something. you probably give me screenshot your bets. If not - you probably lose all money on faze and sk and crying
2017-11-20 18:47
You crying for hearing the truth thats all there is to it. Noone else crying here. Read again my original post.
2017-11-20 18:48
expected. bye kid
2017-11-20 18:49
Expected what ? To cry over truth ? You think SK, Faze and top teams would go 100% with everything they got for 100K and having everyone see everything and lose their major spots etc ? For 100K and 50K ? Thats why im winning $500 from bets and all you doing is crying out loud. Bye now swedish cunt, Nip in major ... in 2018 maybe, if they make it to qualifiers
2017-11-20 18:53
You are retarded
2017-11-20 16:18
I made $500 yesterday from Nip because i knew what will happen with 2 month before Major. Im retarted with $500 at least.
2017-11-20 18:41
oakland has handicap for nip (like last year) thats all for nip xD
2017-11-20 17:30
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
You already proved it by not qualifying for EU Minor LUL
2017-11-20 17:52
cheat ----REZ
2017-11-20 17:54
United Kingdom liam3001 
and you need to qualify major
2017-11-20 18:42
Good interview, I kinda don't like how he's spilling the beans on their fix tho. Should ride it as a fluke and not show your hand as easily. Hope them the best as always anyhow. Also, found a typo on the Overpass section: Like on A, rain is a really is really strong playing on the offensive
2017-11-20 19:14
glad to see NiP on the way up again, can't wait to see more success from them!
2017-11-21 05:38
Italy CHEBBOxxx 
nip gonna be shit ‘til next malmoe/oakland tournament
2017-11-21 08:22
This guy is a cheater , that's absolutly obvious just wait a few month befor VACATION , Each of his games are an evidence .
2017-11-21 20:44
Brazil LinkForc3 
Nice to see such a young guy with that mindset. And sad to see a experienced player like Fallen making fun of mental coaching and saying that they must win only "by guts".
2017-11-22 23:15
Petra | 
Turkey ao1 
Lets go
2017-11-23 09:51
byali | 
Poland swagV 
>NIP >BEST TEAM pick one
2017-11-25 08:27
Denmark beastd 
2017-11-25 17:41
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