dazzLe on DHW showing: "We're not happy, but it's still good for us"

In our last interview from DreamHack Open Winter, we got a chance to catch up with Will "dazzLe" Loafman and quiz him about Rise Nation's showing at the tournament and their recent uprise.

Rise Nation finished last at DreamHack Open Winter, although they put up a fight in their matches at the tournament, as they took Gambit to double digits and Heroic to 30 rounds on Inferno.

dazzLe talks about the team's experience at DreamHack

On the last day of the event, we managed to get a hold of Will "dazzLe" Loafman to talk about various topics surrounding the uprising North American squad, their recent experiences in higher-tier competitions, their upcoming events, and more:

You've now come last at the two biggest events you've attended, is that disheartening or are you taking it as a learning experience?

I still think it's good for us, because not many teams in our position are even getting to come to these events. We're definitely disappointed with the results, but the fact that we're even here is really good for us, it's really motivating that we even get a chance to play these teams. We're not happy with it, we're not content, but it's still good for us.

Two out of the three maps that you played here were quite close, do you feel like you could have come away with at least one of them? What do you think went wrong?

I think we just lack the experience, especially in mid-round situations we get really panicked and sometimes not make the best calls, and people are a little nervous and hyper-focused. I think it's just an experience gap that didn't let us to close the maps out or get as many rounds as we could have.

In your limited experience you got against European teams, have you picked up on anything that you can use in the future or in general?

I think it's the same thing of just not panicking too much when we get opening kills, when we get into advantages we can't throw things away, we really just have to capitalize when we make plays.

osorandom has been with you since the lineup came together, can you talk about what he does for the team in his role as a coach?

He's kind of a jack of all trades. He's our coach, he's our manager, and he's our analyst, all at once, so he's vital to everything we do and practice every day.

You've taken down some Pro League teams in qualifiers, do you feel like you're garnering respect from them or do they still look past you?

We definitely have more respect than we did when we started, but the mid-tier, top-tier teams maybe not as much. We don't really lose to the bottom-tier Pro teams in North America like ever, so I think those teams definitely respect us, but as far as everyone else, we have more to prove for sure.

Looking ahead, you have CEVO Main to finish up, the Dust2.us Masters, ESEA MDL Global Challenge, and most importantly a showdown with SoaR to determine who will go to the ESL Pro League. What are your expectations for these events?

We're pretty much planning on winning all of that, so we're going to win CEVO Main, we're going to win Dust2, we're going to win Premier, and we're going to get the Pro League spot.

Who do you think are three of the most promising young North American players, in MDL or Main?

I'm going to go with moose, Subroza, and ShoT_UP.

You're currently #7 in North America on HLTV rankings and #8 on the Dust2.us rankings, do you feel like those positions are accurate?

I think so, I haven't looked at the rankings in a little bit, so I'm not sure exactly who is above us and under us, but I think that's pretty accurate, yeah.

People are often commenting on there being a dearth of IGLs in North America, yet vSa rarely gets noticed or credit, can you talk about the work he puts in for you and his calling style?

vSa is really good, the vibes and the mood he brings to the team is vital to everything we do. He definitely doesn't get recognized enough and another thing is that he frags, not many IGLs can call and put up numbers and win big clutches, staying alive and being good players. He's definitely undervalued, underappreciated, and underrated.

He's a little loosey-goosey, we kind of get to do what we want to do, if someone wants to make a play, he'll let us do it, he'll adapt with what we want to do. And sometimes if he has an idea or something he wants to do, he's going to be authoritative with it and make sure we do it. So it's kind of a little bit of everything.

United States Will 'dazzLe' Loafman
Will 'dazzLe' Loafman
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
falleN | 
Brazil willdsc 
2017-12-04 01:12
dazzle rank S god
2017-12-04 01:58
falleN | 
Brazil willdsc 
really sick team
2017-12-04 01:12
hey mom i made it to the top!
2017-12-04 01:13
not relevant u mom must be sad about that but still support u cuz she want to u be happy.
2017-12-04 07:20
2017-12-04 10:15
says the 10th world streetrat.
2017-12-04 11:14
actually I am graduated and my house is 2 blocs to the beach so. I have a pretty decent life. and you must smoke weed everyday to make your sad life little better for moments.
2017-12-05 00:49
damn you're toxic, go smoke a joint bro
2017-12-05 02:30
2017-12-05 10:59
a wooden cabin is not a house. graduated from monkey training school doesn`t count as an education, the only thing you can do is sit in a cage and throw shit at people.
2017-12-05 11:42
actually it is. people pay a lot of money to go to Fiji, Maldivas and stay in cabins just enjoying the simple lifestyle. go sell few mc donalds to pay your own weed and go out of his mom home.
2017-12-05 16:38
uuuhh aaaah aaah!!!
2017-12-06 11:37
nice argument. you seems rly smart
2017-12-06 21:41
Still support him? Lol she's probably saying get the fuck out of my house right now
2017-12-04 12:12
Good for you
2017-12-04 01:13
Russia ez4u 
Just random knubs.
2017-12-04 01:13
Brazil digozamaral 
rise nation lul
2017-12-04 01:14
strize | 
Canada DiiSCO 
bra71l lul
2017-12-04 01:24
Brazil digozamaral 
i wont say nothing because i love canada but nt
2017-12-04 01:25
Israel BingoBango 
Reasonable Brazilian
2017-12-04 10:38
rise of nation 8/10
2017-12-04 05:51
France StickyRice 
Who do you think are three of the most promising young North American players, in MDL or Main? I'm going to go with moose, Subroza, and ShoT_UP. Subroza lul. LMAO
2017-12-04 01:15
he was one fo the best plsyers in premier this season so it is to be expected. would ve said grim instead of shot_up but they are lookalike buddies, so.. shot ups got way more potential tho.
2017-12-04 01:25
France StickyRice 
subroza has numerous aimlocks to his name, but maybe he learnt to be good without, what seemed to be, cheats (i guess that's why he left CLG to go back to Canada with French Canadians)
2017-12-04 01:26
Kid is most likely a cheater and didn't do too well when he had chances with CLG...so yeah, he's basically witmer 2.0 except witmer never had a cheat label on him.
2017-12-04 03:35
witmer had numeroud chet allegations when he was in main, he was the up and coming awper along with koosta. and he was like away for a long ass time since source and he suddenly removed heads. that being said he is just a flashy dude, not a really good player. he isnt even a good premier materail anymore. on the account of subroza, he might ve cheated or just had a weird style of play, either way he is good enough to be on a pro team now, not like ethan level but could do on a mid tier team like nrg.
2017-12-04 08:11
Argentina EnvyJ 
Well, atleast they tried I guess
2017-12-04 01:15
girL | 
CIS Sforz 
noname speaks
2017-12-04 01:16
2017-12-04 01:25
more like vp or any polish team
2017-12-04 02:29
2017-12-04 02:38
more like vp or any polish team
2017-12-04 02:40
2017-12-04 02:45
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
2017-12-04 02:04
Turkey Mustafa- 
Best na player
2017-12-04 02:08
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Simply amazing profile with those color combinations....
2017-12-04 08:34
gl Dazzle in the future. #WERISE
2017-12-04 02:33
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Stuart_ 
rise nation lol
2017-12-04 02:35
Ppl discounting this team lol. These guys have pretty bright futures on some of the top rosters. Everyone on hltv if SKDC bombed out of some tourney: “nubs so bad xdddddd” well where is Stewie now. Or even autimatic on his past teams. Trust me guys like dazzle will be the future.
2017-12-04 02:47
2017-12-04 03:07
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Stuart_ 
nah rise nation are bad, can't even win a single map lol
2017-12-04 04:22
United States csgoishard 
they are in esea mdl my nigga
2017-12-04 05:37
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Stuart_ 
i know this, i'm talking about dreamhack winter xD
2017-12-04 17:52
Finland Smoonah 
uhhh what?
2017-12-04 02:50
2017-12-04 03:07
zet | 
North America RosT- 
hey man use your grave pls (300iq joke)
2017-12-04 03:12
Russia AyvaN 
Good improove for Team RiseNation! Keepit boys!
2017-12-04 03:23
Sweden maximusstael 
2017-12-04 08:34
Tunisia wotup_newfag 
it can happen only in america, average players paid like best players in europe
2017-12-04 10:27
Israel xpicyyy 
2017-12-04 11:06
dude looks the anchovies from spongebob
2017-12-04 11:07
HAHAHAHA omg that killed me, absolutely true
2017-12-04 12:58
2017-12-04 22:22
but, who cares? lul
2017-12-04 12:44
looks like xizt in glasses without a beard =\
2017-12-04 14:56
France rezpecful 
vSa would be rated better if he wasn't a tier 8 player and a tier 11 IGL :).
2017-12-04 15:29
United States MAY0 
Loosey Goosey
2017-12-04 15:49
Poland dreamShow 
lego dazzle!
2017-12-04 18:37
World Haxoryeet 
this dude sounds like n0thing
2017-12-04 18:57
who the fuck is that guy?
2017-12-04 21:52
United States $hemlenie69 
jonji >
2017-12-05 01:04
vberg | 
North America Mang0 
2017-12-05 05:57
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puget 
what is this camera and light angle lmao
2017-12-05 11:33
2017-12-05 14:39
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