Golden: "I feel more confident making calls"

We caught up with Maikil "Golden" Selim after fnatic's semi-final run at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.

The Swedish side finished 3-4th in Odense, Denmark after their semi-final run, earning $60,000. The Swedes beat OpTic in the quarter-finals but couldn't get past FaZe in the semis.

The 23-year-old player led fnatic to semi-finals in Denmark

After fnatic's elimination, we interviewed the squad's in-game-leader Maikil "Golden" Selim to ask him about the playoff games in Odense, how he was getting used to the team and their upcoming event—ECS Season 4 Finals:

Let's start with the quarter-finals against OpTic. The first and third maps were super close. You lost Inferno 16-14 Why do you think you were unable to close it out even though at one point it looked like you would?

We felt a little bit overconfident at one point and it might have hurt us a bit. In the end, we figured out what we did wrong but we just couldn't stop it and we lost some close clutches. We know the problem and we're going to try to fix it.

What do you think the key was to finishing off the third map Mirage where you won 16-14?

We started good and we felt that we had it on the CT-side. They went to the A-site and overran us and from there it went a little bit downhill. We had two AWPs in a round and we were pushed from Slope with pop flashes, we lost control. We took a pause at 15-14 and came up with a plan; we pushed Slope as CTs and we got the match because of that.

The semi-final against FaZe was quite one-sided. What went wrong and what were you missing to make it a closer affair?

It was my first time on a big stage. I feel like we did what Jumpy and I wanted to do in rounds but FaZe made some mid-round aggressions and even though we were expecting that, it still caught us off guard and cost us a lot of money. Still we won some of the rounds. We had no money when they won and maybe we could have gotten ten rounds on the T-side but sometimes it happens. The nerves got to me a bit. We didn't find our groove on the CT-side after losing the anti-eco as well.

JW said at WESG that he, KRIMZ and flusha were used to not communicating before because they understood what they wanted from each other. From your point of view, what was this like, trying to get past that, trying to get them to talk a little bit more?

Every match, I tell the guys to communicate what they're going to do in different rounds because we have so many versatile players, like players that have an x-factor. Everyone has to know what they're going to do. I'm usually the last guy to say what I'm going to do because I do things that makes it easier for the others, I take up different positions if our guys want to do something. Everyone tells me what they will do in the pistol, anti-eco, and first weapon rounds. If we get our groove, we keep talking and then it's hard to stop us. But sometimes that doesn't happen for us and we get a bit quiet when we're losing. That's what we need to work on.

In the previous days of the event, I asked flusha how you were getting used to giving orders to more experienced players in the game. You're coming in from the academy team. How has this progressed over the last couple of months?

It progressed a lot. We've been practising for three to four months and I think we understood what I and they wanted to do and combined it to make a playstyle out of it. We got to that point now and we just need to execute it. For me, it feels great because I feel more like a part of a team. I'm getting to know the guys much better. We are starting to click and it shows a lot online and now as we got to the semi-finals. Of course, we wanted to win but semis were what we were hoping for. I see this as progress. I'm disappointed myself but that's another matter.

Before the Pro League Finals, it had been a while since you attended a big LAN. ELEAGUE was the last one before this. What do you think your team has taken away from the Pro League Finals? What will you take with you to ECS which will be the next tournament you attend?

At ELEAGUE, we hadn't figured it out. Now I feel more confident making calls, the rounds I want to do, what I think will work. Our T-sides are getting so much better. At ECS, we have to communicate and keep pushing each other to be better. We cannot be quiet in the game and tell each other when we're making plays.


Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
United States AjAjCaptain 
I did it mom <3 Edit: fnatic best team in CSGO history
2017-12-11 15:34
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Slovakia Tomo1181 
2017-12-11 15:34
could be debated
2017-12-11 15:39
United States AjAjCaptain 
Could be
2017-12-11 15:40
2017-12-11 15:40
could be
2017-12-11 16:08
2017-12-11 17:04
Kazakhstan 44s3r 
2017-12-11 21:21
we should debate if we should depate it or not
2017-12-11 16:23
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2017-12-11 18:55
Sweden werkaster 
No, it couldn't. Only which Fnatic team is the best one, the pronax or the dennis team. No other team comes close, give me a break. NiP 87-0 maybe, but that's one run a long time ago. And they won because of a few key players, not really a team effort like Fnatic.
2017-12-12 12:56
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dennis | 
Netherlands cock 
2017-12-11 15:33
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
2017-12-11 15:34
2017-12-11 15:34
golden sux
2017-12-11 15:34
Sweden ConaN007 
It was his first game on the big stage give him some slack..
2017-12-11 15:41
All his events for fnatic: He just doesn't fit in the team
2017-12-11 16:11
Portugal feaz2er 
nice try
2017-12-11 17:01
Argentina [Darkaren] 
Malmö (Even FaZe sucked dick there) E-League (They lost against Astralis who made it to the finals, it was just a decent performance from the team, they were still kinda new) WESG (They were playing with Brollan, i mean, look at how KRIMZ played and look at how Brollan played, there's no comparison) EPL (This was ok tbh, losing against FaZe isn't that bad considering that they're the most skilled line-up in the world and most likely n1 team in the world)
2017-12-11 18:02
India bozzmob 
+1. Agree with this.
2017-12-11 19:17
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k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
fnc so bad
2017-12-11 15:38
-jumpy +pronax
2017-12-11 15:39
Golden go back to fnatic academy. You are so bad PRONAX ONE LAV
2017-12-11 15:41
LuL Pronax even worse than golden
2017-12-11 16:17
Czech Republic Charlie13 
Pronax is best igl in Sweden maybe in whole Europe.
2017-12-11 21:17
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
<3pronax, nuff said
2017-12-12 08:31
U mean worst
2017-12-12 10:22
Czech Republic Charlie13 
He won 3 majors with fnatic then they kicked him and now they suck without him so stfu.
2017-12-12 10:33
Delusional. They started to suck with him. And he did nothing after fnatic even in tier 3 teams, and even there he can't kill anyone.
2017-12-12 10:44
Czech Republic Charlie13 
They won both majors in 2015 with him and yes he wasn't star player for fnatic but he led them to win he had best strats back then. After they kicked him they haven't won a single major..
2017-12-12 11:19
Kazakhstan tomik0 
I pretty sure they won some with dennis, all Pronax did like igl he had allowing them to do whatever they want like star players
2017-12-12 20:43
Brazil Gunzel 
New pronax inc.
2017-12-11 15:46
Poland ryhupeja 
You can't go big if your IGL simply cannot frag.
2017-12-11 15:54
Argentina [Darkaren] 
Fnatic won 3 majors and like 15 tournaments with an IGL who simply couldn't frag. Idk what you're talking about.
2017-12-11 18:03
Finland itsansuu 
2017-12-12 05:24
Italy CHEBBOxxx 
nt faruk abdhi
2017-12-11 15:55
lol soo bad botden
2017-12-11 16:02
I would feel more confident if Fnatic will drop your bot ass from the team.
2017-12-11 16:08
Brazil torm3ntin 
2017-12-11 16:29
China Paracios 
pronax 2.0 only with bad calls
2017-12-11 16:54
Sweden lagcats 
soon it will be fnatic domination again
2017-12-11 16:56
not with a 1-14 igl
2017-12-11 17:59
United Kingdom Mattors 
Its funny cause in mirage in the final, Niko was 1-12 but noo, since your a little fan boy, he is the best in the world. EVERYONE has bad games, give him some slack, this was his first main lan
2017-12-12 00:32
imho Golden is doing great. I really like this team now, there's some magic in it again. Actually they're probably better now than they've ever been, just the competition is really though atm.
2017-12-11 17:33
why people hate this guy? i think hes doing really good in fnatic. He was not even known before he joined fnatic. At some point and hes already doing good calls iGL. Give him a break, just stop it with
2017-12-11 18:22
he had a 1-1-14. That's something to be angry about
2017-12-11 20:55
and what? I can give u atleast 10 games with pros having it
2017-12-11 21:01
give a game in which a pro did this and won. If he lost, its a reason to be angry at him
2017-12-11 21:11
krizm vs tsm on cache had stats around 1-13 and fnc won anyway lul
2017-12-11 21:23
link or no ese
2017-12-11 21:23
it was vs nip he had something like 1-9
2017-12-11 21:32
he ended 9-11. Golden ended 7-19 when he got an ECO ACE.
2017-12-12 05:29
but he does it almost every game and even in games where he get more like 10 frags if u watched the game most of them are anti-eco frags real gun rounds he just a burden always losing every engagement making fnatic play 4v5 every game
2017-12-12 04:56
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
2017-12-11 19:08
People who question this guy don't know anything about CS. Keep it up Golden and fnatic!
2017-12-11 21:37
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
FalleN+Coldzera=GOLDEN FallZera 2.0 New era inc.
2017-12-12 00:28
making calls? how abt buck the fk up on ur fragging your making fnatic play 4v5 every game majority of your frags are anti-eco if one of the other 4 has a bad day its impossible for fnatic to win a 3v5 game in today scene.
2017-12-12 04:54
More confident to make calls when you're from Tech Support
2017-12-12 09:44
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