karrigan: "Vega play one of the best CT sides at this Major"

After FaZe picked up their first victory at the ELEAGUE Major following a 16-8 scoreline on Cache against fnatic, we got a hold of Finn "karrigan" Andersen to talk to him about his team's showing at the main qualifier, among other topics.

FaZe came into the Major on the back of a fairly shaky beginning at the Main Qualifier, barely winning Overpass against Liquid in the first match before conceding Inferno 6-16 to Vega Squadron.

karrigan shares his thoughts on FaZe's shaky start at the qualifier

At the Major itself, they have so far started well with a 16-8 win over fnatic on Cache in the first round. We caught up with the in-game leader, Finn "karrigan" Andersen to get his thoughts on FaZe's shakiness at the beginning of the qualifier, the Swedish match-up, and their biggest rivals at the event.

Your Main Qualifier showing was quite shaky at the beginning, barely winning against Liquid and losing to Vega Squadron - what were your feelings about how you played at the Main Qualifier overall?

I think the shaky start at the qualifier must be down to us having a vacation, a break. We haven't played any official games, we came in not on point individually. When we started on January 2nd, we had like 0.5 hours, so we had to get all the hours in and I think it started to show now.

When we lost to Vega, I think everyone said 'okay, we need to play a little more now'. I think for every day since that loss I just feel we are getting better and better, so we just hope to have enemies like fnatic, Na`Vi, that is where we strive the most, but we can't underestimate anyone right now since there have been some upsets already, it's going to be a random draw the next round.

Touching on the Liquid match on Overpass, do you feel like you got a bit lucky with the 14-14 forcebuy when they decided to take underpass up against CZs?

When it was 14-14, if this was a normal tournament and a normal FaZe, we would just buy now, risk everything, or we could buy Famas the next round and give them the overtime. But every time we played Liquid we won 16-14, so there was something telling me that 14-14, if we win that round it's going to break them.

So we went for the risky buy and it paid off, it could have been different now if we lost 0-2, we had another enemy in the first round and we could have been 0-1 now. Sometimes you have to take the risk and sometimes it pays off better than nothing.

I heard you have a problem practicing against Vega and their playstyle in general, can you tell me about that, is that really the case?

I think the whole 2017 we had Vega from the beginning, the way they practiced to begin with was pretty random, going for duels everywhere. When you want to try some stuff in practice, which practice is for sometimes, you don't really get to do it, and sometimes it just doesn't make sense if you just went through tactics on a map. That's one of the reasons why we hated practicing against them.

I have to say that they play one of the best CT sides at this Major, they've got good rotations, good teamplay, they're very composed in situations where you're normally not if you're a new team. But they've played together for a long time and I have deep respect for what they have achieved here, I hope for them they go even further, because they deserve it.

You already touched on fnatic being a comfortable matchup for you in general, was that the case in the match itself? It felt like you were in control the whole way through...

The fnatic match was kind of surprising that we ended on Cache, we prepared Train and Mirage. I kind of knew we wanted to end on Mirage and if they want to go for Cache, it's fine for us. It's a map we haven't played officially since the Oakland loss, but I think we've only lost one map on LAN with this lineup, so we feel pretty comfortable in playing all these different maps in best-of-ones and I think that showed today that we are ready to play more than our three famous maps.

Obviously you have to look forward, so is that also to get better prepared for playoffs, potentially?

We decided to play Train against Na`Vi to show a little that we can play Train and just to get some confidence on that map. It's a map we have lost a few times lately but won more, but the losses we have were so tight, so we feel we're good on that map and I think that showed as well.

We could have gone for Train, but I decided to mix it up a little, you never really know what map you're going to play against us if we keep switching up our vetoes from enemies to enemies, so it's harder to prepare against us and if you want to prepare, you have to prepare two or three maps at least.

Based on perhaps practice or maybe what you've heard about the teams' form, who are going to be your biggest opponents?

Based on practice is hard for us to say since we started in the beginning of January with no hours, every time we played we got wrecked. It's hard to say for us, but I think definitely SK must still be favorites to go far, they have still a good chemistry with felps, I think, they're just playing to play. That can be good and that can be bad.

Other than that, Astralis come in with new motivation, it's not a stand-in this time, so let's see if they can beat us in a best-of-three, because that has been the issue for them. There's many teams here, teams like Gambit always tend come in prepared for Majors, so I think we'll just have to see. It's very hard and we've already had three upsets the first three games with BIG, North, and VP losing. The 0-1 draw is going to be insanely hard, so I'm just glad I'm not down there yet.

You mentioned Astralis, the main story with them is that they've apparently switched device to a rifler. As someone who played alongside them, led them for a long time, what do you think about that?

Famously back then in Astralis with cajunb, we played three AWPers on three different maps, so device was always kind of a hybrid AWP, just like me and cajunb are. At that point we transformed him into an AWPer, which he was very good at, I think he wanted to go back to a lurking role, which I always thought device was good at, the way you can use him as an in-game leader.

The problem is, in Denmark you don't have those top AWPers who can take over the game like GuardiaN, kennyS, FalleN, so transforming device into that was a good idea. I guess it has something to do with device not wanting to AWP anymore and dupreeh is open to a new style. It can be kind of surprising, but we all know that AWPing for one or two events is the easy part, keeping it up for 10 events in a row and becoming one of the best is the hardest part, even if device achieved that, but keeping it up for more than one year, two years, is insanely hard. I've been there and tried it, it's very hard mentally.

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Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
Great interview, all the luck to FaZe on the upcoming matches! P.S Mom i made it P.P.S Kvik is gonna destroy them ez LITVA
2018-01-19 22:07
Hungary StraYzie 
2018-01-19 22:06
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
faze astralis shuffle inc /s
2018-01-19 22:06
Hungary StraYzie 
Nah, I don't see this. Never. Astralis doesn't need Karrigan, FaZe doesn't need gla1ve, or anyone else
2018-01-19 22:07
How could u take his comment seriosly ffs
2018-01-20 00:25
Hungary StraYzie 
Why can't I take it seriously? I didn't know how he meant it.
2018-01-20 00:26
Because of the /s telling you it was sarcastic
2018-01-20 13:00
Norway xeb__ 
"aurimas kvaksys". sounds like an alien language
2018-01-19 22:42
Nigeria Asbhdhsbs 
Slysk is cia mauras
2018-01-20 16:32
Norway xeb__ 
sry rejected russia see you in 2-3
2018-01-20 17:40
Hungary StraYzie 
2018-01-19 22:05
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2018-01-19 22:05
Sweden aer1aL 
stfu FaZe
2018-01-19 22:06
gud words my friend, and its true
2018-01-19 22:06
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Yes. They do. But next time will be ez for Faze
2018-01-19 22:06
Malaysia ez4harimaumuda 
not first :((
2018-01-19 22:06
Altekz | 
Netherlands xielA 
2018-01-19 22:07
Its pretty nuts to see such a relatively unknown team pushing the meta
2018-01-19 22:07
well they did beat North and FaZe and nearly beat G2 so, i'd say they'll make it through.
2018-01-19 22:11
pronax | 
Europe ShaV 
+1, but they dont beat SK yet
2018-01-19 22:19
Poland Hamadoshi 
Major just started xD
2018-01-19 22:07
Major started like 2 or 1 week ago xDDD
2018-01-19 22:09
Poland Hamadoshi 
oh I know, but I think it was quali to main stage
2018-01-19 22:10
Its still a major now. Thats what Karrigan mean
2018-01-19 22:10
In addition, Vega almost never let a team fully execute onto their bombsite without frags already happening elsewhere on the map or the bombsite already being overstacked. In this era of CS, playing passive and retake is just too debilitating on the CT economy... you need to play for information. Vega make it chaotic, but they always have baits and traps setup.
2018-01-19 22:12
Finland Smoonah 
vega go far
2018-01-19 22:12
No they don't...they're overrated russians, like Mouz is overrated international team...Kappa
2018-01-19 22:15
why ur mad? :)
2018-01-19 22:38
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
cry is free fox
2018-01-19 23:00
lover | 
Other Gala0 
3.2x vs faze for a team beating everybody and that beat faze 4days Ago on Lan is pretty much very underrated for me
2018-01-20 02:44
Fox is overrated
2018-01-20 13:01
go vega
2018-01-19 23:09
very nice interview! no bs straight-up to the point!
2018-01-19 23:39
Czech Republic nenz 
Vega is like a Gambit last major ..
2018-01-20 00:29
FaZe gets their butt cheeks slammed by Vega and they instantly call them "the best CT side in the major" LMFAO FaZe just is falling apart and they're realizing it. How pathetic to try and save face like that. Shark boys, time to eat.
2018-01-20 02:00
Brazil baldok1 
Actually they really have an impressive CT side... Just rewatch the games.
2018-01-20 11:54
Romania ASTiX 
You mean best t side
2018-01-20 07:14
Dosia | 
Russia mNstR- 
dis gon bi gut
2018-01-20 15:13
Luxembourg Hargreaves 
So why the f do you start practicing so late? I mean it really shows the lack of professionalism. Imagine a football team preparing just 10 days before the world cup starts. If you don't practice you don't get paid, Karrigan, especially you, when you should have been watching demos all winter break. I hope Faze Clan enforces it.
2018-01-20 15:13
Singapore b9casino 
karrigan fight it #
2018-01-21 01:30
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