Golden: "It was a very turbulent time for me, [...] but I'm happy that I can move forward and focus on the team"

LucasAM
April 17th, 2018 16:40

We caught up with Maikil "Golden" Selim ahead of fnatic's debut at DreamHack Masters Marseille to discuss a range of topics about him and his team.

fnatic have travelled to Marseille looking to keep their streak going after winning their two previous LAN tournaments, IEM Katowice and the WESG World Finals. The Swedes will kick off the $250,000 event against TYLOO, with Renegades and Natus Vincere completing their group.

Golden will try and lead fnatic to their third LAN win in a row

With the event about to start, we sat down with Maikil "Golden" Selim, who gave us his thoughts on the team's online performances, their preparation going into DreamHack Masters, and more, including some tips for the new fnatic Academy.

Less than a year ago, you were part of fnatic’s academy roster. Now you are leading the third-best team in the world. What does it feel like to enter DreamHack Masters Marseille with such a high placing in the ranking?

It feels like I have accomplished something with this team. The guys have been supportive and it has helped a lot. It feels good. I don't have that much to say about it, it just came very naturally.

You had a pretty close final against Space Soldiers at WESG. Did you expect such a tough game against the Turkish team?

Yes, we thought they would be a tough opponent because they have been playing insanely well online, and they are at the top in the Pro League table. During the WESG final, we lost the last round of the T half on Inferno, a 2vs4, and that really made the game hard for us to play. We should have never let them do that. It caught us off-guard and I think it affected us for the rest of the map and even a bit on Mirage, but, in the end, we made the comeback.

Things have not been going so well for your team online, especially in the Pro League. Why has the team not been able to play at its usual level online?

We don't know why we have been struggling online, we should be doing much better. It's something we are working on. It's much different than last season, we were playing so well in ECS and EPL. I don't know, online games... they're just not going well for us. We're not working well in-game and some stuff needs to be fixed.

Do you expect you'll be able to play at your regular level on LAN?

Well, we shouldn't let online results affect us because of how we played at the last two events we attended. We won both, and that should give us a lot of confidence coming into this one, but, at the same time, online games have affected us and we know some things we need to fix and that may or may not affect our results. I just hope we go into this very hyped and at full strength to try and win it.

How did you practice for DreamHack Marseille? Did you bootcamp or just prepare online? What aspects have you focused on?

We practiced a bit and played a lot of online matches, but no bootcamp or hardcore practice. We played a lot individually, like FPL and SPL and so on, so that has been the main thing, working on ourselves, although we did play practice matches and made a few minor adjustments.

What are your thoughts on your group opponents?

On paper, it looks like it is one of the easier groups, but you can never underestimate anyone, even though there are more stacked groups out there.

DreamHack Masters Marseille will begin with a GSL group stage, featuring bo1 matches in the opening and elimination stages, before the playoffs. What are your thoughts on this format?

If you lose two bo1s you are out, and I think that's tough because you can lose two bo1s, it does not take a miracle for a team to beat you on just one map. I think they should do like at IEM Katowice, one bo1 then elimination and deciders as bo3s. I think that's a good format.

DreamHack Masters Marseille will feature many teams who recently changed players. Is there any team in particular that you are curious to watch? Who do you think that made the best roster change?

I haven't watched anyone in particular, but I think Astralis have been showing very good form lately, especially in EPL and ECS, they've been smashing it. They've also been playing really well in practice. I think they have a good synergy going on and I think they made the best roster move.

After the WESG Finals, you tweeted that you were going to stay in fnatic. Were you relieved to put the speculation behind and to be able to focus on your work?

Yes, I was. It was a very turbulent time for me, because of a lot of things. I'd rather not speak about it, but I'm happy that I can move forward and focus on the team and on myself.

The winners of the GAMERZ show will undergo a bootcamp as part of fnatic’s academy program. As a former academy member yourself, are you excited to see what these young players can do? Have you had the chance to see them in action?

Yeah, I've watched some of their online matches, they have played an online cup or two. They have potential, of course. I only see problems rising if people clash with each other this early on. I think when I was in the academy team we had a lot more cohesion and we were very honest with each other. We put a lot of work into how individuals had to play in this or that situation, we spoke about a lot of things, and I think that gave us a synergy that allowed us to do anything. If they can understand that, they will be able to improve a lot in like a year or two.

Finally, just thanks to everyone who has expressed their support. They're awesome.

Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
439
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
#1
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China Netori 
nice
2018-04-17 16:42
auto noob
2018-04-17 16:43
#18
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Netherlands Deji 
-golden ok
2018-04-17 16:46
I feel bad about this guy, every one knows if fnatic lose a few tournaments clearly they will kick golden, even he playing well.=\
2018-04-17 17:20
#54
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
+1
2018-04-17 19:42
playing well when hes rating dropped by 0.07 this year compared to last year when they were winning so many games. clearly he wasnt the reason why they were winning those 2 LAN.
2018-04-18 08:04
#67
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Norway Scrotimus 
If you remember back to the time pronax playd in that roster. He was not the top fraggen then. It was the in game calling that made him a big part of the team. Just as Golden is doing now
2018-04-18 11:27
no way man its different. pronax actually had legit strat and good ingame calls. wow fnatic winning those 2 LAN and a huge series of wins was due to flusha and krimz playing at a god tier level. flusha literally went god mode otherwise faze would have easily won that final. and golden didnt contribute at all.
2018-04-18 12:58
#69
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Norway DiskarN 
Look. Golden has not been the top fragger n'or the bottom in a lot of matches. I do not know if what you are trying to say is that Golden don't have legit strats and good ingame calls, but have you let the thought that maybe what golden has done to the team, let Flusha and Krimz play as good as they did? As far as i see, their performance has been better after -Olof +Golden, maybe having a IGL like Golden has let them shine?
2018-04-18 15:23
#71
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Europe Hue_Ganus 
yes, but you forget that when pronax won the 2 majors he had olofmeister being the best player in the world and carrying them and also jw as insane ,so your arguments dont make sense
2018-04-18 17:30
how about when they won their 1st major? and tbh pronax is well known by the public for his awesome mid game calls and strats rmb the fnatic magical timeout everytime they are in trouble they used it and work wonders. how about golden? i dont hear anyone praising golden for his igl or his midgame calls instead many question it cause he always made the wrong callls and judgements leading fnatic to a ct stack when on t side.
2018-04-18 17:31
#73
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Europe Hue_Ganus 
On the 1st major jw and olofmeister were still sick .Also the overwelming majority of analysts support that golden should be in fnatic and he is an incredible up-and coming igl.I know that he has made some mistakes but what about all the good thinks he has done and dont dare say that pronax has never fucked up. Golden is still new and he will learn.Dont dont act like having flusha play sick and krimz be good is enough to beat teams like faze .More factors contributed to getting them these wins .Also have you even though that golden could be responsible for flusha playing incredibly,maybe he knows hot to use him correctly ??Golden is also a better fragger than pronax.Pronax was well known for his good strats and mid round calls ...it's been two years mate ,he's done fuck all
2018-04-18 17:55
nice try. 1st major olof wasnt inside it was devilwalk flusha schneider pronax and jw. get ur facts right at least. and tbh golden already has been in done fnatic lineup for a year i havent seen him improving instead his stats are deproving while the rest are winning so many games. he literally been carried to win games and tournaments. pls dont get me started on golden using flusha. flusha has always been the one given the lurk duty only when there was no igl where flusha went to the igl role. stop giving golden so much credit. he wasnt the reason for the success. if he was so good fnatic didnt need a miracle performance by flusha and krimz to barely win a bo5 against faze who had rain struggling whole series. golden was thrash in IEM katowice.
2018-04-18 17:54
#83
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Europe Hue_Ganus 
get your fax str8 as well mate,golden was in the academy team he hasnt been in fnatic for 1 year.Olof and jw being in the team wanst even my main point.Also no one said that he is the only reason they won,he is a factor that hepled them him.Pronax also needed good performances from his players ,now he is shit he has done nothing in 2 years.In the first najor the scene wasnt packed at all there werent teams like faze and sk ,the players he had were enough to get him the win ,also scheider was playing good back then.Look a fnatic performances a little before the decided to kick pronax,they were shit,but olof was still sick so why did they do bad ,you said it is easy to win tournaments with some of your players being god tier.Pronax got figured the fuck out ,also his stats dropped so much, when he got kicked they started winning again.
2018-04-18 18:15
nice
2018-04-17 16:44
#88
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Zemtic 
nice
2018-04-22 17:19
Wow
2018-04-17 16:42
#3
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Singapore Araxxor 
Nice
2018-04-17 16:42
#4
fox | 
Portugal VAC69FOX 
Should have gone ahead with -golden +fox
2018-04-17 16:43
#21
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Indonesia Dzapko 
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD daily fox fangay
2018-04-17 16:48
Europe Kinguin >>> Polish Kinguin
2018-04-17 17:13
#31
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2018-04-17 17:15
#43
fox | 
Portugal VAC69FOX 
You realize fox carried kinguin back in 2015
2018-04-17 17:53
#45
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Indonesia Dzapko 
And bring down in 2018
2018-04-17 17:54
#46
fox | 
Portugal VAC69FOX 
English? If you’re talking about the polish lineup , look at statistics my Indonesian friend . They do not lie
2018-04-17 17:57
#48
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Cry more, fox is not as good as on 2015. Hes bot now
2018-04-17 17:59
Lol no rain and dennis carried.
2018-04-18 09:04
#70
fox | 
Portugal VAC69FOX 
Stop baiting right now. It isnt funny
2018-04-18 15:36
Delusional.
2018-04-18 23:01
#85
fox | 
Portugal VAC69FOX 
you are
2018-04-19 04:08
Lmao wtf.... Srsly....
2018-04-17 16:48
#86
fox | 
Portugal VAC69FOX 
+1
2018-04-19 04:08
im referring to ur comment "-golden +fox. fox is so terrible..... srsly. he cant even get into a tier 1 or 2 team. heck even a tier 3 team doesnt want him.
2018-04-20 09:08
Yeah, times are turbulent sometimes with 14
2018-04-17 16:43
14 inches?
2018-04-17 17:24
#59
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
14 yos, lucky you, not knowing the hard part of life
2018-04-17 21:02
Nice
2018-04-17 16:43
Ok, nice
2018-04-17 16:43
N1
2018-04-17 16:43
lol
2018-04-17 16:44
Nice interview. GO GOLDEN GO!
2018-04-17 16:44
nice
2018-04-17 16:44
#15
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World zebra_man3 
expected
2018-04-17 16:44
Translte
2018-04-17 16:45
tl;dr: He doesn't want to speak about the rumours of him being kicked some weeks ago.
2018-04-17 16:45
#60
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
Tl;dr: he's being assaulted by other members coz they fear allahu
2018-04-17 21:03
#19
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Nice
2018-04-17 16:48
-golden +xantares ez win
2018-04-17 16:48
#niceC
2018-04-17 16:49
#24
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Russia @Slava 
Golden <3
2018-04-17 16:53
#25
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Azerbaijan Talley 
he says his teammates were supportive, how he was going to get kicked at first place then?
2018-04-17 16:55
#28
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Netherlands HetIsPatat 
Perhaps it was the management that wanted to kick him, you know the higher ups?
2018-04-17 17:06
You know the higher ups?
2018-04-17 20:37
#57
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Netherlands HetIsPatat 
I meant it as in "you know, like, the higher ups?". Not as a literal question whether he actually knows them or not.
2018-04-17 20:48
#26
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United States PsychoLogical 
Gotta give him that GoldenLove :D
2018-04-17 17:01
I thought two bo1s=bois=boys
2018-04-17 17:03
Miss me with that gay shit
2018-04-17 18:32
what turbulence hes speaking about?
2018-04-17 17:08
#32
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Indonesia Dzapko 
During the last fly to WESG
2018-04-17 17:16
i mean do they going to kick him afterwards?
2018-04-17 17:17
#37
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Yes, from plane
2018-04-17 17:22
#61
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
Will he ded?
2018-04-17 21:04
#62
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Indonesia Dzapko 
Ask him
2018-04-17 21:06
#63
Sadokist | 
Poland tr1xx 
Gimme number
2018-04-17 21:07
#34
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Denmark Zorrondo 
cuz team no muslim, you muslim.
2018-04-17 17:18
#36
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Russia wp333 
nice
2018-04-17 17:22
#40
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Romania Ilusion9 
this guy made 200k in 4 moths. what is your excuse?
2018-04-17 17:42
respect nice igl
2018-04-17 17:48
Many people think that dreaming hack is about pro cheating because its called dream hack
2018-04-17 17:51
So do not mistake and cheat because that would be unfair
2018-04-17 17:54
The next pronax <3
2018-04-17 17:58
#50
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Turkey Ez_4_Godstyle 
Golden <3
2018-04-17 18:33
#51
draken | 
Singapore Seanzzz 
respect nice igl
2018-04-17 19:03
Golden revived fnatic, respect! But also lekr0 deserves more credit, he is an insane fragger and is an uprage for olofmeister imo.
2018-04-17 19:06
Golden ftw! :)
2018-04-17 19:30
-trump +golden
2018-04-17 20:30
Golden is a really golden for fnatic, even they bm'ed my bois from SS with auton00b still like them and respect them all :P Keep up the good work boys !
2018-04-17 20:53
Good on you Golden :D
2018-04-18 07:56
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