suNny: "I've been playing worse than before, but I'm working hard on fixing that"

After mousesports eliminated NRG from the tournament, we grabbed Miikka "suNny" Kemppi for an interview to reflect on the team's showing at IEM Sydney and find out more about their run in Dallas thus far.

mousesports started the tournament with a relatively close victory against Sharks before falling to the lower bracket due to a breakdown on their pick, Mirage, against FaZe on day one.


suNny reflected on his recent form

Day two saw the European squad send NRG home after two maps, Cache and Nuke, and secure a spot in the loser bracket final, where mousesports will face Heroic for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Reflecting on Sydney, oskar was off in particular, but in general it just looked like some of the individuals weren't there at different points in time, is that something that you see as a problem for you nowadays or was it just an off tournament?

I think after SLTV everyone has felt kinda off, if you compare how we played at Starladder as a team to any other tournament after that, it hasn't been that great Counter-Strike. We have obviously been struggling, we lack some practice and we are the kind of team that can't trust so much in our routine compared to other tier-one teams. If we don't have enough hours, then it sometimes looks pretty funny if we play.

I've personally been playing worse than before, I'm working hard on fixing that, and I think that's also a pretty big reason why we're not playing so good. I have really impactful roles on T side on almost every map and if I make bad decisions or don't get the kills I should get, then we play badly. Yeah, Tommy also had a bit of an off period after Starladder, now he's playing much better already, but if two of our players are in a slump, it's really hard to win against good teams.

Your first match here against Sharks looked surprisingly close about half-way through before you took off and closed it out, was that simply just a slow start or was there more to it?

To be honest, I don't ever look for excuses, but now we were in Sydney, a few days home, and we come here and it's obviously jetlag life. It just felt like we weren't in the game at the beginning, but we knew that we only needed a few rounds on the CT side and we'd bring it back on the T side. It was nothing special, just like a normal first game of the tournament.

Despite it being your best map, Mirage went really poorly against FaZe, what happened there?

On Mirage none of us had a good game. Usually, some of us have a really good side, T or CT side, but now they had a pretty good counter setup for our standards. We already discussed it after the match, but sometimes it happens to us that we kind of don't have answers if the opponent is directly countering something from our standard playbook.

It basically felt like we ran too low on time almost every round and they just played much better than us on their CT side. If you watched our VOD and our decisions as individuals late round, it was just bad plays as a team and as individuals, everything just went wrong. There wasn't just one reason what went wrong.

The big takeaway from your match against NRG was that you opted to play Cache, what was the thinking behind that decision?

We have practiced many maps lately. We don't talk much about vetoes in interviews, but we just felt that it was the right decision to do. We played a good CT side on Cache for the first time ever, I think, and then although it should never happen, we already knew we were going to win the match after the CT side. They made good decisions mid-game on their CT side and it got close, but I'm happy we pulled through.

Going into the rest of the tournament here, how confident are you feeling after the first two days?

Our hardest opponents here are Astralis and FaZe. We're never feeling super confident against anyone, but I feel we can win against anyone here if we can just hit our individual peaks. I'm pretty sure we will go to playoffs, I don't know about the draw or anything, but I think we can make a deep run here and I don't see why we couldn't win it if me and oskar and Robin find our peak.

Canada Herodionus
2018-05-17 01:24
11 replies
Germany GODsuNny
damn suNny pls step up we need you
2018-05-17 01:24
10 replies
king of banana is coming for you
2018-05-17 01:25
9 replies
Germany GODsuNny
king of mirage mid connector coming for you too
2018-05-17 01:26
8 replies
Stewie2k is playing??!
2018-05-17 02:01
6 replies
ropz | 
Germany lor3nz
Stewie only King of betrayel
2018-05-17 07:10
4 replies
Austria shaak!
2018-05-17 07:39
3 replies
Expected shaakeh "expected" comment
2018-05-17 13:41
2 replies
2018-05-17 17:05
1 reply
Do not accuse me of such things friend. I am a truthful HLTV-User, trying to make an honest living.
2018-05-17 22:52
2018-05-17 11:57
Krimz is happy in fnatic
2018-05-17 13:26
2018-05-17 01:24
North America Slut_Gut
Is k
2018-05-17 01:24
Philippines legbreaker
clouDy now
2018-05-17 01:24
at least you're not STYKO
2018-05-17 01:25
I don't see why they couldn't win it if sunNy, oskar and Robin find their peak. oskar is on 85%, ropz on 80% and sunNy at 50% this tournament so far. ez for mouz.
2018-05-17 01:31
3 replies
lmao wake up. ur suggesting that sunny in this form x2= one sunny in 100% form :DDDD
2018-05-17 01:38
2 replies
i just said he reached ~50 percent of his potential level at this tournament. he can have twice as much impact, twice as much kills and twice as much suicides :D
2018-05-17 01:41
1 reply
2018-05-18 06:25
You suck sunny. Rain is better.
2018-05-17 01:37
5 replies
LUL who?
2018-05-17 01:42
1 reply
No, what!
2018-05-17 01:56
I understood that reference
2018-05-17 02:53
1 reply
2018-05-17 02:54
2018-05-17 15:03
Everyone will go down at sometimes. Sunny UP 💏
2018-05-17 01:43
1 reply
Thx now i feel much better
2018-05-17 11:35
Other Onizuka_go
that's the thing called slump
2018-05-17 01:55
Europe arthurklpx
Sunny aimlock* against sharks
2018-05-17 02:27
5 replies
It was Styko My friend
2018-05-17 03:55
It is his shit razer deathadder, that tends to spin out sometimes when the mouse movement is too much for the mouse Overpriced crapp marketed as best pro gaming mouse...
2018-05-17 12:59
3 replies
Used a deathadder for over 5 years, never had this.
2018-05-17 13:28
1 reply
Well, some of them have failty sensors. Work at tech shop. Had to give õsny cudtomers new mouse. Judt sesrch deathadder spinning in YT
2018-05-17 14:33
Netherlands ZoMilan
Deathadder has the good razer sensor, not the bad twineye philips thing
2018-05-17 13:59
2018-05-17 02:48
I respect this guy. From nothing to actually a good player Much respect
2018-05-17 03:27
4 replies
just like literally every good player in the world
2018-05-17 11:23
3 replies
Yea, but he is a finn. There is no scene in finland, even tho its quite popular game there, so he hadnt the option to get good teams in his country and grind from there. So he had to go the harder way to get to the top. There arent any other good finnish players aside him. Allu never was a really good player. Decent AWPER yes. So that's why i respect him more than others.'
2018-05-17 13:38
2 replies
k got it
2018-05-17 17:03
1 reply
2018-05-18 06:26
humble guy, pretty sure he'll be godsunny again
2018-05-17 05:31
NiKo | 
India Sishir
Modest af I like.
2018-05-17 06:36
Iceland caverat
keep making mouz great
2018-05-17 06:45
Finland kommunisti
No bullshit from sunny
2018-05-17 06:51
"If we don't have enough hours, then it sometimes looks pretty funny if we play." That's such a bullshit excuse, and seems to come up in every interview. "We didn't get enough practice", "we didn't have time to practice", "we didn't practice enough". If you need to put the hours in to keep up, THEN PUT THE FREAKIN' HOURS IN. You have the opportunity to make tons of money, to basically get financial security for the rest of your life by playing CS -- which by the way is also your job -- and winning, and you're talking about not having the time to practice?
2018-05-17 10:40
5 replies
i guess you don't realize that they can't put in the hours because they're flying to tournaments every other week. stupid much? yes, very.
2018-05-17 11:24
Iq 20?
2018-05-17 13:29
another braindead finn
2018-05-17 13:54
2018-05-17 14:23
fucking clueless
2018-05-18 06:28
Sunny is a fokin beast
2018-05-17 13:45
Let's go SuNny! If SuNny will start play again for exaplme like on Eleague Major Boston 2018 or Starladder mouz will be very storng opponent...
2018-05-17 14:09
Czech Republic KLothbrok
sunny the sauna boi the best back soon
2018-05-17 15:28
good work sunny!
2018-05-18 10:40
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