f0rest: "StarSeries is going to determine how well we can do in the Minor"

We talked to Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg on the quarter-finals day to hear his evaluation of NiP's disappointing result in Dallas and ask about the looming Major cycle.

NiP finished ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in the last place, after they lost to SK in overtime on Inferno and 0-2 to the new OpTic in the lower bracket of Group B.

f0rest evaluates Dallas and takes a peek into the future for us

The whole team came to the press area on the quarter-finals day and we seized the opportunity to talk to Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg about the disappointing result. We also asked the veteran about the beginning of the Major cycle, which is coming up in June with the Europe Minor qualifiers:

You guys are clearly disappointed with your showing here, so tell me about what your general evaluation of the event is and what you think went wrong.

I think the conclusion we gather as a team for the past week, even before coming to this tournament, is that we're really lacking - which is kind of weird - the communication, it's not nearly where we want it to be. We're doing a lot of, in my opinion, rookie mistakes, mistakes that shouldn't happen at this level and communication issues that shouldn't even happen.

That's something that we've all gathered that that is one of the biggest problems we have at the moment and we're now really working hard to make sure that is on point before going to Starladder, which is only a week away. That is something we're going to do, keep practicing on the communication and how we approach the communication, what information is needed to be told and how we just communicate in general.

Your SK match could have gone either way since it ended up going to overtime, but you really dropped the ball against OpTic, particularly on the first map, what did you make of them as a new team?

It's hard for me to assess where OpTic are standing as a team because I don't even know where we're standing as a team. But they were shooting hard, cajunb really came up huge, they have a lot of strong individual players that could really go off easily in a game. We sure had a hard time playing against them on Mirage and Inferno was a bit closer.

It's interesting to see that the Danish scene can provide such strong teams, I think they have four different teams now that are really close contenders to being in the top-10, and that's really interesting in itself. I think OpTic will only improve from here, they just added Snappi and JUGi and I'm interested to see how far they can go.

What really is the goal for the next period before the Major cycle begins considering the busy schedule you will have?

We just want to make sure we get comfortable enough. Since we had such a great start when dennis joined, we had made playoffs and all that, this is really the first tournament where we felt off as a team and that is something that needs to get fixed pretty damn soon because of all the tournaments.

It's just going to be back-to-back-to-back, so what we're looking for here is definitely making the playoffs and, hopefully, we can grab a few trophies just to get the confidence rolling. I know we have the individual talent to do so, it's just that we need to figure out the small issues we have at the moment, and that is something that's going to be key for the upcoming tournaments before the Minor starts.

Touching on the Minor and the whole cycle again, it's been a while since you managed to make it to the offline portion, is this something you begin to worry about now that it's looming again?

As you stated, we've missed quite a few now. I don't really worry too much, I never worried before either, it's just that it went how it went and all we can do from now, we've changed a lot of players, we're trying out a different style, and I know dennis's confidence as a player and as an in-game leader to be able to go through without a problem.

Hopefully, we can all keep that mentality, but at the same time, there are a lot of strong teams in Europe right now, even for the lower tier, Counter-Strike is reaching a point where it's really, really close in general. This tournament that is coming up is going to determine how well we can do in the Minor. My gut feeling is telling me that it shouldn't be a problem; I've stated that before as well and you saw how that went, so... That's how I'm feeling right now.

Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
NIP Major pick one
2018-05-18 22:06
#2
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Canada Conscience 
No
2018-05-18 22:06
Expected
2018-05-21 20:45
#100
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-05-22 20:31
#5
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Palestine zwe 
yes
2018-05-18 22:06
#7
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected, don't fool me
2018-05-18 22:06
Expected
2018-05-18 22:17
Major pick
2018-05-18 22:21
North in 2k18 LUL Oh,wait
2018-05-18 22:57
#6
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
one
2018-05-18 22:06
#9
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Romania BADBOYDEMAZEPA 
NA Major Playoffs Choose one
2018-05-18 22:07
#17
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Korea Derepaer 
c9 won last major nt.
2018-05-18 22:10
#21
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France t3r4byt3 
did you even watch the previous Major lmao
2018-05-18 22:16
+1
2018-05-18 22:16
+1
2018-05-18 22:41
I just want the NiP stickers
2018-05-18 22:33
I Just want the Rez and Draken signatures xD A souvenir dragon lore with a Draken sticker on the scope would be dope cause Draken=The Dragon
2018-05-19 07:23
And I know cobble is out but it would be cool
2018-05-19 07:24
Does Draken mean dragonj in swedish ?
2018-05-19 17:44
draken = dragon
2018-05-20 05:20
The dragon* Drake=Dragon
2018-05-20 09:55
They'll make it this time
2018-05-18 23:39
GOAT
2018-05-18 22:06
LUL
2018-05-21 21:24
#4
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Brazil junera 
FURIA will win the Americas minor, sorry f0rest!
2018-05-18 22:06
who
2018-05-18 23:28
#54
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Brazil beckergod 
Nao tem como wins bro, nt
2018-05-19 00:26
#62
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India grinchxd 
nt budget North logo
2018-05-19 08:35
#8
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Brazil Waldemar H. 
yes
2018-05-18 22:06
#10
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Sweden Virr 
HORY SHET
2018-05-18 22:07
I forgot NiP has to play the minor xDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-05-18 22:07
#12
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United States Trump2020KAG 
nip=minor
2018-05-18 22:07
Trump=LowIQ
2018-05-18 22:17
#28
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United States Trump2020KAG 
get off the Na flag scumbag 3rd worlder
2018-05-18 22:18
NA = 3rd world
2018-05-18 22:19
#33
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United States Trump2020KAG 
haha NA so i guess u say canada is 3rd world to idiot ass haterdumb ass thinks America is only country in NA hahahahaha sooo sooo fucn dumb lmao wow ...trump low iq but yet worth 4 billion lmao can buy ur whole shithole 3rd world country hahahaha...but its ok i understan u wish u could be in NA
2018-05-18 22:22
tldr?
2018-05-18 22:22
#46
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Russia razorVJ 
What the fuck?
2018-05-18 23:07
#47
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United States Trump2020KAG 
idk
2018-05-18 23:08
Dont judge trump his past few months have been Stormy
2018-05-18 22:23
LUL
2018-05-18 22:27
#49
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United States Trump2020KAG 
banging out porn stars...GG trump GG
2018-05-18 23:09
#13
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
You mean open qualifiers*?
2018-05-18 22:09
Probably they get invite for the closed one
2018-05-19 02:17
Never In Playoffs
2018-05-18 22:09
ahahaha made my day
2018-05-18 22:11
LUL
2018-05-18 22:16
LUL
2018-05-21 21:26
#15
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Norway Goplen 
F0rest lifts major trophy in September.
2018-05-18 22:10
Would love to see that!
2018-05-18 23:00
#16
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Finland Smoonah 
gl forest
2018-05-18 22:10
#19
chrisJ | 
Hong Kong Escher 
In the minor qualifier*
2018-05-18 22:14
#69
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
i think they will directly get to minor, aren't they ?
2018-05-19 13:33
#82
nEGRo | 
Macau m8Oman 
no lmao
2018-05-19 23:58
#89
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
the qualfier to minor is online or lan ?
2018-05-20 19:23
#90
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
yes but dennis, rez, draken can comensate
2018-05-20 19:24
#91
nEGRo | 
Macau m8Oman 
its online i think they got a inv to the closed online qualifier to the offline minor
2018-05-20 22:48
1.6
2018-05-18 22:15
U will only be invited to closed qualifier i think
2018-05-18 22:17
I just heard his voice when I was reading :D
2018-05-18 22:18
#41
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Sweden Kasidro 
Lol me too
2018-05-18 22:37
#29
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Sweden Rexz 
ez 4 f0rest
2018-05-18 22:18
#31
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
FIRST YOU NEED TO QUALIFY FOR THE MINOR
2018-05-18 22:20
#34
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
GL NiP
2018-05-18 22:22
lmao? minor is very hard for nip like wtf
2018-05-18 22:26
#39
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
They will be back sooner ..
2018-05-18 22:30
#43
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Sweden larsbananas 
I'm fairly sure the minor will determine how well they do in the minor.
2018-05-18 22:54
#48
allu | 
Sweden Dguyg 
ye
2018-05-18 23:08
How is this guy knowing the future?
2018-05-18 23:24
#63
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Switzerland Alzameister 
Its because of his beard
2018-05-19 10:16
#70
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
+1
2018-05-19 13:33
nip on minor? nt forest
2018-05-19 00:15
#55
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
Dont they have to qualify for the minor first?
2018-05-19 00:33
#57
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Switzerland hfriedrich38 
legend
2018-05-19 02:27
#58
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Macedonia ydjoon 
NiP 5 time major finalists 1 time major champ 87-0 unbeatable record legendary team huge fan base great products and logo
2018-05-19 04:24
#64
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Switzerland Alzameister 
all of the past achievements dont matter bro
2018-05-19 10:17
#74
f0rest | 
Sweden S3bluen 
But they do
2018-05-19 15:34
#85
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United States apm54 
not for current results
2018-05-20 05:31
#92
f0rest | 
Sweden S3bluen 
They matter for GOAT
2018-05-21 00:30
#61
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
I don't think so. Just like how renegades are cursed to lose in bo1 swiss 16-14 or in ot you are cursed to never make it out of the minor qualifier.
2018-05-19 07:25
#65
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Romania SplaXie1337 
It is going to be Swiss BO3. NiP has to win those
2018-05-19 10:55
#66
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
Wait for all of the major group stages???!!!!
2018-05-19 10:56
#67
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
Oh shit my bad you meant starseries.
2018-05-19 11:00
#78
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Romania SplaXie1337 
No, i meant major. All i know is that Minor Closed Qualifier will be played BO3. Probably Minor Qualifier as well. Idk about Main Qualifier Damn so many qualifiers
2018-05-19 17:42
#68
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
Go Ninjas
2018-05-19 11:52
#72
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
nip's individual skillz is good but tactilcly it's pure shit :(
2018-05-19 13:35
#83
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Poland xkhao 
I love NiP too, but GTR individual skills isn't good anymore.
2018-05-20 01:24
#73
MINISE | 
Europe Cirro 
disband
2018-05-19 13:52
#75
f0rest | 
Sweden S3bluen 
GONINJAS <3
2018-05-19 15:34
#76
f0rest | 
China ertaxia 
-f0rest +f0restwOw
2018-05-19 15:39
Good LUCK BOYS !!!! #GONINJAS
2018-05-19 17:04
#79
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Other VladimirLucas 
inb4 NiP miss another major
2018-05-19 17:42
#81
Boombl4 | 
Czech Republic hid3yo 
f0rest amazing player
2018-05-19 18:14
thanks 4 intr, mr legend
2018-05-20 09:44
just top 0 cs go cs 1.5 cs 1.6 cs source playa, just a god.. idk hltv kiddos please k1ll ur m4m
2018-05-20 09:45
Legend:D
2018-05-21 15:01
#97
s1mple | 
Poland Venox1k 
NIP 2018 LUL
2018-05-21 22:38
nip is old weak ,and hopeless
2018-05-22 05:45
Major Nip Pick one
2018-05-22 06:12
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