Xizt: "The Swedish scene is weird right now"

After surviving their elimination match at the ECS Season 5 Finals, we talked to fnatic's new in-game leader Richard "Xizt" Landström about his time in FaZe and his thoughts on the recent Swedish shuffle.

On the second day of the London event, fnatic eliminated Cloud9 in a close-fought best-of-three that went the distance. They now move on to play Liquid for a chance to reach the playoffs on Sunday.

This is the Swedish side's first LAN in over a month, and the first event with Xizt in the driver's seat after he was brought on recently in place of Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson, who went on replace William "draken" Sundin in NiP.

Xizt believes several Swedish players aren't in the right roles

We sat down with the experienced Swede to quiz him on his new role and what he thinks of the consequences of the aforementioned shuffle:

Last time we talked to you, you said your goal was to return to an IGL role. What's it like for you, being back as captain?

It feels good. I obviously have some really great players with me, they communicate very well and make my job very easy. And I think we have the same understanding of the game, so being on the same page as the players is just great. It's a bit stressful in some situations and we're trying to play a bit slower and use our experience, because we have so much experience between us. If we just slow things down I think we're gonna be more succesful.

In that same interview, you said that one of the problems at the beginning of your run as a stand in for FaZe was communicating, because you were used to speaking Swedish. So what's it like to come back to that?

It was a bit weird hearing everything in Swedish again, but I think it just makes everything much easier. We had some problems in FaZe with the communication sometimes, especially in stressful situations. In tight situations, there was some misunderstandings. When things got close at the end of maps, someone might misunderstand a call or something, which very easily happens when you're speaking English.

You've been talking about wanting to learn from karrigan while you were on the team. What do you think you learned?

It's actually funny, I think karrigan actually learned from me in the beginning of 1.6 when I was captain of that team (fnatic 2012). The most important thing for me in FaZe was just that I could just relax and play, and not having to call was good for me as a player, just learning what it's like from that perspective. Of course, I learned some strats and other stuff from him, but I have my own calling style I would say.

So, right now we're just past a bigger Swedish shuffle, and there's been some debate about what's going on, who's really going where, what's gonna end up with players like draken and Lekr0 after they were released from NiP and your new team. How do you feel being the one who's coming out on top of all of this?

I think the Swedish scene is a bit weird right now. All the shuffles are a bit weird. I don't think the right players have the right roles. If you look at Dennis, he's probably the best entry fragger in Sweden right now and I think they should unleash him more. There are just a lot of players in weird roles.

Would you say that also goes for your own team? You came in, Lekr0 was released, and now Golden has been moved to entry fragger. Is that also part of the weirdness of Sweden right now?

Yeah, it's definitely a part of it. Entry fragging was something that Golden really wanted to do, but at the same time, we're also struggling a bit with who's gonna be our second AWPer. We have JW, who's more like a hybrid player, and he doesn't want to main awp all the time and play more with his guts. It's new for us, but I think we're getting there. Me and Golden just have to become a little more synchronized. But yeah, I think in a few months the Swedish scene is gonna quiet down and everyone will fit their roles better.

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1478
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
846
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
750
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Greece SneakPete 
Xizt is the god himself
2018-06-09 16:34
ye
2018-06-09 16:35
#21
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2018-06-09 16:35
nah, sry
2018-06-09 16:36
Expected
2018-06-09 16:39
#14
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Germany GODsuNny 
Swedish Scene is dead right now
2018-06-09 16:35
2 teams in top 10 how is that dead?
2018-06-09 16:40
#34
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Germany GODsuNny 
they dogshit and no top 10 and WESG win by fnatic was a fluke only tier 5 teams like big and tylul and onlinesoldiers it was a fluke win
2018-06-09 16:41
#46
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Sweden wyv0 
Still 2 teams in top 10? Only denmark and Sweden has that
2018-06-09 16:56
#47
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Germany GODsuNny 
and NA this raking is rigged
2018-06-09 16:57
#56
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Sweden wyv0 
Can you count NA? Its canada and USA combined
2018-06-09 17:02
#81
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Switzerland Alzameister 
Why is it rigged? Tell me a couple of teams that would replace the swedish and na teams in the top 10
2018-06-09 18:11
They're going back in the right direction finally, I expect swedish teams to be a lot more impactful in the next year
2018-06-09 16:58
#115
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Sweden ericlindberg 
we are still 3rd best country according to hltv cry
2018-06-10 17:04
Ez xizt. Proud of you.
2018-06-09 16:39
+1
2018-06-09 21:38
#112
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India naetu 
+1
2018-06-10 11:54
Yo
2018-06-09 16:33
#51
Lekr0 | 
Turkey Cherub 
lol
2018-06-09 16:59
#72
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
les
2018-06-09 17:46
#79
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Netherlands Deji 
noobs
2018-06-09 17:56
#3
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
Yes
2018-06-09 16:33
-get right ASAP
2018-06-09 16:34
+get left
2018-06-09 16:47
#48
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
+1
2018-06-09 16:57
#5
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Singapore Kerk 
-Get_LoSt
2018-06-09 16:34
#6
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Israel fkor1 
expected
2018-06-09 16:34
#7
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Finland finalfan 
Full Swedish shuffle incoming
2018-06-09 16:34
indeeeed
2018-06-09 16:35
#9
Europe f0sh4 
hehe
2018-06-09 16:35
true
2018-06-09 16:35
no shit sherlock
2018-06-09 16:35
what up now swedes?
2018-06-09 16:35
Wooooo!
2018-06-10 03:40
#15
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Spain Lucien 
Although with the right mix of players you would have 2 top 6 teams.
2018-06-09 16:35
#16
SPUNJ | 
Europe vsebush 
god
2018-06-09 16:35
#18
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United Kingdom InsCS 
"We have JW, who's more like a hybrid player, and he doesn't want to main awp all the time and play more with his guts." I mean, he's got a lot of it... :>
2018-06-09 16:35
#53
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
haha
2018-06-09 17:00
you're way too literal dude
2018-06-10 06:37
now people r saying he is a god i hate kids....
2018-06-09 16:35
Draken to Fnatic
2018-06-09 16:35
#35
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Brazil j10malaquias 
Yeah, definitly. JW doesn't want to be the main awper anymore.
2018-06-09 16:41
I feel the following teams would be great/major winning teams with enough practie Fnatic IGL-Xizt LURKER-Flusha ENTRY-Krimz Awper-JW Rifler/Support-Lekro NiP IGL-Golden Lurker-Get_Right Entry-Dennis Awper-Forrest Rifler/Support-Rez Godsent IGL-Hampus Lurker-Maikalele Entry-Brollan Awper-Draken Support-Twist Fnatic:Fnatic would be a clear top swedish team with great aimers like Lekr0 and Krmiz, the agressive awping of Jw, the star power of flusha and the IGLing of Xizt would tie the team together NiP:NiP would be an upset team and a top contender the great aimers of Dennis and Get right, the the awping of Forrest, the supportive element of rez and the IGLing of golden would lead this team to victory Godsent: Godsent would be a clear top 10-15 team. The impeccable aim of both Brollan and Maikalele, the hybrid and agressive awping of Draken, the supportive element of Twist and the IGLing of the up and comming Hampus wpuld make this team a major playoff maker, and a darkhorse team. The following players would be put of a team or are still below these teams for the following reasons Pronax-low self esteem and decent fragging, IGLing style does not work anymore Pyth-in a slump and a decent fragger but has not ahad a clear defined role in any team Zjnader-another decent fragger but in my opinion he needs to get back in the game and work on his form. He is in a slump/washed up at the moment Olofmeister- Still in faze and i dont think he would leave if unless it wet on a massive underperforming streak Friberg-Washup/in heroic and not doung to bad, needs to be motivated again and work on aim Moddii- same as friberg Others i did not mention are ,Jayzar,Limpone,the entire jalapeño roster, benny, jayzwalking, singularity roster. I did not mention them since they low t3 high t4
2018-06-09 16:56
#57
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Hong Kong Ver1tasC 
Agree with most of your opinions. But have you ever thought about that olof may go back to fnatic? He declined faze's matches all the time but he still stays in faze, is he waiting for a chance to reunite with his old friends? If so, olof krimz xizt jw flusha would be perfect.
2018-06-09 17:05
#64
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Spain Lucien 
Olof has health issues, JW tweeted "Health comes first" in response to Olof inactivity.
2018-06-09 17:10
Yes olof is on a top 3 team atm. Yes he isn’t playing but its because of a health issue. I personally believe he is having motivation issues after loosing V4, the voston major and IEM Katowice. He may also just have health complications. I could see him rejoining Fnatic if they ever pull thier act together. And if faze keeps a massively underperforming slump. The order i think players would be cut from current faze are Karrigan-IGLs usually get cit frist since the problems truely are on them or they are jot calling. Olof- a third best fragger on team but not a major part ie faze winning iem sydney with xizt. Rain- stable consistent player but faze may eventually hang up his jersey The last to,gaurdian and niko i think would nevr be dropped but bought out by annother org. They are both top 10 players atm and guardian top3 awpers behind kennys and arguably device. So i dont think faze would kick them. If Olof were to leave / kick i think he would get alot of offers especially from fnatic and would probably replace lekro buti dont think olof is leave in any time soon
2018-06-09 19:01
#61
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Spain Lucien 
FNC: Xizt, JW, flusha, KIRMZ, REZ. Top 3 team NiP: Lekr0, Draken, Golden, Dennis, f0rest. Top 5 team GODSENT: Brollan, Hampus, Twist, friberg, Get Right. Top 10 team
2018-06-09 17:08
I made my teams based on past experience with each other and the org along with toles. On your Fnatic team there is no dedicated entry fragger. Which is the main problem Your NiP team is good but has no support and 2 hybrid awpers and not enoughstar power/great aimers Your godsent team is decent but i cannot see a world where Get right and Friverg would play together or with a lesser org. Not to mention no dedacated awper. Yes i know twist is currently awping but i dont consider him a dedicated awper more a rifler. But he can also awp.
2018-06-09 17:49
#83
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Sweden MasterBaitor 
1. REZ Is entry on NiP 2. Dennis and F0rest are easily top 3 players in Sweden. 3. Draken = Awper, Lekr0 can be used as support.
2018-06-09 18:17
Dennis is potentially the best swedish entry fragger atm. Rez is to inconsistent with his form. Forrest on be awp means a more passive/hybrid style pf awping. Lekro should be entrying on fnatic in my opinion. He is a nutty aimer and is more consistant that rez. Plus NiP has no supportive players atm
2018-06-09 18:52
#82
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Switzerland Alzameister 
lol what did you smoke to put rez in a support position? Yes, he is inconsistend atm but when he gets consistent he is a beast.
2018-06-09 18:15
Thats why i put rez as a support. He is wildly inconsistent but when he does have a beast preformance woth my nip where golden IGLs. Goldn would in theory play support and call while rez beckmes a beast. And no i was not smoking. Consistency is key. Look at rain. He his not the best fragger or player but he is consistent that is why he has stayed on faze for so long. He has always been consistent and improving.
2018-06-09 18:54
true
2018-06-09 16:36
gay
2018-06-09 16:36
Last question/answer... "We have JW, who's more like a hybrid player, and he doesn't want to main awp all the time" -golden +twist EZ GG 4 GODfnatic
2018-06-09 16:37
-golden + draken
2018-06-09 16:48
you want to put a player that was kicked from NiP in fnatic?!? what a joke! twist way better awpper and more consistent than draken
2018-06-09 22:58
? xzit was also kicked from nip
2018-06-10 00:28
-1 +1 LUL Why people on hltv think they always need to answer to others people's opinions xD Sometimes we just want to express ourselves, we don't want to accept your(s) point of view just because "yes" or because you may think that we need to think the same way you do... I'm a wolf, not a sheep... MEGA LUL Have a nice day!
2018-06-10 01:16
autism/8 have a nice day too
2018-06-10 11:23
#26
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Denmark danishwarrior 
get draken pls fnatic!
2018-06-09 16:38
#27
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Armenia 1915 
-golden +friberg !!!!!! PLEASE
2018-06-09 16:38
#30
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Slovakia SLAVak 
''We have JW, who's more like a hybrid player, and he doesn't want to main awp all the time and play more with his guts.'' This might mean that Draken is on his way to Fnatic.
2018-06-09 16:40
+1
2018-06-09 16:41
Draken is bad
2018-06-09 16:54
Unlikely. Draken and JW are very agressive and having both of them in a team can create holes and weaknesses
2018-06-09 17:18
#117
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Slovakia SLAVak 
What did I say
2018-06-16 16:18
Well kudos to you bruh
2018-06-16 18:33
#32
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France neibaf 
so french scene great. Kappa.
2018-06-09 16:40
#36
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Germany Fuyuwa 
Analyse easy for Xizt.
2018-06-09 16:42
Just like every sport, every country has a bad moments. NIP and fnatic destroyed all teams, now its time for rest. I actually wonder, how they have any motivation to win ? They won everything + rich as f***.
2018-06-09 16:43
#62
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
You have a point. Sometimes when people reach too much success they become complacent and no longer has the drive they once had for them to reach the said success. It's a sad pattern really: motivation is very a very important factor.
2018-06-09 17:08
I don't even understand why golden is still in the team tbh
2018-06-09 16:43
#39
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Sweden wyv0 
So basically confirmed -golden +draken
2018-06-09 16:44
#74
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Slovakia Freddie28 
In few weeks/months probably yes
2018-06-09 17:48
#42
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Hong Kong Ver1tasC 
Golden to nip, dennis back to entry-fragging, Olof back to fnatic Perfect. *Q: Why no draken but olof? A: So that jw and olof can change roles flexibly just like old fnatic times. Olof is way better than draken when it comes to rifle. Also, olof works pretty well with his old friend--KRiMZ.
2018-06-09 16:54
Nowadays all scenes r weird except danish
2018-06-09 16:54
So wait,Xizt is IGL,Lekro is benched and Golden stayed in team. Wow,good job Fnatic,very good job.
2018-06-09 16:58
#52
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
the dream would be -get_right +fallen xDD good awper and ingame leader at the same time (and btw hello to all idiots thinking coldzera is igl and can igl)
2018-06-09 16:59
#54
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
If you think Cold cannot IGL then why do you want Fallen to leave SK?
2018-06-09 17:07
He just want fallen in nip i guess
2018-06-09 17:02
#59
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
i don't want fallen to leave, i'm a nip fan, and i said "the dream" obviously it's not gonna happen, but the DREAM scenario would be fallen in nip
2018-06-09 17:06
#77
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Slovakia Freddie28 
+1 and very good swedish
2018-06-09 17:52
#116
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
Well, fallen's english is good and nip played in english in 2015 with allu so.... xD
2018-06-11 16:28
The moment nip needed a more tactical gameplay it all went for the worst. Only when treath taking over that role they were on point. Xizt is not a good igl... Duno why people hype him as an igl. He had so many time in nip to show that.
2018-06-09 17:01
"I don't think the right players have the right roles." yea and you have golden as an entry rofl:DDDDDDD
2018-06-09 17:10
#66
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United States BernieSanders 
+1
2018-06-09 17:19
#67
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Bulgaria nrgtop1 
LMAO -Golden please
2018-06-09 17:25
"what's gonna end up with players like draken and Lekr0 after they were released from NiP" weird phrasing, "released" sounds like their contract expired or they actually got released from the contract, also dunno why its draken and lekr0 in a sentence referring to them being released since Lekr0 was added to the team and not released?? I guess it all would make more sense if it's supposed to be "released from NiP and fnatic" or "released from their teams/former teams".
2018-06-09 17:38
#70
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
stop being pedantic you know what the line meant.
2018-06-09 17:41
they could just say that they got kicked instead of using euphemisms
2018-06-09 17:49
#69
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
" I think in a few months the Swedish scene is gonna quiet down and everyone will fit their roles better."" aka golden is gonna get kicked and someone else will come in to replace him as an actually useful entry fragger.
2018-06-09 17:40
XIZT PICK NUKE XAHXAHXHAHXAHXHAXXAXAXAXA
2018-06-09 17:43
but I have my own calling style that made nip fall ???
2018-06-09 17:47
"JW, who's more like a hybrid player, and he doesn't want to main awp all the time" draken inc
2018-06-09 17:55
daily sweden thread
2018-06-09 18:35
No u
2018-06-09 18:36
Let's KICK Golden Out Of Fnatic
2018-06-09 18:45
#87
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Finland Taynz 
Xizt DrakeN Olofmeister Krimz Dennis
2018-06-09 18:49
#90
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
forest lekr0 golden krimz jw/flusha
2018-06-09 18:55
#92
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Germany randomNormie 
Ence > Fnatic
2018-06-09 19:10
#93
REZ | 
North America f^rax 
-golden +draken draken to main awp since jw doesn't like doing it all the time and he'll take secondary. problem solved
2018-06-09 20:57
"the swedish scene is WEAK right now" there you go buddy, i fixed it for ya.
2018-06-09 21:10
"If you look at Dennis, he's probably the best entry fragger in Sweden right now" Does this mean: -Golden +Dennis or did Dennis have issues with anyone in Fnatic?
2018-06-09 22:56
Lol no, Dennis isn't joining any team especially fnatic
2018-06-09 22:57
did he have issues with JW and flusha? or why did he leave? I don't remember
2018-06-09 22:58
Simply didn't want to play with them anymore
2018-06-10 01:22
-GOLDEN +Draken
2018-06-09 22:58
#101
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United States FaZeCIan 
WHAT SWEDISH SCENE? LUL
2018-06-09 23:37
NT trump
2018-06-10 02:42
#113
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United States FaZeCIan 
NT löfven
2018-06-10 13:25
nice
2018-06-10 10:15
swedistan cs LUL
2018-06-16 16:20
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