tabseN: "We changed our practice style, made simpler tactics"

After losing in the grand final, BIG showed up in the press room after the final match of ESL One Cologne, and we got hold of Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz to hear about their run at the tournament.

Local team BIG was the surprise package at ESL One Cologne, beating teams such as MIBR, G2 and FaZe on their way to the grand final. In the end, Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik's troops fell to Natus Vincere 3-1, placing second and earning a $50,000 prize.

Simplifying things before ESL One Cologne paid off for BIG

As the interview was conducted shortly after the grand final, we spoke to an obviously disappointed tabseN about the placing they reached in Cologne, playing matches on the big stage and the changes to their practice and communication that allowed them to perform well at the event.

You weren't really highly ranked coming into the tournament, you got the invite as the local team. You managed to place pretty well in the end, how do you feel about how far you managed to go into the tournament?

It's so hard to say. Reaching the final and playing at a home-crowd tournament is something incredible, but losing in the final is always sh*t. Even though you accomplished something big, you still feel so lost.

The run you had here, the first big win you got was the MIBR one, and after that you beat G2 in the playoffs, which was the first match you played on the stage here and the second one this roster ever played on stage. How much did that win mean to you to get the confidence going forward?

Playing here, on this stage, is completely different, the crowd is behind us completely, they carried us, they cheered for every single frag, it was like playing for the whole of Germany. But playing in front of a different crowd is something else. Every crowd is unique with its own style, I would say. This crowd was totally behind us and we felt it, it was just amazing to play in front of them.

You have nex in the team, and in the past, he was someone who was criticized for not being to able to perform on the big stages, in the big matches. Here he was playing very well, what changed for him? Have you noticed any differences that made him play so well in the matches here?

I think that it is also that we have a practice area, thanks to ESL obviously, they provide everything, that we can play all the time. I think that he needs to feel very comfortable, which he did at this event. Other than that, we also changed our practice style, we changed our communication a lot as well. I think that he felt way more comfortable than he had in the matches and tournaments before. We knew that we needed to change something, and we changed something for this particular event, and it felt very good to play like that. I think for nex it was very good as well.

nex needs to feel very comfortable to deliver as he did in Cologne, tabseN says

You mentioned you changed stuff in your practice, what in particular?

Well, we made simpler tactics, simpler callouts for them. We play kind of straight. Other than that, we have gob b, he is one of the best in-game leaders, he can change anything that he wants. Before this tournament we had very complicated stuff, we tried to fix that so we have only one word for a tactic, it worked out pretty well, everyone knows what they have to do for the most part, I would say, everyone felt way more comfortable.

Touching on the FaZe game, on Train there was that round in which cromen got the ace and broke your momentum it felt like, but you managed to instantly get back from that. Can you tell me about those two rounds, I think you won an eco after that, and coming back into that game?

I remember the cromen round pretty well, they made an A execute and I had a very good flank, I came from ivy behind them and I was screaming "I'm coming behind them, survive, guys", one of us had a Scout, I think it was smooya, he legged him even and he had 10 HP. I was behind cromen and I felt like I could kill him, I knew that I could kill him, but he went behind five train, killed the first guy, I hesitated a bit and then I tried to rush him, I knew he was low HP but that was my bad. I should've killed him easily but I made a mistake, I ran into his crosshair, he killed me and the last guy as well.

After that, we knew that we should've won the round easily because it was a very safe round for us, he just did sick shots. But we were not that disappointed that we had lost the round, we kept our heads high and we knew that every round counted even though we had a low buy, an eco round or something like that. We knew that even with a low buy, an eco round or something like that, we knew that we could win every single round because we are going through a very good period. Other than that, in the next round they came out on a B explode and two of our CZs made two kills, someone came from behind and smooya got the last kill onto karrigan after he had killed me from oil, it was very close but we managed to come back with that. It was an amazing feeling that we won that round, it was really important for us.

Tell me about tiziaN, how has it been for him, playing on the big stage at a big tournament with all of the best teams?

He has improved so much, I think he is one of the guys who has improved the most on our team. He has learned so much about his positions, he understands the game way more now. He is doing very well. I think it affected him a bit, that he was on the big stage, but after some good rounds, after some good matches, he felt way more comfortable and he believed in himself like everyone else did, and he also felt that the crowd was behind him. In some way, it affected him positively.

What's next for you guys?

We are doing a two-week break and, after that, we are going on holidays, all together, except for smooya. After that, we have a month of full preparations for the Major, we will bootcamp, talk about everything again, try to find new stuff, we will try to develop our game and make the best out of it.

Going on holidays as a team, that's something I don't know any other team does. What's the deal with that?

All of the Germans on the team, we are kind of a family, we also live together sometimes. We lived together for a while already. We feel like we are a big family and we just show everyone that friends in the game - friends out of the game. And everything has been working so far, I really like those guys.

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
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Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
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Germany hazy_
-loveYY +tabseN pls :D
2018-07-11 02:55
2018-07-11 02:56
fake flagger nt chingchong
2018-07-11 04:08
Europe _EpiC_
going on holidays together - omg so lame
2018-07-11 09:08
2018-07-11 09:12
Estonia teremartin
yeah. you know
2018-07-11 12:27
2018-07-11 14:04
2018-07-11 02:54
Germany hazy_
ez second
2018-07-11 02:55
2018-07-11 02:55
euronics top 1
2018-07-11 02:56
2018-07-11 08:50
Seems like good guys in BIG. Looking forward to se more of you.
2018-07-11 03:06
World breezy0
interesting interview gl tabseN & BIG you guys were awesome, hope you can show us even more. happy practice!
2018-07-11 03:06
Top 5 by end of the year.
2018-07-11 03:06
Iceland fatboislim
probably not, just a good run.
2018-07-11 15:53
could be possible, but I believe in them! :> Have a nice evening!
2018-07-11 19:44
tabseN best german player ez
2018-07-11 03:12
ez fuehrer tabsen
2018-07-11 03:17
2018-07-11 03:23
Germany Youngnibba
ü struggle
2018-07-11 09:04
Denmark Zorrondo
germany cs OMEGALUL
2018-07-11 03:24
Sweden wyv0
Top 2 at tier 1 tournament, actually might be better than Swedish CS, french CS, brazil cs combined
2018-07-11 10:09
Greek cs tsack tir3 nothing more lul + brazilian and swedish and french cs is better than german cs
2018-07-11 12:01
Argentina lucas_7_94
BIG back to the race bois
2018-07-11 03:25
Italy Kubyz
The crowd was behind us completely, they carried us, they cheered for every single frag, it was like playing for the whole of German - tabseN kinda nazi?
2018-07-11 03:52
Tabsen is half polish
2018-07-11 08:13
Italy Kubyz
right lmao, btw i was just kidding
2018-07-11 19:37
Germany Youngnibba
Mibr nazi aswell then?
2018-07-11 09:05
Europe tweekzter
Italians on the other hand are very modest and calm people when their national football team plays... =)
2018-07-11 09:55
Italy Kubyz
not at all, too much noisy ahah. My comment wasn't to judge the noisiness of the crowd it was just a joke, by the way i really liked the crowd on cologne
2018-07-11 19:47
Europe tweekzter
All good. =) Have you been there?
2018-07-11 19:49
Italy Kubyz
nop i saw it online, i was like screaming "YEAH!" inmy room, for every round won by big ahahha
2018-07-11 19:55
Europe tweekzter
nice - I was there for my first live event. It was amazing. The crowd would go crazy at every frag - especially the victory vs FaZe. Made a short video of that moment. Amazing atmosphere.
2018-07-11 20:09
Italy Kubyz
is that you? that "JAA". btw rip mouz, what you think about the new entry?
2018-07-11 20:11
Europe tweekzter
It's a bit cringe, but I'm afraid that's me. :D
2018-07-11 20:12
Italy Kubyz
WHAT? that was so cool bro
2018-07-11 20:14
Europe tweekzter
Yeah true... and on my flight home I met GuardiaN at the airport... lol
2018-07-11 20:17
Italy Kubyz
2018-07-11 20:18
Germany Preezb
Can confirm that the crowd cheered for each kill. We even cheered when FaZe didn't hit anyone through the dust2 mid doors when they picked up 5 snipers as it was a won round
2018-07-11 10:23
German crowd was cringe af
2018-07-11 13:46
Germany Preezb
Why do you think that? Really interested in your opinion
2018-07-11 17:57
World ZMDR
nt mussolini
2018-07-11 12:32
Italy Kubyz
thx, i'm going to build a new roman empire with blackjack and hookers, In fact forget the roman empire
2018-07-11 19:52
S1mpler tactics
2018-07-11 04:07
Peru cookiesA
keep improving!
2018-07-11 04:21
Before it was more simple exploit bugs
2018-07-11 04:54
Rush B! No stop!
2018-07-11 05:12
Finland autism@exe
Easy win
2018-07-11 05:29
Fun to watch. Great run boys.
2018-07-11 05:50
who cares, they had one good tournament... NO BUG = NO BIG I hope smoooooya will left this team, he wasting his talent here
2018-07-11 06:43
Time to bomb out of the next major xd
2018-07-11 07:07
Ez for s1mpler tactics.
2018-07-11 07:10
In the first paragraph it says: In the end, Fatih "gob b" Dayik's troops "feel" to Natus Vincere 3-1. It will be fell.
2018-07-11 07:25
United Kingdom cowbunga
lmao poor smooya getting left out of the team holiday
2018-07-11 08:30
if you live for months together its easier to got together on holiday or smooya wants to go somewhere else in his holidays.
2018-07-11 09:04
Europe tweekzter
I think it must've been more his own decision.
2018-07-11 09:56
Of course its his own decision. Do you really think they dont want him to have there? :D
2018-07-11 10:59
rush b
2018-07-11 10:10
2018-07-11 10:13
It was fluke
2018-07-11 10:23
Norway felt
You're gonna flop hard next time. NaVi exposed your ass.
2018-07-11 10:43
mad cus lost to them OMEGALUL
2018-07-11 15:19
Going on holidays as a team, that's something I don't know any other team does. What's the deal with that? "All of the Germans on the team, we are kind of a family, we also live together sometimes. We lived together for a while already. We feel like we are a big family and we just show everyone that friends in the game - friends out of the game. And everything has been working so far, I really like those guys." Nice :)
2018-07-11 11:00
Respect BIG
2018-07-11 11:17
Germany t_mmey
keeping smooya out of Team vacation? i know he doesn't speak your language but whut? i think he is the one who Needs to be integrated into the Team the most ...
2018-07-11 11:20
They wouldn't do that if he didnt want to!
2018-07-11 11:45
Germany t_mmey
yeah i really hope he just doesn't want to go because of Family or something like that
2018-07-11 12:30
He probably wants to stream/ Spend time with his mum/ Go on holiday with here as he has been away alot recently
2018-07-11 13:54
Germany t_mmey
understanbly :D
2018-07-11 14:05
s1mple made tactics for them.
2018-07-11 11:51
That's what I've been preaching to so many newcomers I come across. I've seen several people trying to make really detailed strats, which can work sometimes, but adds a lot more stress if it's not perfected. A simpler strat is easier to adjust on the fly.
2018-07-11 15:24
Iceland fatboislim
no way
2018-07-11 15:54
Be S1mple and win
2018-07-11 16:09
we changed are exploiting style, in past we cheat using bugs, now we focus on using one sided smokes
2018-07-11 17:20
2018-07-11 18:36
best player in germany ez
2018-07-11 18:46
Germany BIG2020
holiday with gob = explaining flashbangs under a palmtree
2018-07-11 19:44
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