Spirit are now 1-1 in the Swiss stage, as they first lost to Vega Squadron on Mirage, where they were unable to close out a 12-3 lead on the CT side, and then defeated North on Nuke 16-13 despite a comeback attempt from the Danes.
Let's go back to your first match against Vega Squadron, who pulled off a big comeback on the T side of Mirage. Tell me about the problems that you faced on the CT side.
It was all about Vega playing really well, they know our weakest side. We didn't prepare for them because they don't have that many demos on HLTV, they hadn't played anything in two months. We lost some clutches, that was really hard to understand that we can win this game. We weren't ready for this mentally. Vega have a good team spirit, that's probably why we lost that game.
You mentioned not being able to prepare for Vega Squadron - are you one of these teams that like to prepare a lot for their opponents?
Yeah, we prepare for every opponent, we watch as many demos as we can, especially our coach [Certus], he's doing a really great job.
Against North, you were in the driving seat on the CT side and managed to grab 10 rounds despite losing the pistol round, what were the keys to that?
Like I said, we watched their demos and we pretty much knew everything they were going to. Our captain called everything, every time when they went fast A, we were ready for that and played three A, when they went outside, we knew we needed to rotate quickly and push them back. We knew what they were going to do and our aim is on the same level, so that's what helped us a lot.
What were the problems with closing it out, again?
That is the same problem in every game when we get a really good start, we almost win, but we can't finish the match. That's about our mental problems in the team, but in this game, we pushed to the finish. I don't know how that happened, I don't think anyone knows, but we finally did it. And that's it, now we can beat every team, I think.
Was it a big relief?
It wasn't such a big surprise because we had a lot of rounds to do it, it was 15-6, so we knew we were going to close the game, but we didn't know when. But thank god we didn't go to overtime and won it with pistols.
You said you were now confident about beating anyone, but would you prefer to meet anyone specifically?
It doesn't really matter. We can study any team, we can prepare for anyone, we can watch their demos and we're going to be ready for any map, I hope, because we have a really big map pool.
More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage:
tiziaN: "I've actually practiced it 3 or 4 times, but I wasn't planning on doing that shot"
Twistzz: "We knew that bootcamping was the way better option"
BnTeT: "We're confident in our skill, but I'm not sure we're confident in our team play"
Lekr0: "I think I learned the most about [in-game leading] from pronax back in the day"
stanislaw: "We have all the pieces to really do some damage"
B1ad3: "We still haven't found the perfect in-game leader"
crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"
Hiko "American teams are dependent on the momentum they gain"
NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"
DavCost: "The main goal is to show who we are"