REZ: "Not playing the Minor means a lot to me, I have played so many"

September 12th, 2018 20:47

The young Swede, Fredrik "REZ" Sterner, touched on finally making it out of 'EU Minor hell' after NiP beat mousesports in the first match of the New Legends Stage.

The Ninjas continue with their strong form in London by starting of the second phase of the tournament with a confident win over mousesports, 16-12 on Mirage. With the new invite rules, this secures them a spot at the New Challengers stage for the Katowice 2019 Major, even if they lose the remainder of their games here.

After dropping the IGL role, dennis does 'the dirty work' for NiP, REZ says

Following the game, we talked with REZ and heard about making the top 16 of a Major for the first time, avoiding the European Minor after attending four in the past, and how the team's style is fitting him.

You officially made the Major for the first time—if we are using the old naming and referring to the top 16 teams—, and you will now be skipping the Minor for the next one. So just give me your impressions about that.

Not playing the Minor means a lot to me, personally, because I have played so many Minors now and they are always tough, I would say that they are harder than the actual Major because you are playing teams that are really annoying to play against, low-tier teams which can do so well against good teams, they can surprise you. So finally, I'm able to skip that and play against the good tier teams, that means a lot.

Tell me about your new style and how it fits you, now with Lekr0 leading?

I would say that the way we play now is more... free. Maybe it doesn't really make sense because draken was a really free-role AWPer, he did what he liked, but now we do more what the team wants to do, instead of relying too much on an AWPer. I think it is simpler for all of us and I think Lekr0 does an amazing job at saying what he wants us to do. I think it is easy for us as well to do what we want to because Lekr0 is open-minded, he does a really good job.

Now that Lerk0 is in-game leading, where does dennis fit in the roster, what is his role now?

dennis is taking a lot of the tough roles, he does the dirty work. He goes in first, he goes for info plays. I would say that he is pretty much an AWPer, entry and support player. Every team kind of needs it and it is easy to play with a guy like that on your team. It makes it easier for everyone, he is open to dying first, he doesn't care much about stats, that's really impressive by him. He is a really good fella.

I'll touch on the game you had against mousesports, it was a bit of a wild game, some fast rounds, fast trades... What do you think was key to winning this match?

The key to winning against mousesports was that we did what we trained for a very long time, and that is keeping the calm. Because keeping your calm against a team like mousesports is crucial because they are really fast paced, they do a lot of explosive stuff and it can surprise you. And we got surprised, a lot, and we lost a full eco round—that was one of the rounds in which we got surprised—, but even though we lost that round we still kept our calm, we reset, forgot about past rounds and let the bad things go much easier [than we did in the past], focusing on the positivity instead.

Now that you made the Major and avoided the next Minor as well, how are GeT_RiGhT and f0rest, who had issues with getting to the Major? Do you feel like there is no pressure on them anymore, that they are more free to play their game?

I don't see any difference between them, f0rest and GeT_RiGhT. They do their job pretty well and they have always done it. They are never scared or nervous, they never feel pressure, I can sense it on them. That is what makes them so professional and legendary, they have this mentality going into every game. That is one thing I look for an I strive for as well. That is what I want to learn from them.

More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Legends stage:

Sweden JW: "We considered twist after the early StarLadder exit; he wasn’t really interested"
Russia jmqa: "After the last Major, our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions"
Russia flamie: "We still want to play Dust2 because no one is playing it well"
France SmithZz: "We aren't completely ready at the moment, but we are getting there"
United States RUSH: "Hopefully, after the Major, our ranking will reflect how we actually are as a team"

Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
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NIP legendary team, much respect from BR
2018-09-12 20:47
maybe some day brazil will also produce a good team
2018-09-12 20:47
2018-09-12 20:50
Is this considered a 1G? 1G police get over here lmao
2018-09-12 21:22
Nevermind, now i read the username
2018-09-12 21:22
Congrats sir, I actually genuinely had a laugh. +420
2018-09-12 21:30
maybe mibr can buy som more na/eu players and get better.. maybe three more or so
2018-09-12 21:40
2018-09-12 22:07
Brazil SecondKS 
so retarded
2018-09-12 22:54
Singapore Ndev0r 
Yes, yes we hope so
2018-09-13 01:21
In Epsilon yea true
2018-09-12 21:02
2018-09-12 21:20
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Poland BYALl 
time for MSL to play the minors
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2018-09-12 21:02
And cry after losing as usual.
2018-09-12 21:08
Denmark JustYes 
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Poland kurtzz 
f0rest ang GTR will get outdated soon. RIP Sweden
2018-09-12 20:48
They are not like VP.
2018-09-12 21:08
well get right has gone done and soon f0rest is like 32-33 but if anyone can still play at t1 at that age it would be him
2018-09-12 21:10
Russia deadforest 
GeT_RiGhT has been playing great for last three tournaments
2018-09-13 03:17
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Portugal MSANTOS 
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2018-09-12 20:51
few comments
2018-09-12 20:55
2018-09-12 21:00
I wonder if they have banned certain users from commenting.
2018-09-12 21:02
They should. But they wont
2018-09-12 21:06
Please leave this website you disgust me
2018-09-12 21:07
You too buddy
2018-09-12 21:08
Fucking troll
2018-09-12 21:26
You are a weird and angry one my friend. Anybody ever tell you that?
2018-09-12 21:32
Nice projection you trolling kid. You can't accept the fact that i won and you lost and now you're projecting and being a bully on top of it all. Get off the Internet
2018-09-13 01:15
I honestly don't even know what you were mad about in the first place. I wasn't trolling you or anybody else. These comments weren't nasty until you entered them. So good job there. You are, however, the kind of person they ought to ban from commenting here, spreading this kind of senseless negativity like you do.
2018-09-13 07:24
fucking bully take your loss and move on
2018-09-14 01:34
You are being a terribly pathetic person acting the way you do. Hopefully for people around you you'll mature a bit in years to come. You should stop being toxic on forums like these and stop attacking people for no reason like you have here.
2018-09-14 03:12
*DEAD* Nohte‎ : doing better career-wise in this game than you lad *DEAD* Nohte‎ : keep talkin tho
2018-09-14 03:36
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Denmark dev2ce 
nip haters are in disbelief thats why
2018-09-12 21:54
2018-09-12 21:02
Denmark slacking 
2018-09-12 21:05
JinNy | 
Thailand fsjp 
Yea play hard go tired
2018-09-12 21:05
Yea it hopefully nip don't make playoffs and have to go through the major qualifier again a then lose and go to the minor once more fucking pricks calling it hell motherfucker nip got invited to it real teams have to go through qualifiers like rez used to do only a few timez.
2018-09-12 21:06
reading that gave me a headache autism checks out
2018-09-12 21:24
2018-09-12 21:29
Sweden Bangs 
Flair checks out
2018-09-12 22:23
Brazil SecondKS 
wtf is shit you talk?!
2018-09-12 22:56
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China ZerOck 
2018-09-12 21:14
United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
What he said about Draken actually showed a bit of maturity, in a weird way. They clearly got on outside the game but in this interview he was able to detach the personal from the professional in a respectful way. Good lad.
2018-09-12 21:39
sometimes when i read articles of HLTV, i doubt i ever really learned proper English; for example, this title
2018-09-12 21:46
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Denmark dev2ce 
yeah this title makes it look like he skipped the recent minor, not that he’s skipping the next minor
2018-09-12 21:55
Sweden Trkmag 
Lets go NiP
2018-09-12 22:23
United States Sh00ze 
Rez is the man, love this team right now :D
2018-09-13 00:23
Rez so humble and cute deserves lift the trophy when Nip wins the major
2018-09-13 00:28
Respect to Dennis for doing the dirty roles
2018-09-13 11:11
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