BIG are now one win away from the playoffs, as they first defeated FaZe on Dust2 on Wednesday and topped it off with another convincing win over TYLOO on Train in the second round to go 2-0 in the Swiss format.
We asked the coach to give us his thoughts on both matches and their veto processes, as well as on other teams letting underdogs play their best maps, in the following interview:
Tell me about ending up on Dust2 against FaZe yesterday, what did you think about that?
To be fair, we didn't really expect them to play Dust2. We didn't really know what it was going to be because they hadn't played with olof for a long time, I think they just played Stockholm with him.
So it was kind of a hard veto for us because we were obviously looking at what maps they had previously played well with olof, what positions he's good at, and there was a choice between three maps. We didn't expect Dust2 at all, so I think that went in our favor and that was a big mistake from them, I guess.
Considering you didn't expect Dust2, did you prepare for it at all?
Since we didn't really know and it was too big of a map pool to play against them, we didn't really prepare Dust2 because we feel very confident on that map.
And we said 'if we play Dust2, we will mainly focus on our game,' because I think we have the strongest Dust2 game overall, the best system. Although hat all depends on our communication, if we play well, if everyone is communicating well, if the team play is correct, rotations... So, yeah, we were really confident on Dust2.
Did those things you mentioned go your way in the match itself, then?
Exactly. From the beginning of this tournament, except for the two games we lost, the communication was okay-ish, I would say, but everyone stepped up towards the New Legends stage, so yes, everything went well.
The direction of your veto against TYLOO was quite obvious, tell me about the thinking process there.
We knew it was going to be Train. We watched Overpass, which was the second map left in the pool, but we knew it was going to be Train because they don't play very well on Overpass and they feel quite confident on Train, they played NiP prior at Stockholm, I think it was, where they played quite well, but they have many tells and we had very good reads on them. gob prepared very well with kakafu and myself.
We knew it was going to be Train 100%, obviously we avoided Inferno, they played it way too many times at this tournament and I think it's the map everyone should fear to play against the lower-tier teams because it's the most played map in general, I think, so teams are very well-prepared on that.
What do you think about other teams letting TYLOO play Mirage or Inferno considering their lack of depth in the map pool?
I think it's a big mistake, but, obviously, it all depends on your preparation. I'm pretty sure that most of the teams will watch demos and prepare for the game, so if they think they have good reads and they have many tells in their game, I think it's fine to play it. We wouldn't fear to play Inferno against them, but it just doesn't make sense, I think it's not the smartest idea.
Same goes for compLexity, I don't understand why they played Inferno again yesterday against fnatic. I think it's ridiculous, but, in the end, it's just preparation. You cannot blame anyone, if you feel very confident on that map yourself and practice went well, you cannot blame anyone for that. Teams will have their reasons why they play it.
Did the TYLOO match go along with your expectations?
Absolutely. We saw many weaknesses in their game in general. What I think they're good at is if there's sort of a chaos in clutch situations, 2v2, 3v3, I think that's where they are very strong, they play very well around chaos.
I think that's partly because they have quite a bad communication since they have to speak in English and not all of them speak it fluently, sometimes they even have to translate during the round, so I think, in that case, Train is a good map for us.
Now that you are 2-0 and have three chances to go to the playoffs, you must be confident with that, right?
Absolutely. And we also said from the beginning, before we even came to the Major, we said from the start 'guys, we will not practice to make it to Legends, to secure the spot for the next Major, we're here to f****** win, we're ready to win.'
I think many teams fear us and teams really don't realize how good we can actually be, often we are our own enemies, but we're very confident and I think we can bring this thing home.
More interviews from the New Legends stage:
JW: "We considered twist after the early StarLadder exit; he wasn’t really interested"
jmqa: "After the last Major, our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions"
flamie: "We still want to play Dust2 because no one is playing it well"
SmithZz: "We aren't completely ready at the moment, but we are getting there"
RUSH: "Hopefully, after the Major, our ranking will reflect how we actually are as a team"