LEGIJA: "Before the Major, we said 'We will not practice to make Legends, we're here to f****** win'"

We sat down with Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić following BIG's convincing win against TYLOO on Train.

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.

After struggling early on in the previous stage, BIG have looked comfortable so far in the second stage

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.

gob b, LEGIJA, and kakafu were well-prepared for TYLOO

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:

Day 1
Denmark Xyp9x: "Against Na`Vi and especially on Inferno, it's all mind games"
Sweden REZ: "Not playing the Minor means a lot to me, I have played so many"

Media Day
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"

Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
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Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2018-09-13 13:07
Germany LEGlJA 
2018-09-14 08:37
Nt bot
2018-09-14 12:06
Yugoslavia Esketite 
2018-09-13 13:08
2018-09-13 13:08
2-3 inc. LUL
2018-09-13 13:08
hope so
2018-09-13 13:13
2018-09-14 16:02
2018-09-15 15:43
2018-09-15 15:50
Germany zeolikk10years 
2018-09-13 13:08
Germany LEGlJA 
ok two faced fnatic fan
2018-09-14 08:37
why am I two-faced mr leglja
2018-09-14 09:24
1 million IQ interview
2018-09-13 13:08
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
>legija >win
2018-09-13 13:09
luckily he aint playing ;)
2018-09-15 14:56
Europe b7ack0ut 
2018-09-13 13:09
United States 51438 
wuu spicy
2018-09-13 13:09
edgy boi
2018-09-13 13:09
2018-09-13 13:09
2018-09-13 13:09
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
2018-09-13 13:09
ZywOo | 
France Koadal 
We hawt
2018-09-13 13:11
France LanaRhoades 
Legija = 0.70 of rating
2018-09-13 13:11
syrsoN | 
Germany Koxky 
He is their coach lmao
2018-09-13 13:19
nex | 
Germany Vikernes 
That is why he is coaching now
2018-09-13 13:22
Germany Zockertropey 
Hardstyle 0.46 rating
2018-09-13 16:15
Australia Zilox 
ok, this makes me a fan
2018-09-13 13:11
Poland HTMFS 
2018-09-13 13:30
I have to laugh lmao
2018-09-13 13:11
NEO | 
Poland kola5410 
Bug 2x major Champions
2018-09-13 13:12
2018-09-13 13:13
cmonBruh FAMILY SHOW cmonBruh
2018-09-13 13:13
Brazil hypermite 
2018-09-13 13:13
2018-09-13 13:14
Turkey Ch0p$1sh 
2018-09-13 13:14
World taco__ 
2018-09-13 13:17
loooooooooooool wtf
2018-09-13 13:17
Bangladesh thug_doctor 
ComnBruh Family Show ComnBruh
2018-09-13 13:19
World breezy0 
love this team and mentality, real winners!
2018-09-13 13:19
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr 
inb4 2-3 bc of "WE'RE HERE TO F****** WIN"
2018-09-13 13:21
Slovakia sanjuro 
as long as he doesn't play, he can say such things
2018-09-13 13:21
nt bug abuser
2018-09-13 13:25
Sweden Zaser5 
2018-09-13 13:27
Russia NOD777 
Wishing them luck good words
2018-09-13 13:27
2018-09-13 13:30
Lololol arrogance never pays off Soon they will have a reality check when they face smart tactical team
2018-09-13 13:31
How is that arrogance you fucking retard? gob b is smarter than all of them kys
2018-09-13 13:40
I know it is good to be confident But fucking win like he says it like they r gonna smash evrry team in major Faze n tyloo aint gr8 tactical teams I will take my words back when they win against some smart team Fyi i know big r playing insane
2018-09-13 14:21
Germany volt =D 
Since when is confidence == arrogance?
2018-09-13 13:41
2018-09-13 14:21
The two often has a connection. Look at Eric Cantona, Zlatan, Ronaldo. Although BIG has a reason to be confident. Top 5 world easily rn
2018-09-14 05:46
You mean just like rush and draken?
2018-09-13 22:57
2018-09-14 08:32
Poland Hell2k 
hahaha chill lmfao still 2-3 is possible
2018-09-13 13:42
2018-09-13 13:44
Germany cartii 
Hahahaha clown
2018-09-13 13:48
I hope ur not gonna win this major ur cocky germain
2018-09-13 13:51
Germany volt =D 
He's Serbian
2018-09-13 13:57
2018-09-13 14:25
Indonesia Exodd 
Mad cuz Tyloo lost lul
2018-09-13 16:15
Fake Zeus LUL
2018-09-13 14:19
ez for major winners BIG
2018-09-13 14:19
Bosnia and Herzegovina olat_beshtya 
Bo1 format. First Bo3 and they're out. Unless a new bug is found meanwhile.
2018-09-13 14:20
Germany Youngnibba 
You know that big is better at bo3 than bo1
2018-09-14 10:22
Germany Youngnibba 
You know that big is better at bo3 than bo1
2018-09-14 10:22
Bosnia and Herzegovina olat_beshtya 
You know that Lichtenstein is bigger than Germany
2018-09-15 10:30
Germany Youngnibba 
You know that herzigowina is bigger than bosnia
2018-09-15 14:00
2018-09-15 23:28
Bosnia and Herzegovina olat_beshtya 
hahaha classic Nazi xD
2018-09-18 16:26
Germany Youngnibba 
2018-09-18 19:57
2018-09-15 23:28
China Sin0aur0raS 
GG Smooya is amazing~ Hope Tyloo earned something. No pain no gain.
2018-09-13 14:29
Hahaha... Google Translate while in game
2018-09-13 14:40
Poland (Pery) 
All team who playing on the major d'like win the tournament :/
2018-09-13 14:47
f0rest | 
Europe Avsa 
Tbh that's the mentality that wins you big tournaments
2018-09-13 15:16
Playoffs haven't BO1.
2018-09-13 15:19
China LeBronGames 
but BIG is a lower tier team themselves, so what he is saying is hypocritical inb4 fat and ugly mix of BIG goes 2-3
2018-09-13 15:23
Germany enzin 
big lower tier? big got to grand final in cologne and are going to win the major. why should they be a lower tier team
2018-09-13 15:40
Theyre not going to win a major, but they are solid tier 2 team, and lookin very promising to break into tier 1.
2018-09-13 23:00
they arent even fat lol
2018-09-13 15:57
Germany volt =D 
Still angry cause of Tyloo losing
2018-09-13 16:02
flair checks out LOL
2018-09-13 16:26
Turkey b130610016 
That is not gonna happen
2018-09-13 16:11
South Africa HueyAtxri 
"low tier teams".....BIG were a lower tier team a few months ago LUL. Smooya's arrogance's rubbing off the roster smh
2018-09-13 17:11
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
uuhmm family show dude -_^
2018-09-13 18:43
Germany xkillua 
Family show ffs
2018-09-14 01:42
lol no. the only teams they could beat here in a bo3 is cloud 9, tyloo, winstrike oh and complexity. but i would put money on complexity
2018-09-14 08:47
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