Xizt: "Every loss is going to take a toll on your confidence, we had to slowly build it up again"

Following fnatic's win over Winstrike, we quizzed Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström about the 'Xizt veto' and the lack of confidence his team has at the moment.

After a rought run at ELEAGUE Premier and especially DreamHack Masters Stockholm, fnatic are back to winning ways, defeating Winstrike 16-7 on Inferno.

The victory over the CIS side brought a smile to Xizt's face

In a post-match interview, Xizt revealed that the vetos in Ninjas in Pyjamas weren't down to him, but the coaches, and added that losses to Heroic and OpTic in Stockholm harmed fnatic a lot leading up to the Maor.

In this game, against Winstrike, you started well on the CT side but you couldn't really finish the half well, what were the issues on the CT side?

It started with losing the force-buy when it was 4-0, I was too aggressive, they caught me off guard with a popflash and rushed me down. I think JW managed to trade me but they had a 4v3 after plant which they should win. I think we just kind of screwed up with their force buys, we lost two of them as CT and that is why it got so close. Also, we lost a 5on3 on B retake which also made the difference.

On the T side it was much more comfortable, are you generally more comfortable on the T side on Inferno?

Usually, we play a good Inferno, especially the T-half, we usually play that really well. I think what happened against compLexity was that they managed to get Banana control a lot and they were flanking us, pushing us everywhere. I think we didn't hit our shots and when that happens everyone plays more passive, we were afraid to take duels...

I think we tried to do to many plays with smokes and stuff instead of having a bit of confidence, flash them and kill them. We played too slow when we had to play fast, and we played too fast when we had to take a step back. That is what I think what happened. Today, obviously, playing vs Winstrike, we started with the mentality that we are ten times better than them and we are just going to go in with a lot of confidence, everyone taking initiative and it worked out pretty well.

Touching on the compLexity game in which you said that you didn't have confidence - how come a team like fnatic doesn't have confidence against a team like compLexity? How does that happen, considering the stature of the team, the players you have on your side, multiple Major winners...?

It is weird, I think it starts with losing in Stockholm and also losing to mousesports in Atlanta. Every loss is going to take a toll on your confidence I think, we had to slowly build it up again. I think we are getting there, we just need to hype each other up and stuff like that before the games. It is something you have to build.

Going into that game and especially after that game, after you lost, the talking point was the veto and playing Inferno against compLexity, the only map they practically played here. Can you give me your thoughts on picking that map?

We just went into play one of our comfort maps as well, it was either going to be Inferno or Mirage, which also happen to be their strongest maps. But from watching their demos from here, where they played four Infernos as you said, I don't think they were that strong. We should've beaten them, I think, but we just played too passive, and everything we touched on before. But we just wanted to play one of our comfort maps.

In general, what do you think about the reputation you have, the "Xizt veto" which is becoming a meme, people calling you out for not doing good vetos?

I don't really care what people think. In NiP it was mostly the coach that was doing the veto, it wasn't me doing it for the last three years or something, since coaches became a thing. Obviously it is not something I think about. I think that if you have a good team, you are going to have a better map pool and it is going to be easier to do the vetos. In NiP we struggled a lot, we had a bad map pool so it was tough getting a good map for us.

Moving on from here, what are you thinking about, how is the team feeling?

We've had some issues lately, losing in Stockholm pretty bad, I think it hurt us as a team, but we can only grow from there. A win here, even though it is against Winstrike, is something we are going to build on. We just have to work hard and see what we can do here at the Major.

More interviews from the New Legends stage:

Day 2
Germany LEGIJA: "Before the Major, we said 'We will not practice to make Legends, we're here to f****** win'"

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"

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
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2018-09-13 15:06
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Austria shaak!
2018-09-13 15:19
Sweden Cruxor
2018-09-13 15:06
1 reply
2018-09-13 15:06
Romania RBK_GOD
GL further fnatic
2018-09-13 15:07
washed up player spotted
2018-09-13 15:07
Good luck xizt
2018-09-13 15:09
Poland TOOMUCH6969
who cares
2018-09-13 15:10
9 replies
Estonia h1mqa
stfu poor indonesian kid
2018-09-13 15:11
8 replies
nt small russia
2018-09-13 15:20
7 replies
cheap country poland lul
2018-09-13 16:47
6 replies
i dont chose where i can be born :(
2018-09-13 16:59
5 replies
Estonia h1mqa
2018-09-13 17:54
4 replies
i will cry
2018-09-13 17:59
3 replies
cri is free
2018-09-13 18:10
2 replies
not in poorland
2018-09-13 18:11
1 reply
yes in poorland
2018-09-13 19:30
shox | 
India iejesus
Nip > Fnatic
2018-09-13 15:14
1 reply
jks | 
Australia CaZeR01
No shit sherlock
2018-09-13 23:32
2018-09-13 15:16
lol win winstrike
2018-09-13 15:18
i dont often do the flame thing but xizt you stink pls retire...
2018-09-13 15:18
7 replies
"i dont often do the flame thing" But you specifically came to this xizt interview just to talk trash so no one believes you and you are full of shit ok mate?
2018-09-13 15:25
6 replies
it's just... he's neither a good aimer nor leader and he's pulling the whole swedish scene down and that's something that hits the feels i guess. some semblance of nationalism affecting my judgment it seems. noone's perfect..
2018-09-13 15:31
5 replies
Well you know best i guess. It doesnt matter that jw just made an interview where he reffered to the xizt signing as "the best signing theyve done in years", and xizt getting offers left to right after hes depature from nip.. It means nothing and they know none of what the insightful you know..
2018-09-13 15:40
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i do believe there is some cronyism going on there yes... carn wanted xizt for various reasons that happened a long time ago. and ofc JW is not going to smacktalk his new igl in an interview, not sure if you understand the concept of public relations. i'm just basing my position on what i see on the server. he plays bad individually, and there's lots of bad calls which should be attributed to him somewhat at least. and seeing as they've had many months now where they've basically not played an official game of CS and had tons and tons of time and support to succeed, this is as far as they will go. not saying it's all xizt's fault... but its infuriating to see him miss easy frags or make very questionable movements.
2018-09-13 15:45
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Starting of talking about things outside the server then saying you basing it on what you se on the server.. You are obviously basing it on both so just say so. The simple truth is xizt was the best avalible player igl they could have signed, they wanted him and they got him. (Maybe lekro could have been better but neither fnatic or lekro himself knew he was a good igl so). Im not sure wich swedish igl your thinking would have been a better option..
2018-09-13 16:08
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I guess I'm not really disagreeing. I think he's way too comfortable though, he's well salaried and has been for a long time. He doesn't look that hungry anymore to be honest. Would be nice to see some actual will to win.
2018-09-13 17:17
stop being a dick lmao
2018-09-13 18:32
fucked my predictions today fuck u
2018-09-13 15:24
Fnatic are worse than MSL LUL "we need to come back stronger". This Fnatic team is trash, they picked up Xizt because JW and Flusha still want to play this 2015 style of CS that doesn't work anymore. Xizt is not a good IGL and JW isn't good enough to play this stupid hybrid role. If its someone like S1mple or Device then fine but JW has been average for over a year.
2018-09-13 15:32
All they did was beat Winstrike lmao
2018-09-13 15:49
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But even that can boost confidence Remember c9 0 2 down last major and they won and cannonball to win major Thats what confidence does to u
2018-09-13 16:17
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Overblown. C9 had to play G2 and then SS (hard teams at the time) then they played VP, Astralis who just got back device after him being sick, and vega squadron. The group stage part wasn't out of the ordinary. The playoffs definitely were
2018-09-13 16:19
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Confidence does gr8 stuff friend
2018-09-13 16:31
beating winstrike isn´t achievement nowadays
2018-09-13 15:54
2018-09-13 16:04
Xizt smiling . That's rare
2018-09-13 16:07
lucky draw vs lowstrike LUL
2018-09-13 17:27
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