flusha: "I felt like our expiration date [on fnatic] had passed"

We caught up with Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist ahead of his Cloud9 debut at BLAST Pro Series Istanbul to talk about his departure from fnatic, moving to the US, and the team's chances in Turkey.

Following the FACEIT Major, flusha left the fnatic organisation and the players that he has spent most of his career with in order to open a new chapter - which will begin later on Friday as Cloud9 take on MIBR in their first match at BLAST Pro Series Istanbul.

The partnership of KRIMZ & flusha is no more

Prior to the event's kickoff, we caught up with the 25-year-old Swedish player to get his thoughts on what went wrong in fnatic, reuniting with Maikil "⁠Golden⁠" Selim, moving to a different continent, and his new team's prospects in Istanbul.

After spending most of your career with fnatic, you left the organization behind, also parting ways with JW and KRIMZ. Why did this change come now?

We had a couple of bad years in which we did not really win anything and it did not feel like we were getting any better, either. I felt like our expiration date had passed. I don't know if any of the other fnatic guys felt like this, but we just needed a change in our lives. I felt like I needed a new direction, both in my personal life and in my career. I just wanted to try something new because I had basically always played with fnatic throughout my career and always with the same group of players. I felt like I needed something new.

You are also moving from your home country, Sweden, to the USA. How do you feel about this change on a personal level? How is it going to work out?

Of course it's going to be hard leaving Sweden and my family. Right now we will see if this works out for me or not. I will have maybe a six month period to see if I can live there or not. I'm a bit nervous and excited about moving there.

Touching up on your personal performance at the Major, you have always been a player who has shown your quality in big moments, this included the Majors. However, the FACEIT Major was an exception. What went wrong?

I think it's because I wasn't really having fun playing the game. I didn't feel like we were going to win every game as a team, like we didn't have any confidence. It was a hard tournament overall because nothing felt right within the team. I contributed to that; I wasn't having fun and I was a bit negative. I think those factors made me play poorly.

Talking about that negativity, you said in a TwitLonger post that you were a little bit toxic to your teammates towards the end of your tenure. Was this caused by in-game relations or were there issues outside of the game, too?

It was just in-game. A small mistake and I would get angry at them. Some mistakes affected me and I would sometimes get killed because of that, which made me a little bit toxic.

Why did you choose Cloud9? Was it because of their swift show of interest or did Golden play a hand in your recruitment? You played with Golden for a while in fnatic, and he was to be kicked out prior to WESG Finals, which you actually won, and this may have caused some hard feelings. Is that behind you and Golden now; have you two talked about this at all?

We didn't really talk about it because we had talked back when he had left fnatic. I don't think there were ever any bad feelings between us. I didn't think he did anything wrong when he was in fnatic. Back then we just wanted Xizt more than Golden. I liked playing with Golden so I'm excited to be on the same team as him again. It's also exciting to play with all of the other guys in the squad. We have had a few days to practice and I have seen a lot of good things about them.

Another aspect of your transfer is that you will now play in North American FPL. You jokingly tweeted that you already dread your decision because of this. Pugging has improved a lot in North America, compared to, say, three years ago. However, do you think there are still changes that can be made in terms of attitude and approach to these games?

Of course there could be improvements. This is also true for European FPL. I'll try to go there and maybe help fix a few things, discuss some things with people. We'll see if I can make it a better place.

BLAST Pro Series Istanbul is going to be a good practice for you because you will play all five teams with your new lineup. What is the main goal for Cloud9 here?

Mainly, winning as many matches as possible is the goal. Of course Astralis are one level above everybody else here, but, other than that, I think we can beat the other teams. We would have to have a very good day to beat Astralis, though. Our goal is probably finishing in the top three and beating some of the teams here.

After this event you will mostly play in ESL Pro League and ECS, which will be good for you to get to know each other. After that, you will take part in another BLAST tournament, this time in Copenhagen in November. Do you believe you will be able to do more damage there once you fit in with the team?

Yes, sure. Our map pool at the moment is really basic. We have three or four maps that we can play at a decent level. We just need a lot more practice and more tactics. I don't even fully know some of the positions yet so there is a lot to go through and to learn to get on the same page as a team. We are probably going to show a better level in Copenhagen, unless we win in Istanbul somehow.

Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
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Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
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2018-09-28 14:52
1 reply
Australia CaZeR01
Where the hell did all the comments go??
2018-09-29 05:09
Luxembourg alex24
flusha comeback, winner of katowice 2019 major /bookmark this
2018-09-28 14:53
I care
2018-09-28 14:53
2018-09-28 14:54
this c9 lineup will be a dissapointment
2018-09-28 14:55
No ):
2018-09-28 14:57
-RUSH -Golden +fnx +boltz EZ Cloud9 2019 Back to back majors
2018-09-28 15:00
flusha 5000 iq
2018-09-28 15:00
Zeus | 
Russia merce1
gl, I want c9 to win it
2018-09-28 15:03
Israel ZiinTotH
I hope flusha will regain his form and this version of cloud9 will show some promise.
2018-09-28 15:07
Flusha smartest player ever
2018-09-28 15:08
great interview
2018-09-28 15:19
I love this new era, where players already know they will get fcked by Astralis and are aiming for 2nd/3rd places.
2018-09-28 15:24
6 replies
NiP will win BLAST
2018-09-28 15:26
Sweden Lagge15
It is a minor tournament and most good teams in it have made some roster changes so don't expect anyone to even try and outsmart Astralis. They save that for bigger venues.
2018-09-28 15:29
4 replies
I honestly doubt that the other teams won't give their all to win. I think all the other teams feel like they need to win an event to get some confidence
2018-09-28 15:32
3 replies
Sweden Lagge15
Depends on what you mean by "give their all to win" I don't think you will see advanced strats, surprise boosts and unexpected plays in this tournament. They wanna keep that a secret for bigger tournaments and make it perfect before using it
2018-09-28 15:34
2 replies
I just think that teams that hardly win anything, probably won't go around saving a bunch of strats in a decent tournament. I think they want to win.
2018-09-28 15:40
1 reply
Sweden Lagge15
I think they will because if they use their whole arsenal now they will have 0 shots at a "real" tournament
2018-09-28 16:20
Just a good guy, wish him all the best
2018-09-28 15:24
Ukraine ksay
top3 xD that's a bold expectation gl senor vac
2018-09-28 15:26
Sweden Lagge15
This makes a lot of sense. Too bad it came to this, but I am happy if he can find his joy in the game once more and become as good as he used to be. Also: This plays in a lot with the Fnatic changes prior to the major. Krimz said after the DH Stockholm that he didn't enjoy playing with Toxic players. Everyone, me included, thought it meant Draken but it seems like it had to do with Flusha (confirmed by Krimz, Flusha, Draken and caRn). This also explain why Krimz have been playing better with ScreaM than he did with Flusha last couple of months!
2018-09-28 15:31
Korea Damianlee
Good luck !
2018-09-28 15:34
2018-09-28 15:35
Unfortunately a lot of the fnatic players are expired personal skillwise, flusha included :() only krimz is worth saving...
2018-09-28 15:45
3 replies
Jw is good
2018-09-28 16:03
1 reply
Yeh JW is a decent player at the moment tho I'm still questioning why Lekro and Golden were cut as they were just as good at their roles
2018-09-28 17:38
Sweden Lagge15
Could just be because they lack the joy of playing? We've seen it in players before. Flusha played better his first 2 games for C9 than he did in Fnatic all year except Katowice.
2018-09-29 02:06
This makes me like c9 again. I lost interest when Shroud left and got into it again, lost it when Stewie left. Flusha best!
2018-09-28 15:45
GL legend, even if i'm so sad u left fnatic...
2018-09-28 15:48
the GOAt
2018-09-28 15:50
Denmark MALFEN
It´s nice to see something new in other teams. Not always the same teams and have the same thoughts on the game
2018-09-28 15:54
ok, but skadoodle is still primetime? flusha is delusional.
2018-09-28 16:08
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Sweden Lagge15
Skadaddy have talked about retirement for a while, so I think Flusha is talking about the future of C9. If he would have stayed in Fnatic KrimZ would probably have left and that would more or less have been the end of Fnatic. Would take years to get them back on track. This move made sense for both teams and for Flusha even though it was a gamble
2018-09-29 02:09
imagine fnatic is a bottle of wine. golden and lekro is the airtight cork. now what the hell happens if you remove a cork and cover it with a tissue (xizt) and you spit and pee into the bottle (draken)? it expires.
2018-09-28 16:16
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Indonesia ettuzy
Combo JW+KRIMZ+FLUSHA not available anymore :'(((( Tbh fnatic had a big goals but why kick flusha and keep draken. Sad
2018-09-28 16:46
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Sweden wyv0
flusha is outdated
2018-09-28 18:51
Sweden Lagge15
If you read the interview you will get why!
2018-09-29 02:11
Brazil SecondKS
The best trio of fnatic was KrimZ, flusha and lekr0
2018-09-28 17:08
At this point, it'd be great to see olofmeister in fnatic playing along with his old brother Krimz. -draken +Olofmeister (olof awps better than draken) Ez top 5 for fnatic!!!!!
2018-09-28 17:58
VAC always with you flusha ! for everything else there's mastercard
2018-09-28 18:50
gl flusha!
2018-09-28 19:05
2018-09-28 19:29
They just want xizt. And thanks to that, they ruin fnatic. Golden is a bad fragger but surely he know how to use flusha and krimz very well. And flusha is getting worse under xizt.
2018-09-28 19:36
the C9 name is so cursed that even if they picked up the whole astralis roster theyd still be a fluke team
2018-09-28 22:12
Brazil P4uloVisk
ez4flusha , flusha is nice player, respect .
2018-09-29 02:30
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Europe dip6o
This c9 roster expired even before flusha joined it
2018-09-29 05:35
2018-09-29 15:06
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