JW: "We haven't been a team, we've just been individuals on a team"

Jesper "JW" Wecksell took some time to chat with HLTV.org after a disappointing run in a rough event that marks the beginning of fnatic without Robin "flusha" Rönnquist.

fnatic went out in last place playing with Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom as a stand-in after losses to finalists mousesports and Natus Vincere. Now, the team will have to go back home and decide what it does with the last slot on the roster which was left open when flusha took a leap over the Atlantic to land in Cloud9.

JW believes fnatic need to build their team chemistry to get back to the top

In the interview JW gave, he talked about flusha's move from fnatic, bringing ScreaM to New York with the team, the possibility of creating an international roster, the problems in the Swedish scene, and what fnatic needs to become a top contender once again.

We have to kick off this interview with the flusha move, which was heartbreaking for a lot of people, even you sent out some tweets about missing him and so on. Can you walk me through that a little bit?

Yeah, we've obviously been having some issues within the team, and we've tried to fix the puzzle with player changes, but the problem was within the main core. flusha wasn't happy with how he played, and how we played, so he just needed a change in life, I think. It's pretty hard and complicated to explain, and I don't really want to go too deep into it because we have so much more than just the game between each other.

I respect him and all we have done together no matter what, even if he maybe had some hiccups here and there or messed up lately, I can see past that because we go back so far. It was a bit expected, but also a bit unexpected, and I'd say it was pretty mutual. He wanted to leave and we weren't really happy with how things were. In the end, we agreed that the best solution would be that he steps down.

The last loss at the Major against HellRaisers was rough, can you tell me a bit about the atmosphere on the team before coming here without flusha?

I think the feeling coming here was better than going into the Major. We were pretty broken as a team, then. We were a team, but not really a team. We broke apart bit by bit even more during the Major. Here, even with a stand-in, we felt more like a team than we did going into the Major. Sadly, we threw the game against mousesports at like 14-6, and I think it was really hard for us to recover after that. Then we drew Na`Vi, which is a pretty good counter against us, so...

Bringing ScreaM on, where did that come from? What was the idea behind that?

ScreaM was our first choice because he hadn't played any of the qualifiers and was eligible to play here. He was also teamless in case we want to lock him down for the future. Even though he's just a stand-in for one event it could also work as some sort of trial, we could say, and he was really down for it.

I'm really impressed by him. He's a great player, a great team player, one of the friendliest guys... I don't know how he doesn't have a team in the French scene because he could add some really good assets to any team.

So you're saying it could be a trial kind of thing. Did you actually have the conversation of maybe becoming an international team now?

Yeah, of course, we've been thinking about going international. We even thought it before, the core of KRIMZ, flusha, and me. We were open at some point to go international, mostly because the Swedish scene isn't developing the way it should be. We don't have people to pick up anymore. There's no clear-cut insane talent in the scene, which is why we've had to discuss going international.

Why do you think that is? Why do you think there's such a big fall off between the top Swedish talent and the rest?

I'd say the thing within the Swedish scene is that most players, most talented players, they are very spoiled. They don't develop because they want one of the biggest salaries in Sweden before even playing their first LAN. They expect everything to be handed to them from the beginning, they're not willing to work for it.

Back in the 1.6 days you had guys like Jumpy bringing his PC to local events, and that's how you had to do it. Same for us at the beginning, luckily we didn't have to bring our own computers at the beginning of CS:GO, but you had to fight in the local scene and break through and start somewhere. Now, people want to get the big salary and instantly start playing against the elite teams, but it doesn't work like that. You need to have the learning curve.

You and KRIMZ have been in CS:GO since the beginning, you've won a lot together, do you think now it's up to you to teach that to the youngsters?

Yeah, definitely. We tried to do that when we took in Lekr0 and Golden, for example, but at one point I believe we lost ourselves a bit. We had no big problem with teaching people, but we also have to remember who we are as well, and I think that's the biggest problem with trying to teach people. We're definitely open to it, and I guess we'll see what happens after New York.

That was going to be the next question. What's going to happen after New York? Are you going to bring someone in, keep playing with ScreaM, try some people?

We haven't really discussed much yet, I think we'll break things down after the event, but I don't really see us testing players. I would see the team building a lineup more than trying around because you don't know if it's going to work or not, and you end up wasting time. So we'll just have to see who we'll build the lineup with.

Moving forward, what do you think the most important thing to get back in shape is?

The goal, obviously, is to bring fnatic back to the top where it belongs. We don't know how, yet, but I think the biggest thing that will get us there will be to have really good individuals, but also a really good chemistry and team spirit. We haven't had that for a long time now, and you can't just shove your issues under the rug and try to hide them or blame problems on someone else. We need to become a team together because that's what we have been lacking the most for the past couple of years. We haven't been a team, we've just been individuals on a team.

Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Same as c9 ;(
2018-09-30 18:45
c9 is slowly looking better and showing progress while fnatic opposite
2018-09-30 18:59
Yeah. They will get better and better.
2018-09-30 19:23
#108
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
fnatic even in their worst shape >> c9
2018-09-30 22:55
+1
2018-10-01 11:17
#4
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Poland Crai9Xen 
rip fnatic
2018-09-30 18:46
#5
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Brazil Brazilianos 
1
2018-09-30 18:46
#6
tarik | 
United States nikolaii 
feelsbad
2018-09-30 18:46
same as mibr
2018-09-30 18:46
#14
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Turkey cracklords 
Well mibr did well yesterday
2018-09-30 18:48
#22
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
becasue there was no playpffs and just final. they played a bo3 only.
2018-09-30 18:52
#28
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Turkey cracklords 
And versus astralis come on they really did well
2018-09-30 18:53
#30
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
well north beat astrali two times on bo3s but failed to qualify for legends stage in major. playing well against astralis don't mean much.
2018-09-30 18:55
only means something when is not mibr right..
2018-09-30 18:56
#43
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Denmark Luckyyshot 
+1
2018-09-30 19:07
Lul. He just said that it didn't mean anything for North as well.
2018-09-30 19:47
Just admit It that You guys hate Brazilians
2018-09-30 22:16
Stewie and Tarik ain't brazilian
2018-10-01 01:22
yeah pretty twofaced
2018-09-30 20:10
#8
khaos | 
Netherlands mikat 
rip :(
2018-09-30 18:46
#9
NiKo | 
Chile rezuh 
the new vp
2018-09-30 18:46
+1
2018-09-30 18:47
#10
woxic | 
Brazil Skilo 
RIP
2018-09-30 18:46
wnn
2018-09-30 18:47
kick lekro it's a good ideia
2018-09-30 18:47
sign bot draken was better
2018-09-30 18:50
Indeed
2018-09-30 18:57
Keep bot jw was better
2018-09-30 19:03
#15
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
ScreaM will join G2 -bodyy
2018-09-30 18:48
how do you know? :D
2018-09-30 20:51
#86
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France Minaax_ 
That's obvious look at what body is doing right now. Body hasn't the level he had 2 years ago since the French shuffle of 2017 he is playing so bad...
2018-09-30 21:14
yes he is bad! :D i wat ScreaM join G2 or Fnatic! :D but when?..
2018-09-30 21:39
#16
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
Very powerful statement
2018-09-30 18:48
The only interview that i will read thoroughly
2018-09-30 18:49
#87
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France Minaax_ 
+1
2018-09-30 21:14
+1
2018-10-01 00:08
#18
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Denmark JustYes 
Fnatic should become an International team
2018-09-30 18:50
#23
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
JustNo
2018-09-30 18:53
#47
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Sweden wyv0 
They are now
2018-09-30 19:10
no
2018-09-30 20:38
#21
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
JW back to AWP pls
2018-09-30 18:52
Scream g2
2018-09-30 18:53
rip old legend teams
2018-09-30 18:53
#27
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
Hh
2018-09-30 18:53
dead team :(((((((((((((((((((((((
2018-09-30 18:54
If scream goes to fnatic, G2 is really fucked up
2018-09-30 18:57
vp is not a team vp is a FAMILY
2018-09-30 18:57
-KARRIGAY +KRIMZ
2018-09-30 18:59
#37
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Indonesia Konerd1 
What about Brollan?
2018-09-30 18:59
#38
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Sweden AlexQ4 
#fnaticcomeback2019
2018-09-30 18:59
Youv been trash in a trash can
2018-09-30 19:00
#40
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Other VladimirLucas 
that's deep too bad im C9 fan now so idc
2018-09-30 19:02
#42
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Europe andyy_ 
CAN FNATIC FINALLY KICK FUCKING SHITTY XIZT FFS, ENOUGH OF DAMAGING MY NERVES
2018-09-30 19:07
#46
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
rip fnatic 2013-2018
2018-09-30 19:08
#48
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Europe Skraj 
All teams should go international. Fuck the national pride. The pro scene and the teams can become so much better if the players would just suck it up and speak English.
2018-09-30 19:11
#130
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Netherlands Marrix 
not everyone knows english and astralis is a good example of a good national team.
2018-10-01 14:45
#131
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Europe Skraj 
Yes Astralis is good, but so were NiP/fnatic, VP, Envy/g2, SK, etc, and look where those teams are now. And not knowing basic English in 2018 is something that, imo, should be near impossible :/
2018-10-01 15:01
#134
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Netherlands Marrix 
with Fnatic,g2,envy,sk there were internal issues. vp just fell off and nip fell off after fifflaren retired so they had to get other players. FaZe is the best international team atm and maybe even the best in the past 5 years and what have they done except for being on fire for a couple of events. imo its not about international or national teams. its about the way they play and how motivated they are. like Astralis, they are having fun and are dominating at the same times cuz of their strats and close to perfect teamplay.
2018-10-01 15:13
JW just describe every single MM played in all history
2018-09-30 19:13
#121
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India spiderCAKE 
HAH!
2018-10-01 05:27
plopski plessen brollan hampus nawwk kreaz could fit on trial
2018-09-30 19:16
Krimz should go to faze that would be awsum, to see olof and krimz back again, that would be something for us swedes to cheer on Fnatic should keep only JW, kick draken and xizt and let JW make a team maybe internation with scream else if swedish, add hampus, brollan maybe plopski
2018-10-01 02:21
Well, at least JW admitted the problem unlike FaZe who has the exact same problem but seem to care about who IGL more than anything else.
2018-09-30 19:21
+1 Never thought that I could agree with a murican.
2018-09-30 20:00
#71
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Turkey Slapdash 
Their problem is their motivation. Boston major fucked them up.
2018-09-30 20:33
#56
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Sweden Lagge15 
Nice interview, but that might mean the "old players" need to adapt and change. When Fnatic was their best it was more common for loose playstyles and more individual skills. The scene today is more about team play and risk minimizing.
2018-09-30 19:31
+ discodoplan quote me on this
2018-09-30 19:33
oh no plz
2018-09-30 20:38
Hampus or brollan better
2018-10-01 01:12
JW playing as a rifler is another one of Fnatics problems. If I was Krimz I get out while you still can and join a top EU team
2018-09-30 19:37
no flusha no party.
2018-09-30 19:39
I hope JW isnt delusional about this roster and that they will change MORE than 1 player, the team needs to be rebuild around him and krimz, would be good if they keep scream and take 2 new players who are great individuals, would add so much firepower in an era where its really needed
2018-09-30 19:39
#70
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Nepal Askje 
its right but they can kick only 1 player because of major spot :/ i think xizt is a decent igl and there are not any other good igl draken have to go he is just a bad player, i dont care if he is bad only now, he is dying every round with 0 impact with awp
2018-09-30 20:32
Better to create an actual good team that wasting time just for a spot at the major qualifier, + they can pick up players that have a spot there
2018-09-30 20:36
#76
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Nepal Askje 
it doesnt work like that, 3/5 player in 1 team kicking xizt for someone wont change as much, second thing is EU minor is very hard to win they can play and play without slot in major what would be a disaster for them
2018-09-30 20:39
Dude, if you want fnatic to be a tier 1 team again its the ONLY solution, dont be delusional, majors are less and less hyped anyway and if they build a strong lineup it will be easy for them to qualify to it again, there is absolutely NO way they will ever be a top team with xizt in the lineup, I would even prefer draken over him, the only solution is to rebuild around krimz and maybe keep scream, you could keep JW too but I feel like he became really inconsistent and struggle to play at top level
2018-09-30 20:42
#79
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Nepal Askje 
Im not sayin xizt is good but there are not good igl in scene draken is very inconsistent and often bad if fnatic wont be tier1 krimz will leave them JW yeah he is inconsistent but he is doing shit work like going first etc, they dont have guy like him who will push something, they cant just wait 1min and do shit. if they can go international then yeah keep scream and take 1 more firepower to the team because they dont have as much firepower as they should have Who would you take over xizt if you think they must kick him ( they should kick him but not now )
2018-09-30 20:48
I would take hampus (still better fragger and xizt isnt even a good igl) or try to get some inter igl like angel, sunny (he is mad fragger and can actually igl a bit, he did in his previous team) or even MSL (yeah he isnt a better fragger than xizt but at least he is a really good igl strat wise
2018-09-30 21:17
#90
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Nepal Askje 
Yeah with hampus u are right. Sunny wont leave mouz Fnatic wont take igl like msl cause for them xizt is on of the better roster move
2018-09-30 21:25
Dont really care who they take but there are a ton of IGL that are way better than xizt at both individual level and igling actually, they will never be a top team with xizt as they're igl even if the rest of the roster is good thats for sure
2018-09-30 21:29
#84
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Germany volt =D 
+1. C9 wasted so much by keeping skanooble.
2018-09-30 21:06
#63
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Tunisia wotup_newfag 
Few words for jw, you were not team ever, but bunch of individuals in their prime, once you were started struggling - you, flusha and krimz ran away. So we never actually saw that team demolishing best teams of the world again.
2018-09-30 20:05
#135
JW | 
United Kingdom Hamshanks 
Delusional if you dont think fnatic played as a team ever
2018-10-01 17:34
#64
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Sweden Velocityyy 
Keep scream, kick draken, Jw u pick up the awp, and we'll go from there
2018-09-30 20:07
yees
2018-09-30 20:50
" when flusha took a leap over the Atlantic to land in Cloud9." who are the fkin losers u guys hire to write this bullshit
2018-09-30 20:22
#113
smooya | 
United Kingdom azrl 
Clearly, people who are more intelligent than yourself.
2018-10-01 00:08
lol, they watch the games then recycle the same words to describe those games. sorry you're too thick to see what they do is easy pz
2018-10-01 00:10
#67
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
This shit about becoming international team is destroying a lot of good scenes we had.
2018-09-30 20:22
well if a country cant produce new talents, going international is the obvious choice. Swedish teams did couple of shuffles for the last few years and still have nothing to show for it.
2018-09-30 20:36
#99
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
A lot of shuffles, but almost all of they was nip and fnatic changing players, i don't know about Sweden scene, but i sure that they have some young talents.
2018-09-30 21:43
draken, rush, lekro, golden werent in fnatic or nip until swedish shuffle began... lately yes, its been transfers between fnatic and nip.. but godsent, epsilon and fnatic academy were part of the beginning of the shuffles. so i agree with JW, if they cant find the teammates they need to be top 5 or 10, they might have to become an international team.
2018-09-30 21:48
#103
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
Yeah, but first of all we need to understand why they changed lekro and golden, that fnatic was a good team.
2018-09-30 22:03
#69
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Turkey Slapdash 
Xizt KRIMZ JW Zywoo ScreaM
2018-09-30 20:31
oh so many of you adding scream it drives me mad 1) its gonna stay swedish roster 2) scream is overrated trash.. deal with it
2018-09-30 20:39
#83
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Germany AutiSimple 
stfu
2018-09-30 20:58
stfu
2018-09-30 21:37
#93
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Sweden Velocityyy 
how is scream overrated? LMFAO
2018-09-30 21:35
Reply needs to have actual content
2018-09-30 21:36
#98
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Sweden Velocityyy 
lol cant even reply with facts. I guess i won lmfao
2018-09-30 21:39
He's trash because a few other 10IQ people say it on here.
2018-09-30 21:46
Won't even bother to give you facts, uk flag lmao
2018-09-30 22:19
#109
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Turkey Slapdash 
Nice argument you have here. Sad.
2018-09-30 23:06
kebab lmao
2018-10-01 15:04
Scream <3
2018-09-30 21:10
scream shit
2018-09-30 22:20
No u
2018-10-01 11:20
delusional faggit spotted, go watch the onetaps from him against dmgs in mm...
2018-10-01 15:05
Maybe your mother fuck with scream? So you hate scream
2018-10-09 10:30
Maybe your mother fuck with scream? So you hate scream
2018-10-09 14:17
the solution for this? disband
2018-09-30 21:17
#92
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Sweden Nuggeet 
just get olof
2018-09-30 21:35
Why the hell would Olof want to play with this mess of a roster OMEGALUL Faze are one change away from challenging to win events. Fnatic need to change everyone but Krimz
2018-09-30 21:48
#107
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World memyselfandI 
NiP has much higher chances of getting Olof than Fnatic. Dennis is his best CS.GO friend AFAIK. NiP has had struggles, but they don't seem to have the internal problems that Fnatic has/had. I imagine F0rest and GR being exemplary teammates, and then they added Dennis to this list.
2018-09-30 22:36
#119
cype | 
Europe dip6o 
Well, if olof goes nip, which one do you kick? It's either Rez or Dennis? since Lekro's igl, and you can't touch forest/getright
2018-10-01 03:05
#120
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World memyselfandI 
I don't think he is going there, I just think they have bigger chances than Fnatic if they want to get him. I can't imagine either team making a buyout offer Faze would accept, so it would be at the end of his current contract, whenever that is.
2018-10-01 05:14
No way when either or both forest, get_right gonna stay in NiP like forever. And, Dennis is olof's longtime friend whereas krimz is like his brother. Both krimz and olof played together since their days in LGB eSports. Also, olof himself told he might join fnatic in future while leaving to Faze (doubtful tbh).
2018-10-01 14:11
#137
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Nepal Askje 
Olof in one interview said that dennis is his best friend. Krimz too but he like dennis more
2018-10-09 10:35
#110
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Sweden Nuggeet 
olof wants to join fnatic
2018-09-30 23:40
I've heard something like Scream is an awful team player (which was the reason he was kicked) which kinda invalidates this whole interview. I might be wrong though.
2018-09-30 23:50
When he played with G2, he was annoying his mates by always saying things like "Oh my god I'm so good" everytime he did a kill ( that's what Scream himself said in a longtweet) But I think he became much more humble after the kick from G2 and then the 2 years with Envyus
2018-10-01 11:23
But what about fnatic's best signing in years ? Im sure he can fix something that wasnt broken before him right ?
2018-09-30 23:58
rip
2018-10-01 06:09
#123
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India spiderCAKE 
+jasonr
2018-10-01 06:11
#124
JW | 
China StanwieCB 
with golden and Lekr0 they made back to top 5 with Xizt and Draken they lost the legendary spot
2018-10-01 06:38
-draken +olof -xizt +karrigan or better IGL It'd be awesome to see olof play with his bro krimz. Olof himself said that he might go back to fnatic when he left to faze. But it's doubtful now.....
2018-10-01 13:59
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