olofmeister: "We want to keep grinding and learn from our mistakes"

October 23rd, 2018 17:08

Following FaZe's victory over ENCE, we spoke with Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer to hear about the busy online season and the start of the event in Moscow.

The first match of the main tournament at EPICENTER, FaZe - ENCE, went all three maps, but the European mixture was victorious. A strong CT side on Mirage decided it in the end, after both team's won their opponents' map picks.

Improving their game is the first step in getting their confidence back, olofmeister says

In our post-match interview, olofmeister touched on the team getting back in form, their busy schedule online and the mood in the team, amongst other teams.

The online season obviously started, you are in ESL Pro League, you are in ECS, you played 32 matches already in a short period of time. Tell, me how has that been going for you guys?

Online is... very interesting. It is hard to be super motivated, but at the same time it is super important to play these games because you qualify for really big events. However, we have four games every day basically, and at the same time we want to practice as well, so we practiced maybe four maps the same day as well. So we played for maybe eight hours straight when we had officials, which is hard for us.

Since we haven't really gotten the results we want to get, we want to practice more and get back into it, and it is also hard to prepare for people when you have, every day, two new teams to play against. And then, at the same time, we vetoed in advance, so we played the same maps against the same teams in two different leagues one day after another, so it was super hard to play sometimes. I think that they should go back to BO1s because now you have so few weeks to put every game in, so the games are not good, basically.

Both leagues also practically have the same format, wouldn't it be better to have something different between the leagues, in your opinion?

I totally agree, it feels like you play the same league all the time, the same people in the same way... it's just weird.

Coming into EPICENTER, we saw Astralis pull out and mousesports as well, was there any thinking that you guys could also skip this event and focus more on practicing?

Eh... yeah, we didn't really want to pull out because this is a very good event for players and we want to play events, we want to improve and at the same time, it is hard. In one hand, you can go home and practice a lot, but we always feel like we learn more when we play officials. So we want to just keep grinding and learn from our mistakes. And we are getting better and better every day with NiKo. It is a big difference having karrigan and NiKo as an in-game leader, I would say, we are learning every day.

Back in New York, NiKo mentioned that when you started losing, the mood in the team started deteriorating. Is that something you worked on in the meanwhile, is that something that you can even work on specifically?

I mean, it is hard to work on it because when you are winning a lot and you have been winning a lot in the past, it is easier to have the confidence that you can still win it. And when it goes hard for you for a period of time it is... we never give up, it is not something in that way, but it is easier to still believe if you have been winning a lot. I don't know how to work on it, we have to improve our game, then we will win, and with that, confidence will come.

With the two teams that I mentioned pulling out it is maybe a bit worse of a field, but there are still Liquid and Na`Vi here, two of the top three teams. So what is your thinking coming into this event?

For sure, that Astralis and mousesports pulled out makes it an "easier" event, but it is still super hard and as I said, we haven't really played that good lately. We just want to go far this tournament and there is a chance for us to win, we always aim to win, of course, but mainly it is just a chance to improve our game.

Touching on the ENCE game, they have been a team on the rise, you played them on Train first which is one of their stronger maps and it looked pretty easy for you guys. What do you think happened, did it seem that they were off their game or something like that?

They probably didn't play their A game but I think our Train is getting a lot better lately in practice, and I think it showed here. We have worked on some stuff on Train that we can use and I also think we played Inferno and Overpass maybe 20 times out of those 32 maps online, so it was nice to play a different map. I think that we have improved our Train a lot and we got some good, key rounds that we won.

On Inferno it started well, then on the CT side you won the pistol and second round and then they just started rolling. What was the issue on the CT side and do you think the new economy played anything into this?

I would say that me and Finn (Finn "karrigan" Andersen) didn't do enough from B. They focused a lot on B, NiKo even mentioned that to us, that they like to go B a lot, but we didn't do it good enough. I think we also did one mistake, that we bought when it was 11-7 or something, we should've just played to the score, gotten more utility the next round because we didn't have that much utility. But it was mainly that I and Finn messed up on B.

Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
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Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
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2018-10-23 17:09
then why does it look like they aren't even trying
2018-10-23 17:09
Because they should disband
2018-10-23 17:18
that or at least -karrigan
2018-10-23 17:27
Just like mibr
2018-10-23 17:29
2018-10-23 17:32
mibr so bad they haven't won a single tier1 event lol imagine spending so much money on the "best" NA players and still be a tier2 team with upset potential lmao
2018-10-23 17:33
#4 ranked Tier 2 Pick one
2018-10-23 17:34
how many tier1 tournaments have they won ?????????????????
2018-10-23 17:34
We only made this roster 2 months ago chill
2018-10-23 17:35
not like they'll win anything relevant in the future lol also "we" cringe
2018-10-23 17:36
Do u know the future?
2018-10-23 17:38
nice fan change hahahah get rekt imagine changing from mibr to kennys lol, they're both as bad
2018-10-23 17:39
Do u know the future?
2018-10-23 17:42
shox | 
Turkey FrosTPunK 
2018-10-23 22:47
Australia CaZeR01 
This guy is retarded, its ok
2018-10-23 22:44
Netherlands shavedballsack 
2018-10-23 17:09
faze disband
2018-10-23 17:09
Indonesia Speartuna 
2018-10-23 17:09
Just download word.exe
2018-10-23 17:10
2018-10-23 17:18
World taco__ 
there is a lot to learn then
2018-10-23 17:10
Finland EdiEz 
2018-10-23 17:10
Faze down
2018-10-23 17:18
MiBR lulululul
2018-10-23 18:59
Lol bitthurt mibr fan FaZe maybe in a slump right now but atleast they are not a team of backstabbers
2018-10-23 20:01
Faze are team of chokers
2018-10-23 20:17
They atleast get to the finals of actual t1 events you know
2018-10-23 20:27
mibr does not have any valid arguments on faze. also bought up team, shitty team with overrated players. no communication just like faze, no tier 1 events so far and blames communication LUL. easy draw at major and thinks its good LUL.
2018-10-23 20:42
Choke clan roster have been together for over a year Mibr roster is newly formed, 2 months old. Yet mibr still get better recent results Hahahahha
2018-10-24 10:17
check faze clan results when they did signed their current roster, idiot.
2018-10-24 18:50
stop kinkshaming them
2018-10-24 02:13
This aged well LMAOOO
2018-10-31 12:35
India SupratimO8 
2018-10-23 17:19
kick trashass karrigan first and you may be able to improve
2018-10-23 17:14
botlof nt karribot
2018-10-23 17:16
2018-10-23 17:18
shox | 
Turkey FrosTPunK 
0/8 boostmeister > baitzera
2018-10-23 22:48
Swap fragging roles of olof & NiKo. We'll have botKo then.
2018-10-23 17:30
botko still better than all whole roster
2018-10-23 17:31
That is if he can bait his teammates.
2018-10-23 17:32
NiKo doesnt bait team mates.
2018-10-23 20:43
Europe p1peb0mb 
ut still choke in playoffs.
2018-10-23 17:42
United Kingdom cowbunga 
Rise and grind, gamers! Let's get that bread!
2018-10-23 17:16
"Its hard...Its hard...Its hard..." Whiner.
2018-10-23 17:20
shut up putin
2018-10-23 20:43
Bosnia and Herzegovina im_not_toxic 
how long my friend, you guys have been sucking dick for half year
2018-10-23 17:21
2018-10-23 17:30
Mibr fan shouldn't even talk LUL
2018-10-23 18:04
Mibr core 2 Major FaZe 0 /close
2018-10-23 18:15
Mibr core - 2 majors Pronax - 3 majors /close
2018-10-23 20:09
How is pronax related to this lmao
2018-10-23 20:16
how is core related to it?
2018-10-23 20:25
mibr isn't mibr core
2018-10-23 20:25
Ptsd from boston I wonder if astralis vs faze would have been a classic clash of kings if faze had won boston and had confidence?
2018-10-23 17:32
+5 too stubborn to admit their shit and cant pickup decent players xD
2018-10-23 17:57
oh where to begin..
2018-10-23 17:31
Eh... yeah, we didn't really want to pull out because it felt so good. We just kept thrusting away
2018-10-23 17:44
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Your mistake was to come back olofmeister
2018-10-23 17:44
not botfig. olof in his worst day > toxfig
2018-10-23 20:44
Turkmenistan Ronaldofanboy 
Nt rudymeister <3
2018-10-23 17:49
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
I arent think that
2018-10-23 17:51
u and finn will mess up even more in future :) till u kick that bot
2018-10-23 17:56
+1 tho, imagine olof and krimz holding B site. complete close
2018-10-23 20:45
2018-10-23 20:50
stfu and get some kill noob
2018-10-23 17:56
shox | 
Turkey FrosTPunK 
lmfao this is coming from nitr0 fan
2018-10-23 22:49
Tell this to Taco
2018-10-24 03:47
At least they are very realistic with themselves
2018-10-23 18:41
the maaan!
2018-10-23 18:57
Netherlands JFAvalanche 
-Robban + a real coach to help karrigan (or Niko if he wants to be stubborn)
2018-10-23 19:23
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result".
2018-10-23 19:58
keep grinding olof :) gl
2018-10-23 20:44
HS | 
Estonia IhaveCancer 
2018-10-25 19:09
Karrigan needs to pull the trigger.
2018-10-25 23:02
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