JW: "When we lost flusha it was like a completely new start"

We sat down with Jesper "JW" Wecksell after his team sealed their ticket to the playoffs by beating eUnited during the second day of play in Chicago.

fnatic came to IEM Chicago with two players who had not played with the team on LAN yet, Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin and Simon "twist" Eliasson, and have managed to make it to the playoffs after two victories in their first two match days at the tournament in Illinois.

fnatic are through to the playoffs after victories over BIG and eUnited

During our conversation after the match against eUnited, JW talked about the team's new roster, how they were able to exploit BIG, the importance of playing well at IEM Chicago to not fall off of the Big Event invite list, and how tomorrow's match will be good for Brollan to gain experience.

First things first, tell me about the new signings. How are they gelling with the team?

I think they're working really, really well. We had a different plan when we built the roster this time, trying to go for more depth so we can have more playstyles and more potential than just thinking in the short-term. I think the new signings are great and we're only going to get better from here.

Have they brought any extra motivation to the players that were already on the roster?

Yeah, kind of. When we lost flusha it was like a completely new start, for KRiMZ and me at least. Then you add a 16-year-old who does nothing more than sit in front of the computer all day long playing CS, and of course, they brought some hunger and motivation, but I think it's coming from everyone. KRiMZ, xizt, and I, we really want to get back to the top, so I think it's a combination. We give them a lot and they give us a lot.

I was talking to the tabseN earlier and he mentioned that you guys were playing a bit scrimmy. You're saying now that you can play different styles, so is that a fair assessment?

I wouldn't call it a puggy style. We're a team with players that know how to read the game and the individuals we have will abuse the loopholes in other teams, so I think our players just found the holes in their system and we easily abused it. I wouldn't call it puggy because there's always a plan, and if someone finds a loophole, the other team is going to try and work around it. I think that was a pretty bad thing to say, we just abused their holes.

You had the BIG match yesterday, and today you beat eUnited, but tomorrow you face one of the big boys, mousesports or Liquid. How are you feeling going into that?

We're pretty confident, I would say. It's going to be a good game for us to get a good feeling against a really top team on LAN. Under these circumstances, it's really good because we have twist, who's played on the big stage before, but also brollan who is 16-years-old, so I think it'll be a good game for him to play against a top team on LAN without having the pressure of being eliminated if we lose. We're secured for playoffs, and we'll fight really hard for the spot in the semis, but it's going to be a really good test for our team.

I wanted to touch upon the online side of things, where you've been struggling a little bit. Can you tell me how you're dealing with that?

I think the biggest issue we had was that our signings got a bit delayed, so we had to play a thousand matches in a row instantly after getting the players, which is not necessarily anyone's fault, but it messed with us a bit. We won a game, then things didn't work and we had to switch roles and positions... we weren't sure about what we were going to do, so it was really hard. I think it was just bad timing for us, but at the same time I do think you develop a lot faster playing officials.

We're handling it well, I think, we're just trying to get better all of the time. The playstyle we're trying to build is maybe not best-suited for online play because people are playing with more confidence there, doing more random stuff which they wouldn't do on LAN. It's showing that it works decently on LAN. We have more to show, of course, but it's a bit rough. We're all so open-minded right now and trying to learn from everything. It's good, but it's also bad, because you don't want to get relegated. I think it's helping us move in the right direction.

To out the interview, while on the topic of playstyles and being able to do more things, tell me a bit more about your preparation. I'm guessing this is an important event for you guys, even if you're a new team, so how did you prepare for it? Did you do anything special?

We put in a lot of time, and I'm happy that we're taking this chance because we're in a situation right now in which we're about to fall off of the invite list for the top events. We went kind of all-in for this, we've only had like one off day since we signed the new guys, we've played just about every single day since then. Outside of practice, everyone has been grinding FPL and so on, and I think at one point everyone on the team had 110 hours in the past two weeks. I don't even know when that happened last on fnatic, so I would say we really want to take this chance and make something good out of it because we want to secure invites to the top events in the future. We've put in a lot of time and we're constantly trying to get better.

Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
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Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
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Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
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2018-11-08 02:53
Lmao flusha is better off on c9 tbh
2018-11-08 02:59
CeRq | 
Canada Timings 
Yeah but Flusha wasn't motivated with Draken and Xizt on the team and it was just a big mess. I like the new look of fnatic and Golden and Flusha seems to be pretty good in C9.
2018-11-09 00:13
"we just abused their holes"
2018-11-08 03:05
+1 weak defense
2018-11-08 03:28
Or another words - easy to penetrate from behind.
2018-11-08 10:25
2018-11-08 10:42
Flusha GOAT #NeverForget
2018-11-08 02:53
2018-11-08 02:59
2018-11-08 15:44
Sure, Fnatic has only one fatman in line up
2018-11-08 02:54
+1 kg
2018-11-08 03:21
+ 10 kg
2018-11-08 08:57
Indonesia dgtal 
+48 kg
2018-11-08 10:02
2018-11-09 17:31
smooya | 
United Kingdom Porking 
2018-11-08 02:54
Knock Knock
2018-11-08 02:59
Venezuela Playcalixto 
Who's there?
2018-11-08 10:14
2018-11-08 10:42
jw who?
2018-11-08 10:43
JW who cares
2018-11-08 10:48
jw fuck you
2018-11-08 10:48
flusha | 
China kingofx 
2018-11-08 17:32
2018-11-08 11:25
2018-11-08 16:51
Astralis who?
2018-11-08 16:51
Astralis who cares
2018-11-08 16:51
Doesn't work with self reply.
2018-11-08 21:44
2018-11-08 03:00
United States DervGuy 
Then you add a 16-year-old who does nothing more than sit in front of the computer all day long playing CS, Lol Brollan nerd Kappa
2018-11-08 03:01
Nerd making a shit ton of money at the age of 16
2018-11-08 03:37
2018-11-08 05:21
United States DervGuy 
Well yeah obviously, I wasn't hating on him, just found it funny how JW worded him
2018-11-08 14:16
I know you werent, I wasn't atacking you xD
2018-11-08 15:59
United States DervGuy 
Ahh i see :)
2018-11-08 18:10
Finland Smoonah 
could only imagine haha
2018-11-08 03:08
Other VladimirLucas 
so he's saying it's a good thing! expected from JW "twofaced" toileto
2018-11-08 03:10
Fnatic didn’t “lose” flusha, they kicked him. Spin that narrative, jw
2018-11-08 03:13
Sweden Timmy_ 
no they didnt?
2018-11-08 04:09
ZywOo | 
Asia 7RU7H 
flusha was obviously throwing so they kick him...
2018-11-08 05:24
JW | 
United Kingdom Hamshanks 
It was mutual for all we know
2018-11-08 07:40
s1mple | 
Germany stanHD 
2018-11-08 03:26
Norway just_sAvage 
who gives a fuck about wins vs "eUnited" and blablabla ...fnatic is fnatic they were kinda on top lvl for almost whole time... and now "JW" sayin its new start... they just suck overall burnedout... krimz should leave also...and we should see krimz flusha f0rest twist rez or something
2018-11-08 03:35
f0rest | 
Sweden Jnordz 
No IGL, good plan.
2018-11-08 04:04
flusha | 
Czech Republic screwy1 
Flusha can be IGL
2018-11-08 04:06
flusha | 
Czech Republic screwy1 
REZ suck.. +olof would be nice
2018-11-08 04:05
"fan of optic" the team that spent a shit ton of money to get every rosters possible and always sucked with any of those
2018-11-15 15:15
Holes abused lmao
2018-11-08 04:50
why do u always quote the entire paragraph that we just read, its like having to read it twice...
2018-11-08 05:00
Rob4 | 
Czech Republic RioSalco 
So dont read it
2018-11-08 16:12
Sweden Lacazette 
"we just abused their holes" JW -2018
2018-11-08 06:03
2018-11-08 07:31
Billy PepeHands
2018-11-08 10:44
Tabsen is just salty as fck as expected from BIG players, FNATIC just straight outplayed them on that game and BUG didnt even get doule digit after winning both pistols and having so much free momentum going into both half
2018-11-08 08:04
"we just abused their holes"
2018-11-08 08:48
Czech Republic Prevodovka 
Lol jw wants to look like he is doing something else than sitting in front of pc all day long
2018-11-08 09:18
India JW_BesTesT 
We just abused their holes in puggy style
2018-11-08 10:11
I know why I don't like him. He says so many shit. New start LUL haha still play like 2 months ago. As ropz singed at mouz you saw directly a huge difference in the team.
2018-11-08 10:12
Finland tehtaaNkierre 
I think that was a pretty bad thing to say, we just abused their holes. JW THE BEAST
2018-11-08 13:58
Thailand sonon321 
2018-11-08 14:40
Taiwan Barton0536 
when you lost a vac player ....
2018-11-08 15:50
flusha | 
China kingofx 
no flusha no fnatic
2018-11-08 17:31
nope. It was like no more fnatic
2018-11-08 18:43
Fnatic without flusha feels so wrong
2018-11-08 23:20
2018-11-09 22:53
a 16 year old who sits in front of the computer all day long lmao
2018-11-09 22:52
Portugal Bazinga_7 
'To out the interview(..)' :facepalm:
2018-11-15 15:10
LOL, hypocrit community in a nutshell, when flusha was in fnatic: "ha, fnatic has a cheater in their team, they suck", after flusha isnt in fnatic anymore: "fnatic without flusha isnt fnatic, they will suck!", just like for the fnatic era, when they were dominating everyone hated them and now they want to see them back at the top
2018-11-15 15:14
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