Xizt: "I think that the future for fnatic is really, really good"

As the dust settled in Abu Dhabi after fnatic lifted the PLG Grand Slam trophy, we spoke to Richard "⁠Xizt⁠" Landström about winning the event and their end of 2018.

fnatic came into the tournament as favorites, and lived up to the title by breezing through the group stage and the quarter-finals. The semi-final was a different story, though, as forZe pushed the Swedes to triple overtime on the last map, Inferno, before fnatic closed it out.

Being able to handle lower-tier teams is key to being consistent, Xizt says

After defeating G2 in the grand final in two strongly contested maps, we caught up with the fnatic's IGL Xizt. As it was already getting pretty late, we quickly went over the whole tournament, as well as revisited some recent results.

We didn't talk at all during this event, so how was the experience for you here overall?

Obviously, there was a lot of delays, but I think the staff was very friendly towards us and they worked hard. There were some technical issues, but overall I respected them even though it wasn't the most perfect event. But the stage looked really cool and the crowd was really nice for the finals.

For the most part you were pretty dominant in your games, there were a few pretty high ranked teams here as well but they look so smooth. Was there something about the way you approached this event? With all of these delays and you being a team that is perhaps experienced in stuff like this from CS 1.6 and how things used to be run, did that help you?

Yeah, we were really tired like everyone else, but we tried to be professional and not go out and whine about it, we tried to do our best. As you said, we have guys with a lot of experience, including myself, being at events with delays from before, so we know how it is and it is the same for everyone, basically. We just have to do our best and try to rest while we are waiting.

I have to ask you about the forZe game that went into triple overtime on the last map. So especially on Inferno it seemed like you didn't play your own game, a lot of random stuff was happening, you were not really playing clean CS. So what was that game like for you, what happened there?

I think we started playing their game, kind of. They were playing really fast and then we started playing really fast, which we usually don't do. We like to play a "chaos game", but in an organized way. But they caught us off guard sometimes and I think we got frustrated. They basically kept doing the same things and we kept falling for it. It was not so good for us, but I think they played really good individually and they shot some really nice headshots. So props to forZe.

You won the tournament in the end, your last event was a month ago, IEM Chicago, where you had a decent placing, decent performance overall, almost beat Astralis. How does that add up for you, the last two events you had of 2018?

I think it is really good for us. Obviously, losing against Astralis was really hard, but we said directly after we lost that we have a great future with this team. We just brought in Brollan who is 16 and twist is also still young, and they are really good. So I think that the future for fnatic is really, really good. We proved here that we can keep our cool and also perform against lower-tier teams, which is really important if you want to be a consistent top team.

As I mentioned, you didn't play in that many tournaments, you didn't participate in the BLAST events, they are leaning towards NiP it seems like... Do you feel like at the moment people are underestimating your level, just because you didn't play that many LANs?

I think it is fair that we are not getting invited to all the events because before we brought in Brollan and twist we didn't perform well at all, we lost in group stages all the time basically and we just have to work hard and eventually we will be in the top five of the rankings and we are going to receive more invites.

I really miss the BLAST events, I attended the first one with NiP so if they want to invite us in the future, I won't mind.

Lastly, what is your outlook from here, 2019 is coming up, the Major and all of that?

This was our last event for the year so we are going to take a break now and start over in the beginning of January. I think we are maybe going to attend one event before the Major, we will see, just to get a feel of how it is to compete again since we are going to have a really long break. We are going to bootcamp for the Major so we are well prepared for that. The first goal is to be top eight in the Major, I think, and go back to the Legends stage.

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
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2018-12-16 01:31
World 86pp
2018-12-16 01:31
2018-12-16 01:32
Panama Cyain10
2018-12-16 01:33
nobody cares xist you old
2018-12-16 01:41
Panama Cyain10
who are you replying to
2018-12-16 01:42
2018-12-16 02:01
Panama Cyain10
2018-12-16 02:15
tier 10 team winning tier 20 event
2018-12-16 17:53
+1 like mibr only able to win tier 300 events this year
2018-12-16 19:57
yeah ! really like Xizt here :p
2018-12-16 19:56
lets hope so
2018-12-16 01:32
2018-12-16 01:32
2018-12-16 19:06
almost lost to forze but ok
2018-12-16 01:32
LOL +1
2018-12-16 01:36
yeap fnatic trash
2018-12-16 02:02
french 2nd place
2018-12-16 03:07
jks | 
United States Fule
Last time france win big event?
2018-12-16 04:20
no idea? you reply to wrong person?
2018-12-16 04:28
jks | 
United States Fule
Sorry meant to go to zywoofanboy
2018-12-17 19:11
2018-12-16 05:34
I guess u didnt watch any game there, FORZE legit looked like a russian toggling team, dude are even harder to beat than Teams like Faze or NAVI...
2018-12-16 08:55
Europe XXXPAK1
2018-12-16 09:31
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr
2018-12-16 13:51
Brollan signing was really important!
2018-12-16 01:32
2018-12-16 19:06
Panama Cyain10
2018-12-16 01:32
oh. kay
2018-12-16 01:36
Panama Cyain10
Oxygen Potassium
2018-12-16 01:37
i was don't know this details.
2018-12-16 02:43
Thanks for reminding me that i have to stay hydrated
2018-12-16 14:27
2018-12-16 02:46
Not with your 2015 strats, you need golden back.
2018-12-16 01:37
Libya nanaichini
2018-12-16 01:58
it took awhile To realize that brollan and twist was the best players to fnatic
2018-12-16 01:38
Now: best krimz second brollan Future: best brollan second krimz
2018-12-16 02:58
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
you forgot about the best player in sweden
2018-12-16 06:26
Rofl they barely won with forze XD
2018-12-16 01:38
Sweden Nuggeet
forze overperformed but ok
2018-12-16 10:24
Denmark mindgames
Winning a tier2-3 tourney... ok.
2018-12-16 01:40
sometimes winning a tier 3 event can be just as hard as winning a tier 1 event. the nonamer teams can surprise you and fnatic handled it well
2018-12-16 02:14
2018-12-16 05:02
Sweden Zlatanist
Go back observing The Sims Petlife plz
2018-12-16 18:25
are u mad?
2018-12-16 18:30
Germany zubjr
Probably cuz i havent seen nip win anything lately
2018-12-16 21:00
flusha | 
Italy HeSY
Ingravirami Richard plz
2018-12-16 01:43
Brazil g4laxI
They need to continue improving
2018-12-16 01:44
Fnatic better right plz keep Lekro or GOLDEN back
2018-12-16 01:57
2018-12-16 02:09
Libya nanaichini
2018-12-16 01:59
jw is better since he is on diet fnatic still wont win anything "relevant" in 2019
2018-12-16 02:04
Mad cuz bad G2?
2018-12-16 02:05
yes but g2 money > moldova money rip
2018-12-16 02:07
+1 XD
2018-12-16 02:42
lol, says a french. Ur scene is dead, your only hope is zywho
2018-12-16 10:36
<<<<<<<<<<<<< Astralis
2018-12-16 02:19
2018-12-16 02:19
Finland Smoonah
haha alright, future for you in cs though is getting pretty slim lulw
2018-12-16 02:24
Belgium Donderinho
Oh dear. They won a T5 tournament.
2018-12-16 02:25
Japan Legoshi
Yikes am sure barley winning against Russian tier 400 teams is good
2018-12-16 02:32
this fnatic roster has a stupid amount of firepower. i can see them making deep runs in 2019 at t1 events.
2018-12-16 02:41
India spiderCAKE
This fnatic team has so much potential. Excited to see what they bring in 2019.
2018-12-16 03:59
Lithuania andy_
With you in the roster? FORGET IT.
2018-12-16 06:52
They have a great roster they just need a bit of more training.
2018-12-16 07:11
Uzbekistan NoVodka4u
*A lot more training But I agree +1
2018-12-16 08:53
Fnatic wins, statpadsimple lose
2018-12-16 07:15
yes is really, really good when u barely win a forze on overtimes in bo3 good job fnatic.
2018-12-16 09:22
Dont lie hltv “we sat down with xizt” u didnt just speak to him Ps fnatic = g2. From major to minor events
2018-12-16 09:36
Kings of T2 in 2019 xD
2018-12-16 09:43
They won 1 t2 event and got invited bc the draken roster sucked, in case u missed it they won kato
2018-12-16 10:38
2018-12-16 11:16
Sweden pontus767
I guess they could attend Eleague in January. If they invite the top 8 like last year Fnatic should be invited since Mouz and North are playing the minor while NaVi have said they will skip all events until the major.
2018-12-16 11:57
I hope so
2018-12-16 12:19
With you? i don't think so.
2018-12-16 12:21
I strongly doubt Xizt, and keeping him over Golden is one of the worst roster moves of the year IMO. But the rest of the roster looks really great, so I simply hope Jumpy can help them overcome having Xizt as the IGL. They looked so strong against Astralis.
2018-12-16 18:23
Mongolia k0ng0
Nt Ex6tenz
2018-12-16 20:56
United States FaZeCIan
Come back to FaZe please karrigan was shit so we benched him
2018-12-17 00:13
Weird flex but okay.
2018-12-17 05:23
make fnatic great again :)
2018-12-17 09:22
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