ottoNd on beating mouz: "We can do a lot of stuff individually on those maps and win the rounds by doing that"

After Valiance beat mousesports for the second time to eliminate the tournament favorites an advance to the playoffs, we spoke to Otto "ottoNd" Sihvo to get his thoughts on the match.

Having lost to Vitality in the winners' match, Valiance went up against mousesports for the second time in the group stage and stunned the favorites yet again with a clear-cut best-of-three series, in which the squad won Train 16-12 and Cache 16-8.

ottoNd quickly got used to communicating in English

After the triumph, we got a hold of ottoNd and got his thoughts on the series. We also quizzed him about his addition to the team and how he has accommodated in the roster.

Let's shortly go back to the Vitality match, where it was quite obvious from Twitter that you thought you should have closed out Mirage, what went wrong?

We kept going out A, but we made the same mistakes all the time, we didn't push for map control, we just stayed on site and sandwich and lost every retake situation.

What was the problem on Dust2, then, you just got destroyed there...?

(laughs) Nothing really there for us, we played too slow at the beginning, I think, and they just got the money control, double AWP, and after that, it's really hard to play Dust2.

You beat mousesports for the second time, this time in a best-of-three looking convincing - how did you manage to do that?

Everyone played really well individually, we just hit our shots and had really good communication, and I think that the maps were pretty good for us.

Why is that?

The maps are good for our players, we can do a lot of stuff individually on those maps and just win the rounds by doing that.

Did you do any more of that preparation nexa was talking about yesterday against mousesports?

No, we didn't really have that much time to prepare for today, so we just did our own things and played our own style.

Can you tell me about how adapting to this lineup has been from your point of view as one of the new players in the roster?

In the beginning, I was playing pretty well, but the more structure we added the more I started to struggle because I couldn't do what I wanted to do in default rounds, we just kept doing executes. After the Minor qualifier, I started playing well again because we changed our playstyle our lot. Here, I don't know, the first game was decent and then the second game was f*cking terrible, we just went back to the executes and I'm not playing well when we do that.

nexa was talking about that yesterday, that you are trying to find a good balance between a tactical style and a loose one, so is that the biggest struggle for you?

Yeah. We need to find the right balance, but it has been too far on one of the ends.

What has it been like in terms of communication, given that this is your first international team? Was it a big change for you?

Not really, it took me like two weeks to feel comfortable talking in English and after that, I have just been improving every day. I think the international playstyle fits me more because we can play more loose and I like playing more loose.

Tell me about the playoffs and how confident you are for that, now that you've eliminated the biggest favorites of the tournament.

I think the playoffs will be really hard. I know the guys struggled with Imperial against ENCE every time they played them and I think ENCE is playing really good CS, they have just the right balance between structure and a loose style. It's going to be a tough game tomorrow.

Is there anything you can do to improve your chances given that you played alongside a couple of these players in the past?

I know them and how they like to play, but I think they have changed a lot of stuff in ENCE and it has been quite a long time since I played with them.

Finland Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
Otto 'ottoNd' Sihvo
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Ireland Kearnsy 
I was looking forward to mouz winning the minor :(
2019-01-17 22:45
Sweden Unluko 
Lol rip
2019-01-17 22:46
mouz fault for being cocky and bearly practicing considering the amount of time they had
2019-01-17 23:34
Czech Republic Korenus 
Actually im mad on mouz. They are top5 and highly payed but just shat on this training to minor. Like wtf you dont want to get to the major? I though every team wants to be in major. Many pro players said that playing qualifications vs ("random teams") Is hard because they can suprise them, and also they dont know their playstyle as for higher teams which are more watched. So thats why you should take it responsibly and prepare. Twice if Its for major qualification.
2019-01-18 11:38
bearly? Why the flag tho?
2019-01-18 18:10
+111 what is this ridiculous upset... And whydo all FINNS have to be so ugly?? Must be the most ugly and weak ppl on this Earth... Pure luck .. Otto LOL
2019-01-18 11:40
Finland J3bediah 
Nice bait
2019-01-18 15:03
ottond: “lmao mouz sucks disband”
2019-01-17 22:43
Hahaha 7/8
2019-01-17 22:54
2019-01-18 06:40
+1 lol
2019-01-18 08:22
otto rekt low skill mouz onliners
2019-01-17 22:44
2019-01-17 22:44
Finland cockcheek33 
cool ottond
2019-01-17 22:45
Finland EdiEz 
2019-01-17 22:45
2019-01-17 22:45
Belgium i_am_alexa 
won't work against ZyWoO, all astralis, s1mple & electronic, NiKo, etc.
2019-01-17 22:45
very cool
2019-01-17 22:45
Philippines xxxhoshi 
mouz =/= top 4 team OMEGALUL
2019-01-17 22:46
So doesnt cloud 9
2019-01-18 01:08
Philippines xxxhoshi 
im sorry where is mouz's major win?
2019-01-18 03:09
I'm sorry where is cloud9 in the top 10??
2019-01-18 08:15
2019-01-18 08:22
Philippines xxxhoshi 
nip was in the same boat not too long ago buddy calm down
2019-01-18 10:01
Israel TimeDani 
Where is mouz in the minor?
2019-01-18 08:46
Philippines xxxhoshi 
2019-01-18 10:00
Philippines xxxhoshi 
we'll take your spot in the top 10 after we actually get past the minor LUL ratsports
2019-01-18 10:02
Israel TimeDani 
8/8 memesports going to online qualifiers next major
2019-01-18 11:28
Serbia 2KGkaka 
no chance against ence, ez4ence also trashsports should disband
2019-01-17 22:53
Always ez for ence
2019-01-17 22:54
Lol nice try ez4valiance we need to believe.
2019-01-18 05:25
Europe UhddiS 
GG dood
2019-01-17 22:53
Bosnia and Herzegovina lazinho 
Valiance is going to win thisss
2019-01-17 22:54
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Ye, nice player, nice person, nice attitude...
2019-01-17 23:04
wow that’s new
2019-01-17 23:08
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Wow, that’s a donkey
2019-01-17 23:20
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
Ence and valiance both go in ez and fun
2019-01-17 23:02
Slovakia XMBT 
WP from Valiance. Bit sad for Mouz but they underestimated the whole minor but i’m certain they will come even stronger on the next event. No -/+ players ... they just needed this hard slap in the face that’s all :)
2019-01-17 23:28
Indonesia v1ctin 
Yeah they slacked off while the other teams grinded their asses off
2019-01-18 00:09
Slovakia XMBT 
The rank on HLTV doesn’t make you unbeatable...
2019-01-18 11:33
i hope they beat ence.
2019-01-17 23:49
Finland G0Dteukkab 
in your dreams
2019-01-18 02:45
ence players so ugly. is everyone from finlando so ugly?
2019-01-18 12:40
Finland G0Dteukkab 
aleksib is cute tf u talking about
2019-01-18 16:15
LMOUZ inb4 for LAMOUZ d i s b a n d
2019-01-18 06:12
Other VladimirLucas 
2015 fnatic style
2019-01-18 06:54
Finland tetuan 
This upset was mostly mouz having too big break and playing badly.
2019-01-18 07:36
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