Lekr0: "We disagreed on the Train pick vs. Winstrike [...] it affected our mentality going into the match"

In our next interview from the IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage, Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson commented on NiP's poor start and their back-and-forth battle with Vega Squadron in the fourth round.

The beginning of the New Challengers Stage saw NiP get off to a good start with a win over FURIA, but things quickly went sour for the Swedes when they lost a close encounter on Mirage with Renegades and went 1-2 with Winstrike pulling off another big upset on Train.

NiP survived day four and are at a 2-2 record

In the fourth round, Lekr0 & co. survived a back-and-forth battle against Vega Squadron, who stole away their pick, Overpass, despite the Swedish team's comeback efforts, with NiP then winning Train and closing it out after a tight Mirage.

As they head into round five, we quizzed the in-game leader about the team's rustiness following a two-month long break from a LAN environment, their losses in the second and third round, and their narrow series against Vega Squadron.

Let's begin by going back to your first games here and how you ended up in the 1-2 pool. The form that you displayed during the first two days wasn't up to par with the expectations, what do you attribute that to?

I think the LAN pressure got to us a bit, at least to myself and some of the guys, I think. In practice, we have been playing really well, we didn't expect us to struggle this much, either, but as long as we just keep fighting I think it's going to be fine now that we warmed up a bit.

Do you feel like the couple of months that you had off LAN events played a factor in this?

I think so, a little bit. I still think it's good that we prepared for the Major, I still think that's what we should have done, but not being to a LAN environment might have affected us a bit.

Was that a matter of choice or did it just end up that way because you didn't get invited to any of the earlier events?

No, it was a choice of ours, we felt like we should focus on the Major. In January, we had like one month of practice, I think that was the perfect amount to prepare for the Major, but you never know what is best. Maybe we would have gotten tired of going to LAN before the Major, you can never know, really.

Did you have any specific approach to this type of teams you are facing here?

Most of it was just being prepared for our own game, preparing for that and not trying to antistrat the teams. A lot of these teams are so random and if they are aggressive, they can still push 10 places at once, so you can't just antistrat aggressiveness. You just have to be ready for what style they have and not try to focus on what specific rounds they have.

You were really behind on Overpass before you came back into overtime, how come you had such a hard time dealing with Vega and what did you change to pull it back?

I think we struggle on our T sides so far, something we need to talk about and fix. That's our main issue, our CT sides have been really good, so we're going to keep doing what we're doing. But I think what's been lacking these games are the T sides, as long as we fix that I think it's going to be fine.

Some are of the opinion that the AUG is affecting CT sides, do you think that is the case, that map balance is being affected by the AUG?

Yeah, I think right now the AUG is a bit too good. Sure, I like that there are some meta changes in CS:GO, as well, like in other games. Sometimes it's this gun or that gun, we had SMGs for a while before, they were really good. It's nice to have some change, but later on, I just see the AUG getting nerfed so we can have the AK and M4 as the main weapons, I think.

On Mirage against Vega, you started off well but couldn't keep it up from 6-3 on, losing the last six rounds of the half - what changed?

We started off by playing a lot of strategies and once it was going pretty well, I started calling some defaults and they were making some random pushes and that surprised us a bit in some places, they got flanks where they shouldn't have. I think that's what was the most annoying because I know they like to push several places at once and if you leave one open, it's going to be a big hole on the map. I think that's what happened here.

Towards the end of the map you lost to a couple of pistol buys, one on B, that could have been a turning point in the match, what happened in that round?

I think the round where we lost the B antieco was when f0rest rotated to the site. I think if we prepared for the round more, if he stayed Edward, for example, I could have baited for him from back site. But instead we both played site and they overwhelmed us with the P250s, so there was no bait setup. They overwhelmed f0rest first, I tried to help him and then they got to me, I missed a few shots as well. I think it was just mispositioning. Later on, in the A retake with our double AWP, it didn't work as well, I think we rotated too far back in CT spawn, that affected the retake a lot, we couldn't flash for GeT_RiGhT when he is playing on the left side and not the CT spawn. It was just a bit of mispositioning in two of the rounds. We're going to have some talks about some of the rounds, but I think it's simple fixes.

You were talking about warming up to the event now, with one more match left to advance, how do you look at the fifth round and the potential opponents you'll face there?

I think it's pretty good for us. We had a rough start this tournament, we started off really well against FURIA, but then something weird happened on Mirage against Renegades, our CT side was really bad and that affected our mentality a bit, losing to Renegades. It got over into the Winstrike game, we disagreed a bit on the pick of Train. I trusted our Train and I wanted to play it and there were different opinions there, so it affected our mentality going into the game, but I think we're on the same page now, we had some talks about the vetoes and stuff, so I think we're comfortable for the fifth match.

Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
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Brazil igster 
I hope g0drest qualifies
2019-02-16 18:02
Sweden Unluko 
Nice pick!
2019-02-16 18:01
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected win, go qualify now >:(
2019-02-16 18:06
Russia Hellyer 
How that fast?
2019-02-16 18:02
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
2019-02-16 18:01
S1ayer why do you comment good on most of news and forums
2019-02-16 19:10
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
this is the first time i am commenting good he is a different guy with the similar name
2019-02-16 19:13
u hev gey???
2019-02-17 02:57
Turkey leame 
pls dont rip my pickem
2019-02-16 18:01
excuses hahahah
2019-02-16 18:02
Europe andyy_ 
2019-02-16 18:02
200 iq
2019-02-16 18:03
Poland Hell2k 
Still 2-3
2019-02-16 18:03
2019-02-16 18:03
Yeah flight to stockholm delyed for 24 hours. Btw what's with that [...] thing? What does it mean?
2019-02-16 18:04
It indicates a break in the sentence. There were words said where the [...] Is, however they weren't deemed important for the title
2019-02-16 18:10
Theyre lucky to get easy matchups every time cuz theyre playing some really ugly cs, I bet they will face vici in 2/2 matches and still make it but its not deserved and they will surely get rekt at the major
2019-02-16 18:04
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
It's not luck, it's literally based on ELO, genius.
2019-02-16 19:04
its luck you tard, stop acting like that system is perfect they definitely got favorable matchups so far
2019-02-16 20:09
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
Are you retarded? The system is literally designed to pit the good teams against the bad teams, which is good so that only the best teams go through.
2019-02-16 20:17
elo changes after every game and some of the matchups happend fpr like 0.2 difference in the elo which could have change everything, btw at this stage you cant say teams like vici or do are worst than teams like c9 and co
2019-02-16 20:20
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
2019-02-16 18:08
gl goblin! goninjas!
2019-02-16 18:18
Zeus | 
Portugal JeezUz 
You got this! GoNinjas!
2019-02-16 18:22
tiziaN | 
Germany FREIER 
thx rich for a beautiful rant on BTN to wake up the guys around xizt regarding vetoes.
2019-02-16 18:38
Spain N0Love 
What about todays's rant during the G2 fnatic series? That was epic
2019-02-17 01:26
Germany LyZeD 
2019-02-18 07:01
Portugal bhyeera 
Not doing antistrat show why this guys are behind... Anyway, could it be that they disband after this major? I like NIP, but their game has been so off lately... I went to Blast Pro Series Lisbon expecting to see better from them :(
2019-02-16 18:42
OMFG! Lekro and Dennis loss so many situation,when they should kill 1-2 enemy ez,and they are weak part of NiP...mb and GTR... But he not make stupid death,lekro and dennis do...
2019-02-16 18:54
GTR has been playing well for a while
2019-02-16 19:35
Yeah train pick vs Winstrike was not good, they have one of the best CT sides there
2019-02-16 19:35
getright go go go!
2019-02-16 20:32
Blue | 
Belgium Thotiana 
2019-02-16 20:38
Latvia gromi4 
1.6 f0restwOw~
2019-02-16 21:34
Norway SlimeThug 
I want to know which one of them voted for train and cancel them for the rest of year
2019-02-16 21:42
NiP = worst map vito picker. They always vote for strong opponent maps or very expected picks. Better pick weak opponent maps that you're "decent" with than fav maps by opponents that you're good at. It's much easier for opponents going into a map they are confident with themselves, especially when you factor in pre match study of the plays of the opponent. Don't they research these teams at all or is it because of low IQ? Recently they have been screwed quite a few times by map picks. Their map pick should have been Nuke, bad map for Vega, decent for NiP.
2019-02-16 22:54
Spain N0Love 
Lack of good coach and strong minded IGL
2019-02-17 01:39
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
yeah wish threat would come back... I think Lekr0 has it in him he just needs more experience
2019-02-17 07:12
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st 
dont blame them for disagreeing, Train VS Winstrike is a death wish
2019-02-17 07:11
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