k0nfig: "Last year was really rough so I just want to see some nice stuff from us"

HLTV.org sat down with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke after his OpTic closed out their first match at the WESG 2018 World Finals against Denial.

The first match on stage featured OpTic and Denial in their Group B opener, which the Danes were able to take without breaking a sweat, winning Overpass 16-8 and Inferno 16-5. We sat down with k0nfig to hear his thoughts early on in the tournament ahead of their matches against Valiance and NASR.

OpTic won their opener against Denial without skipping a beat

In the interview, k0nfig touches on issues with the computers, handling adversity, Ismail "refrezh" Ali's adaptation to the team, the match against Denial, their hopes for the tournament, and how OpTic compares to some of the favorites to take it all in Chongqing.

You just finished your first match against Denial, where you came out pretty strong, not messing around. How did it go? How did you feel that match went?

We felt really good as a team, but the PCs and monitors didn't feel that good, everything felt really slow, the spraying didn't really work, so we just have to think about the good things because there are small things at this tournament that need to be fixed.

It seems to be a bit like that every year, there are always some things that bother teams. What part do you think that's going to play in this tournament?

I think it's going to change a lot of things because if you come from home playing on a good PC and monitor and everything is nice and you're used to high fps and a fast game, then it's going to make a difference and play a big role for teams that are used to playing at home in their apartment, but you just need to focus on the game and not on the flaws in the tournament.

So do you think it's going to become a mindset thing? That the stronger teams, mentally, will be able to handle it better?

Yeah, I think it's going to be a mentality thing because if you tilt about the monitor being slow or about the PC being a bit laggy then you'll get mad at your teammates and so on, and so if you're just happy at this tournament then it'll be fine.

Before coming out here and thinking about the PCs or whatever, how did you prepare? How did you get ready for the event?

We were just playing like we usually do, just practicing and rehearsing nades and executes and learning tactics and so on. We have to put refrezh into all of our tactics since he's still a new guy and has a lot to learn, so we're just trying to help him develop as a player and trying to find our own game and trying to find ourselves.

Talking about refrezh being a new guy, you only played like three maps on LAN with him or something like that, not much...

Yeah, and we lost every one of them...

So tell me a bit about his adaptation. What are the things you have to work on more, or what surprised you?

I think the only thing he needs to work on is the communication part. He has such good aim and he's a really smart guy in the game, as well. He uses his head really, really well when he's playing, like logically and everything, he's a different player from niko. He's a different guy, of course, but I think the only thing he needs to work on is talking and communicating with the other guys because sometimes he's doing stuff he isn't saying, but he's a really good teammate, that's all I have to say about him.

When you think about niko, he's the guy that sacrifices himself and kind of takes the roles others may not want to play. How is refrezh? What roles is he taking and how are you restructuring around that?

He's like... I think he said when he joined the team that he can play anything and he didn't really care, so I guess he's the same as niko, but we don't want to put him in bad roles or bad positions because he's such a strong player so we have to have him a bit in front. He has to follow us when we throw an execute, he has to be the first, second, or third guy in, and not the last guy. That's usually cajunb or Snappi or JUGi depending on if he has the AWP or not. But yeah, he's such a good player that he has to be used the right way, I think.

As we said, you played Denial, now you have Valiance and NASR coming up. Your expectations I imagine are the playoffs, but how deep do you see yourself going?

After we make playoffs, I see us making it to the final at least. That's what we want to do, that's what we need because if we don't get this, to the final... and no pressure or anything! [laughs] But if we don't do well here, then I don't know, man. It's been a rough year for us already, and last year was really rough, so I just want to see some nice stuff from us, and I hope we'll show everyone. I don't know, I think... I hope... Maybe... We'll see! [laughs]

So you say no pressure, but...

No, no, I don't feel the pressure!

So coming up are Valiance and NASR, have you looked them up at all?

Yeah, we know Valiance, we've played them online, I think it was in the Sydney qualifier, and we know how they play. Casper [ruggah] and Snappi were watching demos and we'll be prepared.

How about NASR? They just took a map off of Valiance...

Oh, wow, maybe I should look at them now! I haven't looked them up at all.

So you're saying you want to make the final. The way I see it is the favorites are MIBR, then fnatic and G2, and then you guys. Where do you think you mix into that group?

I think at the moment, ranking-wise, we're last.

Yeah, yeah, ranking-wise you are, but how do you feel without looking at rankings?

The way we're playing I feel like we could beat G2 and fnatic, I don't think they're that much better than us, I think we're almost on the same level. MIBR is really hard because we haven't played them in a long time, we played them at the Pro League Finals last year, but that wasn't with this team... I don't know, I think we would be in the middle of that pack, second or third.

What about the tournament format, the best-of-two round robin?

I think it was good until teams started to drop out, that changed it. The fact that MIBR and AGO are in the playoffs without any risk of going out in groups is really, really wrong, but if they changed the groups or had someone else come, that would have been a lot better.

Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
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Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
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2019-03-11 08:50
United States inflict 
still gonna be shit lol
2019-03-11 08:55
gl k0nfig u got this <3
2019-03-11 08:59
Sweden Unluko 
Still gonna be bad
2019-03-11 09:47
Denmark Almoe 
2019-03-11 08:50
India Jan7Y 
2019-03-11 08:50
flusha | 
Europe detr0 
2019-03-11 08:50
Finland Tekh 
2019-03-11 08:51
fnx | 
Europe Taehyung 
K0nfig BabyRage
2019-03-11 08:51
Thailand kevynnxd 
Still shit imo
2019-03-11 08:51
Pakistan perth 
OpTic lul I completely forgot they even existed.
2019-03-11 08:51
flusha | 
Finland ))) 
2019-03-11 08:57
Belgium HLTVnewfag 
2019-03-11 13:23
sh1ro | 
Norway Viggo^^ 
very nice¨
2019-03-11 08:51
k0nfig big daddy lol jk
2019-03-11 08:51
Norway Phancy11 
2019-03-11 08:51
"Casper [ruggah] and Snappi were watching demos" see this is probably the difference between you and Astralis where they all prepare against the opponent.. at least that's what I believe.
2019-03-11 08:58
2019-03-11 14:07
Germany Trax_ 
absolute GOD
2019-03-11 09:11
African Union mikecool 
2019-03-11 09:41
THIS is epic
2019-03-11 09:43
lmao dead career.
2019-03-11 09:56
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Hope they lose, his attitude is comparable to MSL, not to mention the delusions...
2019-03-11 10:47
Damn you can't read.
2019-03-11 12:26
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
What makes you think that, sweetheart?
2019-03-11 12:32
Lol konfag is suck a weeb
2019-03-11 10:50
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Delusional boi
2019-03-11 11:05
he can move to north/fnatic/faze/nip/mouse easy why he still in this trashyard optic lul?
2019-03-11 11:37
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
"I'll fuck you up kenny"
2019-03-11 11:46
2019-03-11 14:03
Go Optic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-03-11 11:55
Denmark Snakebye 
2nd best danish player after kjaerbye
2019-03-11 14:47
Europe Cr3eP_70 
Nice start... :)
2019-03-11 15:14
konfig lol
2019-03-11 15:18
lose 2-0 to valiance with coach wtf men....
2019-03-11 15:34
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Saving strats for finals hahahahahah
2019-03-11 16:21
good luck sir
2019-03-11 19:17
Poland Ryunar 
*proceeds to lose to avangar*
2019-03-11 20:52
Brazil fallenzer@ 
2019-03-11 22:07
South America d0cco_loco 
why north kicked k0nfig?
2019-03-11 22:47
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