yuurih: "Our mindset is to learn new things, gain more experience and grow as a team"

Upon conclusion of FURIA's series against fnatic, seeing to a 2-0 stun from the Brazilians, we spoke with Yuri "yuurih" Santos to discuss the team's progress, how this level of performance was achieved and the team's ambitions for the upcoming Big events.

Coming into Dallas, FURIA were labeled the dark horse - unknown and obscure. Contrary to initial perception, the Brazilian squad have absolutely dominated their match-ups thus far, beating two top 10 teams in NRG and fnatic in convincing fashion.

yuurih and his teammates were overflowing with emotion upon making playoffs in Dallas

Those two victories yielded the Brazilians a guaranteed spot in the quarter-finals, and, depending on the outcome of their upper bracket final match against ENCE, a potential spot in the semi-finals.

After the team's impressive performance against Richard "Xizt" Landström and company, we spoke with yuurih, who gave us insight into the team's system, how they managed to ascend to a competitive level in a relatively short time and the impact their move to the US has had on the team.

The team moved to the US in July of last year. Tell me how that changed the dynamic in the team. Did you see improvements after you made the move?

When we moved here, we were a pretty inexperienced team. We started gaining some experience by playing tier two teams, but we still lost a lot. We kept playing and practicing to get experience, and we started to measure up to the top teams.

Nowadays, we are already beating them and, thankfully, we are starting to play tier one tournaments. I expect much more from us.

Your playstyle is fascinating to watch, with an incredibly deep playbook. Could you give me some insight into how you managed to develop something so fascinating?

When arT joined the team, his style was a bit loose, while we played a more tactical game. Since he joined, we have been able to mesh those two styles. Everything we do is quite loose, that is why people think our matches are so fun to watch.

From looking at your results, generally speaking, it seems you are comfortable on all maps. How have you managed to achieve that?

When we reached a point where we wanted to have a better map pool, we heavily practiced one map and, when we got really good on it, we picked another map and repeated the process. That is how we have become good on so many maps. This makes our vetoes against bigger and also smaller teams easier because we can play any map.

You qualified for three large events at the expense of some big North Americans teams. What do you think makes your team so effective against them?

When we qualified for the Minor, we were putting in a lot of effort, we were practicing all day, that was the only thing in our mind. While we were in Katowice, we practiced so much, we were there for two weeks, practicing against really good European teams.

We used to struggle against North American teams, but when we got back from Europe, we were a much better team. That experience in Europe was very good, and now we are able to face North American teams much more easily, even though it is still quite hard.

Let's talk a little bit about arT, the in-game leader. Do you have more of a style where he dictates the decisions or does everyone pitch in with ideas?

Normally, arT gives the calls at the beginning of rounds, but everyone has plays they like to make. For example, I have a lot of plays, and in mid-round situations I ask if I can make them. We go default and then make our plays. He lets us do what we like to do.

yuurih mentions that coach guerri plays a cardinal role in the team, both in-game and out

It is apparent that [coach] guerri plays a large role, both in terms of keeping the team motivated and helping out on the tactical side. How does he assist you?

To be frank, we would not be here today if it were not for him. He has a big impact on our team, both inside and outside the game. He is never satisfied with our level, he always wants more, and that pushes us to want to learn more. He is essential to the team.

What are the goals that you have set out for these events, considering you did not attend as many international tournaments before? What mindset do you have?

Now that we have started to qualify for those tier one tournaments, our mindset is to learn new things, gain more experience and grow as a team. We are not aiming to go there and win it all; if we win, that is obviously great, but we want to learn from the big teams and play against them, which is something new for us. I believe it will be very good for us to play these tournaments and to keep practicing. I really believe in the team.

What does it feel like to know you'll be in the quarter-finals of Dallas?

I am very happy, I believe the entire team is happy. Beating these guys, who have been competing at this level for so long, is really rewarding. I am very happy, I have no words.

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
507
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
#2
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
gl men))) furia good team)))
2019-05-30 19:00
#7
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Sweden Unluko 
Good playrt
2019-05-30 19:01
#44
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
yurr1H
2019-05-30 19:30
#65
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Brazil luizfelipemb 
RX FURIA
2019-05-30 20:15
#91
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
MIBR yuurih soon kscerato overrated af
2019-05-30 23:39
pls dont ruin furia
2019-05-31 00:06
edit
2019-05-30 19:01
#12
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Yep, before edit it was just "ok" What a tryhard haha
2019-05-30 19:02
#84
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Brazil IwillHelpYou2 
Ok
2019-05-30 21:54
Cry
2019-05-30 19:16
#3
EliGE | 
United States Jono13 
Nice
2019-05-30 19:00
#4
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
So like every team lmao
2019-05-30 19:00
#16
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Brazil tucabrum 
It's rare to get good insight from these kind of interviews, even more so if the interviewee can't speak fluent English or is not used to speak in public
2019-05-30 19:08
#18
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Then why bother with interviewing them in english, no doubt you have someone (or atleast should have) someone that can speak portuguese on hltv that could be there conducting this interview.
2019-05-30 19:09
#21
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Brazil tucabrum 
I agree with you, but it seems that people still like to hear/read the default answers to simple questions. Same thing happens with footballers
2019-05-30 19:10
#25
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
I disagree, the mid game interviews are pointless which is what these interviews here are. After tournament interviews though, those are the good ones that you get when tournament starts and players can reflect on what went wrong. Too bad we get so much filler crap like this.
2019-05-30 19:13
#26
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Brazil tucabrum 
That is, if you actually can provide with good answers.
2019-05-30 19:14
#27
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Its on the interviewer to ask the questions that have interesting answers, coming up with the answers themselves isnt the issue even for the poorly english speaking people
2019-05-30 19:15
#38
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Brazil tucabrum 
I partially agree with you. I still think the interviewee has the potential to turn an ok interview into a good and inspiring one. That is why some players become good commentators later in their careers and others don't.
2019-05-30 19:21
Hey HLTV if you're interested in someone who knows portuguese and can translate interviews pls send me a message, thanks.
2019-05-30 19:17
#32
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
I mean they would have to record the interviews then send them, then wait for translation which is seems like a waste of time when much easier to just to have an writer that speaks portuguese
2019-05-30 19:18
Yeah, I meant they could hire me to interview them in portuguese and then write it in english, wich is basically a translation xD
2019-05-30 19:20
#39
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Nah fam, but besides the interviewer does stuff beside just interviews
2019-05-30 19:22
#69
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World streetson 
Expected from no-emotions Finn OMEGALUL. Cant you guys up there on the north have a little bit of empathy? Jesus Christ dude
2019-05-30 20:34
#72
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Why have bad interview when could have good interview
2019-05-30 20:36
#5
Sakura | 
CIS Ron1E 
F
2019-05-30 19:01
nice
2019-05-30 19:01
#9
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Brazil lusketa 
great
2019-05-30 19:02
mostroooooooooo
2019-05-30 19:02
#62
arT | 
Brazil Maujubudo 
MOSTRO
2019-05-30 19:58
#85
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Brazil IwillHelpYou2 
MOSTRO
2019-05-30 21:57
#11
suNny | 
Finland marc0sss 
ok
2019-05-30 19:02
#13
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Brazil josolf 
nice!!! GO FURIA <3
2019-05-30 19:02
nice men ez4furia
2019-05-30 19:04
GUYS LET GOOOO M16R<FURIA
2019-05-30 19:09
Bot Art
2019-05-30 19:09
GO FURIA, TO THE TOP <3
2019-05-30 19:11
good team
2019-05-30 19:12
nice
2019-05-30 19:12
EOEOEOEOEOEOE
2019-05-30 19:17
#31
kNgV- | 
Brazil Soulsix 
GOGOGO FURIA
2019-05-30 19:17
WHO???????????
2019-05-30 19:18
inb4 triggered brazilians
2019-05-30 19:19
- ¿Quieres? - NO, mejor no. deja de fumar, es malo para ti, tus amigos y tu familia te quieren mucho. No desperdicies tu vida fumando un trozo de hierba, porque aun eres joven y tienes toda una vida por delante. Espero que replantees tus decisiones. Vamos. Coge mi mano y andemos juntos hacia este atardecer porque yo solo quiero tu amistad.
2019-05-30 19:31
#45 1st one
2019-05-30 19:35
#45
shz | 
Brazil xacinero 
just a young team better than BIG, with and without kebab
2019-05-30 19:33
Never heard of a team called "YUURIH" before
2019-05-30 19:36
#52
shz | 
Brazil xacinero 
Just a young player from FURIA: a team better than BIG, with and without kebab. What next?
2019-05-30 19:42
Furia 0 legends spot ???? BIG 3 Furia is who?
2019-05-30 19:43
#56
shz | 
Brazil xacinero 
a YOUNG team better than BIG. Are you stupid?
2019-05-30 19:45
#58
Xyp9x | 
Europe NiQa 
Nice one.
2019-05-30 19:49
Who???
2019-05-30 19:50
You
2019-05-30 20:05
#71
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Brazil igster 
expected
2019-05-30 20:34
at least you are kinda friendly at this time
2019-05-30 21:44
#87
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Brazil igster 
im tryink men)
2019-05-30 22:04
#34
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Brazil tavin 
<3
2019-05-30 19:18
MIBR yuurih soon
2019-05-30 19:20
#51
nitr0 | 
Kazakhstan Justaguy 
Wtf for what? Furia is better than mibr
2019-05-30 19:42
#40
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Switzerland x676 
and join mibr
2019-05-30 19:22
furia is the new immortals
2019-05-30 19:23
furia's team play is better than immortals
2019-05-30 19:34
#55
Luken | 
Argentina urfoloq 
they're miles ahead in terms of playbook, strats, skill, gamesense...
2019-05-30 19:43
+1
2019-05-30 20:03
#66
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Brazil hugoooo 
Calm down, Immortals won lans and got 2nd place on a Major, just calm down.
2019-05-30 20:21
#77
Luken | 
Argentina urfoloq 
meta changed way too much in 2 years. they've done a lot in less than 10 months in US.
2019-05-30 21:18
#103
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Brazil hugoooo 
I wouldn't say that: hltv.org/events/2150/cevo-gfinity-profes.. hltv.org/events/2109/dreamhack-zowie-ope.. It's just you people that forget old things.
2019-05-31 10:46
#82
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Brazil Charizaldo 
They were runner-ups in a Major that GAMBIT won, this is just bullshit
2019-05-30 21:49
#102
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Brazil hugoooo 
Gambit just beat mouz, VP, G2, fnatic, and Astralis to reach the Grand Finals, enough of your bullshit. Not Immortals fault that Gambit wrecked everyone on that major.
2019-05-31 10:38
#42
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Iran CharlesManson 
who is he?
2019-05-30 19:29
#70
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Brazil igster 
ur mom)
2019-05-30 20:33
our "goal" nt brazil englando
2019-05-30 19:34
God yuurih God team <33333
2019-05-30 19:35
#53
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Brazil xMoita 
gl my bois
2019-05-30 19:43
and bm opponents in game
2019-05-30 19:48
#76
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South America Idkman 
Mas
2019-05-30 21:17
#78
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World nakTriceps 
This is for the strongers. Kids don´t accept this. The new generation is weak as fuck, like u probably.
2019-05-30 21:28
well "strongers" can proceed to winning vs BAD NEWS BEARSZZ or another mdl stacks in brazil or wherever they live rn, because fortunately they arent gonna win anything
2019-05-31 06:41
#104
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World nakTriceps 
NRG, fnatic. zzZZzZZzZzzzzZZ This with so little experience on big LANS. Imagine after these whole events, kid. Gtfo weak little boy.
2019-05-31 20:00
imagined last place at ecs next week firstly keeping sucking remaining season secondly bomb out of major as a result of all it lastly go back to your cave STRONG NEANDERTHAL
2019-05-31 20:07
#106
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World nakTriceps 
so weak lul U15?
2019-05-31 20:21
#89
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Brazil Br4tZ 
hopefully
2019-05-30 23:27
#61
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Brazil Nickzim 
RESPECT
2019-05-30 19:57
#67
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Brazil AmbOoNi 
FURIA team has everything to grow and become tier1, but is still far to overcome MIBR and its players. FalleN, coldzera and fer, mainly, are far ahead of arT, yuurih and KSCERATO. FalleN said in an interview that today would bring to the MIBR the yuurih, will it?
2019-05-30 20:22
#73
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Dead said it, not Fallen.
2019-05-30 20:39
#107
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Brazil AmbOoNi 
You all rigth! sorry.
2019-05-31 23:06
Everybody talk about Kscerato and V$M, but in my opinion Yuurih is the best youngest talent from Brazil... It's good to see HLTV mentioned ArT in this interview, yesterday match proved that best part of Furia are the strats and variance of those!
2019-05-30 20:23
#74
gAuLeS | 
Canada Yohazin 
+1
2019-05-30 20:48
+1
2019-05-30 21:08
+1
2019-05-30 21:46
#83
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Brazil Charizaldo 
+1 the biggest responsibles for upgrading FURIA to this level are arT and guerri
2019-05-30 21:51
+11111111
2019-05-30 23:16
yuriGODDDDD
2019-05-30 21:46
#86
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Brazil _mith 
YUURIH GOD
2019-05-30 21:57
#GoFuria
2019-05-30 23:36
#98
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Brazil Laytta 
Furia <3
2019-05-31 01:04
GOD yuurih
2019-05-31 01:12
Yura davai!
2019-05-31 02:05
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