JW: "I reminded myself of why I am here, why I am doing this, and I think it started to spark a light"

Jesper "JW" Wecksell discussed his form, rediscovering his love for the game, and fnatic's approach to the Minor in his latest interview.

fnatic swept Ancient and North in the group stage of the Europe Minor, cruising to the playoffs in Berlin with surprising ease. The result comes after the Swedes were struggling at Big Events, finishing 9-12th three times in a row.

JW's improved form comes after he rediscovered his joy for the game

We sat down with JW after fnatic topped their group, with the Swede admitting he was questioning "if everything is still worth it", but in the end, finding his passion for the game again, which reflects in his 1.12 rating on LAN over the last three months and a 1.61 rating at the Minor.

I'll start with your individual form, looking pretty good in recent times, last couple of events. What's been going on in that part, where does it come from?

I think it comes from me trying to enjoy the game more, trying to play more overall. It's been a couple of rough moments, the past months, at one point I ended up questioning if everything is still worth it. I think somewhere there I reminded myself of why I am here, why I am doing this, and I think it started to spark a light. It helps that I'm feeling more comfortable in the team and all that, but I would say it's more about enjoying the game and putting in the hours.

What makes it worthwhile?

It's the competition. Even though you are traveling so much, you get really exhausted and all that, there's just something that makes it so fun to compete and be able to meet people from all of the world. You play to be the best, but sometimes you get stuck in some kind of a cycle where you just play because you're used to doing this now for such a long time, and it's your job. I think it's just that, to remind yourself that it's pretty damn fun to compete and try to be the best against everybody and not see it as your job.

In an interview, Xizt mentioned that you didn't practice that much as a team, that you were practicing more individually, playing FPL and stuff like that, and that reminded me of last year because a similar thing that happened. It was before IEM Katowice with Golden, then Golden got kicked, but you also won the tournament. Are there any similarities to that time frame?

I would say both yes and no. The problem with that team was that we had so much issues, and things didn't click that well so we just couldn't do it anymore, if that makes sense. In this situation, I would say it's more like... it's not about practicing because we know our rounds, we know what to do, we have good team play, but it's just in certain situations we lack confidence and overall we just miss a lot of easy shots and all that.

We came to a point where we felt like it doesn't give us anything to play 7 hours of practice every day, we can just play 3 hours of prac every day and then people try to find the love for the game again and just play more individually and find that "thing". I would say the situations are comparable of course, but in the end, this is a team where the problem is not within tactics or within the practice sessions, while in the other team where it was just... we couldn't stand each other basically, it didn't work out.

I guess you're sort of saying that you can stand each other in this team, that is not the issue?

Yeah, that's the roughest part I would say, with this team. We really like to play with each other, we have fun, we're very good with each other outside the game and all that, but it's just something that happens sometimes on the server, it just doesn't click, and it's impossible to pinpoint and say why you are wiped. Cause you see us sometimes, we play and we look like a Major winning team, and then we look like an MDL team the other day. It's hard to pinpoint why, but there is just something which makes it tough.

As Richard (Xizt) probably said in another interview as well, it's not like we want to change any players or look to do anything, but we need to get results. In some aspect it is a business as well, you can't play together because you are best friends in the world, it's not how it works. So I really hope that for myself and for the team that we can start to find this more consistently.

Coming into the Minor, obviously it's the first step towards the Major, and fnatic is a team that is pretty legendary for their Major runs. So how big of an emphasis is this for you guys? How can you compare this to other tournaments, how important is it?

It's hard to say how important it is, because I would still say winning a Major is just as nice as winning Cologne, but at the same time the Majors are what shows the most in your career I would say. It doesn't matter if you won one Cologne, while if you have one Major it's going to be so much more when you retire, so to me personally, it is kind of everything. I still have that record tied with the Astralis guys, so I still feel that I can achieve more and be more legendary. It means very much to me. But also, I don't know, the Minor to me is not that special either because I've been to one before with GODSENT, so it's not that kind of new thing to me, personally, so I'm not really afraid to show our level.

You opened up here with a game against Ancient, and it was a pretty dominant showing playing against Swedes and some ex-teammates as well. How was that experience?

It was a fun experience I would say. I think we were a bit nervous going into it, I think we, in our heads, kind of overestimate them because we know them so well, and we know what they are capable of as individuals. But in the end it's not a team that should ever make us even sweat. Not to disrespect them or anything, but it's just that level we want to be on. It just started off very good and yeah, we just rolled.

After that you beat North, I think generally more people expected them to do well here, and you had a pretty dominant showing as well. Does that bring in confidence for you as a team going forward in the tournament?

Yeah I think it's a good confidence boost, especially for Brollan and twist now that they are in a good position in the Minor. They used to be fighting in the lower bracket in the Minor, but now they actually have a pretty good chance. I think it's pretty motivating for them and a big confidence boost, but also if mousesports end up second place in their group, we're going to play them in the first match anyway, so it's not that big of a deal how we make it through. I'm just happy now that we did, and we can focus on the next step.

Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
JW WHO
2019-07-18 12:29
piggie
2019-07-18 12:30
#9
TeSeS | 
Finland gassed 
epic
2019-07-18 12:31
#12
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Croatia TricKED 
JW SO KOOL
2019-07-18 12:31
jw bestest
2019-07-18 12:41
#105
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Lithuania chongqingg 
+1
2019-08-01 18:20
#10
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Croatia TricKED 
WOW JW IS COOLEST MEN EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-07-18 12:31
#60
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Finland krrish7777 
Kkkkkkkkkk
2019-07-18 14:17
Racist
2019-07-20 18:54
#8
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Sweden Unluko 
JW fuck u
2019-07-18 12:30
same 2 u
2019-07-18 12:52
3 times major winner 1 time MVP :P kid you even don't know how to troll
2019-07-18 15:17
fak u
2019-07-18 15:54
Gl
2019-07-18 12:30
Gl
2019-07-18 12:30
#4
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Ok
2019-07-18 12:30
GREAT WORK
2019-07-18 12:30
#7
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Russia GramDEL 
You're here because of the 5-year contract dude, nothing else
2019-07-18 12:33
#33
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Mexico iHexan 
And that's the fact
2019-07-18 13:11
#106
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Lithuania chongqingg 
+1
2019-08-01 18:20
3 year contract, and I do think they get along greatly, everyone always gets along with Xizt on the team, which is why he's so beloved by all pros.
2019-07-18 13:32
Fucking pig.. oh POG
2019-07-18 12:31
#13
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
pigggg
2019-07-18 12:32
jwho
2019-07-18 12:32
#15
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Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
jw not good
2019-07-18 12:34
#16
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United States 10YearBansRUs 
<3 JW
2019-07-18 12:36
#17
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Austria Dontellme 
Ego twice as big as his skill
2019-07-18 12:38
#34
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United States 10YearBansRUs 
ahhaha nip fan checks out
2019-07-18 13:21
#84
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Indonesia Chonji 
+1
2019-07-18 15:56
I hope he does well
2019-07-18 12:39
JW suicidal?????
2019-07-18 12:40
#92
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Ethiopia itdoOo 
LOL
2019-07-20 16:55
#21
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Jw legend
2019-07-18 12:41
#107
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Lithuania chongqingg 
+1
2019-08-01 18:22
Took only 2 years to remember...
2019-07-18 12:42
#103
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao 
0/8
2019-07-21 04:19
Once you retire from professional gaming and start making 10% of what you were making you will realize why you were there :D Athletes in other sports put in as many years as they possibly can because of this.
2019-07-18 12:43
I mean he owns a gaming store and is admin of spl and shit so i think he has things to do
2019-07-18 13:38
#24
NAF | 
Finland olskab 
JW good player but not best (jw best) jw_3_majors_s1mple_0_majors
2019-07-18 12:43
#31
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Morocco royflord 
bestest* HOW DID YOU MISS THAT
2019-07-18 13:03
#53
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
Flusha carried them. So actually Flusha 15 majors JW 0
2019-07-18 14:03
#57
NAF | 
Finland olskab 
+1 especially katowice 2018
2019-07-18 14:06
why does he only have one mvp then
2019-07-18 14:07
#59
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
same reason why device gets all mvps.
2019-07-18 14:10
spark my azz go jerk each other with that bald cheeter
2019-07-18 12:45
"i reminded myself of why im here, why im doing this", for money?
2019-07-18 12:46
Lmfao you can't compete at the best level if you are only motivated by money
2019-07-18 13:32
Ofc you can.
2019-07-18 14:29
OK
2019-07-18 14:37
#76
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Europe porrasm 
What idiot would play cs only for money? There are far easier ways to make money than cs
2019-07-18 15:19
I never said he only plays for money, did I?
2019-07-18 15:30
Ofc but what if he has only high school diploma, it will be rather hard earning this ammount of money from a job without university education.
2019-07-18 15:49
fnatic will surely qualify, they have great players and tons of experience
2019-07-18 12:52
the hot dog stand is waiting. you better perform.
2019-07-18 12:59
still not vac banned gaben pls
2019-07-18 13:02
#32
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France J0riS 
Knock knock Who's there ?
2019-07-18 13:08
#35
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Turkey sonbafrali 
JW, THE LEGEND
2019-07-18 13:21
#36
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Indonesia Exodd 
I agree, self reflection is important & often overlooked
2019-07-18 13:24
nice pep talk!
2019-07-18 13:24
gl
2019-07-18 13:29
Fnatic is back
2019-07-18 13:32
#41
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Nepal ramann 
It doesn't matter whether you sparks or not, as long as Xizt is leading the team, This Fnatic team will win nothing absolutely nothing.
2019-07-18 13:32
”fnatic fan”
2019-07-18 13:37
A fan can't criticize his team?
2019-07-18 13:52
yeahyeah sorry
2019-07-18 13:53
#55
shox | 
India iejesus 
imagine being a cloud9 fan
2019-07-18 14:06
wrong thread?
2019-07-18 14:06
#89
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Nepal ramann 
So ?
2019-07-18 18:21
#45
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
jw bestest
2019-07-18 13:41
<3 JW
2019-07-18 13:49
hltv rules: whoever gets interviewed, his team will fall down
2019-07-18 13:54
#50
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643 
Let me contribue on why i think jw is playing great again: csgo is random
2019-07-18 13:56
#51
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
Spark a light? How? JW soul is black
2019-07-18 14:02
#52
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
jw best
2019-07-18 14:03
#54
shox | 
India iejesus 
legend
2019-07-18 14:05
#61
Twista | 
Finland ZoukkiX 
nöf nöf
2019-07-18 14:18
JW knifing 2?
2019-07-18 14:23
#63
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France DeVSS 
fnatic will won the minor EZ
2019-07-18 14:23
Motka
2019-07-18 14:25
JW Banned ? Check HLTV
2019-07-18 14:30
#67
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Romania Misha_Tasher 
Hmm
2019-07-18 14:31
shots fired at MDL teams, remember Vitality is one of them.
2019-07-18 14:31
incorrect
2019-07-18 15:08
#69
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Spain BlaNcoW 
JW in 2019 LUL
2019-07-18 14:32
#71
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
hope jw comes back to form one of the more exciting players when hes feeling it
2019-07-18 14:43
#72
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Other nt_newfag 
legend
2019-07-18 14:53
This roster will be top 15 team... Not good enough to win events
2019-07-18 15:34
been in 2 finals, already been top5 but yeah i understand
2019-07-18 15:39
so what I just said OMEGALUL getting to final = winning LOL nice brain
2019-07-18 19:31
JW is my Jesus Warrior
2019-07-18 15:44
Good luck Jesper, and good luck fnatic
2019-07-18 15:54
Remember your origin.
2019-07-18 16:06
I hope they qualify for the major, JW is always entertraining
2019-07-18 17:14
"I remembered how I cheated a lot back in the day and so I just toggled on again"
2019-07-18 17:45
It's nice to see my favourite player PIGW back
2019-07-18 18:10
gl u beast 😃
2019-07-20 08:13
oh really
2019-07-20 17:22
#94
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Argentina trackssZZZ 
lul
2019-07-20 17:23
#95
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Finland zntei 
lol
2019-07-20 17:46
#96
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
Oof
2019-07-20 17:50
Ez first major without pig 🐖 XD
2019-07-20 17:57
#99
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Europe Cirro 
Damn i need to visit my grandpa farm and see if his pigs started to talk too :O
2019-07-20 19:54
XDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-07-20 19:58
not with xizt
2019-07-20 20:08
light a candle
2019-07-21 03:37
LOSING TO ONLINERS OMEGALUL
2019-07-21 22:53
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