arT: "Our style is really good against Astralis', and we took advantage of that"

After FURIA stunned Astralis in Group A's decider match, we spoke with Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan, who broke down the team's run at the event and analysed the series against the Danes.

The Brazilian dark horse continued its gallop at the ECS Season 7 Finals, as FURIA successfully bested Astralis yet again, this time eliminating the defending champions from the event in a three-map series.

arT is fancying FURIA's chances against North

Following their second triumph over the Danes, we spoke with arT to break down the team's run in London and discussed the reasons behind their struggles against NRG and their semi-final pairing against North.

Take us over the opening match against Astralis - you managed to take down the Danes 16-14 on one of their strongest maps, Nuke.

For us, Nuke has always been a map that we have enjoyed playing, so when we learned that we were going to face Astralis, we immediately imagined that it would be on Nuke. We prepared a lot for it and that is a map where we really feel comfortable. We knew it was going to be tough but we were confident about our chances.

You gave NRG a run for their money in the opening match of Dallas, but here you were unable to recreate a victory in London, falling 0-2, the latter map being Nuke, one that has proven to be one of your strongest. What went wrong in the second series?

I think that is a problem that we tend to have against teams who are a bit more loose. I prefer to face teams like Astralis, who are more tactical, because our style is really effective against a structured team, so when we get a team like NRG, who play loose, our game is not as fluid and we struggle a bit more.

Best-of-ones give the underdog leeway, but a best-of-three requires deep analysis. Before we break down the recent best-of-three against Astralis, take me through the preparation you and guerri had before the match.

To be honest, we almost did not prepare anything for this BO3, because we had little time and our preparation would be about things that we already knew since we had already analysed their maps. With Astralis not having played in a long time, there was nothing to analyse. So our preparation was all about exchanging ideas and talking about our game and what we wanted to do

Inferno didn't quite go your way, in that you struggled on the T side, concluding with a 5-10 deficit. Difficulties persisted on the CT side, meaning a loss. What felt off in the first map?

I think that, at the start of Inferno, we had several rounds that we should have won, I remember the first gun round, in which we lost a 4v3. We could not snowball the game or get some momentum, and that began to weigh on us, so we had a very weak T half.

In my opinion, our CT side was the result of that, we lost the pistol and, since we were really behind, it was hard to come back. I think we played well as CT, but since we had the pressure that we could not lose more rounds, we ended up losing the game.

Mirage, on the contrary, saw a solid T performance at 8-7, followed by a comprehensive CT side that saw the Danes secure as few as three rounds. How did you swing the momentum in your favour?

We created some momentum early on and, since our T side was a little bit better, it was easier to come back as CTs. We won some rounds in a row and we built up an economy. That is a map that we enjoy playing - that is why we picked it -, so we were able to do our game and several rounds worked in our favour, I think we won a 3v5 and a 4v5. We played really well on Mirage.

Nuke was the final map of the series, and you managed to once more beat Astralis. Initially, it was thought that they would hit the books and take you down given a second chance, but the opposite happened. How was this achieved?

To be honest, we thought that they would not expect us to pick Nuke. Since we had defeated them, we got to pick the last map, and, between Overpass and Nuke, we went for Nuke, which I think was a surprise for them. I think our style is really good against theirs, and we really took advantage of that.

As Terrorists we were trying to get as many rounds as we could, just playing our game. We were behind when we began the CT half and we turned it around with good rounds, good defaults, it seemed like Astralis did not have a good response to our defensive setup. We kind of took advantage of that and had a very solid CT side.

In the semi-final you will be facing North, who are a relative unknown due to the recently-adjusted roster. What are your initial thoughts on tomorrow's match-up?

I have not yet stopped to think about North, I do not know them that well, I have never downloaded one of their demos to see how they play, but, from what I have seen from them, they seem to be a very slow team, which, as I said before, is really good for us.

I think we have a great chance to win because of this. It will be a tough game, we cannot afford to make many mistakes, but I believe we have a chance to win.

Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
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2019-06-07 23:12
23 replies
Furia top 1
2019-06-07 23:13
20 replies
North top 1 😎
2019-06-07 23:13
19 replies
2019-06-07 23:17
18 replies
Worst player in flukeria speaking lul
2019-06-07 23:20
17 replies
Serbia idkthename
arT has 1.12 of rating in the last 3 months, ableJ has 0.99 rating in the last 3 months, you really think that arT is the worst player of FURIA?
2019-06-07 23:23
11 replies
2019-06-07 23:30
8 replies
Serbia idkthename
Stats say a lot, if a soccer player makes 3 goals in 30 matches, will you say that he plays better than the player that makes 20 goals in 30 matches?
2019-06-07 23:34
7 replies
if the player we're talking about was a goalkeeper or a defender... maybe
2019-06-08 00:09
4 replies
Scoring Goalkeepers = Gods
2019-06-08 01:57
2 replies
Brazil Deodato
Your name is just too fitting for this comment
2019-06-08 02:03
name checkout lmao
2019-06-08 02:10
2019-06-08 02:52
Brazil lstkr
Goalkeeper or Defensives don't makes goals and can be better or more important than the attacker ;)
2019-06-08 00:48
1 reply
2019-06-08 03:55
Furia doesn't have an expoent that is the worst player in the team they're homogenous if you watch smoe matches you'll see that ableJ get a lot of important kills in important rounds. There isn't a worst player in Furia
2019-06-08 00:27
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Serbia idkthename
You shoud have thought that, when I'm saying that ableJ os the worst, he is a bad player, but he isn't. Every team has a worst player, FURIA has a worst player, but doesn't have a bad player. AbleJ is really important for the team, and the others are too, no one of them is a bad player.
2019-06-08 00:31
Name and flair checks out
2019-06-07 23:39
Fluke = Multiple BO3 upsets + defeating the number 1 nuke team TWICE at the same tournament, also former #1 team in the world.
2019-06-07 23:40
3 replies
Romania decis1ve
Former:)). Astralis is still the best. Can t compare them to liquid.
2019-06-08 10:13
2 replies
Still best lol?
2019-06-08 11:14
Astralis >plays 1 big event in the past 3 months (Blast events are shit) >loses both of their games to FURIA, does not even make playoffs. >If you want to count Blast, they also lost to ENCE in the grand finals of Madrid. >Did not even make the finals of Miami Liquid >played in multiple premiere events in the past 3 months. >had very respectable results in the past 3 months. >only important loss to Vitality at cs_summit >won 2 top events with relative ease in recent memory >ranked #1 on HLTV
2019-06-08 16:35
2019-06-08 03:03
Brazil igster
unexpected :)
2019-06-08 03:58
2019-06-07 23:13
tomorrow against the best danish, will be mor ez
2019-06-07 23:14
2019-06-07 23:13
1 reply
China BodeFuceta
2019-06-07 23:31
furia is 10 times better than astalis
2019-06-07 23:13
it really is
2019-06-07 23:13
Brazil goatzera
2019-06-07 23:14
*lose 2-0 VS North*
2019-06-07 23:14
Art is still shit tho
2019-06-07 23:14
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2019-06-07 23:24
2 replies
2019-06-07 23:26
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zonic | 
Denmark MAMS
he's completely fucked my hltv fantasy team. had such a good rating, dunno why he's suddenly so shit.
2019-06-08 00:05
2019-06-07 23:29
8 replies
Yes but that doesn't mean that art is good. It just means that device was even worse
2019-06-07 23:39
7 replies
He's not the best player with Awp, but he's an amazing IGL, that's why he's good. Device got 1.40, but still lost. Teamplay >>> Frags
2019-06-07 23:48
6 replies
Cuz Furia has good strats? How are you so sure he is an good igl. He hasn't proven himself. Oh and a random s1 team will have just as much teamplay as furia.
2019-06-07 23:56
5 replies
indeed they have good strats, all casters can confirm that.
2019-06-08 01:15
1 reply
As if caster are good at cs. Ask the analist they might tell you the truth.
2019-06-08 14:32
Lmao Ur either mad Or trying to bait that Brazilian Cuz there’s no way any non-pro team have as much teamplay as Furia
2019-06-08 01:48
2 replies
Sssh dont tell him
2019-06-08 14:32
1 reply
Lol I won’t mens) 😎😎😎😎
2019-06-08 15:13
Brazil TonimSan
arT is the IGL and has some sick games from time to time. He is not a beast like yuriih, but is good enough to step up when needed. #DIADEFURIA
2019-06-08 04:04
3 replies
Furia don't need him to step up since they are mostly playing vs tier 10 teams
2019-06-08 14:33
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Brazil TonimSan
Yeah, to beat NRG, Vitality, Fnatic, Astralis and take ENCE to 3 maps you don't need anyone to step up. You are right, all of them are tier 2.
2019-06-08 14:38
1 reply
No all of these suck and you know it too
2019-06-08 14:41
dont | 
Czech Republic @me
Nt budget n0thing
2019-06-07 23:15
that match was great i hope astralis wont recover from that so fast. they deserve to slump now, cocky idiots
2019-06-07 23:15
2 replies
astralis fans deserve all the piss
2019-06-07 23:31
1 reply
They got pissed on from their favorite team the past few months
2019-06-07 23:32
furia >>>>>>> astralis
2019-06-07 23:16
Sweden Trkmag
2019-06-07 23:17
Brazil HazzyS
2019-06-07 23:24
Great interview. Thanks! EOEOEOEO
2019-06-07 23:24
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
Furia, just keep your dicks hard, step by step, inch by inch, you know you can do this
2019-06-07 23:25
2 replies
United Kingdom Kaioto__
I see you're channelling your inner Dick Stacy...
2019-06-07 23:28
1 reply
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
His interview is probably the best think related to csgo besides the game itself
2019-06-07 23:32
Brazil rsj01
Art, The Brazillian Fallen!!
2019-06-07 23:32
3 replies
Don't compare Fallen with Art, please. You're denigrating Art, Furia doesn't lose to complexity.
2019-06-08 00:38
2 replies
Brazil rsj01
And didn't win 2 Majors yet!! next!!!kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-06-08 01:54
United States notawaffle
Dont disrespect a legend like that
2019-06-08 06:07
Brazil hKnzera
2019-06-08 00:00
Congratz Furia. To be honest, I like them (this Brasilian team) which is rare for me because of mibr. Good luck versus North! Gonna be good and hard match.
2019-06-08 00:08
7 replies
why do you hate mibr?
2019-06-08 02:14
3 replies
Well, I don't really hate them but honestly I think they are a shame in the current scene. FalleN talks too much, arrogant as always, trying to look smarter than others, baisically says that others are trash and he's a God. Same goes for coldzera, fer, felps. The only fair player is TACO. Remember how many times they said that they are actually the best? Especially Toileto? This is why I don't like them. It's S, not Z.
2019-06-08 13:05
2 replies
They were indeed the best in 2016 and 2017. Felps barely talks in social media, interviews and anything at all. And, in English, it's written with a Z, not a S (that's in Portuguese).
2019-06-08 13:36
1 reply
Still, I don't like them, them egos. But, honestly I do cheer for Furia. Great success they are showing. Furia > mibr. :)
2019-06-08 15:55
and brazilian is written with a Z, not a S.
2019-06-08 02:14
2 replies
to be truer, the right is brasil
2019-06-08 12:48
1 reply
that's correct in Portuguese, not in English.
2019-06-08 13:34
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Israel rvt1
Furia is better than North, they will win
2019-06-08 00:13
ropz | 
Brazil oBraga
The difference between FURIA and MIBR is that FURIA is hungry to win while MIBR is playing to not loose. If MIBR continue to have this mentality they will become a team like VP and disband soon
2019-06-08 01:13
United States DiabIo
Furia is more hungry to win astralis is not
2019-06-08 01:35
1 reply
Yeah, they've won 3 majors (2 of em consecutive), and they've won 10 events last year alone. Now all they want to do is lengthen their era by winning another major and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. Who'd be as hungry to win as furia after they've won atleast one major?
2019-06-08 03:56
Brazil bernog
FURIA x North will be an interesting match
2019-06-08 01:55
2019-06-08 01:57
Portugal consta
Go furia!
2019-06-08 04:21
Day Of Furia!
2019-06-08 07:20
Lol these days everyone's style is good against Astolis
2019-06-08 12:22
day of fúria #dia de fúria gogogo brasileirinhos
2019-06-08 12:49
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