karrigan: "It feels really good to win against your old teammates, [...] but I'm sad it wasn't a knock-out game"

We sat down with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen after mousesports clinched a semi-final spot in the playoffs after beating FaZe, where they will wait for the winner of the Liquid vs. Astralis quarter-final.

mousesports have had quite the run so far at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals in Montpellier, where they beat MIBR, HellRaisers, and FaZe to top their group with a clean sheet, which earns them a spot in Saturday's semi-finals. Their rival is yet unknown, but will be one of the two best teams in the world, as they will face the winner of the Liquid vs. Astralis quarter-final.

karrigan wants to see how mousesports match up against the world's best

In the interview, karrigan talks about winning against his former colleagues from FaZe, how mousesports was put together, some of the nuances about leading the young team, their current goals, going into the match against Liquid or Astralis, and how he works with his coach, Allan "⁠Rejin⁠" Petersen.

How good does this victory feel?

It feels really good to win against your old teammates, I had the same feeling when I joined FaZe and played against Astralis, but I'm sad it wasn't a knock-out game. We also got the harder bracket now, with Astralis and Liquid, compared to NRG and G2. In the end I'm just happy that we proved ourselves against a top 6 team in the world.

I talked to ropz the other day and he said people were perhaps overhyping you guys, can they start to get hyped?

Of course people can't stop hyping us with these young players and the whole situation with mouseports, but I saw some betting companies had us as favorites against FaZe, which is kind of ridiculous in my mind since we've only played two and a half months and haven't had a breakthrough result with an insane placing. People can be hyped, but we need to keep our expectations in line with what we think is the real goal and that's to have good placings in Cologne and Berlin.

How did you work this team together? How did you figure out what everyone had to do and how to get everyone to fit and so on?

It's kind of funny because I was really close to signing another deal before mousesports actually contacted me. I knew they needed two players after benching chrisJ and STYKO, but they never reached out to me so I never expected them to be interested in me. Something happened between oskar, ropz, and suNny, and suddenly mouz came to me asking if I wanted to build a team with two more new players. The names we came up with were instantly interesting to me, exciting young players, and then having chrisJ by my side helping me out, we know each other from back in the days, so I was really happy when I got the offer.

How has the dynamic been, knowning chrisJ from back in the days, you're the two veterans on the team. How is it working out?

I'm definitely calling all of the time, but what I try to improve on is that they see things I can abuse or we can abuse on a bombsite, so it doesn't have to come down to Chris helping me out in all sorts of situations, it's something we've been focusing on a lot and that we need to improve on as a team because I don't have ten eyes, I don't see what's going on in different parts of the map and I need that information because if not I'm making mid-round calls based off of no information. It's something we still have to work on as a team. I don't think we have to work on our individual level, we've shown in the last three tournaments that if we hit our shots we can play well, and we're also not just running around, we're pretty structured compared to my old FaZe lineup.

You went through cleanly to the semi-finals, so what was the goal coming into the tournament and what is it now?

I said to myself that this summer is about getting as much experience as we can, we're still a young team. It's also about getting on stage because that's a different scenario for some of the players on our team. Now that we reached our goal, maybe I would say even better with the semi-final placing, we have nothing to lose. We're going to play the #1 or #2 team in the world in the semis and we want to show a good level against them, but it's also going to be very tough. We're going in as underdogs and we'll just have fun as a team and try to see how far we can go when we play well.

You've only been together for a few months, as you said, but where do you see this team's ceiling?

I have no idea where the ceiling is. We hit our highest one so far right now, but I think you'll have to ask me this in three months after the Major, after everything has settled down and it's not completely new, and also when people start respecting us and anti-stratting us even more. Right now the ceiling is high, but it can also turn at some point, all teams go through a hard period in the lineup and that's when you see if you can adapt to that situation. That's where you show your real strength as a team, if you can go through the hard periods that allow you to appreciate the good times.

To close it out, you're working with Rejin, your coach, can you tell me a bit about him and how you work with him?

I know him from 1.6, from when I played with him like 15 years ago, so I know him on a personal level from back then. We needed a coach that has a new view of things, and it's very important that when you get into a new team that you have a coach that's on the same page immediately. If you've been in a team for a year and you get a new coach, then he has a stronger voice because things have to change... Rejin had to learn a lot of new stuff, how I want to anti-strat, how I want us to do things, but the good thing is that he likes the way I'm calling and he likes how we play as a team. He's also really good at correcting mistakes in practice, which means I can focus more on myself, which has paid off lately. I can focus on myself instead of all of the time correcting peoples' mistakes, so he's doing a great job and is a very underrated coach at the moment.

Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
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2019-06-21 01:19
Poland Hanse
I remember gdfgdf
2019-06-21 01:20
Albania 9898
I remember Hanse
2019-06-21 01:21
2019-06-21 03:54
SAVAGE karrigan xd
2019-06-21 09:19
bew | 
India Women
karrigan savage
2019-06-21 01:21
Poland Unluko
2019-06-21 01:21
fo mf
2019-06-21 10:54
Clearly you haven't seen any of his games here at EPL.
2019-06-21 01:22
you dont need to frag when you have a brain and woxic, ropz, and chrisj
2019-06-21 01:24
Well he is also fragging in this event, so far.
2019-06-21 01:44
He definitely deserves some credit. His mechanical skill ceiling is not very high but he has worked a lot on getting near it. But as he says, i guess its also partly due to Rejin.
2019-06-21 02:02
As Karrigan said, he is an underrated coach right now, if he is helping Karrigan as much as he said it's pretty understandable why Karrigan is putting out such numbers. He is doing an amazing job as a coach, definitely deserves a lot of credit
2019-06-21 02:12
He also fragged in IEM Sydney
2019-06-21 02:09
frozen is fragging really good too.
2019-06-21 08:36
I don't think so. in recent games, frozen constantly fragged on par with karrigan.
2019-06-21 10:03
woxic is terrible vs t1 scene
2019-06-21 09:27
2019-06-21 11:48
check stats on t1, bot kid
2019-06-21 16:16
hltv.org/player/8574/woxic 1.24 last three months
2019-06-21 22:03
Not like GODSKAR.. Frozen is the same.. Good at home scene and FPL but Sunny was waaaaay better
2019-06-21 14:53
where is the oscar? why not simple or device then? or mb spiderman?
2019-06-21 16:17
Cry is free
2019-06-21 07:21
does not matter if he is a bot, he just need to give some calls and do some nades, the kills stay w/ the mouz great skilled players
2019-06-21 13:54
I remember DX
2019-06-22 11:59
India C0|d
2019-06-21 01:19
2019-06-21 01:45
Ukraine D1mkaS777
2019-06-21 01:20
2019-06-21 01:20
Turkey Samsun85
Savage lol. I like him.
2019-06-21 01:19
Ikr, karrigan is great lmao he can be so funny
2019-06-21 08:07
kardigan is also very warm
2019-06-24 23:24
Poland Hanse
It's not like he wasn't doing shit at all
2019-06-21 01:19
*cough cough* NEO remember?
2019-06-21 03:25
It's not like the team is running like clockwork thanks to who? you daft cunt, we're in 2019 and people still underrate igls lmfao
2019-06-21 04:26
Karrigan is average IGL who does his job well when you gather new lineup and need to make it work, for example, but he is (and never was) not able to fully utilize potential of his players. I think eventually mouz will face the same problems as FaZe did in the past (with different lineups but always with karrigan as IGL).
2019-06-21 06:24
Singapore Wadufuk
Karrigan is voted by other igl including glaive as the second best igl come after glaive tho
2019-06-21 07:30
2019-06-21 08:56
Exactly... All teams in which karrigan was were good at the beggining but with time they slowly became worse and worse...
2019-06-21 07:43
2019-06-21 13:24
Netherlands ZoMilan
Did you just repeat Thorin?!?!
2019-06-21 07:49
Nah, Thorin is smart enough to know karrigan is an amazing IGL and has said so many times
2019-06-21 08:08
Netherlands ZoMilan
Yes, but I remember him saying this aswell
2019-06-21 08:28
Idk, I don't follow Thorin.
2019-06-21 08:59
Netherlands ZoMilan
I used to :(
2019-06-21 09:56
FaZe was never even close to a major final after Karrigan left what are you even saying.
2019-06-21 09:27
wrong think, can u explain ur point? did u hear anything about random?
2019-06-21 09:29
Mouse was never even close to a major final after Karrigan joined what are you even saying
2019-06-21 09:38
With the big difference that Mouz was never even close to a major final without Karrigan neither.
2019-06-21 09:52
Sweden crittaN
Thats the main difference? Not the fact that mouz havent even played a major cycle with karrigan yet?
2019-06-21 10:57
FaZe has been bad already for some time before they kicked karrigan. And they are still bad not because they kicked wrong person, but because they haven't found proper replacement.
2019-06-21 11:39
North America xAriana
2019-06-21 15:01
Poland Hanse
Both did nothing entire game and their IGLing is questionable - "ok boys this round again we will follow chris and wait for him to get 2 entries". Dunno if you watched live but their ct was complete chaos on both maps.
2019-06-21 08:35
You know that hes the IGL right?
2019-06-21 10:50
Poland Hanse
I wanted to point fact that he is big muthed, yet his k/d is shit and his tactics are not very clever
2019-06-21 11:26
2019-06-21 01:20
Poland Crai9Xen
Carrygun aka savegegun
2019-06-21 01:20
Bulgaria CHAPOLE!
2019-06-21 01:20
he's out for blood
2019-06-21 01:20
Glad for him!
2019-06-21 01:21
2019-06-21 01:22
NiKo: "See ya in final fkn problem"
2019-06-21 01:22
United States Murr
did he actually say that haha
2019-06-21 02:13
Netherlands ZoMilan
I saw a fan say that
2019-06-21 07:50
That would be such an epic final - mouz would have had pretty much the toughest journey possible, FaZe would have had to come back through the whole playoff bracket, and it would be a Bo5 grudge match between my two fav teams 😍 yes please
2019-06-21 08:10
Stop. You just broke the rules of HLTV
2019-06-21 10:00
What do you mean?
2019-06-21 12:04
i guess he meant you werent toxic enough
2019-06-21 12:32
Lol fairs, probably
2019-06-21 12:38
You used emojis men))
2019-06-21 12:37
2019-06-21 12:33
Palestine Baitor69
2019-06-21 01:22
Italy Fil0Nerd
LUL wtf
2019-06-21 01:22
World Beard43
What a legend!
2019-06-21 01:22
France J0riS
Brutal. Savage. Rekt.
2019-06-21 01:23
Great Kerrigan 💪🏻! Deserved!! Just shows it pays to try new ways
2019-06-21 01:24
if it was a knock out game mouz would of been raped
2019-06-21 01:24
Nt, go protest
2019-06-21 01:26
???????????????????????? Reply needs to have actual content
2019-06-21 01:50
Mad cuz faze sucks
2019-06-21 01:56
Germany Gabbah
2019-06-21 01:59
Gj we rekt him
2019-06-21 02:01
Germany Gabbah
And also mad cos bad
2019-06-21 02:05
Yes sir, mouz 2-0, ez like china will take over Hk
2019-06-21 02:07
Turkey Samsun85
Lol cry
2019-06-21 03:14
Finland Puskaaa
Haha faze just bad cry more
2019-06-21 11:25
lol faze dicked by G2 ASWELL LOOOOL
2019-06-21 17:29
00:24 16:29
2019-06-21 18:07
??? great reply man lol
2019-06-21 19:35
17:07 18:35
2019-06-21 19:45
Spain elskio
2019-06-21 01:27
Karrigan > gtr, byali, Taz, and more
2019-06-21 01:29
chrisJ is carrying this team harder than ZywOo
2019-06-21 01:29
Lol for one game. Other than that it's been Frozen, Ropz and Woxic.
2019-06-21 07:29
Russia TimSS
I believe in Mouz, he's do it win EPL!
2019-06-21 01:35
grammar 100
2019-06-21 03:18
nt forsaken microsoft support
2019-06-21 12:34
Typical toxic german
2019-06-22 18:23
NT Pajeet
2019-06-26 09:21
nt favela
2019-06-26 10:55
NT street shitter
2019-06-26 11:01
2019-06-21 01:36
Wowwwwwww what a snake!!! Love it
2019-06-21 01:36
Snake? How???
2019-06-21 07:30
my bad not mean snake like traitor, but snake like a bad boy
2019-06-21 14:02
Ah ok, cool, what a snake :-D
2019-06-21 14:20
2019-06-21 01:36
2019-06-21 01:40
2019-06-21 01:41
2019-06-21 01:41
I wanted so much to see this. Thanks god.
2019-06-21 01:41
Karrigan not the problem. \close
2019-06-21 01:42
And he never was. Only uneducated fans ever thought he was. None of the big matches his teams lost were solely down to him. Olof lost Katowice for them against fnatic (imo, not holding B site on Train properly and allowing flusha to sneak in unseen), and the loss to C9 at the major was just individuals having insane rounds on both sides until C9 finally won. Karrigan even pulled off a 3v1 in the C9 match to keep them in the game. Karrigan is definitely one of the top 3 best igl's in CSGO history. Every team he has led since TSM in 2015 has risen to the top and won big lans. I feel he may do it again. I hope he gets a major before retiring—he deserves it.
2019-06-21 04:31
Getting a major title is difficult, but Carrigan deserves it
2019-06-21 04:56
India Navyadav
Absolutely correct +1
2019-06-21 06:08
Exactly this
2019-06-21 07:36
I'd say he was the problem. Not because he was bad in any sense - neither as an IGL nor as an individual player - but because the rest of the team had lost faith in his calling and his ability to lead them. That's not really karrigan's fault, but it does still mean he was the issue.
2019-06-21 08:12
That's a very valid point. On FaZe it seemed he lost a lot of confidence in himself near the end as well. One thing I always wonder is when the team loses faith in their igl—if they magnify the issue by not listening to them 100% anymore. In-other-words, they make more solo plays and personal decisions which go against the igl's plan for the round. On FaZe it seemed that all the big losses they had started to weight on everyone and they got to the point where they needed a change. Of course, igl's are usually the first to go when a change is needed unless there is a really weaker fragger on the team who isn't an igl.
2019-06-21 08:27
Yeah, knowing who the players are, I wouldn't be surprised if that was part of the problem And yeah, definitely - I think it was unfortunate for karrigan that he was both the IGL (and they needed a change in fundamentals) and the weakest fragger on average (and they needed more firepower) - everything was against him rly
2019-06-21 08:23
2019-06-21 01:42
Karrigan respects HLTV ranking as he mentioned FaZe being 6th in the world ranking
2019-06-21 01:48
All players I've seen are respecting the HLTV ranking and treat it like an official ranking. Even most invites from TOs are based on that. The only people who are against it are from reddit and HLTV who always complain about anything and can never suggest a better system.
2019-06-21 02:59
Indonesia rareguy
Actually HLTV rankings are legit and trusted, if you see the team performance (not individual performance). That is why so many team relied on those benchmark to improve themselves.
2019-06-21 07:07
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
2019-06-21 01:50
2019-06-21 01:53
As it stands right now if they qualify for major in Berlin they can attack the playoffs there because they are on home soil like C9 in Boston.
2019-06-21 02:03
Well, yes, but actually, no Not a single German player actually on the team xD ropz - Estonia, chrisJ - Netherlands, karrigan - Denmark, woxic - Turkey, frozen - Slovakia I think?
2019-06-21 08:14
United Kingdom MOSES1
But it's a German org, it's like saying that PSG isn't a French team just because the majority of they're players aren't French, mousesports is located in Germany so even if they are a mix, they are considered as Germans
2019-06-21 12:53
Yeah, I get why you're saying it - I'd just argue that BIG is the main home team
2019-06-21 13:10
This is not football bro, nobody considers them as a german team. Everybody says Team Liquid is the best NA team, even though the org is from Netherlands, same goes for FaZe and a lot of other teams.
2019-06-21 13:17
United Kingdom MOSES1
I agree with you but I think the crowd will support them since they will be the only team that has a connection with the country (living in Hamburg) and BiG has no chance to go trought
2019-06-21 14:16
Feels good that Faze lost
2019-06-21 02:07
2019-06-21 02:11
2019-06-21 02:34
Brazil tacold
SALTY kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk XD
2019-06-21 02:46
I Love Feeling Sad - Deftones!
2019-06-21 02:52
Well! 2 kovacs down. Congrats mr finn
2019-06-21 02:53
Mouz can be really good, even more if they can get some of this vintage ChrisJ performances and their weakest link is a kid that will just get better over time. Things are looking good for them.
2019-06-21 02:57
vintage ChrisJ was when he played with NiKo xDDD
2019-06-21 03:03
Vintage Chrisj was when he would single handedly crush teams with his awp. He used to be such a damn x-factor, but was always on iffy teams.
2019-06-21 04:56
As the guy above said, he was a fucking beast way before we got to know NiKo. Even Allu used to be a rifler/2nd AWP behind him and that allu was goood, sick reflexes and nothing like the passive awper people got to know over the years. The AWP nerf probably didn't hurt any other awper as much as him (at least from the best ones we had at that time), he wasn't able to adapt his playstyle and almost destroyed his confidence as player. Not just his awping fucked up, he was a great rifler too but wasn't able to get a hold of that neither. Hopefully we well get to see a lot more of LanJ.
2019-06-21 08:19
I'm sad too, I wanted to see you make FaZe cry like little children who have been refused ice cream by their momma.
2019-06-21 03:01
Switzerland rigoN
F7ck you 0.2 kd fatboy
2019-06-21 03:15
not sure if mouse is so good or faze just had no idea how mouse play. but i feel like Faze lose it by purpose, so they won't meet astralis/liquid
2019-06-21 03:25
India SupratimO8
and unfortunately we have to face liquid/astralis in the semis...
2019-06-21 03:31
2019-06-21 03:41
2019-06-21 04:00
Indonesia Exodd
Whatever happens in the semis doesn’t really matter, he got that sweet W against his old team
2019-06-21 04:51
2019-06-21 05:51
Estonia RopzTop1
2019-06-21 05:26
who | 
Other No_1One
LUL what a title
2019-06-21 05:42
That was brutal. But I like it.
2019-06-21 06:01
Singapore Nephalith
Hope this see this man win a major soon. :)
2019-06-21 06:13
2019-06-21 07:35
LUL mad.
2019-06-21 06:14
Lmao FaZe kick him as they are not performing well Exactly the same as NRG remove daps Tbh not NiKo of faze’s fault as Karrigan he is not leading the team well in late 2018 Karrigan is good but just not fitting faze after Olof returns
2019-06-21 06:35
2019-06-21 06:54
France Azowel
cancer fuck international teams
2019-06-21 07:00
2019-06-21 07:23
I just can’t like this guy. The way he celebrates rounds, hypes the crowd, interviews... I just can’t He will lose... again and again and again
2019-06-21 07:28
Poland Unluko
Broo i felt the same in 2018,i was the biggest faze hater. I even made a steam group for when they choked finals.
2019-06-21 10:57
thats why i love him nohomo
2019-06-21 12:36
I might be just a persona played by him. If that's the case, I don't even know the "real" karrigan, anyways... I wish him luck and maturity
2019-06-21 18:15
"we're pretty structured compared to my old FaZe lineup" savage :D Have always been a fan of both mouz and Karrigan, nice to see them in good form. Great interview thanks for that.
2019-06-21 07:34
wow lost a lot of respect for karrigan. have some respect maybe to the players and org that revived your career? cuntface
2019-06-21 07:40
2019-06-21 08:13
2019-06-21 08:56
he kinda liftet faze overnight when he joined. He was the problem in faze though, in that the team lost confidence in him calling. Adaption period can be brutal as you need to dare fail and explore.
2019-06-21 09:49
Was waiting for this long time. I also hoped it to be KO match.
2019-06-21 07:44
karrigan top 1 IGL csgo at the moment
2019-06-21 07:56
Sweden 0sko
FaZe threw that match so they dont have to play agiants Liquid/astralis in semis
2019-06-21 08:07
+1 smart people know this
2019-06-21 12:10
2019-06-21 13:31
Germany Shackrag
imagine giving the ranked 14th team the advantage in the betting quote vs the ranked 6th team in the world. looks like betway gives a f*ck about hltv rankings. they are the ones that overhype mousesports the most. cant wait to see the odds vs liquid/astralis.
2019-06-21 08:28
Haha karrigan in 2019 bot.
2019-06-21 08:35
u lost my respect sir. .
2019-06-21 08:57
Make Germany great again. GL I hope to see you in the finals
2019-06-21 09:00
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes
Bot who cant kill standing target with dgl in the back talking xD
2019-06-21 09:01
2019-06-21 09:31
mad because neo worst igl in 2019
2019-06-21 11:19
NEO | 
Poland OmgYes
Yes quarter finals and semis are very bad in 600$k tournament.. use brain for thinking insted of kebab
2019-06-21 12:03
neo was good but for now Carrygun much better than neo
2019-06-21 13:09
Brutal, Savage, Rekt
2019-06-21 09:03
Great win and a great interview Carrygun.Good job men
2019-06-21 09:06
nice hunt for glory good job men
2019-06-21 09:39
Karrigan Alfa Male
2019-06-21 09:39
Netherlands NELK
Shut your mouth
2019-06-21 09:55
The bitterness is real
2019-06-21 09:58
What a savage
2019-06-21 10:29
Karrigan was the problem
2019-06-21 11:15
Brutal, Savage, Rekt
2019-06-21 11:47
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen 32-35 -3 73.6 67.3% 1.05 Shut up Finn
2019-06-21 12:46
for igl that result is normal...
2019-06-22 13:28
Ahahaha well now i really hope FaZe makes it to the finals and Mouz gets demolished in the semis.
2019-06-21 12:53
Switzerland RU!N
faze? G2-0
2019-06-21 13:13
2019-06-21 13:39
South Africa @FyreCS
2019-06-21 14:32
2019-06-21 14:35
imagine the faces of faze when karrigan wins the major
2019-06-21 14:45
North America xAriana
lmao, he's the one to talk
2019-06-21 15:02
get ready to rekt in semifinal
2019-06-21 17:26
2019-06-21 19:45
today falls liquid
2019-06-22 13:28
2019-06-22 17:06
the cocky bastad
2019-06-23 16:56
Sweden Akoulad
anything to say
2019-07-03 18:04
still cokcky af and 0 events in 2019. lets carry on
2019-07-03 19:54
trash talk... I like him, but he is behaving like an idiot
2019-06-24 23:28
2019-06-29 17:22
Sweden Akoulad
2019-07-03 18:03
World Beard43
Haha I was just thinking of this article!!
2019-07-03 18:05
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