draken: "This year has been rough, but I feel I have found my place with this team again"

With the Europe Minor just around the corner, we had a quick chat with William "⁠draken⁠" Sundin and picked his brain on Ancient's preparation for the event and his personal struggles in 2019.

Ancient enjoyed a breakthrough month in June as they entered the top 30 in the rankings after surviving the closed qualifier for the Minor - beating Windigo and Tricked -, and finishing in second place at DreamHack Open Summer.

The team then waved goodbye to Nicolas "⁠Plopski⁠" Gonzalez Zamora as he was recruited by NiP, but wasted no time in finding a replacement, bringing in Denis "⁠grux⁠" Gutaj, who will have at the Minor his first LAN with the team.

draken is set to play his fourth Minor

Read on as draken explains the emergency transfer granted to his team ahead of the Minor, and comments on Plopski's departure, the upcoming match-up against fnatic, among other topics.

You have played with four different squads in 2019. How would you describe the first half of the year, personally?

It has been a rollercoaster for me, going from Red Reserve to GamerLegion then back to NiP again and we all know how that played out. I thought I was going to be able to show the world and NiP that I was there to stay and that I had learned from my mistakes. But dennis came back and I do not blame them for that. So yeah, it has been rough, but I feel I have found my place with this team again. We have so much history together and we are all very comfortable with each other.

How are preparations for this event going? Which aspects have you focused on?

We have been focused on getting grux comfortable with the team and also on how we play around him. He is a different player than Plopski, they both have unique qualities, so we are right now trying to find the best game plan possible.

Could you explain why you were allowed to have an emergency transfer to replace Plopski instead of just fielding coach BARBARR as your fifth player in Berlin?

BARBARR is having issues with his left hand, and that is partly why he stopped playing. He's visiting a specialist right after Berlin. Even though it would be amazing to play one last tournament with (almost) the full Epsilon lineup, it's simply not possible.

What is the reason that you will not play with Plopski at the event, considering that he is not competing with NiP at the moment and will only play for them again after the Major is over?

NiP wanted Plopski to rest and to let him get accustomed to the team without distractions, which is understandable. Besides, we prefer not to play with a dead lineup.

Can you expand a little bit on the team’s situation at the moment? Are you looking for an organisation to represent? What kind of support do you have at the moment, if any?

We have nothing set in stone for now and we are willing to listen to interested parties. Reach out to BARBARR on Twitter or email us at a@estro.se for more information.

Are you relishing the fact that you will face your old team fnatic in the first round of the tournament? Does that give you extra motivation?

They have been one of the best teams in the world for a long time, but I am sure they are going to start shaking if we get off to a good start. After all, it's a Swedish derby.

What is your opinion about the other two teams in the group, North and BIG?

North are a good team, and I think they have finally found their groove with JUGI, who is a good and fast AWPer. BIG, on the other hand, I think they have some problems. They have good players but I think they lack identity and player roles right now. Also the language barrier plays a big part in them not having unleashed their full potential.

You come into this event off the back of a second place at DreamHack Open Summer. Was that tournament important for the team to know for certain that it is on the right track? Did you expect such a strong showing from the team and from yourself (1.09 rating)?

It was a good test for us to see where we are at. Yes, I had said before the tournament that I would be satisfied if we reached the finals. The goal is always to win, but we had been together for just one month prior to DreamHack, so it was more than fine, to be honest.

You believed that you would have more chances to prove yourself with NiP until dennis came back into the fray. Were you surprised that things did not work out with him in the end?

This question needs to be directed to dennis. I think he is one of the most talented players we have in Sweden and I'm sure he will find his way.

Have you given Plopski any tips, considering that he is now playing for a team that you have represented in the past? Do you believe that he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level?

Yes, of course, I always try to help out new up-and-coming players in-game. I believe he has what it takes, and I think he and REZ can become a deadly duo.

You were the winner of the first EPC Shooting Stars prize. What do you think about this initiative? When will you be claiming your prize?

It is a great initiative to reward fast-climbing teams. It is a golden opportunity for us as we do not have a bootcamp place right now. Hopefully, we will get the chance to use it before the Major.

Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
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Sweden Denis 'grux' Gutaj
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Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
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2019-07-16 00:01
5 replies
Poland Unluko
2019-07-16 00:08
1 reply
fo lil beetch
2019-07-16 09:19
Would have left is NiP wanted them, but they did not :D
2019-07-16 01:55
2 replies
Netherlands PasscaLl
2019-07-16 09:45
1 reply
TwistzzTheBudgetTenZ you mean right?
2019-07-16 11:25
United States Jrfaster
Found ur place in d2
2019-07-16 00:01
They won't even qualify so
2019-07-16 00:03
Myanmar xdcc
after plopski leaves ded team
2019-07-16 00:03
2019-07-16 00:04
Got screwed over by NiP, F
2019-07-16 00:05
1 reply
2019-07-16 08:38
Tier 5 problems omegalul
2019-07-16 00:07
5 replies
Romania cyber8
2019-07-16 00:11
2 replies
Tier 6?
2019-07-16 00:12
1 reply
if even that
2019-07-16 00:24
draken tier 2 player
2019-07-16 08:02
1 reply
2019-07-20 12:55
Finland Smoonah
never trust someone with a manbun.
2019-07-16 00:08
Romania cyber8
2019-07-16 00:10
1 reply
Asia en1lykS
2019-07-16 15:11
2019-07-16 00:11
2 replies
Romania cyber8
2019-07-16 00:14
Super newfag
2019-07-16 10:53
good to hear, you belong to tier5 anyway
2019-07-16 00:14
1 reply
Germany [S1m3n]
Lets be honest........theyre better than all Polsky Kurwa Teams (Snax is still a god i know)
2019-07-16 06:44
3 weeks later DISBAND :V
2019-07-16 00:15
Switzerland x676
until: -HS -Scream +freddieb +disco doplan but then: -nawwk ( to nip ) +draken :D
2019-07-16 00:19
no one feels sorry for this spoiled brat
2019-07-16 00:22
12 replies
i do
2019-07-16 00:28
I do
2019-07-16 00:43
Indonesia Deluxio
I do
2019-07-16 01:14
Wait , what happened ? He seems like a cool guy and player!
2019-07-16 01:36
5 replies
Romania cyber8
Nothing,he was just making a joke a while ago saying ,,come at me CIS" and since HLTV is full of sensitive bitches who cant take a joke he started getting hate from every retard who thinks being cocky and making a joke are bad things.
2019-07-16 03:26
4 replies
Dude, for how toxic csgo is, it is quite surprising people can't handle banter and getting a little cocky
2019-07-16 06:20
1 reply
pretty sure most people just jump at the opportunity to insult someone lol
2019-07-16 10:41
+1 cs is boring without a bit of banter
2019-07-16 06:30
1 reply
2019-07-16 06:39
Finland Kujis
Imagine being mad when others parents are succesful.
2019-07-16 10:37
I feel thank you
2019-07-16 13:18
He was screwed by NIP two times in a row this year, so I do feel sorry for him
2019-07-18 23:10
This guy sucks
2019-07-16 00:25
World taco__
2019-07-16 00:33
come at me CIS
2019-07-16 00:56
1 reply
HAHAHAHA, +1. GL at Minor, LUL.
2019-07-16 07:20
Ivory Coast tyndlort
I hope he will return to Nip. It would be nic to see rez, plopski and draken in same team
2019-07-16 01:11
draken go beat fnatic men)))
2019-07-16 01:24
South Africa @FyreCS
NIP Draken/Nawkkk pls by now! Don’t get Golden for major btw! He lost to tier 5 NA teams in close qualifiers for major wtf!
2019-07-16 02:16
5 replies
Romania cyber8
Why would draken ruin his career by joining a dead team?He also said in an interview that he will not play for Nip even if he gets another offer because he finally realised how retarded that snake org is.
2019-07-16 03:30
4 replies
Source ?
2019-07-16 11:00
1 reply
Romania cyber8
Just search on yt ,,glhf draken" and you will find it but its in swedish so you wont understand.
2019-07-16 12:08
South Africa @FyreCS
Source? Actual proof pls?
2019-07-16 14:39
1 reply
Romania cyber8
#86,well he didnt say the nip is retarded part but he said he doesnt want to play for them.
2019-07-16 16:52
Sweden mrarrogant
"NiP wanted Plopski to rest" ah ye must be fkn exhausting for him
2019-07-16 02:23
draken SINGLE-HANDEDLY ANNIHILATES CIS minor using only his FRONT TEETH AND A WET SOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-07-16 02:46
Why grux profile wear GamerLegion Shirts?
2019-07-16 04:10
Draken is a good player. I'd love to see him team up with Golden so they can play top in the bigger events. Hope he makes it to IEM soon
2019-07-16 04:22
no you didn't just wait soon that your team can't tolerate you again
2019-07-16 04:25
2019-07-16 04:30
send draken to CIS minor so he can qualify
2019-07-16 04:36
ancient is better than fnatic
2019-07-16 04:58
2019-07-16 05:50
2019-07-16 06:01
draken to nip after major already smh
2019-07-16 06:28
I want draken back to fnatic although he did underperform in there but idk the name fnatic draken is so fitting
2019-07-16 06:32
1 reply
Why tho? fnatic sucks right now but draken isn't tier1 material and won't improve them...
2019-07-16 07:21
Sweden ShageN
Come at me Draken :DD
2019-07-16 06:57
1 reply
2019-07-16 07:20
2019-07-16 08:28
Until NiP makes him an offer and than cut him again from the lineup :D
2019-07-16 08:59
the Curse NIP 5th player - Fifflaren idk doing ANALytic? - Maikalele lol is he dead? - Pyth is a myth now - Allu? EZ4ENCE - Draken making the comeback... - REZ ? ayy lmao why he still in NIP? he from a super star that may bring NIP back to top 3, to a R EZ Twitch chat spam, when he do something funky
2019-07-16 11:45
Poor draken))
2019-07-16 12:37
why the fuck i red "i have found my pc" lul
2019-07-16 13:06
Out of the 30° window = dead man walking
2019-07-16 13:13
I like Draken, but a top tier team isn't the right place for him. I hope he'll do well and do well in this perma-10/30 team.
2019-07-16 14:27
Draken LUL
2019-07-16 16:28
How far he has fallen.
2019-07-16 19:16
2019-07-17 01:41
KARMA is BACK. hello from CIS region
2019-07-19 14:11
Hungary subzera
*goes 0-2 in groups*
2019-07-19 21:07
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