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
William 'draken' Sundin
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Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez Zamora
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2019-07-16 00:01
blameF | 
Sweden Unluko 
2019-07-16 00:08
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
Netherlands PasscaLl 
2019-07-16 09:45
TwistzzTheBudgetTenZ you mean right?
2019-07-16 11:25
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:03
United States Jrfaster 
Found ur place in d2
2019-07-16 00:01
Europe CantGetMeNow 
They won't even qualify so
2019-07-16 00:03
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
after plopski leaves ded team
2019-07-16 00:03
2019-07-16 00:04
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
Got screwed over by NiP, F
2019-07-16 00:05
2019-07-16 08:38
Tier 5 problems omegalul
2019-07-16 00:07
Romania cyber8 
2019-07-16 00:11
Tier 6?
2019-07-16 00:12
if even that
2019-07-16 00:24
Finland NatusEnce 
draken tier 2 player
2019-07-16 08:02
Hobbit | 
Kazakhstan 2NiTE 
2019-07-20 12:55
Finland Smoonah 
never trust someone with a manbun.
2019-07-16 00:08
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:03
Romania cyber8 
2019-07-16 00:10
Indonesia en1lykS 
2019-07-16 15:11
2019-07-16 00:11
Romania cyber8 
2019-07-16 00:14
Singapore Defqon_1 
Super newfag
2019-07-16 10:53
Poland Lukovsky 
good to hear, you belong to tier5 anyway
2019-07-16 00:14
Germany [S1m3n] 
Lets be honest........theyre better than all Polsky Kurwa Teams (Snax is still a god i know)
2019-07-16 06:44
Venezuela Psyccoz 
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
i do
2019-07-16 00:28
I do
2019-07-16 00:43
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:03
I do
2019-07-16 01:14
Wait , what happened ? He seems like a cool guy and player!
2019-07-16 01:36
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
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
pretty sure most people just jump at the opportunity to insult someone lol
2019-07-16 10:41
Indonesia Chonji 
+1 cs is boring without a bit of banter
2019-07-16 06:30
2019-07-16 06:39
friberg | 
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
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:04
come at me CIS
2019-07-16 00:56
HAHAHAHA, +1. GL at Minor, LUL.
2019-07-16 07:20
Brunei El_Cholo 
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
Czech Republic Mibrdisband 
draken go beat fnatic men)))
2019-07-16 01:24
United States @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
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
shox | 
France Aidentt2 
Source ?
2019-07-16 11:00
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
United States @FyreCS 
Source? Actual proof pls?
2019-07-16 14:39
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
Canada thelegend27 
draken SINGLE-HANDEDLY ANNIHILATES CIS minor using only his FRONT TEETH AND A WET SOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2019-07-16 02:46
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:04
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
device | 
China az514k 
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
TenZ | 
Japan Misteear 
ancient is better than fnatic
2019-07-16 04:58
2019-07-16 05:50
2019-07-16 06:01
Japan Jotaro 
draken to nip after major already smh
2019-07-16 06:28
Indonesia Chonji 
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
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
2019-07-16 07:20
Sweden jumpex 
2019-07-16 08:28
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:04
Until NiP makes him an offer and than cut him again from the lineup :D
2019-07-16 08:59
FalleN | 
Asia fos1x 
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
Netherlands glennakiN 
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
Finland M0FF3 
Draken LUL
2019-07-16 16:28
How far he has fallen.
2019-07-16 19:16
2019-07-17 01:41
Ukraine Grozny 
KARMA is BACK. hello from CIS region
2019-07-19 14:11
Hungary subzera 
*goes 0-2 in groups*
2019-07-19 21:07
Switzerland Jessien 
2019-08-01 18:04
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