blameF: "I think we're one of the teams that practice the most; every single day"

We spoke to Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer after Heroic upset Vitality in the opening round of IEM Chicago.

Having replaced forZe in Chicago, the Danes came into the tournament fresh off a top-eight finish at ESL One Cologne, where they were eliminated at the hands of Vitality in the last round of their group's lower bracket.

Heroic's hard work is showing, blameF says

In their opening match at IEM, Heroic took their revenge on Vitality, all the while pulling off a comeback from a 5-14 deficit on Overpass, and we got a hold of the team's in-game leader, blameF, for an interview.

Going back to Cologne and your top-eight finish there, how do you look at that entire run and how it ended, with a close loss to Vitality?

I think we were happy, really happy with our performance in Cologne overall. The goal was to go to the playoffs and we didn't get that, so obviously we didn't get too happy about how we played down there, but I think we showed that we're able to compete with some of the really good teams. I think we're getting more consistent in that sense, which we were really bad at before.

We sometimes still have matches like against NiP where we just choke and then play really bad, so it still happens sometimes, so I think the way we try to get better right now is eliminating those matches where we choke and play badly and then having more of the games where we play more consistently, which I'm thinking, in my opinion, we're getting better and better at each tournament.

This time, you managed to beat Vitality, talk me through what changed from that previous series and especially the massive comeback on Overpass, from 5-14 to 16-14.

Yeah, it is a huge comeback, but on the server it doesn't really feel like a huge comeback. Our CT side on Overpass is so strong that we know we can win 15 rounds in a row against almost any team because we're showing that in practice every single time. Of course, it's a huge comeback and they probably made some mistakes, but I think it's also because we have a really strong CT side we can fall back on, so even though we were behind 14-5, everyone said that we're still winning this.

Nothing much has changed, I think we're trying to practice and be more consistent, which I think we're one of the teams that practice the most out there, we don't really have any off days and we're praccing every single day. We have been using more time on the tactical aspect, we have stolen some new strats - or I have been preparing some new stuff -, so we're not as predictable going in and that worked very well against Vitality on Nuke, for example. So not much has changed, I just think that we're getting more consistent as a team and that's what's showing.

You came in quite last-minute as a replacement for forZe, did that hinder your preparation at all?

We are running the team kind of tough sometimes, so as soon as we knew that we were playing this tournament, we said to each other that we were not going to have any off days, so we just practiced every single day up to this event. So no, not really, when we came back from Cologne, I used that day to prepare all the new stuff and then we just started the next day immediately. Everyone is always happy that we're praccing and they are never complaining, I like that a lot, so no, nothing has really changed, we're just working hard and I think it's showing.

Where does that motivation come from, is that from the management, the organization, or are all the individual players clicking in that aspect? What is behind that?

I think we have built a really good team socially. I think people have a good time together and we always have a lot of fun, but I also think that people are getting more motivated because we actually started to show some results. We know we have a lot of really good players on the team and we have some with a lot of experience, like friberg, so we have a really good team built together, we just need to be able to show it. And I think that's why people get more motivated now that the last couple of tournaments we're getting a little bit closer every single time and it seems like this could be the tournament where we actually show how good we really are.

Yeah, we've seen you pull off some big upsets or at least take some of the world's best teams to close results - what is it going to take to make that next step, is it just a matter of consistency as you were saying earlier?

I think it is a matter of consistency and I think it's the way we practice. We just need to be even more focused, we need to practice even harder, we need to put in even more effort both individually and as a team, and we're going to make sure that we do that when we get home. We're going to have a short break and then we're going to start right back and we're going to f**king just pracc a lot, no breaks, and just work really hard. I think that's the key for us to be able to surpass the other teams. That's what we're going to do.

How do you make sure that you don't get burnt out?

I honestly don't know (laughs). Me, personally, I never get burnt out, even if we have off days I'm still playing 10-12 hours a day or preparing new stuff, always, so I don't think I have ever had an off day. The team is not complaining and until they do complain a lot then I'm not going to let them have any off days.

Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
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blameF god!
2019-07-18 23:54
Austria shaak!
It shows
2019-07-18 23:54
Albania 9898
Just like how skipping events makes you worse
2019-07-18 23:54
Europe Kermac
Did you mean "blastralis"
2019-07-19 07:29
Poland Unluko
For sure!
2019-07-18 23:54
2019-07-19 00:22
Canada HansROZE
ok, nobody actually cares man, you beat a tier4 team and now all of the sudden you've got something to say. You seriously think that you practise more than the others? Jesus grow up man. Danish cs is a joke
2019-07-18 23:55
Yes, the 2nd best team in the world is tier 4
2019-07-19 00:08
You are the biggest joke dude
2019-07-19 00:09
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2019-07-19 01:18
Peru AgentLF
Vitality tier4???
2019-07-19 02:25
Decent bait, but it gets boring very fast.
2019-07-19 02:34
Maybe you should just delete your comment at this point, it makes you seem like a bigger idiot than you already are. Nt though, but just call It a day lad.
2019-07-19 03:20
what a pathetic bait
2019-07-19 03:27
He baited many I give 7/8
2019-07-19 03:32
it's not a bait. Its just another retarted useless comment that annoys adequate people
2019-07-19 03:44
Vitality tier 4 team = bait
2019-07-19 13:05
its ok, but the other part of his retarded cringy shit is just a bunch of random words for the purpose of just insulting the actually underrated young team who just did great comeback against #2 team and beat them 2-0.
2019-07-19 18:16
bout to make ence work aswell
2019-07-19 18:20
How did he bait many? Everyone responded 0/8? The fuck you on
2019-07-19 06:24
Finland Faust_fSt
"How did he bait many? Everyone responded" If you're gonna answer your own questions, you really don't need others for this one
2019-07-19 08:55
How can you just leave out the most essentiel part of my post? If you don't know what 0/8 means, then you shouldnt be posting in here newfag
2019-07-19 09:19
Finland Faust_fSt
You're the one who doesn't know what baiting means and getting mad about it :D you don't seem very intelligent buddy
2019-07-19 11:02
Yeah i see your arguments is so clever such valid. And now you're making smileys at hltv aswell, ouch... Cringe and stupid, welcome to the forums buddy
2019-07-19 11:22
I own you in every aspect of any discussion you will ever make btw, im just superior to you simple as that
2019-07-19 11:23
Its a rethorical question
2019-07-19 12:58
Finland Faust_fSt
Actually it's just a bait after all that i ate
2019-07-19 12:59
Hope it tasted well
2019-07-19 21:15
Look at the comments to his post. Vitality tier 4 team = bait Everyone replying = bait worked Isnt that how bait is working.. idgaf what people reply to him. But the moment u reply anything baitor wins
2019-07-19 13:09
2019-07-19 08:19
that's a 0/8
2019-07-19 11:16
Hi all
2019-07-18 23:53
Hi man
2019-07-19 00:22
Peru AgentLF
Hey, what's up?
2019-07-19 02:25
Hey kebab24! Long time no kebab
2019-07-19 21:16
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Argentina Demonark
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it shows, gratz
2019-07-18 23:54
Kazakhstan bjornzz
respect friberg
2019-07-18 23:54
Singapore eriknords
Was so fun to see him put up good numbers again!
2019-07-19 04:46
Canada dennek
danish hulk
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Japan Legoshi
blameF to replace neo when ????
2019-07-18 23:55
Myanmar xdcc
choko couldnt get mad at blamef. no chance
2019-07-19 00:05
He could. Once.
2019-07-19 00:24
LMAO true.. Niko would be blamef's little bitch
2019-07-19 00:53
Its seenable, you did so much progress in a really short time, keep it up.
2019-07-18 23:55
Overrated fluke team, who cares
2019-07-18 23:55
Everybody is a fluke right?
2019-07-18 23:57
According to HLTV, yes
2019-07-19 00:02
Heroic is tho lol. Can't even beat tier 3 teams and they beat Vitality by luck.
2019-07-19 00:16
Denmark Zaerdna
Luck hahahah
2019-07-19 01:42
But yeah your name and flair check out
2019-07-19 00:20
What does my broken leg have to do with anything?
2019-07-19 00:21
2019-07-19 00:49
newfag talking shit...smh
2019-07-19 02:37
Salty Norwegian lul. Not surprising considering Norways best team is barely in top 50. Denmark>Rest of trash ass Scandinavia
2019-07-19 03:26
Someone's mad lmaooooo Typical Danish kid lol
2019-07-19 11:11
Blamef best
2019-07-18 23:57
"You came in quite last-minute as a replacement for forZe" yeah right we all know that you knew forze had visa issue so you just threw for ez 5k prize money and all those bet wins
2019-07-18 23:59
hard work pays off I guess
2019-07-19 00:15
They cant complain or blamef is gonna beat their ass 😂
2019-07-19 00:24
United States theory^
I completely believe it man... good job heroic, hard work pays off in the end!
2019-07-19 00:49
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blamef the Danish s1mple
2019-07-19 00:52
Def top 10 in the next 6 months
2019-07-19 02:26
Greenland kinley377
best ascending team
2019-07-19 08:13
BlameF BEST!
2019-07-19 10:06
Practice all day, still tier 10
2019-07-19 13:09
Estonia mr_abdul
for real, always when i look at past 2 weeks hours on teams heroic is almost always at the top, at least for the past few months Furia has been the only top team with similar hours, GL heroic
2019-07-19 13:48
Singapore eriknords
How do you look that up?
2019-07-19 14:46
Estonia mr_abdul btw heroic have like 1/2 hours they usually have i guess because of traveling
2019-07-19 15:02
props to them thats how you get to the top look at liqiud they showed their best eventually before getting into the top1 spot and they struggled a lot against the best of the best but now look at them they have noone to challenge their spot
2019-07-19 15:47
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