huNter: "I don't think we are aware of who we beat and what we accomplished here yet"

After CR4ZY's victory over North, we spoke to Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač about the success and taking down established teams on his way to the Major.

The majorly-Serbian team managed to take down two European powerhouses in BO3 series, fnatic and North, to earn a second place finish at the Minor and a spot at the StarLadder Berlin Major Main Qualifier.

Defeating former Major winners to make it to a Major was a big achievement for huNter

Following the conclusion of the series against North, which CR4ZY won with a dominant 2-0 scoreline, we sat down with huNter- to hear about the road to this point, developing the team, and changing their approach for the rematch.

I'll go straight into the rematch against North, it seemed like you were pretty motivated after the defeat earlier. Tell me a bit about the first game and going into the match now.

We watched the last match together, we learned from it and saw what our mistakes were, starting from the preparation for the match and everything after that. The first mistake was deciding to pick Train instead of Mirage, which today proved to be the right choice, and from there, everything went wrong. We were too focused on what they were doing instead of what we wanted to do, so we decided to switch that around today. We decided to focus on only ourselves, prepare ourselves and that is it. What we did was a mistake, we learned something from it which means that we are smart, and I think with this game we just proved that we are better than them.

Going into the match, Mirage, you started on the T side and were pretty dominant. How did you manage to have such a one-sided game?

Starting Terrorist on a Mirage, a CT-sided map like everyone knows, we lost the pistol and they took a 3-0 lead. After that, we just decided to play our own game as we decided to do before the match. We decided to just do defaults, go mid, and find picks - what we do best. Because I think we are individually significantly better than them, if you compare it player to player, and I think that was the deciding factor. We didn't really do set plays, executes, we just focused on doing defaults, going mid, splitting A and B, and that is it.

Before this you took another big scalp by defeating another big team, fnatic. How was it after that step, a step perhaps even more important than this one because it ensured you didn't get eliminated from the Minor?

You know, a year or two ago you are watching POV demos from people that won Majors like Kjaerbye, JW, KRIMZ in order to learn something, and that is how you develop. That takes time, it takes time to get to a level where you can beat teams like fnatic and North and qualify for the Major. That is everyone's goal, everyone's dream when you start playing Counter-Strike, to qualify for the Major and have your stickers in the game.

We are of course extremely happy about it, but I don't think we are aware of who we beat and what we accomplished here yet, I think we will only be aware of that in 5-6 days when the impressions sink in. Now it is time to celebrate and rest a bit, but it is a really beautiful feeling when after the match you look and see that you've defeated JW, KRIMZ, or Kjaerbye who won a Major two years ago and was an MVP there. It is really a beautiful feeling.

This roster had a lot of moments when you were close to achieving something, such as MDL where you were great but didn't make it through the playoffs, close in other qualifiers, you weren't able to lift a trophy at any of the DreamHack Opens - was all of that suffering worth it after what you've achieved now?

It was, surely. The thing that was the hardest for us was the last Minor in Katowice where we were leading against ENCE 1-0 and had 10-7 on Mirage as CT, but we somehow lost that. After that, we played against Vitality where we had four match points which would ensure us a match against North for the second place, just like we played now, but after four match points we went into overtime and lost.

That was our toughest defeat, the rest was ok. We have been together for seven months now, we trusted in each other and this team, put in a lot of work to progress from day to day, from month to month. After two months we had two bootcamps and we really gave our all to prepare. MDL, as everyone knows, we had a 17-0 record and we traveled from a bootcamp to Sweden for DreamHack and then the day after coming home we played the MDL playoff against Spirit and I think that was the reason we didn't get into Pro League. I think we deserve that spot.

Having stickers and being the first team from your region that managed to get to the Major, regardless of having two "foreigners", is a big achievement. How do you look at it from that side, how do you think it will impact players from the region?

I am very glad that we are the first team that managed to do so and I think everyone was cheering for us, the whole Balkan, and I want to say thanks to everyone, we really had a lot of support over Twitter and everything. So in a way, this is also for them and everyone that was cheering for us, the whole region and everyone in the world that cheered for us. We really had a lot of support here and we felt it. Maybe we were underdogs against teams like mousesports, North, fnatic but I think that we are a top2 team here and we deserved to advance. I'd also like if we had more teams in our region, if CS was played more, I think this will draw the attention of more people, more kids that will start playing, putting in the effort, and making teams.

What are the next steps for you guys, obviously, tonight is going to be fun, but after that, the summer break, Major, and things coming up?

Tonight we celebrate, we will have a team dinner and talk about our break, how long it is going to be and when we are going to start preparing for the Major Qualifier. I don't know how many official maps we have played in these 7 months, it must be around 300 which is really too much, and you add to that practice, two bootcamps, tournaments, I think we are really too tired, I think we need at least 10 days to rest and then start preparing for the Major. And I think that there we can do a lot because it is Swiss BO1 until 0-2 or 2-0 and I think we can beat anyone in BO1s because you can see that we have four very strong maps. Now we have to work on the rest and prepare even better for the upcoming tournaments and the Major.

Serbia Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
Twistzz | 
Netherlands Xexer 
Go cr4zy go stupid
2019-07-21 22:04
#3
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Austria shaakeh 
Beating North is basically beating the world's best Danish team
2019-07-21 22:04
#11
Twistzz | 
Netherlands Xexer 
North has so much potential yet they fail to fullfill it
2019-07-21 22:05
Astralis > North, nt
2019-07-21 22:05
#16
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Sweden Unluko 
Agreed
2019-07-21 22:06
0/8
2019-07-21 22:13
0/8
2019-07-21 22:13
#28
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Canada thelegend27 
this gave me a laugh
2019-07-21 22:14
#41
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Venezuela Playcalixto 
Let us not forget the | crazy | big | dick | hunter |
2019-07-22 00:00
This gave me a good laugh. Want to see Pasha reaction to this one :)
2019-07-22 01:01
#65
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Netherlands glennakiN 
+1 million
2019-07-22 17:24
Comming from a North fan ofc
2019-07-22 20:39
#71
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Croatia Matejstrlek 
STFU u stupid noob, they are best upcoming team and u can suck ur stick if u wanna beat them u stupid xexer
2019-07-23 10:14
calm your tits kiddo
2019-07-26 14:53
Haha lol North choke
2019-07-21 22:04
#4
Twistzz | 
Netherlands Xexer 
Get shrekt
2019-07-21 22:04
#63
TaZ | 
Italy SHOX_HORUS 
Or just crazy actually playing well, you know it happens
2019-07-22 12:14
Hunter sticker POOOOOOOOOOOOG
2019-07-21 22:04
#6
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Germany PussyEater 
Germany power
2019-07-21 22:04
Who mentioned Germany here?
2019-07-21 22:47
#84
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Flair checks out
2019-07-28 08:31
Checks out what?? :D
2019-07-28 15:38
#87
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
You're mad cuz Germany invades that rare post your fav player gets
2019-07-28 19:51
1. I replied him to because his comment makes no sense 2. I think he didn't "invade" on post 3. I don't know what is meaning of being mad in your brain but I think you are probably tripping cuz of legal drugs in your weird country
2019-07-28 20:14
#89
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
1. No u 2. He did 3. No u
2019-07-28 20:33
#69
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Germany EssenEsser 
+1
2019-07-23 02:18
#7
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
hltv is so slow, i'm reading bold things and commenting after that
2019-07-21 22:05
#8
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United States SaintedPlacebo 
These cr4zy stickers are going to be.... crazy
2019-07-21 22:04
AND THE CROWD GOES... mild
2019-07-22 01:10
#9
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United States YankeeM 
Love
2019-07-21 22:05
#10
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Poland Kazahi 
EZ
2019-07-21 22:05
#85
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Wdym?
2019-07-28 08:32
#13
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Spain MasterTovasko 
Imagine having two stickers in your weapon of Dick Stacy and Hunter lmao
2019-07-21 22:06
yes we saw that reddit post
2019-07-21 22:07
#20
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Spain MasterTovasko 
men I'm not even kidding I don't use reddit dunno what u talkin about
2019-07-21 22:09
#29
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Serbia Suckleus 
Speak for yourself reddit fag
2019-07-21 22:16
#14
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
n1
2019-07-21 22:06
#15
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Netherlands @bpepijn_ 
Cool dudes, deserved it
2019-07-21 22:06
#18
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Ok
2019-07-21 22:08
Valiance stickers would be soooo cool </3
2019-07-21 22:08
#27
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Canada thelegend27 
now we get retarded switzerland aka squatroville
2019-07-21 22:13
#32
HUNDEN | 
Lithuania gime114 
Dick Hunter
2019-07-21 22:47
#34
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Canada thelegend27 
big frozen dick
2019-07-21 22:50
#22
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Europe Skraj 
"European powerhouses in BO3 series, fnatic and North, " HahAhAhahAhaha
2019-07-21 22:11
whats up with everybody being so fuckin tired? Start grinding.
2019-07-21 22:12
#24
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Canada thelegend27 
just take a gfuel enema or smth
2019-07-21 22:13
Never heard of adderall?
2019-07-21 23:00
#37
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Canada thelegend27 
same shit different entrance
2019-07-21 23:17
#30
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
"I think we are individually significantly better than North, if you compare it player to player" RIP North trying to build a top team for so long and nothing working.
2019-07-21 22:27
Bravo doktore!!! :D <3
2019-07-21 22:41
North never makes it to the major lol. Theyre just major gatekeepers. Not good enough to get a spot but good enough to keep shitty teams out
2019-07-21 22:59
Damn we are blessed to have them in the scene
2019-07-22 01:11
#56
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Oceania Rusuli 
North is surely making it to the Major this time. Look at the last chance qual, there will be INTZ and a team like DreamEaters or Nemiga or Syman - North only needs to beat one of those to make it to the Major
2019-07-22 05:06
Yeah they should make it
2019-07-22 08:37
#60
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
*Katowice minor flashbacks*
2019-07-22 09:03
#38
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Germany L1lK1M 
Awesome performance. Gonna cheer for u guys at Major! :)
2019-07-21 23:24
#39
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France Quarovv 
Who is crazy fan?
2019-07-21 23:39
crazy will go out 0-3
2019-07-21 23:48
#42
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Serbia Niddzaa 
They can beat any cis/asia team (apart from NaVi).
2019-07-22 00:21
#73
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China ljl84451 
It can beat tyloo
2019-07-23 11:33
#74
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Serbia Niddzaa 
Yes, they can beat Tyloo.
2019-07-23 13:06
treba netko platiti ocu da ode na major
2019-07-22 00:29
skupio bi da je strimovo :D
2019-07-22 00:40
ahjhahahahahaha bogami tu se zajebo ali eto jbg
2019-07-22 00:45
#46
sh1ro | 
Senegal rageN1x 
huNter 1337 monstah!!!!! major mvp incoming. he is underrated goat for sure who agree +1
2019-07-22 00:46
+1
2019-07-22 02:41
Easy
2019-07-22 00:46
#50
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Croatia Kozmos241 
Congrats to my team on this achievement! It was lots of hard work last months for all of us. If you guys could only know what is in a background of making a team that can qualify for the major and how much does it take to achieve success. At times i thought we are done and finished but still....never give up
2019-07-22 01:11
Good Job Coach.
2019-07-22 11:22
Gl guys
2019-07-24 14:02
huNter sticker noice!
2019-07-22 01:15
#53
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
You achieved to make the worst looking stickers ever in game
2019-07-22 01:52
#54
huNter- | 
Norway Rattyy 
Ez 4 kovac
2019-07-22 02:39
ez hNt
2019-07-22 08:31
#59
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Serbia Igi90 
Big Dick Hunter incoming!
2019-07-22 08:48
Cr4zy vs Faze finals. Winner : Cr4zy
2019-07-22 11:21
Great job indeed
2019-07-22 12:48
Hunter vs Hunden WHO’s best
2019-07-22 18:37
#68
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
they can upset any asia team, gl.
2019-07-23 02:11
#70
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Croatia Matejstrlek 
HUNTEEEER LEGENDA OD COVJEKA
2019-07-23 10:09
huNter: fnatic? who?
2019-07-23 10:15
#75
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Europe Nomarosa 
GOD HUNTER <3
2019-07-23 15:17
"To start preparing for Major qualify" didnt they just qialified for Major?
2019-07-23 15:19
#77
NiKo | 
Poland flux22 
no, they advanced to main qualifier, same as mousesports
2019-07-23 19:01
#78
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
it used to be called Major/Main Qualifier (before ELEAGUE Boston Major 2018) and HLTV still calls it that for some reason. but valve officially regards it as part of the major "Challenger stage". difference is that nowadays teams get stickers on Challenger stage. for HLTV Major is Legends stage top16.
2019-07-24 12:55
Cr4zy in 💓
2019-07-24 21:01
#81
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Hungary fasomlul 
nice.
2019-07-26 13:36
To bad logo is garbage, rip the sticker money.
2019-07-27 08:31
Onliners.
2019-07-28 20:35
yea and won against fnatic and north on lan ahahhaahah
2019-07-31 17:12
Onliners Fnatic,North trash.
2019-07-31 17:15
ez major
2019-07-31 17:15
#FaZeUp
2019-08-01 12:09
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