Bubzkji: "When I came into Tricked I instantly performed, so I gained the trust that I can do my own stuff"

To round out our live coverage of V4 Future Sports Festival, we spoke to the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen.

The 21-year-old gave us some insights into the grand final against Virtus.pro, in which Tricked came back from a loss on Mirage to win Nuke and Train, where the Danish side continued their struggles with closing out matches as the match went from 14-3 to double digits.

Bubzkji is getting more space than in Fragsters

Bubzkji also commented on his improvement as an individual player from his time with his previous team, Fragsters, as well as on how the team managed to recover from the loss of Johannes "b0RUP" Borup during the player break in August.

Let's first talk about the final itself. It was the same three maps that you guys played against Virtus.pro in the group stage, as well as in the previous encounter two months ago at GGL - was there no talk about trying to switch it up this time?

No, the problem with VP is that their permaban is Overpass and we would like to play it against them if it was possible, but they keep doing the same thing, so we're kind of forced to play the same maps because we don't want to play Inferno versus them. It's always going to be the same maps, but I feel like we always have the upper hand on them, at least on Nuke we always win, it's such a comfort pick. When we win Nuke every time we don't really want to switch it up and they just keep on picking Mirage even though they lost it last time.

Talking about Nuke, like you say it had been quite one-sided previously, but this time it was an eco win at 10-10 that swung it your way. Could it have gotten dangerous without that?

It's a CT-sided map, so of course we would still have the upper hand, I think, but they punished us really hard. We didn't really expect them to play around the vents because they didn't do it last time, and they had a very good read on us on the T side, as well.

roeJ is playing b0RUP's roles differently, Bubzkji says

This tournament you've had some problems closing matches and that happened again on Train, what happened?

Even though they're not a very experienced team either, a lot of new guys, you can feel we're stressing a lot in situations like that 14-3, where they had like five scouts on B and we just kept peeking one-on-one, just rookie mistakes all the time, which makes it very close in the end.

You played two series in a row because you played that second semi-final, which is something the big teams used to complain about a lot - did you feel that affect you at all when the series went into the late stages?

I think we actually had the upper hand - I don't think it's good either, to play two series in a row, but I think we had an upper hand versus VP due to the fact that they played in the morning, so they were up early and then they had to go for like a four-hour break, where you can't really prepare for anything because you don't know who you're meeting. But we were up there warming up, we slept to 11-12, getting rested, talking about everything, so yeah.

You've managed to win your first international title despite losing a key player in b0RUP only last month, how did you manage to recover from that setback so quickly?

b0RUP was an amazing player for us, he was probably the best player in the team, he was playing a lot of good roles and he was playing them very well. But after he disappeared, I think roeJ is taking a more chilled way of playing his role, he's not playing them as aggressively as b0RUP did, he's just playing more on flashes, while b0RUP was just really, really good individually. It's a different player in the end.

It's also your first MVP, of course. Since your Fragsters days you've been looking much improved, can you tell me about why and what the award means to you?

This means everything, of course, I play to win and getting the credit of being the MVP at this event is a step in the direction of becoming one of the best in the world. I've been a better player since Fragsters, that would be stupid not to say it like that, but the difference is that we were five players who were taking a lot of space. stavn was a star player himself, he's now in Heroic, dragonfly was a really, really aggressive AWPer, refrezh, the star of the team back then, he was taking a lot of space, as well. So, I was kind of left in this spot where I would just fill a bit with torben, we didn't really play around me or torben, we just played around mostly stavn and dragonfly and refrezh, and that's what's the difference between that and Tricked. When I came in, I instantly performed, so I gained that respect and the trust that I can do my own stuff.

This win could prop you up to somewhere close to invites to some bigger events, how do you make sure that you keep improving from here and stay on the level of the teams that you could start meeting more from now on?

Maybe it will sound a bit arrogant, but I feel like we played better than many of the teams we played this event except mouz. We know we're a really good team, looking at practice, etc., and we play really well online, as well, beating Heroic 2-0... We're not really getting the invites to prove ourselves and now we've had a lot of practice time for this event, so that is probably the difference. We don't really get invites so often, so it's kind of hard to let upsets happen. We're sometimes at a DreamHack Open, but it's hard to make an upset there when all the teams are closely ranked to you, it's not a surprise when we beat AVANGAR three months ago, and now they were in the Major final. I think that's one of the reasons why it happened now.

Denmark Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Johannes 'b0RUP' Borup
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
861
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
GOBZKJI!
2019-09-22 22:57
destroyed fragsters. rip refrezh(
2019-09-22 23:00
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Anders | 
Japan Archy69 
Promising
2019-09-22 22:59
nice
2019-09-22 23:05
#5
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Guatemala wat_doink_men 
gratz
2019-09-22 23:16
dane: counterstraik in my life, counterstrike in my veins, counterstrike is only my business 9gag.com/gag/1054541/homo-computerus
2019-09-22 23:16
edgy
2019-09-23 00:26
> 9gag
2019-09-24 04:21
#7
sodaH | 
Estonia rafio 
tricked to win next major
2019-09-22 23:19
Bubzkji is the best young player from denmark Much better than the overrated refrezh, or b0rup
2019-09-22 23:27
#9
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Denmark UX_Designer 
+1 young talent
2019-09-22 23:39
#10
JW | 
Sweden plikz 
racist?
2019-09-22 23:41
#15
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Sweden D24_Tic 
more like ur racist becuz u think his racist just becuz refrezh is black
2019-09-23 02:03
u sound like a racist for making that allegation
2019-09-23 09:53
#24
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Sweden D24_Tic 
thats what i said
2019-09-23 11:18
so basically, taking all things into consideration, we shall assume you are a blatant racist
2019-09-23 11:20
#26
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Sweden D24_Tic 
He said overrated refrezh and that guy said Racist? wonder why only becuz his black if he was white lets say it was device he wouldnt say that.. that makes him think he is the racist but ur from denmark so i dont think u know anything about racism
2019-09-23 14:04
No but I remember at the end of the year everybody was hyping REFREZH, and look where he is now
2019-09-23 10:58
i hope, tricked stay together and others org dont take young players from Hunden anymore, this guy deserve way more credit for all his trust and hard work. Respect Hunden
2019-09-23 01:20
performed vs some t3 like havu? xaaxax shut up nubzkji
2019-09-23 02:00
#14
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Sweden D24_Tic 
ANGRY VP FANBOY LUL2
2019-09-23 02:02
what? are u mongoloid or just cant read?
2019-09-23 06:39
U mad
2019-09-23 08:20
See you in few months when Danes will again suck
2019-09-23 09:15
Well, at least that's still way better than German being suck since a long time ago.
2019-09-24 04:35
There is no much expectations for me so why should I care about that
2019-09-24 16:17
HAHAHA, that's exactly the answer I'd use were you going to reply with Indonesian scene.
2019-09-26 01:34
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Philippines etalynx08 
Future astralis player
2019-09-23 02:57
#19
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Serbia GODKipato 
Gratz boy
2019-09-23 07:03
ez for ma boi bubzkji
2019-09-23 16:25
#28
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Ukraine TBOY(2) 
GJ BUBZKJI
2019-09-23 19:43
Great
2019-09-24 08:38
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