flusha: "[There was a possibility] of creating my own team and hand-picking players I really want to play with, but no other teams"

We interviewed Robin "flusha" Rönnquist to catch up with him and ask him about what his life looked like while he was away from the game during the first half of the year and talk about his return to fnatic.

The 26-year-old was out of the scene for over six months, having left Cloud9 in March to step away from the game after suffering a loss in the family, before returning in September in the organization he had represented for nearly five years in 2013-2018, fnatic.

flusha commented on the options he had and what led him back to fnatic

While the new team, who also welcomed back Maikil "Golden" Selim as part of a wider restructuring, are debuting at DreamHack Masters Malmö, we got the chance to speak to flusha about his life since his departure from the North American organization, the options he had, and his comeback in fnatic, where he reunited with three of his former teammates from the same organization.

Seven months out of the competition, what have you been up to and when did you touch CS again after quitting Cloud9 back in February?

Out of the game, I've just experienced the "real life," if you'd say that, just hanging out with my girlfriend, experiencing summer in Sweden, which I haven't done in like eight years or so, mostly that. I tried playing for a week about a month after I left Cloud9, but I felt like it wasn't that fun, still, so I just set my goal to play after the StarLadder Major and I basically started playing somewhere mid-August. I just tried to not play so I could prevent myself from getting bored of it too quickly.

I hope you don't mind me saying, I notice you've also lost weight, have you been working out in that time?

Yeah, just working out, dieting, taking long walks, stuff like that. Nothing special, really.

What made you think that this was the right time to come back and in fnatic again?

I've been talking to JW a lot, and they've been having some improvements with the new mental coach, Jens, so I really like that aspect of the team. We can work on stuff that was a problem before with the mental aspect, so stuff like that really intrigues me, and that's pretty much why I came back, also it's some of my best friends and a Swedish team, as well.

While you were away people theorycrafted teams that you could have been a part of, obviously namely the two big Swedish teams, fnatic and NiP, but FaZe were a name that was also thrown around a lot. Was there a possibility that you could have joined someone else?

Of course, there was. I wouldn't say any other team in Sweden, I think the Swedish player pool is pretty shallow, so there's nothing much to find there. Other than that, it was mainly creating my own team and hand-picking players I really want to play with, but there was no other team that was giving me offers that I would want to play with.

A more aggressive player like Brollan was something fnatic were missing in 2018, flusha believes

A very similar version to this fnatic has already existed before with Lekr0 instead of Brollan from early 2018, does this feel familiar?

Yeah, it's pretty similar. The only thing is that Brollan is a lot more aggressive than Lekr0 was back in the team, so I think that was kind of what we were missing back then with Lekr0. It's a better fit for the team, the whole five right now. Other than that, we all know each other from before, so it was coming back to what we had done before, just some new plans out of Golden, he has really improved as a leader.

Is that why you think it's going to work this time? There was a lot of criticism towards the Swedish scene recycling the same players, what is going to make the difference this time?

I think just the mental aspect is going to be so much better, not going into every tournament feeling or thinking we're going to win, being top four and stuff like that. Mainly we're going in with a healthy approach, practicing both inside of the game, we're dealing with mental things, if we have a problem with attitude, things like that. Things like that will make this team a lot better.

What kind of form did you expect yourself to come back with after half a year, during which, as you said, you barely touched CS?

I expected myself to come back and do the same. I feel like I don't have a playstyle that depends on how skilled I am at the moment, so even if I was aiming badly or something like that, I'm still going to be able to do my part, I'm going to be able to get kills, participate in the team, make them better. It's been no problem in practice or in FPL, I've pretty much been back to normal.

What about from the team side? fnatic have been shaky here so far with a convincing loss to ENCE and a close series with TYLOO, did that come as a surprise or were you expecting a slower start before you found your groove?

No, it was pretty surprising that we did so badly against ENCE and the first map against TYLOO. We had a really good bootcamp before this, we played some of the best matches that I've ever played with these players, so it was kind of surprising, but it was mainly confidence and our mental approach, we were a bit scared, a bit nervous. As soon as we got into the best-of-three, we lost the first map against TYLOO, we just had a talk, everyone talked about what felt wrong and what we could do better, and we really showed it during the second map.

Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
GOAT of cs for sure!
2019-10-02 02:17
Agreed
2019-10-02 02:22
+100000000
2019-10-02 07:07
+3141592653589793
2019-10-02 12:15
#108
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
+pie
2019-10-07 21:22
#9
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Brazil hrp_ 
+11111
2019-10-02 02:22
#10
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
GOAT of all time!
2019-10-02 02:22
100% goatest of all time
2019-10-02 02:23
200% goatest of all time
2019-10-02 02:26
goatoatestest of all time of all time
2019-10-02 12:15
#81
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Algeria SpaceFockuZ 
goatoatestest of all time of all time of all time
2019-10-02 14:11
goatoatoatestestest of all time of all time of all time of all time
2019-10-10 23:10
Yep
2019-10-11 13:38
#50
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
goatest of all time, ever!
2019-10-02 09:20
#60
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Germany Longhammer 
so he is the greatest of all time of all time?
2019-10-02 10:55
#63
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
yes. of all the times. greatest of the greatest of all time of all the times. if that makes sense to you. i dont blame you if you dont understand. its complicated.
2019-10-02 11:03
#83
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Germany Longhammer 
no u are just retarded like the others who wrote that shit
2019-10-02 15:10
+1 lmao rekt him
2019-10-02 21:03
Leave it to a feeble minded human being to call others retarded, perhaps if you understood our culture you would get it, but instead you decide to be an uncultured swine, go chill with the rats (smooya).
2019-10-02 22:43
#90
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
sad.
2019-10-03 00:50
Yeah I'll +1 that, dumb people annoy me to
2019-10-03 02:28
#20
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
easely
2019-10-02 02:52
G.O.A.T !!! (retiring s1mple, coldzera, f0rest, dev1ce, and after 8 months zywoo)
2019-10-02 03:09
+1111 Facts
2019-10-02 07:30
#46
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Australia t0rrent 
What country is deutschland????
2019-10-02 08:41
#85
GuardiaN | 
Brazil Anux 
nazi land
2019-10-02 16:07
Brazil is one of the poorest countries in the world lmao
2019-10-07 14:18
#107
GuardiaN | 
Brazil Anux 
+1
2019-10-07 17:25
#109
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Brazil LUIXTR0NDA 
at least we take showers regurlaly
2019-10-07 21:24
Yes
2019-10-02 11:03
#65
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United States 10YearBansRUs 
+1000
2019-10-02 11:08
#77
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Europe chespiZ 
Yeah yeah
2019-10-02 13:28
+1
2019-10-02 15:45
sm0l upd: very skinny flusha yes
2019-10-02 02:18
Senior VAC
2019-10-02 02:18
#71
Lucky | 
Taiwan FH| 
+1
2019-10-02 12:02
erz
2019-10-02 02:18
nt VACsha
2019-10-02 02:19
wtf 2 #5 comments in a row
2019-10-02 02:19
#7
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Brazil hrp_ 
thats sad because flusha is a t1 player
2019-10-02 02:21
#17
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Europe AlL1n 
Whosha?
2019-10-02 02:34
what drugs are you in? señor VAC is tier GOD
2019-10-02 02:59
worse than GOD HUNDEN
2019-10-02 06:20
Hunden Who???
2019-10-03 14:39
-1
2019-10-04 00:21
who is he, really?
2019-10-04 15:41
goat of cs
2019-10-04 21:45
How can he be goat if he didn't beat flusha??? Senor VAC ia the best!!! Joking Hunden is ok but not GOAT yet. He has to beat Astralis and couple of other teams on BIG events.
2019-10-04 22:21
Hunden is only allowed to use 1% of brain because when he used 2% he went 60-0 in a 1v5
2019-10-04 23:24
Omg next S1mple
2019-10-05 00:34
Legend
2019-10-02 02:25
#13
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Canada ZHF 
He lost so much weight!
2019-10-02 02:25
#15
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Macau Bent0 
he was the reason I keep buying black laminate ak ..... glad that you came back
2019-10-02 02:27
Flusha legend
2019-10-02 02:33
#18
AZR | 
United States CoreyTime 
that picture looks like flusha's head is photoshopped onto someone elses body
2019-10-02 02:41
#19
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United States FrothaIPBan 
Probably better off doing that
2019-10-02 02:42
#21
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
In csgo losing weight equals losing skill, even more so if you lose muscle. Big flusha best flusha, big cold best cold, big edward big edward, big flamie best flamie.
2019-10-02 02:54
therefore boombl4 is the best player in all of csgo
2019-10-02 03:02
#24
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
exactly
2019-10-02 03:03
#25
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
zywoo is fat and he's the best player in the world
2019-10-02 03:03
erm... s1mple is tall kinda and he got that muscle
2019-10-02 03:04
#28
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
he's not fat enough this year maybe next year he'll be fatter and become the best player in the world once again
2019-10-02 03:05
maybe, hopefully this also explains why astralis lost to eg because eg has brehze and cerq and astralis is always focused on good health
2019-10-02 03:06
#31
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
yhea brehze and cerq are still quite fat, just the amount needed to carry games
2019-10-02 03:16
Would explain why coldzera was good, now when he's lost fat, he is @$$
2019-10-02 21:05
#69
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
if a player is always thin its fine if he is fat and loses weight, he always plays worse
2019-10-02 11:20
Not fat enough boombl4 NEW GOAT
2019-10-02 06:22
#37
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
fuck you're right, Zywoo is far from beating that fatness , at least not anytime soon, he might need a few years considering the task. It will be even worse if Boombl4 end up eating Astralis like he said in an interview.
2019-10-02 07:03
niko (Optic) joined the conversation.
2019-10-02 04:22
#47
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Australia t0rrent 
"Big cold" Ahahahahaha
2019-10-02 08:42
#52
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Ukraine ksay 
i like how big edward just big edward xD
2019-10-02 09:35
#59
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Serbia Ch11co 
Flusha played insanely this bo3
2019-10-02 10:47
#26
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Sweden Golden_shower 
flusha without beard WTF
2019-10-02 03:04
#33
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Finland Smoonah 
flusha without beard WTF
2019-10-02 04:57
TLDR he bought better cheats which is much more expensive hence why he has lost so much weight since he couldn't afford McDonald's anymore.. god this interviewer is such an idiot.
2019-10-02 06:32
too bad you're stupider
2019-10-02 12:38
#86
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Czech Republic JeNd4 
Lol get a life hater.
2019-10-02 19:48
senior vac
2019-10-02 07:05
wtf he looks so weird like in his first c9 game no beard ni hair less weight but i hope sexgod retuns fast with hair beard and even more fat
2019-10-02 07:08
Fantastic that you have lost weight dude. A Ketogenic diet or a Low Carb diet is so fantastic. Keep up that part of your life. (It is good for your organs, good for your longevity, good for your love life - no this is not a joke - I am deadly serious).
2019-10-02 07:14
#42
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Japan Bag_Of_Crabs 
they really gotta stop bringing back seniors into the scene. thats just straight boring. and its not even like they are good. this fnatic is not going anywhere.
2019-10-02 07:22
"I think just the mental aspect is going to be so much better, not going into every tournament feeling or thinking we're going to win, being top four and stuff like that." Swt your expectations low enough and you'll always succeed
2019-10-02 07:25
misleading title
2019-10-02 08:31
#54
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France FrighTyyy 
Indeed it is misleading. It sounds like nobody wanted him.
2019-10-02 09:55
yup pretty bad journalism tbh
2019-10-02 10:06
#57
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France FrighTyyy 
Or they wanted a clickbait idk
2019-10-02 10:07
LEGEND. please Beard :) . just like Krimz
2019-10-02 09:10
LEGEND. please Beard :)
2019-10-02 09:10
#51
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United States 10YearBansRUs 
Goat
2019-10-02 09:22
#53
fnx | 
Other individual 
your only mother >>> cs
2019-10-02 09:50
still not VAC banned
2019-10-02 09:58
#58
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Myanmar xdcc 
You cant cheat in vac secured servers
2019-10-02 10:11
lmao Flusha chose this trash line up over picking his own team
2019-10-02 11:00
#64
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Portugal faizk 
Well said mister vac :D
2019-10-02 11:07
flusha without cheats OMEGALUL
2019-10-02 11:12
XD
2019-10-02 13:32
#67
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Netherlands gelm1r 
why didnt he do it'? now he is stuck with 4 noobs @fnatic.. :(
2019-10-02 11:13
Always be a legend for me. He can still fuck tier1, im sure.
2019-10-02 11:17
#70
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Ukraine ksay 
wtf is this title he had a lot of offers. he just wasn't interested in them
2019-10-02 11:45
ok
2019-10-02 12:16
I fear his skill is gone with his extra weight... He is barely recognizable on the 1st pic too...
2019-10-02 12:19
#79
f0rest | 
Mongolia 22joyZz 
cheater keep talking shit xD
2019-10-02 13:36
#80
shox | 
India iejesus 
Flushhhhaaaaa
2019-10-02 13:45
Fatty cheater.....
2019-10-02 14:15
#93
cogu | 
Brazil Te_iN 
Flusha + K0nfig + V$M + Forsaken + Subroza = dream team, with ASPX as Coach
2019-10-03 15:49
fuuuck Flusha looking pretty good
2019-10-04 04:52
#96
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Philippines metshidreio 
flusha losing weight! POG
2019-10-04 15:05
#102
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Turkey berkovic 
good flusha nice fnatic
2019-10-05 17:23
was flusha doing crack during his time out? fucking cheater.
2019-10-05 19:49
#104
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Indonesia f1rauN 
Senor Vac is back
2019-10-06 21:10
señor vac very smart
2019-10-06 21:13
#110
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Brazil Leandrop2k 
A great player and a great person
2019-10-10 03:49
wait flusha wait i fly to next event and i brake ur face for cheating in back of the days just wait u ugly piec of shit
2019-10-11 16:08
ok
2019-10-11 16:09
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