Lekr0: "We are working on me not having to make a call every round and every mid-round"

Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson spoke to HLTV.org during the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen media day and shared his thoughts on his new approach to in-game leading, the addition of Björn "THREAT" Pers, and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's form.

The Swedish team have managed respectable results since the Major, currently sitting 12th in the rankings after qualifying for the ECS S8 Finals and making playoffs at StarSeries i-League Season 8 and DreamHack Masters Malmö. Still, no deep tournament runs have been achieved since the addition of Simon "twist" Eliasson, something NiP are hoping to change in Denmark.

Lekr0 has been giving more responsibility to his teammates

To hear more about the team's current form, we spoke to the team's IGL, Lekr0. The 26-year-old revealed that they are trying to give everyone in the team more responsibility and that twist and f0rest have been the two players helping with the mid-round calling the most.

Since the Major and the changes happening, you have had some ok results, making playoffs but without really deep runs. Where do you think you are as a team right now?

I think we are breaking into the top 10, for sure. Maybe we can even get up to 7th-8th right now, but I still think we need to show the good side we have shown in some matches, but in some games we just fall flat and look really bad. We need to find where we play well and improve on that.

Why do you think you fall flat in some of these matches, has that been something you have been discussing, figuring out?

Yeah, we discussed and watched the games after StarSeries. We played two very good games against FURIA and EG and then against G2 and the EG rematch, we played really badly. I think we played fairly ok against MIBR, still could've done better, but against EG and G2 I think we had really bad communication, we stressed our executions, we didn't take our time, everything had to go fast, fast, fast.

Talking about executions, THREAT has joined the team as the strategic coach, how has that been working out so far?

It has been going well. He has some executes we've been practicing, we haven't put in that much time yet because I think he was supposed to start in NiP in November, at the beginning, but he started working with us a bit earlier, but not in a full capacity yet. Next month we are going to meet him and talk to him through practice.

How did that even come to happen? Where did the idea to add THREAT as the secondary coach come from?

I think it mainly came from the organization, they felt that we needed a second coach to help us out, both in-game and out of the game, so I think it is really good to have two coaches to help us.

You are in-game leading now, but from what I remember, there was a period where GeT_RiGhT was doing some of that. How is that role sitting with you right now, how do you feel as an in-game leader?

I feel kinda comfortable being the in-game leader, sure, it has not been my main role from the beginning, but I think I'm getting there to becoming comfortable in it and still being able to play my own game. I've been focusing on both calling and playing well individually, focusing on my own game a bit, so we are trying to give some responsibilities in the rounds, so if people notice something wrong in the opponents' game, they should call it and say "Hey, there is an opening here". We are working on me not having to make a call every round and every mid-round, having the other guys helping me communicate has been really good and it has been helping me a lot as well.

I think that a lot of teams nowadays, even if they have a primary in-game leader, there is always someone who is the mid-round caller, who helps the most. Is there someone in your team that is stepping up and doing the majority of the secondary calling?

Yeah, we had f0rest doing the most of the mid-round calling and helping out there, and once we got twist, we noticed that he is really good at communicating and he has been talking really well in rounds, he has been helping out as well. It is usually me having the last call if they have two calls or if I have a call I'll just decide which one I think is the best, but it is really nice having many voices in the team that I can listen to.

Obviously f0rest had a very poor Major and people were skeptical about what was going on, if he could he recover, and now we saw that the last three tournaments he played he did really well again. How was it from your perspective, seeing the dip in form and then the resurgence of f0rest?

It was just one fluke event for him, I had never seen f0rest play badly before for a whole event. It was something that happened one time, there was stuff going on outside of the game, many things had happened, he had become a father as well, there were a lot of things going on, I didn't even think about him losing form or anything like that. I was never worried, I know he can perform, it was fine.

What are your expectations here? You are almost qualified for the Global Finals, things have to go really bad for you to not go there. Other than that, what is on your mind and what do you want to accomplish here?

I want to make it to the final, for sure. I think the last two BLASTs we were one and two rounds away from making the final, so that kind of sucked. But I really hope we can make the final here because we have been playing many quarter-finals and not making it further, that has been tough on us. So I really hope we can make the final, and hopefully win.

Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1252
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
50
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1639
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
879
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#5
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Israel SOEZ4NIK0 
why would you
2019-11-01 13:12
Because teammates could have just as much or even better information from their positions. Makes sense.
2019-11-01 13:19
overrated IGL
2019-11-01 14:38
not rated igl
2019-11-01 15:34
Why would he not
2019-11-01 15:28
Because Lekr0 sucks Have a high day! -VeryHighGuy
2019-11-02 16:51
#7
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Greece Gianopoulos 
Nice calls
2019-11-01 13:13
irrelevant team
2019-11-01 13:19
Name
2019-11-01 14:41
Checks
2019-11-01 15:24
Out
2019-11-01 15:37
#40
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United States reddzera 
f0rest the goat tho
2019-11-01 15:45
#42
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India Frost2639 
No argument there
2019-11-01 16:12
#10
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Argentina Chief02 
Ok
2019-11-01 13:21
#12
masq | 
Czech Republic Puget1 
Nice necro
2019-11-01 13:23
Good interview
2019-11-01 13:24
Ok
2019-11-01 13:24
ok
2019-11-01 13:28
That was exactly my question why they fall flat in some games? ruining my bets lmao
2019-11-01 13:32
Matchfixing ask betway
2019-11-01 14:41
#17
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
nice gl nip
2019-11-01 13:37
used to dislike them a bit when they always crushed dignitas/tsm in semis but now it would be cool to see nip performirng well someday again
2019-11-01 14:17
#19
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Netherlands pewpeww 
there aren't any quarter finals at blast or am I stupid?
2019-11-01 14:22
#20
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
No just final only
2019-11-01 14:26
#22
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Netherlands pewpeww 
yeah I re-read it and he was referring to other tournaments, my bad
2019-11-01 14:26
I think he was referring other tournaments but blast there, if you look their results this year they never made it semi finals once in any event xdddd...
2019-11-01 14:27
#23
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Netherlands pewpeww 
yeah exactly, just realized as well
2019-11-01 14:27
#24
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Sweden Iekr0 
yes
2019-11-01 14:31
what if you wanted to go to top 5 but REZ said “jag ar bog”
2019-11-01 14:32
REZ is just not self-disciplined like f0rest and gtr, he should be among the likes of brehze/magisk/electronic given his talent
2019-11-01 15:27
#27
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United Kingdom HG_J0X3 
Wait, f0rest has a new kid???
2019-11-01 14:39
Lol before the last major
2019-11-01 14:42
FIRST kid
2019-11-01 15:21
i feel that when nip where great they had clearly defined roles for each player. now it seems a little vague like whos the main awper? whos the lurker who is the main entry fragger. when u have clearly defined roles you get amazing at those roles when you are trying to do a bit of everything you become average at all of them and a master at none. great teams like astralis have clearly defined roles for each player even EG with clearer roles for there players like you know cerq is there main awper. if nip and can lock down exactly who does what i am sure they can succeed, i want them to succeed as been following them for many many years. too bad they fallen off in recent years and havent been at there best.
2019-11-01 14:56
sadly true how can they stick to their loose style for so long...
2019-11-01 15:24
cos it kind of works and when they do win it reinforces the belief that it is working. a system in place does makes things easier though, takes alot of the thinking out of it
2019-11-01 16:27
they should've picked up a real igl in place of gtr (freddieb has been available for sometime), nip just has too much patience with this roster
2019-11-01 17:24
I feel that is a respectful thing to do. Give them time. Believe in them. It didn't work out. Learn from it a s try something new
2019-11-02 03:39
#41
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
hope so
2019-11-01 16:00
DEAD TEAM
2019-11-01 15:31
its easy to tell that lekro is not a leader not even a good fragger. sorry buddy
2019-11-01 16:30
#49
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Sweden Phalkz 
He can frag. 25-11k/d and 104 adr vs astralis yesterday
2019-11-02 11:40
#46
woxic | 
Turkey berkovic 
leKR0
2019-11-01 19:28
#47
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
That's called team chemistry buddy
2019-11-02 03:12
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