bds: "I do not see SpawN in SK" sat down with SK Gaming Managing Director Andreas "bds" Thorstensson and discussed the Swedish team's current moment.

SK Gaming have been very disappointing of late, having failed to qualify for this year's World Cyber Games following a defeat to H2k-Gaming in the semi-finals. More recently, they failed to go beyond the semi-final stage at the IOL Final 4 after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Begrip Gaming.

The Swedish team have been linked with roster changes, with Marcus "zet" Sundström strongly tipped to leave after missing his flight to Cologne, where he was due to play at the Global Challenge.

In this interview, Andreas "bds" Thorstensson shares his view on Sundström's situation, the likelihood of Abdisamad "SpawN" Mohamed returning to the team and also the possibility of SK raiding the former MYM team. questioned Thorstensson about the fact SK have decided against tabling €20,000 for H2k pair Johan "face" Klasson and Frej "kHRYSTAL" Sjöström, but he declined to answer following the news on our website.

zet missed his flight and could not attend the Global Challenge in Cologne. Will SK take any disciplinary action against the player?

Yes, we will. It was an unacceptable behaviour. He let down his team mates, ESL, our sponsors and last but not least our fans.

As one of the owners of SK, how do you look at the fact that one of your professional players could not play a tournament for missing his flight?

Pretty much summed up above. As a professional player you just don't do this.

SK's newest player, zneel, played well in his first event but he did not exactly shine at the IOL Finals. What is your view on zneel's contribution to SK so far?

To be honest I am not that involved in terms of players when it comes to their skill and ability in a team anymore. I totally trust [manager] Anton and the team in making the best judgement here.

Regarding the controversial departure of Tentpole from SK, there were reports in rakaka saying he was released after protesting against the team's overdue wages. What can you say about that?

I don't want to go in exact details since this is something between SK Gaming and Tentpole, but that is definitely not the reason.

With the former MYM team without a home, some say SK might consider picking up the Polish squad. Is parting company with the Swedish team something SK would ever consider?

There is a lot of history behind the Counter-Strike team being Swedish. Do I see that changing in the future? It could happen. Will MYM be our new team? No.

And having two male Counter-Strike teams in the past, would SK consider such scenario again?

No, we will not have two teams in the future. The main reason why we had that in the past was so we could participate in ESL Pro Series.

What do you think that SK Gaming's Swedish team are lacking right now?

I think we are behind other teams in terms of tactics and the ability to read opponents. Skill wise are definitely on top.

Just right before the IOL Finals, allen told fragbite SK had been training with Snajdan. If so, why didn't you use him at the tournament?

The players have at numerous times been practicing with other players, it is quite common.

As you know, SpawN has signed an endorsement deal with ZOWIE Gear and has refused to rule out the possibility of a return to competitive play. Would SK ever contemplate bringing him back?

Abdi is awesome and I really hope that all his future endeavours work out for him. I do not see him in SK, and I am not sure if we will see him in a top team again.

Do you think that SK miss Tentpole?

Tentpole is and was a great guy. Of course he is missed, but we believe in our future team.

How big of a blow was it for SK, who placed second at WCG last year, to know they would miss out on this year's event?

It was a major disappointment. Nothing more to say really.

Looking at GeT_RiGhT's impact on the new fnatic team, do you regret letting him go without really giving him a chance?

Like I said earlier, my involvement isn't on that level anymore and I trust the decisions that were made back then. He really excelled during the first part of this year and I am happy for him.

What will be SK's line-up for Extreme Masters Chengdu?

Time will tell...

2009-09-10 16:08
nice read
2009-09-10 16:10
2009-09-10 16:10
pickup snajdan and delpan please..
2009-09-10 16:11
6 replies
why would sk need 3 awper on team ? if some at begrip would get picked i definitly believe that would be pita.
2009-09-10 17:32
3 replies
have you been watchin delpan with rifles lately? they've been amazing and the only one on the team better with rifles is moddii..and walle and robban could play strictly with yea they could use delp, he's amazing with every weapon..
2009-09-11 05:34
2 replies
and SK was aiming for Frej "kHRYSTAL" Sjöström and he we more of an awp player..but he's great with rifles as well..that's why i said delpan could fit, and pita will never get picked up by SK because he isn't swedish, and he's 4th best on begrip imo..
2009-09-11 06:02
1 reply
EKR | 
Sweden eKr
Well pita is swedish, but definitely not deservant of a place in a top team.
2009-09-12 13:17
why whould SK ever wanna have the most famous cheater alive in their team? delpan cheated his way to the "top".
2009-09-11 23:54
1 reply
yeah who would pick the best awper in wcg sweden and in iol finals : / randoms
2009-09-11 23:57
Wow, what a short (and kinda shitty) answers by bds. Yes/No/Maybe + 5 words
2009-09-10 16:13
1 reply
agree, he doesnt reveal anything :(. Well good luck to SK, and I hope to see them doing well again!
2009-09-10 19:19
n1 miraa
2009-09-10 16:16
2009-09-10 16:17
+ spawn atleast imo...
2009-09-10 16:18
BDS didnt give any detailed answers, good interview from HLTV and MIRAA's side!
2009-09-10 16:20
7 replies
Belgium kridele
Ofcourse, thats pretty normal :)
2009-09-10 17:31
6 replies
He didnt give any good answers at all :<
2009-09-10 18:29
5 replies
i think his PISSED! so.. :>
2009-09-10 18:52
4 replies
Why would he be pissed?
2009-09-10 19:04
3 replies
maybe because the bad results and the sponsors pression on sk management
2009-09-10 20:19
2 replies
no need to take the anger out on poor HLTV >:(
2009-09-10 20:42
1 reply
that true, but anw when we are upset's dont matter who comes in our way we usually can't control the anger =/
2009-09-10 21:00
2009-09-10 16:21
nice reading
2009-09-10 16:23
just pickup jumpy and pita and you're done.
2009-09-10 16:25
moddii and delpan to SK
2009-09-10 16:29
1 reply
that would have been nice picks, but I would have like SK to have done them long time ago, not now that Begrip has a f**king sweet roster (which they'll end up losing for some richer organisation, as always...)
2009-09-10 17:10
I didn´t like the last question, why can´t people just let it go..
2009-09-10 16:33
9 replies
are you referring to second last question?
2009-09-10 16:35
2 replies
yeah, couldnt just remember the word for say "second last question"
2009-09-10 17:04
1 reply
GTR we love ur dancing skills more thatn ur CS skills ;)
2009-09-11 00:48
He can't just not ask it. :P Some people are just waiting for those roster changers to happen... :S
2009-09-10 16:46
In one aspect, they shouldnt. SK should feel bad since they let one of the greatest rifle men in the whole CS scene go. To just smosh it up in their faces is the right thing to do imo.
2009-09-10 17:07
Well, to me it is a quite normal question. Especially as it serves as a contrast of what is now and maybe could have been in SK. You are just a "victim" of your own impact, after leaving Sk, on teams like Giants and fnatic or even mixing with Lemondogs ;)
2009-09-10 18:08
Maybe they want SK to admit that they make a mistake when the send you away :) but anyways.. as you said once.. youre more welcome in fnatic that you would be on SK.
2009-09-10 21:35
That was a question that lot of people would like to make to SK Gaming Staff... When you joined SK you weren't as good as now, and they let you go. Now that you're the best (or at least one of the best) players of the year, they must be saying "We shoulda let him play with us" IMHO... that was a good question :)
2009-09-11 03:35
cuz drama is good for news... lol
2009-09-11 21:12
tentpole should stay just replace zet with spawn and it would be great as before :D
2009-09-10 16:33
38 replies
You have to much dreams kid, Time to wake up, open your eyes.
2009-09-10 16:53
Zet is way better than Spawn atm
2009-09-10 17:05
36 replies
Malaysia phyzell
Spawn is alot more wiser than zet.
2009-09-10 17:10
35 replies
Spawn is not in shape. Zet isnt in shape either but I cant imagine Spawn getting into Cs again and just pwning
2009-09-10 17:30
34 replies
haha you haven't seen SpawN playing recently so don't say that he is in a bad shape. you just can't know it..
2009-09-10 18:09
33 replies
Thats just why I can say it, I havent seen him in any semi-pro team right? How long is it gonna take for him to get in shape? Six months? I do now Zet is way better than Spawn atm
2009-09-10 18:30
32 replies
as i said, you can't know how does he play atm comparing to zet.. SpawN was the best cs players some years ago so it might be easier and faster for him to get in a good shape again
2009-09-10 18:35
28 replies
No matter what, it'll take time to get up to SK's level.
2009-09-10 19:04
27 replies
I read a while ago that he said himself his in the same shape as before so dont say his in bad shape
2009-09-10 21:08
1 reply
Ofc he can say that to boost fame of the CS scene.
2009-09-10 22:20
Bullshit, hes playing mixes all the time.
2009-09-10 21:14
24 replies
Proof please.
2009-09-10 22:20
19 replies
He told himself.
2009-09-10 23:15
18 replies
Gimme link
2009-09-11 07:55
17 replies
It whas an interview, i read it on chinese site, so i cant give link, maybe googlee yourself
2009-09-11 11:15
14 replies
Liar liar pants on fire
2009-09-11 14:38
13 replies
omg, why i should lie, i aint teen..
2009-09-11 15:06
9 replies
So you're saying all teens lie? Lame. Grow up.
2009-09-11 15:48
8 replies
Omg i dont say about all teens you teen maroon.
2009-09-11 16:51
7 replies
You're not even a teen, you're 11. Go work on your english, freaking troll.
2009-09-11 22:10
6 replies
this interviev is a proof that he is still playing cs, learn to read those damn comments :o
2009-09-11 23:41
5 replies
I know he plays, Im speculating on what lvl.
2009-09-12 00:17
4 replies
you don't know which mixes is he playing with so you can't guess such things :D
2009-09-14 15:22
3 replies
You dont either
2009-09-14 15:48
2 replies
i do not even try to do it.
2009-09-14 15:54
1 reply
Im just saying, there is a huge difference between playing mixes with old school guys and playing on SK's level.
2009-09-14 16:03
Denmark Danny D3
Lol, actually he DID say that in an interview.
2009-09-12 09:57
2 replies
Lol, I know. On the i-view that HLTV posted, right? He just said he never STOPPED, if I remember correct.
2009-09-12 13:19
1 reply
Denmark Danny D3
2009-09-12 14:42
this news was even on hltv..
2009-09-11 15:09
1 reply
Well, thats true, but there were no link to where he said he is on the same level as SK, correct?
2009-09-11 15:48
All Spawn lovers now wake up retards, its 2009 not 2005, spawn was just a sprayer and nothing else. All the popularity he got from that video does not make him a great player you fools...........
2009-09-10 22:26
3 replies
you retard :) spawn was uber... i would like to see you pull off the things he did! and even now he's not playing that bad... thinking of his mixes with lemondogs ive seen... he's not that bad imo he's better then anyone from sk right now
2009-09-10 22:36
Fool hare are only u.
2009-09-10 23:16
Wtf dude, he was a great teamplayer, the best allround player and imbah with M4. Watch demo's and get a clue
2009-09-11 07:56
ckN | 
Japan ckN
SpawN played for Blank half year ago at EM III and he was rly sick, 10x better than zet. Just watch some demos vs Millenium or fnatic.
2009-09-11 09:12
2 replies
Yeah @ train it whas insane kills with awp... i even remember, hes still on top on skill, belive it or not!
2009-09-11 11:13
Oh, apologize for my ignorans.
2009-09-11 14:38
nice i-view, SK needs to calm down and let down the new players ideas and everything, and get on with this team that have alot of potencial!
2009-09-10 16:33
By the way, I don't think SK are behind with tactics... it's more like they count too much on tactics. Some teams rely a lot on pure aim and pure skill. SK doesn't, which puts them in terrible situations where they throw a flash or a smoke or just try to follow tactic instead of shooting and getting a kill. At least that's what I saw a couple of times. They all have great aim, they should rely on it more some times.
2009-09-10 16:49
3 replies
2009-09-10 17:06
2009-09-10 18:02
2009-09-10 21:22
this itw don't tell anything ! we don't learn anything :s
2009-09-10 16:52
moddi and hibb will do !!
2009-09-10 16:59
great interview
2009-09-10 17:01
epic fail
2009-09-10 17:03
interview looks very good, great job MIRRA.
2009-09-10 17:11
SK now is like Real Madrit. Many of good players but it doent meen they would win.
2009-09-10 17:15
Sweden Vilseledd
Well no one likes SK Gaming anymore so they better change lineup quick if they want any supporters. Right now they're just a group of dusty old players.
2009-09-10 17:16
well SK just playa for money! they dont risk they dont win! If they start playing like Sweden VS Germany on the ONLINE qualifiers on tuscan they can make it! They should take a brake and find some motivation.
2009-09-10 17:17
1 reply
thats it, couldn't agree more
2009-09-10 17:52
Didn't get any smarter with this interview tbh
2009-09-10 17:27
1 reply
2009-09-10 21:15
Snajdan in
2009-09-10 17:48
Iceland alex!
"In this interview, Andreas "bds" Thorstensson shares his view on Sundströ's situation." missed the M there :P, anyways, Nice interview
2009-09-10 17:49
I would like to SK doing well again just because I like walle :)
2009-09-10 17:55
snajdan, walle, robban, tentpole, allen kgo
2009-09-10 17:59
1 reply
2009-09-10 18:11
Being bds not that much involved anymore you should have gone for Budak MIRAA ;P
2009-09-10 18:04
worst itw i've ever read. he doesn't answer questions, doesn't give any info "I don't want to go in exact details ... Nothing more to say really ... " what's the point ? :(((
2009-09-10 18:11
1 reply
exactly, read my post :D
2009-09-10 18:54
good read, gl to sk anyway
2009-09-10 18:24
2009-09-10 18:34
1 reply
I think FYRR73 and threat wait when cArn and dsn will throw Counter-Strike what to enter in fnatic therefore they won't go to serious commands
2009-09-10 18:52
please pickup CIKIST !!!
2009-09-10 18:52
a lot of comments are like "good read" Nothing new and intresting in this interview ..??
2009-09-10 18:59
ehhh, SK isn't the same anymore and I think CS as well. *Miss good old times*
2009-09-10 19:01
5 replies
2009-09-10 19:04
3 replies
4Kings > all
2009-09-10 19:24
2 replies
Team 3D<3
2009-09-10 19:52
1 reply
2009-09-11 03:13
yeah.. miss them to :(
2009-09-10 20:23
i dont see any reason for tentpole to lie about salary issue, but sk does
2009-09-10 19:08
moddi and pita =*
2009-09-10 19:10
(There is a lot of history behind the Counter-Strike team being Swedish. Do I see that changing in the future? It could happen. Will MYM be our new team? No.) Ok ^^ Leave the temp which becomes a supe good team Very good Lineup SK :)
2009-09-10 19:24
if a team need a tactical player , that team can look at PeRRy from TeG :D
2009-09-10 19:47
2 replies
2009-09-10 20:01
1 reply
2009-09-11 07:46
Haha, just keep hiding the secrets about Tentpole :D SK is not the organisation everybody think it is, sad but true.
2009-09-10 20:00
2 replies
have been saying this for a long time xD
2009-09-11 06:06
i dont like SK anymore, they lost appeal long time ago... and if they kick zneel already, then i wonder whats wrong with them, its not the players , its the whole "SK" aura, its infected with some kind of bad spirit or something..
2009-09-11 16:32
zet :D:D:D what a fag
2009-09-10 20:25
United Kingdom sl1ps
How about interviewing Anton, to find out the answers to the questions bds brushed off? :) I REALLY hope to god SK don't raid BEGRIP and pull them apart. Would be so awful.
2009-09-10 20:26
oh, another "interview" with absolutely no answers.
2009-09-10 20:31
2 replies
there's no fold on HLTV only on the one's who have been interviewed :/
2009-09-10 21:01
1 reply
sure, I don't aim to blame MIRAA in any way. I'm just getting increasingly pissed off with such interviews in whatever kind of sports or business or politics - people say many things but don't say anything at all. IMO such answers are an insult to intelligence of those who'll read what you answer. If you don't have anything useful and truthful to say - just don't give that interview, that's all... Seriously, what did he answer for, if he said nothing ? Some people say it's a necessary professional skill - to handle the media, but personally, I think that handling the media THIS way betrays lack of manners.
2009-09-10 22:38
Russia _mdn
-zet -zneel +snajdan +spawn would solve all problems.
2009-09-10 20:33
5 replies
Again a spawn fan.............. All Spawn lovers now wake up retards, its 2009 not 2005, spawn was just a sprayer and nothing else. All the popularity he got from that video does not make him a great player you fools...........
2009-09-10 22:30
4 replies
dude, wtf what video? have u not seen him play ? u cannot be serious , if u was active back then, u will recognize his skill. just because its 2009 does not mean players from 2009 are better,.. imo players from 2003 to 2006 where the best time. offcourse you have some great talents nowadays too aswell...
2009-09-11 15:37
2 replies
Spawn used to get large no. of kills against noobs.............. just watch that video ........... he got all his kills against those low grade teams .......... wake up guys, watch the video closely .......... noobs ......... look at the teams against which he is getting his kills
2009-09-15 17:28
Spawn used to get large no. of kills against noobs.............. just watch that video ........... he got all his kills against those low grade teams .......... wake up guys, watch the video closely .......... noobs ......... look at the teams against which he is getting his kills
2009-09-15 17:28
Russia _mdn
i, personally am not a fan of spawn. but i have seen his demos, the frags he made and the teamplay he had with the old SK.. i do think that fisker was a better aimer then spawn. but that doesnt matter, im just saying what i think will benefit SK.
2009-09-13 01:02
SpawN not join to SK 100% ! :) Snajdan +, zneel - for me :)
2009-09-10 20:34
Great work miraa ^^
2009-09-10 21:15
You just interviewed the wrong person dude..
2009-09-10 21:24
2 replies
I agree that Budak or maybe any players of the roster could have answered a lot more... or maybe they simply don't want to tell anything about what's going on in SK. :S
2009-09-10 21:30
1 reply
No, but since bds most common answer is "I don't know ask Budak" or something like that, they should've at least given him a try.. If he would have said "no comments" in any other way than bds, if he hasn't already used every way lol, then fine, but at least give it a shot!:p
2009-09-10 21:34
good read :D
2009-09-10 21:28
bds is a fruit anyways..
2009-09-10 21:48
I think its not so smart from Bds to say there are consiquences (spelling?) for Zet missing his flight, since I wouldn't be playing comfortable if my boss would tell me that.
2009-09-10 21:58
the media in general is putting soooo much pressure in particular on zet and zneel, i think you should give them the time to settle (at least zneel) before claiming they're good enough or not for the line up. zet feels shit about missing the flight, give the man a break and time to pick up his shit and let them both prove their worth - we know they can do it!
2009-09-10 22:08
1 reply
2009-09-10 22:24
heaton, spawn, fisker, potti, ahl ( best lineup alltime after eoLithic )
2009-09-10 22:38
United Kingdom BanKs
Could of done the interview for him with them answers ;)! ofcourse SpawN didn't join SK, he most likely didn't want to, time for him to do it his way I think ;) ^^ Very chilly and cold style.
2009-09-10 23:35
2009-09-11 03:00
i am missing tentpole :(
2009-09-11 03:01
"Looking at GeT_RiGhT's impact on the new fnatic team, do you regret letting him go without really giving him a chance? Like I said earlier, my involvement isn't on that level anymore and I trust the decisions that were made back then. He really excelled during the first part of this year and I am happy for him." I think this is to CS what the story of the guy not willing to sign The Beatles is to pop music. but it's also quite understandable. GeT_RiGhT actually became really amazing between his time in SK and the moment he got his fnatic contract. before that, you could just think he would become the new f0rest but you couldn't be sure... well, now we are and it can be summed up as SK's biggest mistake :l
2009-09-11 06:04
it would be better to interview Anton, cuz obviously bds doesn't really know what's happening inside the team or he acts like doesn't care
2009-09-11 07:19
Good !
2009-09-11 08:03
bds with long hair, reminds me bob sinclair jjaja _D
2009-09-11 08:11
lol he didn't want to give out much info there..
2009-09-11 11:20
i'm very happy that SK will come to our country, wish i have chance to see walle ...
2009-09-11 13:52
interesting... :]
2009-09-11 13:52
Snajdan walle RobbaN allen striker ggbb.
2009-09-11 14:00
Hmmmm the interview ain't deep enough :( The questions are good, but the answers are terrible. Basically it looks like you interviewed the wrong person. Nice try though :b keep it up
2009-09-11 16:27
player like spawn never loose his talant
2009-09-11 17:12
pickup delpan
2009-09-11 17:26
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