blameF: "It's hard to fit so many skilled players into a team; people want to be the best and show how good they are"

In our second media day interview from BLAST Premier Spring Group B, Benjamin "blameF" Bremer opens up about Complexity's development and some of the roadblocks the roster has faced so far.

Complexity traveled to London off the back of two unsuccessful qualifiers for the Europe Minor, leaving the team with just one more chance to qualify for the event as they will not take part in this weekend's open bracket. The European roster has been handed a baptism of fire in terms of LAN action as it will take on Astralis in BLAST Premier's 'Group of Death', which also features Vitality and Natus Vincere.

blameF would like for the team to make deep runs at big events in 2020

In an interview with in-game leader blameF, we discussed some of the struggles the team has experienced, both in the context of the squad and individually. We also quizzed the former Heroic player on his own development and how his work ethic has changed since the Epsilon days.

The Complexity squad was finalised with the addition of k0nfig and poizon in November 2019. How is the process of incorporating these two into the team?

I think it has been hard in the sense that we have a lot of personalities and a lot of very skilled individual players that we had to fit into one play style and kind of find out how we like to run things. It's hard to fit so many skilled players into a team because we have a lot of people who really want to be the best and like to show how good they are. We have had to make some sacrifices to make sure that we function as a team, and I think that's one of our biggest problems right now.

We had a month-long bootcamp in Europe before we had a break, and then we came straight back to America and started playing officials. I'm not going to complain about how much time we had to practice, because we had quite a lot, I just don't think we got the maximum potential out of this bootcamp in Europe, and I think that kind of hurt us in that we haven't found ourselves yet.

From the standpoint of an in-game leader, how have you gone about wrangling the superstar potential into a functional squad?

I think it has been very hard, but also the players have been very nice to me in the sense that they also understand that we can't all be the best player on the team. For sure it's hard to fit oBo, blameF, k0nfig and poizon into the same team. It's very nice that RUSH is taking a lot of the leftover positions. He's doing a lot of the supporting and doing things that the rest of the team doesn't want to, so that has really helped me. I had to talk to the rest of the team and make sure that even though they might not play their favourite position, I still get the maximum out of them. We're working very hard individually with those people to watch demos and make sure that they know the different options they have in certain spots or make them more comfortable in any way we can.

At the start of the year, the team had disappointing results in online qualifiers for IEM Katowice, DreamHack Leipzig and the Europe Minor. What were some of the issues you ran into and what have you addressed as things to improve on?

I think the first three qualifiers we played in North America actually didn't go very well. We were kind of expecting to win all of them because we thought we were a better team than the rest of the participants. I think we've realised that we're still making a lot of mistakes, I would say mostly individually. We watched the game back as a team, and we instantly realised that we were throwing away a lot of easy rounds and we did a lot of stuff that we had already specifically gone through. We had already made it clear how we wanted to play those situations but we didn't quite follow that plan and it was disappointing for us, and we think we're way better than what we showed in those qualifiers. We only managed to qualify for one of the three tournaments, so that was a little bit annoying for us.

The biggest thing we got out of the bootcamp was how hard it actually is to make a completely new team with so many individually-skilled players. I think that was the biggest thing because halfway through it, we realised that we need to be able to think more as a team and stop thinking as individuals. We need to make the teamplay work in order to succeed. The individual level we have is fine, we're never going to struggle with firepower, but we're definitely going to struggle with teamwork because people don't put the team first.

One of the reasons Complexity decided to "build a juggernaut" was the previous iteration's poor results. I don't imagine the organisation will drop you off the back of short-term falters, considering the youth of the roster, but is there ever an added pressure with this in mind?

I think you can definitely say that there is some pressure on us from a lot of different sides. I don't think Complexity is in any way trying to put any pressure on us, they're very nice to us and tell us that we have a long time to build this team, but the pressure comes from the general public's expectations and also because of the "juggernaut" meme.

We handle it as a team, and a lot of times we just sit down, look each other in the eye and say: "We've got to do the best we can together, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work", but we've got to do everything we can to make it work, and that's the end of the discussion. We're a team, we're going to take care of each other and we're going to have each others' back. The rest can talk and people can make fun of us, but in the end, I think we will be a top team once we get enough time to make sure that the teamplay actually functions.

In terms of the goals you've set for 2020, is there something specific you'd like to achieve?

I think if we're talking within the team, our expectation is to enter the top 10 this year. For me, personally, I would like to have some deep runs at big tournaments and maybe even get to the point where we don't have to qualify for too many of them, instead just getting invited. I think that this is a process for us, and we all need to realise that we're not going to be the best team in the world within a couple of months. It will actually take time, especially because of the lineup that we have with so many types of players from different nations. I think we all need to realise that and continue working hard no matter what happens or how many matches we lose that we should've won. No matter what, we should continue working hard as a team, that's it.

Complexity is your second international roster, after Epsilon. How does your current experience playing in a mixed roster stack up against the one you had previously?

I think it's so far apart that it's hard for me to compare, just because, even individually, I've changed so much. Epsilon was pretty much my first professional team, and when I look back, I didn't know much about the game back then. I think I have learned a lot in this team already, just from dealing with different personalities and play styles. I also learned a lot in Heroic, so I think it's a completely new blameF in this Complexity lineup than it was in Epsilon. Also, in Epsilon I was mostly focusing on fragging, whereas now I have to find out how to make the team work.

I think it's very hard to compare, but the biggest difference for me would probably be that I have a lot more respect about me now. I think the players actually care a lot about what I'm saying, and I'm dedicating a lot of time preparing for practice sessions, making sure that we have new stuff for pretty much every tournament and fixing our mistakes. I'm never going to leave anything unsaid, so if you have a problem I'm going to instantly take it up with the team. The work ethic is probably the biggest difference because in Epsilon you could lean back a little and just focus on yourself; it's not like that now. In order to be successful individually, I need to make this team work, that's my job as an in-game leader, not to shine.

The team is set to face Astralis in the second opening series of BLAST Premier. How are you going to approach the match-up?

I think it's important, first of all, that as a new team we also focus on our own game. If we were to go in and only try to counter them, I think we would fall flat really hard if that didn't work out. We need to be confident in the way we like to play because we know that we're really good in practice, and we've shown a lot of good results in practice. It's more about finding some small tricks that can make them question their own play.

I don't want to go into details, but we definitely have some hard counters, not only against the team, but also individuals. We have a lot of things to fall back on in case our game doesn't work out, and we have a lot of stuff we can abuse against their players.

Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
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Maps played:
2020-02-07 19:22
Netherlands YanickSDG 
tier 2 team
2020-02-07 19:26
Sweden Waduhek 
2020-02-07 19:37
Brazil feminazi 
+1 it's hard to fit so many skilled pros together, this is why MIBR is strugglging
2020-02-11 23:17
tier 2 team just beat Astralis. How about that?
2020-02-07 23:04
complexity major winner material
2020-02-08 10:49
Even a tier 3 can beat Astralis in Blast bruh , people call them Blastralis for a reason
2020-02-13 03:16
beat astalis and vitality 2-0 its not miracle , just pure skill
2020-02-12 08:54
not really, they are a top20 team at best....
2020-02-07 19:28
Sweden Waduhek 
2020-02-07 19:37
United States wokebumpty 
this didn’t age well
2020-02-07 23:41
What u say?
2020-02-14 08:59
United States wokebumpty 
smash>astralis, ez for disco doplan
2020-02-15 07:24
Israel Porkee 
gotta love the guy <3
2020-02-07 19:22
Ukraine patau_dodik 
2 16-0s coming today btw
2020-02-07 19:22
for complexity
2020-02-07 19:25
2020-02-07 19:30
hahaha you retard
2020-02-08 02:47
Aged well
2020-02-08 08:55
United States kurdt 
aged like milk
2020-02-07 20:53
nice try
2020-02-07 21:33
United States ThisNephew 
you tried
2020-02-08 03:46
"skilled" lmao
2020-02-07 19:22
+1 lmao
2020-02-07 19:25
Yeah, I just shat myself in laughter...
2020-02-07 23:04
No, you shat yourself cuz you're retarded. And flag checks out 200%.
2020-02-08 09:45
Sorry, I don't speak any childish. Can you please speak like a grown-up or is that too much to ask?
2020-02-08 17:54
Ahhh you want me to talk in your retardish: Ze pee are iz comme out of ze peepee cuz ur is down syndrome' , merci.
2020-02-08 17:56
I am not the one who speaks like that, you might want to try again.
2020-02-08 17:57
SACREBLU!!! aem nut ze one uh speekz liek det, are you try again? *laughs in gay* *eats a snail*
2020-02-08 17:59
#84 Also, eating snails is gross, are you retarded?
2020-02-08 18:00
"eating snails is gross" This one i will agree with, my putain. Sadly your country hasn't realized yet. Why are you gay???
2020-02-08 18:02
So, why would you eat snails, if you say that it's gross yourself. That's a thing someone with a psychological disorder would do. Also, it is not me, who is gay, I already plugged your mom multiple times :) Stop deflecting from yourself, you must be one hell of a disappointment for your parents.
2020-02-08 18:06
the more french people i meet the more retarded they seem
2020-02-08 22:45
so, how many french people have you met in your life? I could say the same about american people ny the way and most people would agree on that :)
2020-02-09 07:32
why would I care, forfeit go next
2020-02-09 14:49
If you don't care, why bother and write anything in first place? That is a pretty retarded thing to do.
2020-02-09 18:21
you raged at some guy for nothing and I found it pathetic, pointed it out and fucked off
2020-02-09 23:26
At no point did I rage, though. So your interference was unnecessary. If you read the whole thing again you'll eventually find out how stupid your comment is since I did not start it (#79 started it, if you need help).
2020-02-10 07:28
oh yes you raged
2020-02-10 14:27
I did not.
2020-02-11 07:29
France NekzNNJA 
STFU Juan you're irrelevant
2020-02-09 18:46
>I don't speak childish <I JUST SHAT MYSELF XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD die
2020-02-12 09:03
Gosh... that is merely childish but sarcastic... not my fault if you don't know that expression... please, get a grip and don't act stupid, thank you.
2020-02-12 10:08
meyern's flag fan of shroud calling people retarded
2020-02-09 17:36
2020-02-07 19:23
2020-02-07 19:23
ZywOo | 
Turkey DavyCost 
ez astralis
2020-02-07 19:23
2020-02-07 19:23
>rush >skilled choose 1
2020-02-07 19:24
United States ShawnM 
"It's very nice that RUSH is taking a lot of the leftover positions. He's doing a lot of the supporting and doing things that the rest of the team doesn't want to" -BlameF
2020-02-07 20:48
sh1ro | 
Taiwan Mafuuyu 
flair checks out
2020-02-08 02:44
United Kingdom Waspyy 
2020-02-07 19:24
United States D0xx 
2020-02-07 19:24
Denmark Zorrondo 
skilled, with RUSH and k0nfig OMEGALUL
2020-02-07 19:25
Palestine Xpicyy 
2020-02-07 19:44
United States ShawnM 
"It's very nice that RUSH is taking a lot of the leftover positions. He's doing a lot of the supporting and doing things that the rest of the team doesn't want to"
2020-02-07 20:48
2020-02-07 23:05
Finland dvlx 
2020-02-08 01:39
k0nfig, Poizon, blamef and Obo are all very skilled players
2020-02-12 09:03
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
2020-02-07 19:26
Finland Smoonah 
lirikOBESE blameF lirikOBESE
2020-02-07 19:27
all the international rosters, needs to have patience like 1 year untill they will get the results. the best example is mousesports.
2020-02-07 19:28
2020-02-07 19:39
Sure.... XDD
2020-02-07 19:28
good job complexity has 0 skilled players then
2020-02-07 19:29
> RUSH > Skilled Pick one
2020-02-07 19:29
United States ShawnM 
It's very nice that RUSH is taking a lot of the leftover positions. He's doing a lot of the supporting and doing things that the rest of the team doesn't want to
2020-02-07 20:49
Sonic | 
Germany SSimonL 
"IT'S HARD TO FIT SO MANY SKILLED PLAYERS INTO A TEAM; PEOPLE WANT TO BE THE BEST AND SHOW HOW GOOD THEY ARE" It's so hard that complexity decided to fit exactly 0 skilled players into their team.
2020-02-07 19:30
2020-02-08 05:19
he cant be serious saying they don't succeed because they are too good, wtf?
2020-02-07 19:31
If none of them wants to play for the team, that can be an issue.
2020-02-07 19:31
2020-02-08 02:28
Canada AFuckingLeaf 
Astralis seems to be doing just fine LULW
2020-02-07 19:32
He looks sleepy
2020-02-07 19:32
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
tired of carrying na
2020-02-07 19:40
2020-02-07 19:35
China Blitzer 
IT'S HARD TO FIT SO MANY SKILLED PLAYERS INTO A TEAM lmao blamef, THE IGL, carries these noobs 24/7
2020-02-07 19:36
Brunei cyLoL 
2020-02-07 20:06
16-0 NAVI GG
2020-02-07 19:36
2020-02-07 22:48
You saw some difficulty sending astralis home the more astralis especially failures in the explosions
2020-02-08 10:41
Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
It looks to me, from what is blameF saying, that there is some competition of ego. I'd say konfig and poizon wanting certain spots, making individual plays which lead to losses.
2020-02-07 19:42
Complexity is such a joke team. They well not qualify for anything ever. Invited to blast and EPL they will bomb out there again and get invited again thanks to the money of the org. But this team is dead in the waters and wount go anywhere. Failing qualifier after qualifier even after being invited to closed qualifiers in the future. Error 404, juggernaut not found. No one of this team will be Top 20 and the team itself wount be either, maybe if HLTV ranks them 20 after losing every blast and EPL group dead last. 3 and a half ego combined with pressure, too much payment and unnecessary travel (EU players in NA)? Wount work anyway. And dont give me "they just need time!!". They had 1 month bootcamp + 2 months more and all they have done is bomb out of easy qualifiers against tier 4 teams.
2020-02-07 19:52
2020-02-07 21:34
African Union niidf00d 
Dont forget they also beat the number 1 team in a bo3
2020-02-07 22:47
Dont forget they also beat the number 1 team in a bo3
2020-02-08 02:29
United States ThisNephew 
Dont forget they also beat the number 1 team in a bo3
2020-02-08 03:47
Finland veganisti 
Dont forget they also beat the number 1 team in a bo3
2020-02-08 09:52
Dont forget they also beat the number 1 team in a bo3
2020-02-08 18:19
Estonia NGLTenZIsCute 
Toxic k0nfig at it again
2020-02-07 20:24
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
rush & nobo skill xD
2020-02-07 20:35
obo did pretty good men
2020-02-08 02:41
Brazil Gunzel 
-rush -the best
2020-02-07 20:53
This roster has good players but skilled as caliber-skilled, not really. Never expect this roster to achieve anything given just a bunch of random players with an average IGL. Just because your org has the money, it doesn't necessarily will make a successful roster.
2020-02-07 21:09
African Union niidf00d 
Can you say the same now
2020-02-07 22:46
One win vs Astralis is hardly an achievement. My points still stand until they win something big. Any team, good or bad, can have some brilliant moments but then go back oblivion soon after. Look at AVANGAR/VP at Berlin Major.
2020-02-07 22:52
African Union niidf00d 
Avangar/VP did achieve something btw while your original statement said that you never expect this team to achieve anything, so we will see how this tournament goes. I am gonna comeback here after their game with vitality tomorrow.
2020-02-08 00:07
AVANGAR statement was for my second point is a good peak doesn't necessarily mean this team will be come sort of a threat to top-tier team. AVANGAR/VP was Major finalist and now they couldn't win a DH Open. Temporary peak is irrelevant in CSGO.
2020-02-08 03:40
African Union niidf00d 
Welp that game against Astralis doesn't seem like a fluke now, they just beat vitality 2-0
2020-02-09 12:11
and? Give credit when credit is due that they performanced well in this group. Good for them. They haven't won anything yet.
2020-02-09 23:26
K0nfig probably didn't get the spots he wanted and started tilting in the server. So basically the euros and oBo want to do whatever they want and BlameF is trying to tell them they can't because cs is teamwork based game at a high level (Vitality is an exception). Then you have good guy RUSH basically doing everything except aiming at people. Sounds about right.
2020-02-07 22:32
They need Jesus
2020-02-08 02:43
Good luck blameF. Great guy!
2020-02-08 00:38
2020-02-08 01:42
Portugal xxxruixxx 
Why does he have to begin all his replies with "I think...."?
2020-02-08 07:56
why do people think BlameF is such a great guy?? because he yells a lot?
2020-02-08 09:43
Indonesia Exodd 
Dude's got huge arms
2020-02-08 14:38
this aged well
2020-02-08 22:46
Denmark MetatronKbh 
2020-02-09 01:20
Brazil Maujubudo 
blameF looks like the young crackhead Robin from the Titans series
2020-02-09 19:56
that's what she said
2020-02-10 11:48
2020-02-12 04:10
Agreed , that's why 5 star players lineups never succeed
2020-02-12 13:32
jks | 
Australia Marzi89 
It's hard because blameF is the size of two people. mens gotta rig!
2020-02-12 13:34
NAF | 
Canada Waveform 
HLTV puts the banner back up after they get knocked out of tier 5 CS lol
2020-02-14 04:04
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk IKR 😁👌
2020-02-14 04:06
2020-02-14 04:05
how do you lose to a a tier3 in a bo3.....
2020-02-14 04:06
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