jkaem on G2 match-up: "We have the same strengths, so it's a wide open game, but I think we're the better team"

Prior to the start of BLAST Premier Spring Group C, we spoke to Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad, who touched on 100 Thieves' extended break and the opening match against G2.

100 Thieves will commence their 2020 competitive campaign in London, facing G2 in the opening series of BLAST Premier Spring Group C. The Australian team returns to action after an extended break that spanned nearly three months, playing their first match since the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, in early December.

jkaem mentioned that 100 Thieves have elaborated their playbook coming into 2020

In this interview, jkaem outlined what the team did during their break and the pre-BLAST bootcamp, commented on the results in Odense and revealed that the players have been working with the same mental coach as during their Renegades days.

It has been over two months since you played your last official match, at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, in Odense. What have you been up to during this time?

After Odense, we went on a player break and we were gone until January 5. After that, we came back to LA and moved into our apartments because when we signed with 100 Thieves we moved from Detriot to LA, so we also had to move there and sort out apartments, etc. That's what we were up to at the start of the year, then we went to Poland and Serbia. We swapped bootcamp locations mid-way, around January 20 and have been bootcamping since.

After talking to AZR at EPL, it was apparent that there were a few things that the team needed to iron out. Could you give us some insight as to what those were?

At the end of a year, there are multiple things that come into play, in my opinion. First of all, there's the playbook, which is figured out by most teams by then, leaving you without too many strengths left to play on. It's rebuilding and renewing it, and there's also burnout. It had been a long season and people were burned out. Mainly it was focused on bringing up the individual level, teamplay and developing a new playbook.

AZR also mentioned that the team had a bootcamp coming into Odense, but despite that, you finished 7-8th, which wasn't the goal you set. Coming into BLAST, did you adjust your bootcamp framework at all?

A little bit, I would say. I remember our bootcamp now, it was in Poland, and we just practiced and went into a tournament where we hoped to do well. I mean, we still finished 7-8th, and if this were a normal tournament with a different format, top eight would still mean that we had reached the playoffs. The difference between the two is that this one was in the new year, in the new season. The one before Odense was just about playing, whereas this one was about refreshing and renewing stuff.

Having reflected on ESL Pro League, what were some of the main faults you broke down after the event?

I think we were knocked into the lower bracket by EG, and we struggle against them, I don't think we beat them the whole year. We went up against FaZe in a BO3, we beat them, then we played fnatic, who I think we defeated in the previous four matchups, so a defeat was bound to happen at some point, right?

I feel like the preparation was fine, we were in the right mindset and there wasn't anything bad going on outside. Maybe it was just an off tournament, even though, to be fair, 7-8th is not like a total bomb out. It's not the worst result, even though our standards had raised throughout the year and we had hoped for a better result. Looking back at it, I don't know what we could've done differently.

It's hard when you look back, there were so many tournaments. The event we had before that was IEM Beijing, where we had reached the final. We felt like everything was on point, we just lost the final to Astralis, which is fair, and they were really good at the time. We were also feeling really strong, we felt we'd go far and deep, and when you don't you're obviously disappointed.

In the same interview, AZR pointed out that you signed a new mental coach as part of your transition to 100 Thieves, who was supposed to assist you over the break. Did you manage to get much done with him over the break?

Actually, the way it all ended up working out was that we had a mental coach in Renegades who was from Detroit, where we lived at the time. We had weekly sessions with him, and when we transferred over to 100 Thieves, they had their own guy, but he was involved in multiple projects, so we ended up asking 100 Thieves to bring our old mental coach back because a lot of people felt good results with him and we felt comfortable around him. Now we have signed him and he's back with us. It happened recently, so we're back with the same guy we had before.

Is there any reason why you picked this coach specifically? What makes him an optimal choice for the team?

I feel like one of the things is that he's been around the team for a long time. He was around even before my time, and I've been with the guys for two years. He definitely knows people on a deeper level than just a client. He was also around when things were rough, we were doing bad and the team wasn't ranked something like third in the world. He has been with us through ups and downs, so that's why. He feels more like a friend than just a colleague.

Lastly, we're here at BLAST Premier, where you'll be facing G2. They had a strong finish to 2019 and qualified for IEM Katowice in January. With their recent showings in mind, how do you feel about the matchup?

A couple of our players and our coach know their team, so there's some rivalry going on, but I think our playstyles are a little similar. The two teams have the same strengths, so it's a wide open game, even though I think we're the better team. The last time we played them was at the Major in Berlin and we beat them 2-1. Last time we won, so hopefully we'll repeat that result.

Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
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Go Jkaem!
2020-02-14 15:00
tf where did my #1 go?
2020-02-14 15:01
nice f5
2020-02-14 15:04
but seriously dude it got removed within secs
2020-02-14 15:06
yes bc f5 bots bad :(
2020-02-14 15:07
what does that mean?
2020-02-14 15:13
i arent kno
2020-02-14 15:13
Maybe you haven't been a good mens recently!
2020-02-14 15:07
ya that might be true
2020-02-14 15:12
Look at this photograph
2020-02-14 15:54
Bullen | 
Sweden Ullared 
2020-02-14 15:09
But why??? there was nothing offensive i just commented 'gg'...how tf can it get deleted?
2020-02-14 15:12
You went hunting for 1st comment which had nothing to do with the article at all
2020-02-14 15:48
hahaha... kataa chutiya..XD
2020-02-14 16:13
I just :)
2020-02-15 03:09
>but I think we're the better team ez g2
2020-02-14 15:01
Not with botisfaction
2020-02-14 15:04
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Denmark bebm 
as long as 100t gets it into a 0v4 postplant they will be fine
2020-02-14 15:07
Sweden Zupr 
2020-02-14 15:16
hahah lol true
2020-02-14 15:25
2020-02-14 15:35
Norway Noreg 
2020-02-14 16:04
2020-02-15 12:17
ruh roh
2020-02-14 15:13
Germany Asra 
Karma incoming
2020-02-14 15:06
2020-02-14 15:09
France Il_padrino 
Hope so +1000
2020-02-14 15:59
Bullen | 
Sweden Ullared 
Lets go kennys
2020-02-14 15:10
Australia gEFFx 
2020-02-14 15:10
ZywOo | 
France iNolake 
G2 is way more skilled than 100 thieves tho Is 100thieves still a better team overall ? Maybe we'll see!
2020-02-14 15:11
i think both teams are super shaky (sometimes good/sometimes bad) and therefore it will probably be a close matchup
2020-02-14 15:17
France MarcoXY 
I think G2 is more powerful but is sooo shaky so it will be cloooose
2020-02-14 15:26
Agree. Want the boys to pull through though.
2020-02-14 15:39
Flag checks out. Joke aside the game is unpredictable. Can’t wait
2020-02-14 15:31
#8 > #10
2020-02-14 15:15
Qatar Number2awper 
2020-02-14 15:26
0/8 G2 32-0 100T
2020-02-14 15:26
3 iq Expected from xanada
2020-02-14 15:56
Weednada is a state of USA. Insult Canada = Insult USA
2020-02-14 15:59
You ok?
2020-02-14 16:00
Canada Pipboyreaver 
Probably American in disguise. True Canadian would never say that
2020-02-14 16:12
Baited Loser xaxaxaxaxaxa
2020-02-14 20:53
2020-02-14 15:16
most underrated player in the world
2020-02-14 15:23
France MarcoXY 
Good luck bois
2020-02-14 15:25
Australia |bruh| 
i always enjoy hearing jkaem because of how hes somewhat underated, people dont really speak about him yet he's a really solid player.
2020-02-14 15:28
Lets go Jake!
2020-02-14 15:30
United States sorcrcrc 
you are the better team
2020-02-14 15:34
100T won't be a top 10 team this year
2020-02-14 15:47
2020-02-14 15:57
He was not god today unfortunately
2020-02-14 18:53
not his day
2020-02-14 20:39
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
Nope I don't think so
2020-02-14 16:20
I think G2 individually may be stronger but as a team 100T are stronger
2020-02-14 16:22
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Estonia qoznyyy 
yeayea always after those "yeah sure we are confident that we can beat them" posts, they always lose
2020-02-14 17:24
This didn't age very well.
2020-02-14 18:52
France SmallJumP 
Indeed nop
2020-02-14 18:53
2020-02-14 18:53
Sweden GM_Highlander 
"but I think we're the better team" Oh yeah?
2020-02-14 18:53
Poland koxukruszwica 
I don't think you are better team jks
2020-02-14 18:54
kennyS | 
India Ryuota 
lol yea
2020-02-14 18:57
LUL didnt age well huh bud
2020-02-14 18:56
Brazil NahT_ 
2020-02-14 18:57
"We're the better team", omegalul jkeam
2020-02-14 18:59
shox | 
India iejesus 
2020-02-14 18:59
France kNRD^ 
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2020-02-14 19:01
:) sure :D
2020-02-14 19:02
France daruk 
Nice 0.66 rating anyway.
2020-02-14 19:02
Well, the interview was fine until I saw his stats vs G2. Bottom-fragged at 21 kills in 2 maps combined. Doesn't look good.
2020-02-14 19:02
21-45 0.66
2020-02-14 19:08
Canada AFuckingLeaf 
That didn’t age well
2020-02-14 19:59
kennyS | 
Spain DaNNyKS 
G2-0thieves? Yes best team there....
2020-02-14 20:39
200IQ comment hahaha
2020-02-14 20:41
Bad start, but in reality 100T on their game should absolutely cream pie a C tier team like G2.
2020-02-14 20:41
2020-02-14 20:59
Yugoslavia chester0608ye 
No, you are not.
2020-02-14 21:42
100t org have to definitely change all this kangaroo players :)
2020-02-15 22:38
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