flusha: "We didn't look good in practice, but we knew we were among the top teams"

We sat down with Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist at the end of day two at IEM Katowice, after fnatic beat Na`Vi to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

The Swedish side have secured the playoffs spot after winning two matches in a row, against Renegades and the CIS-based side, avoiding a slow start at their first tournament of the year following two and a half months away from official competition.

flusha shared details on how much more packed fnatic's travel schedule would have been had they sided with FLASHPOINT

We asked flusha about how fnatic managed to do so unlike several other big teams who suffered ring rust at the first events of 2020, and the 26-year-old shared that despite underwhelming practice the team kept their confidence and turned up on LAN with better focus.

After going over details about the Swedes' two comebacks in their matches at IEM Katowice, we went a little off-topic to also discuss the recent confirmation of ESL's partnership with fnatic and 12 other organizations and asked about what made them side with the German tournament organizer as opposed to FLASHPOINT.

Rustiness doesn't seem to be a problem for you guys as it was for several others, was there a secret to that in preparation or in the way that you approached coming back to action?

No, honestly we haven't been winning a lot in our practice matches. It feels like a lot of teams are just playing instead of practicing and we're doing the opposite, actually practicing, and maybe that makes us lose a lot of practice matches. But for us, it didn't look good before coming here, but we had the confidence and we knew we were among the top teams.

What do you mean by not looking good, according to results or just from the way you played?

I mean both, teams have been running over us and insta-headshotting and stuff like that, and then when you come into a LAN it's nothing like that... But our teamplay is definitely a lot better here than what we had at home. Maybe the focus was worse at home and we didn't get a bootcamp before this because of bad weather.

You're not known to be much of an antistratting team, but you did have the chance to watch everyone play while you were at home. Do you see an advantage in that?

We don't really antistrat people like that, but we have different playstyles that we can play into a team. For example, we knew Na`Vi would play mid in Mirage, we have a playstyle against that, so we can just manage our playstyle according to how the opponent plays.

Talk me through the comeback against Renegades on Inferno from 6-14 to 16-14, how did you pull that off?

Honestly, I don't know. At the start, the few rounds they got, they had some lucky shots through smokes and stuff like that, and when we got rid of that then the rounds became easier and we just ground it out. After we got four or five rounds in a row it felt like they stopped knowing what to do and it became easier for us then.

You touched on Mirage against Na`Vi already, that was a pretty big CT side that you had to pull off, too, to come back and close the series. Did you just know what to do against them specifically?

Definitely on the CT side we knew they like to play mid-heavy and we countered that. T side, we weren't really sure, I think we focused too much on what s1mple was doing and not what the rest of the team was doing, so we got just five T rounds. It was enough this time, but I think we can get like seven, eight, for sure.

You had some pretty close encounters against Astralis last year, how do you see the next one panning out in the next match?

We'll see. It's tough because we don't know what map they are going to pick. It's easier against other teams. We knew Na`Vi was going to pick Dust2, we know pretty much whoever we're going to play against except Astralis. They have so many strong maps, they've been picking Vertigo, we don't mind playing it but we just don't know what to prepare for especially. It's going to be a tough match, for sure. Whoever hits the most shots is going to win.

It was recently confirmed that fnatic are among the teams who entered a partnership with ESL, which of course also ties into the choice between ESL Pro League and FLASHPOINT. Can you speak to why you ended up siding with ESL?

First of all, BLAST didn't want us. And then FLASHPOINT, their schedule was a bit close to the Minor and Majors, so we would have to be away from home for like 10 weeks or something, and that's not really something we want to do. We actually checked our travel days, how many travel days in total it would be in a year, and if we played FLASHPOINT it would be easily about 200 or something. With ESL it will be 165 or something like that, so it's just about the traveling schedule.

How much of that decision was in your hands rather than the organization's?

I think it's like 50/50. If we really want to play something then they're going to try to make that happen. It's just a partnership where we're always telling them what we want to do and they're going to try to make that happen.

Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
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Maps played:
Poland inf1niTyy
2020-02-26 10:43
3 replies
Flusha mouselift > Astralis Nvidia
2020-02-26 12:09
2 replies
United States 1nsaneMe
Lmao +1
2020-02-26 12:46
1 reply
Blast TwoFaced as expected
2020-02-26 13:04
Flusha <3
2020-02-26 10:44
2020-02-26 10:46
Russia ToughGuy
Flusha god
2020-02-26 10:48
Meanwhile the two teams having good practice got spanked in Blast for their first event of the year. Vitality said they won 98% of their game (sc: HLTV interview). Astralis mentioned as having 25-1 (96%) performance on pracc (sc: Forgot, on stream, maybe Blast said by someone from CoL).
2020-02-26 10:50
9 replies
Boo | 
France mbl4
95% for Vitality actually (doesn't change the purpose of your message but I like correct numbers)
2020-02-26 10:52
4 replies
Omg i finally found the person with that nickname
2020-02-26 10:57
1 reply
Boo | 
France mbl4
wait you were looking for me ?
2020-02-26 11:09
Ah, that's more reasonable compared to what's in my memory.
2020-02-26 10:59
1 reply
Boo | 
France mbl4
yeah totally different haha
2020-02-26 11:09
Ukraine ksay
aleksib said about 25-1 he meant 25-1 in single pracc (every pracc lasts 30rounds regardless of the score) they joined the server before Ast scrim ended and saw the score
2020-02-26 12:46
1 reply
Ah I see, nice info there.
2020-02-26 12:52
Probably because 1 team tried everything to win and the other team tried to improve
2020-02-26 13:27
thatt would be aleksib .
2020-02-26 14:20
Japan AYAYA_Clap
2020-02-26 10:50
Germany Flachzange
i believe
2020-02-26 10:50
2020-02-26 10:51
bruh the whole fnatic squad just rekted s1mple
2020-02-26 10:52
1 reply
United States 1nsaneMe
Nah they were trying to avoid s1mple coz s1mple was rekting them on ct side mirage.
2020-02-26 12:48
Flusha god, but s1mple godder
2020-02-26 10:56
Australia HighRate
EZ for fnatic hard for somple
2020-02-26 11:03
Im glad all the NaVi fans have gone back into hiding again hahaha
2020-02-26 11:05
5 replies
only the delusional ones
2020-02-26 12:47
United States 1nsaneMe
I m still here i know navi played trash t side. but glad that s1mple showed up. 1.29 rating lets go baby top#1 2020 XD
2020-02-26 12:49
3 replies
India ROFLaala
So basically a one man fan
2020-02-26 16:03
2 replies
United States 1nsaneMe
If u think s1mple has only one fan. U r the most delusional person ever.
2020-02-27 04:53
1 reply
India ROFLaala
I'm just stating you are a fan of s1mple and not the team
2020-02-27 09:39
2020-02-26 11:10
Flusha talking that opponent had lucky smoke kills, funny😅
2020-02-26 11:15
1 reply
Luck =/= skill ;-)
2020-02-26 16:55
Argentina n4ziS1mple
ggod flusha and fnatic
2020-02-26 11:15
Japan chanse
astralis is evil
2020-02-26 11:17
Flusha katowice 2018
2020-02-26 11:17
Sweden flippig
2020-02-26 11:18
Flusha ur the best player of the CSGO history. You are so good that people think that u cheat. #VACFLUSHA
2020-02-26 11:56
Japan Inlivino
"BLAST didn't want us." 100% confirmation Fnatic never ever invited to BLASTRALIS event.
2020-02-26 11:56
1 reply
was already confirmed before, blast is a joke, they fucked the cs scene for me
2020-02-26 14:54
the CS goat
2020-02-26 12:05
Disgusting cheater
2020-02-26 12:10
Serbia TheSerb
Fnatic were just trolling in prac so teams think they are a cherry pick but actually.they are gods
2020-02-26 13:00
Senor VAC
2020-02-26 13:32
One of the greatest players in CSGO history, god bless
2020-02-26 13:35
Poland SebL
Im really impressed how fast this roster of fnatic came to the TOP.
2020-02-26 14:08
3 replies
They just couldn't find the right replacement for olof and pronax for a veerry looonggg time...
2020-02-26 14:33
2 replies
Poland SebL
2020-02-26 14:36
+1 golden and brollan are the new age pronax and olof
2020-02-26 15:50
2020-02-26 14:15
2 replies
2020-02-26 16:40
1 reply
2020-02-26 16:43
s1mple is god but flusha is a smart god
2020-02-26 14:28
Ofc practice is bad for you. The better you do in practice the Worse You will play on lan. Just look at vitality bragging about 95% practice win! Ez for swedistan
2020-02-26 14:48
Thats why people bragging about practice are a joke, they play it like it's a major final just to not even make it out of groups at LAN, they don't even understand the purpose of practice and then gets cocky which fuck them even more
2020-02-26 14:53
You can look shit hot in practice but come the actual day of the game all bets are off. It all comes down to how well you gel as a team and how well you play as a team come game. Yes they may not have looked so good in practice but yet they won come game day.
2020-02-26 16:01
4th round MIRAGE Flusha in ramp VAC VAC VAC bullet where flying :) VALVE where are you
2020-02-26 16:14
I mean you guys don't look good in restaurants or other public places either but buck up kiddo, looks aren't everything and money means you won't die a virgin.
2020-02-26 17:20
Nepal sasukeee
First of all, BLAST didn't want us. Wow 😮 , fucking Blast
2020-02-27 09:10
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