Hatz: "There's a lot more pressure on me to perform; I can definitely do better"

Although IEM Katowice is over, we still have several interviews from the Polish event in the pipeline. The first is with Jordan "⁠Hatz⁠" Bajic, the newest addition to Renegades.

The Australian squad went into the $500,000 tournament a heavy underdog as the second-lowest-ranked team and ended up placing expectedly 13th-16th after losses to fnatic and FaZe, without a single map win.

Hatz averaged a 0.72 rating at IEM Katowice

We managed to get a hold of the newest member of Renegades, Hatz, during the playoffs of IEM Katowice to ask him about the short run, the team's ongoing issues with reworking their playstyle, and how he has been handling the step up to the best team playing in the Oceanic region.

I'm sure placing last wasn't quite the result you were hoping for despite facing two strong teams and coming in as one of the big underdogs. How do you look back at how you did, your series against fnatic and FaZe, and what you could have done better?

I think since it's such early days for us in terms of international experience as a team, this tournament will definitely help us in terms of that. I think we're also still in the process of structuring our team to everyone's strengths, as well, and rethinking and reevaluating our game. Overall, even though we had tough teams, fnatic and FaZe, I think we had somewhat of a decent showing. We could have closed out one game against fnatic. In terms of the performance, we're just here to get the international experience and make sure that we're solid for the next upcoming tournaments.

Slow starts were a recurring theme for you here, do you think without them you would have been able to grab some wins on the board?

I definitely think so. I think when we don't have a strong start the comms get a little bit quiet and the momentum is obviously not with us. That was definitely a big factor, and I think that also comes down to preparation. Since we're the only team without a coach, I think that's definitely detrimental to us, but we're in the works of getting one soon.

You've already mentioned the Inferno game against fnatic that you should have closed out from the 14-6 lead - I spoke to flusha and he said that at some point he felt like you no longer had an idea of what to do to close it out. Was that the case from your side? What happened?

I think there were a few crucial rounds that we needed to close out and got kind of unlucky. There was a 1v1 with Sico and JW, there were other rounds where Brollan got like a 3K from pit with a Krieg, and it just came down to little bits of utility or timing or understanding what to do in the high-pressure situations. I think that is what made us not close the game. I think that all comes back down to our structure of the team and getting to know everyone's strengths and utilizing them. I think, eventually, we'll get better at those high-pressure situations and close games like that.

Before the event, dexter talked about reworking the playstyle and how that has been an ongoing issue. What is it that you've had the most issues with?

I think it was just more dexter having different styles of play in terms of having in-game leaders within the pack or outside of the pack. Obviously, there are two ways of how teams play and both have their pros and cons, but I think we're still investigating what's better for us and also what's better for each person individually, as well, in terms of areas people want to play.

How are you personally handling the transition, coming into a team that is inevitably going to have much higher expectations than ORDER?

There's definitely a lot more pressure to perform and to be able to get good results and perform individually. It has definitely has been much more of a thing than in ORDER, as well as playing in new spots and all that sort of stuff. I've had to put in a lot more work to be more confident and to be able to play those roles at a high level. I think it's a mix of a lot of things at the moment and I think I can definitely be doing better. In the future, I'll be doing better for sure.

Closing out with your plans going forward, you have the Asia Minor qualifier coming up, so I assume you're going back to Australia for that before returning to Europe for Pro League?

Yeah, we'll be in Australia for maybe two weeks. When we come back, three days later we have the Asia Minor qualifier, and two weeks after that we'll be going to Kinguin's offices for a bootcamp, and then off to ESL Pro League for the group stage. It's full-on at the moment and we're just going to be trying our best to get results.

You can look forward to four more interviews from IEM Katowice, with Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers, Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward, Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, and Danylo "⁠Zeus⁠" Teslenko, which will be released throughout the next few days.

Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
966
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Sweden Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Björn 'THREAT' Pers
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
54
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Australia Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
yeah makes sense
2020-03-02 13:27
I agree
2020-03-02 13:27
#79
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Indonesia lumayan
Ya ya whatever
2020-03-03 01:21
#3
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Romania csf
Hatz jonule
2020-03-02 13:29
#38
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Romania desuuuuuun
Hatz jionule +1
2020-03-02 14:22
Haaaatz gionule orez cu lapte :))))))
2020-03-02 14:40
#4
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Australia opzy
Renegades or 100t will win melbourne
2020-03-02 13:29
Not 100T
2020-03-02 13:42
fucking hope so.
2020-03-02 14:05
Order ez XDd
2020-03-03 06:03
#82
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Australia opzy
order and chiefs 3/4th
2020-03-03 06:25
Nah, ez for my boy aliStair Avant have a chance tho
2020-03-03 07:11
#5
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
hatz off
2020-03-02 13:29
#6
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Australia |bruh|
"we're in the works of getting one soon." pog finally.
2020-03-02 13:29
#10
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Australia opzy
I doubt it would ever happen but imagine spunj coaching them
2020-03-02 13:32
#12
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Australia |bruh|
perfect match.
2020-03-02 13:38
Pls no
2020-03-02 13:40
If it was possible to come out worst than last Spunj would make it happen.
2020-03-02 13:43
OMEGAL
2020-03-02 14:33
Yeah Australians really overrate spunj as an igl, any wins Renegades had with him on the team came down to jks or azr hard carrying.
2020-03-02 18:43
more $ in events, less pressure.
2020-03-02 14:06
k
2020-03-02 13:29
#8
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Estonia qoznyyy
who
2020-03-02 13:30
2020-03-02 14:05
mousesports - Robin "ropz" Kool
2020-03-02 14:13
1 player does not equal a team buddy
2020-03-02 14:14
Better than all ur teams combined
2020-03-02 14:33
So ropz 1v100 in a server and he'd win?? Are you retarded? Plus an Aus team, 100T, just beat mouz? I wish I was as stupid as you I'd have less to worry about.
2020-03-02 14:38
First of all, ropz is much better than any AUS player, even jks. Second, mouse is rated #2, 100t is #10. Flukes can happen sometimes :)
2020-03-02 14:46
Hearsay
2020-03-02 14:56
No way, jks god.
2020-03-03 00:28
how did you take such an obvious bait
2020-03-03 06:52
you didn't specify that it had to be a team, buddy
2020-03-02 14:35
Talking about rankings - team rankings - and you name a player? Are you really this stupid? There's 8 Australian players in the top 30 - 100T just beat mouz as well. 1 EE player. Geezus.. are you 14?
2020-03-02 14:39
Estonia population : 1,328 mil. Australia population : 24.6 mil. yeah nah nah yer
2020-03-02 14:44
Estonians shred of they focus on a game I know that, yet, they're nowhere in CS despite being ...in Europe, able to play against the best teams for practice. 400 ping from Australia to Europe..
2020-03-02 15:01
how does that even relate to what I said
2020-03-02 15:37
Trash team will go out last in every event they go to from now until August.
2020-03-02 13:31
Kennys in Katowice gf: 26-54 rating 0.55
2020-03-02 14:49
kennyS in rest of tournament: 1.28 rating
2020-03-02 15:30
0.72
2020-03-02 13:38
Sorry but who?
2020-03-02 13:40
goat
2020-03-02 13:42
#16
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Russia ToughGuy
didn't ask but who?
2020-03-02 13:42
WHO?
2020-03-02 13:57
Currently ranked #24. hltv.org/ranking/teams/2020/february/24 You wont find any polish teams above or below.
2020-03-02 14:05
out of top 30 soon
2020-03-02 14:06
weeks in top30 for core: 43 - weeks in top 30 for poland: 0
2020-03-02 14:13
Trash renegades and their no names gonna be out too soon delusional fan.
2020-03-02 14:14
sorry what's that poland??? 2 aus teams in top 30, 0 polish teams?? must hurt
2020-03-02 14:15
#70
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Denmark Almoe
still dont know who hatz is
2020-03-02 17:05
Same can be said about majority of polish players.
2020-03-02 18:44
#75
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Denmark Almoe
exactly, both no scenes who shouldnt be featured on hltv :)
2020-03-02 18:50
nt no scene
2020-03-02 14:17
Renegays and 100 Noobs showed nothing lucky nuke on mouse and then fast 0-2 rekt by fnatic as expected.
2020-03-02 14:20
hahaha nice
2020-03-02 14:22
sorry forgot no scene
2020-03-02 14:22
100T got out of groups, beat mouz and EG and you give them shit.. lol you're an idiot
2020-03-02 14:26
Turok and lucky Nuke PepeLaugh
2020-03-02 14:28
BO3 not BO1, no excuses
2020-03-02 14:30
Renegays
2020-03-02 14:31
Oh snap. Poland not relevant since VP. I've watched illuminar and others in T2 and they're nothing special. Also can't stay in top 30.
2020-03-02 14:34
You're an embarrasment champ, getting baited so hard here.
2020-03-03 06:44
19-16 19-16 quick defeat? lul they showed some good character
2020-03-03 06:54
lmao renegades are basically getting free invites. They play in the worst CS region where there is no good teams so they have such an easy way to big events through asian qualifiers. Poland compete in the worlds most competitive region, EU. Most polish teams would wreck renegades.
2020-03-02 14:24
thanks for proving my point. poland can drive or fly cheap around europe. rng cant. we have to fly 15+ hours and pay A LOT to go there (flights, accom.) We can only compete against local talent which isnt at the standard or europe or NA. YET........... RNG went to dreamhack in germany and beat mad lions 2-1 (previously liquid 2-0, EG 1-0) - do you have any idea how good a team has to be to be able to do that, without the resources and practice??? guess not because you're in a eurocentric bubble.
2020-03-02 14:22
But they don't
2020-03-02 14:27
Link me to where Poland has beaten RNG in the last 3 months
2020-03-02 14:32
They don't ever play each other? RNG is busy playing vs top teams like airborne, paradox and ex-bizarre.
2020-03-02 14:51
Idk what the education is like where you are but have you ever seen a world map? You can DL Google Earth for free.
2020-03-02 14:53
What are you talking about? The polish team and rng never competes in the same tournaments. I guess your world map doesn't tell you that.
2020-03-02 14:53
Rankings
2020-03-02 14:53
Yes which ties into everything ive talked to before. 1. Renegades are basically getting free invites to large events since they're the only decent team in the worst region of CS (oceania). 2. Just by attending the events, winning qualifier etc gain them massive points in the rankings since they might win a map here and there. 3. They have to fight shit teams like ex-bizarre, genuine etc. 4. Polish teams play in the stacked EU qualifiers, having to fight against teams like fnatic, g2, heroic, faze to make it to katowice. You don't really understand do you? Their rating is heavily inflated. All EU teams in top 20-40 have an insanely hard time to make it to big events. Renegades would NEVER make it in a qualifier if they played in the EU region.
2020-03-02 15:02
True I respect the passion u have for ur country but u should calm down I'm Swiss so I'm neutral Peace
2020-03-02 16:24
Funny that you list the crappiest teams in Australia, like I agree that Renegades basically get a free invite but there are better team than that tier 4 Australian trash, such as avant, order (though not anymore now that Renegades took there best players).
2020-03-02 18:47
better than dick. bad tourney for everyone tbh. looking forward to RNG at the next tourney... hopefully we can own up at home and get to the next dreamhack or something
2020-03-02 14:03
> bad tourney > vs fnatic and faze
2020-03-02 14:15
All this Eurotrash showing no respect. They just don't get it.
2020-03-02 14:28
+1 RNG was in a tough bracket and did put up a good fight
2020-03-02 14:54
#52
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Poland SebL
-malta +Rickeh
2020-03-02 14:40
Pls no let Rickeh drag down order rather than Renegades.
2020-03-02 18:48
#76
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Poland SebL
He has been crushing every team they played in MDL, and he has some experience. I don't know who could be better pickup than him.
2020-03-02 18:58
if you're gonna replace anyone it shouldn't be malta, he and dexter are their most important players
2020-03-03 06:57
#89
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Poland SebL
Malta most important player? He has been putten to a very good positions and yet he cant frag.
2020-03-03 07:44
#53
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New Zealand SkirmishX
Legend Hatz
2020-03-02 14:40
LEGEND HATZ
2020-03-02 22:14
the headshot god Hatz, he deffo has a bright future ahead
2020-03-02 14:53
Cmn bro, Just relax and do you job Ez for australian k0nfig hatz
2020-03-03 06:01
Aussie CS is joke Disband and save jks The only tier1 player in Australia
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