yuurih: "We want the next tournament season to be even better than the first"

The FURIA star talks about the team ending their trophyless run in 2020, how he sees the coronavirus situation in Brazil, and the recent drama with MIBR.

2019 was a year with new highs for FURIA. The Brazilian team, who had moved to the United States in the middle of 2018, burst onto the world stage with deep runs at DreamHack Masters Dallas and at the ECS Season 7 Finals, also picking up titles in Los Angeles, Helsinki and Hong Kong, and attending their first Major. Perhaps just as impressive as that initial burst of success was the fact that the team managed to reinvent itself later in the year with the signing of Henrique "⁠HEN1⁠" Teles after its system had been figured out by opponents.

Third time was the charm for FURIA, who won DreamHack Masters Spring after two runners-up finishes

The highlight of the first tournament season of 2020 was the undefeated campaign in DreamHack Masters Spring - North America. It was a much-needed title after FURIA had come up short in the final of DreamHack Open Anaheim and ESL One: Road to Rio despite looking like the strongest team throughout both competitions — losing both series to Gen.G, who were the Brazilians' kryptonite during the first months of the year.

"We have always had issues facing Gen.G, and it’s very hard to play against them," says Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos, who has been FURIA’s top performer in 2020, with an average rating of 1.18. "We could have started off the year well, but we came in second at DreamHack Open.

"After losing that final, to be the champion of a really, really good tournament, one of the best there is, over all those teams that we used to struggle against… It’s very good, you know? It’s very gratifying."

The victory in the DreamHack Masters tournament propelled FURIA to their highest-ever ranking, No 4, but the team didn’t stay there long: the following week, they dropped down to fifth in the rankings after finishing in third place in the BLAST Premier Spring Americas Finals. The season ended on a sour note for the Brazilians, who finished in sixth place in cs_summit 6, leaving them outside the qualification zone for the next Major heading into the Fall RMR.

"We really dropped the ball [against Cloud9], we knew that this match was very important, perhaps even more important than the other ones that we played, because if we won, we would get ahead [in the RMR rankings], putting some pressure on them," yuurih explains.

"We will practice hard for the next RMR tournament. If there’s a Major in Brazil, we have to be there, right?"

The likelihood of Brazil — or any other country, for that matter — hosting a Counter-Strike Major in 2020 is miniscule as the coronavirus still rages all over the world. ESL One Cologne, which FURIA were due to attend, was the most recent LAN event to be scrapped and shifted to an online setting, and more tournaments could follow. yuurih watches helplessly from afar as the number of cases in his homeland continues to swell, and he feels the pain of Brazilian fans, who were ready to turn out en masse in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate what was supposed to be a historical year for Counter-Strike in the country.

"Sometimes, I ask my parents how things are going in Brazil, and they say that it’s still pretty ugly," yuurih says. "Here in Miami, businesses were opening, but then the number of cases began to spike and they had to close again. If things are ugly here, in Brazil it’s much worse, right?

"I think it’s very unlikely that Brazil hosts a Major this year, I think it will take some time for this situation to be fixed. We still hope that there will be a Major in Brazil, perhaps without spectators, I don’t know… This is every Brazilian player’s dream, and unfortunately coronavirus happened."

One of the biggest talking points in esports in recent months has been player wellness, with several players across multiple games complaining of mental and physical exhaustion. During the break, most players spend time with their families and loved ones, but that’s not the case for FURIA, who decided against returning to Brazil due to the pandemic. yuurih admits that everyone in the team is feeling a bit homesick, but he stresses that burnout is not a concern, praising the system that has been put in place by coach Nicholas "⁠guerri⁠" Nogueira.

"When it comes to our holidays, we get a bit sad for sure," yuurih says. "Normally, we only see our families twice a year, but this year we will probably only see them once. It’s sad because being away gets hard sometimes, but we know that this is something that we cannot control. Here in the United States, we kind of have a family. [FURIA owner André] Akkari is here with his family, so we always end up doing stuff every day like playing footvolley. We are always doing things, so it’s fine. I just wanted to be with my parents, but it’s not possible.

"guerri does a great job when it comes to managing our practice sessions and our tournaments, so everyone is happy. At the start of the year, we said that we had to improve, and improving is certainly very exhausting. There were days when our scrims ended and I just wanted to sleep, I didn’t want to see CS anymore. So it’s been great to disconnect a bit. I already feel like playing again, but we will enjoy this time off a little bit more. We will return to work a few days before the player break ends. We’ll do something together and start preparations before other teams because we want this season to be even better than the first one. We will give our best."

yuurih played down the recent drama with MIBR and said he's stayed off social media as much as possible

Before the break, FURIA's players found themselves in a difficult situation as they felt the ire of Brazilian fans during a nail-biting derby with MIBR. It started late on Inferno as MIBR complained of server issues and asked for a crucial round to be replayed. After nearly an hour-long discussion, the round was eventually restarted, but the bad blood persisted and spilt over to social media, where MIBR's players and fans accused FURIA of showing a lack of sportsmanship.

"After that match, I stayed off social media, I even stopped interacting with MIBR's players, so I practically didn't see anything that was going on," he says. "I only saw guerri talking about it, he even made a video about it. I also saw that FalleN apologised for posting the video. He did what every good professional would have done. He is someone who has been an inspiration for me since I was a kid.

"We always admired those guys and then something like this happened. Of course it's sad, but it happens. For me, it's in the past, I don't want to think about it. I wish the best of luck to them, especially to kNg, who just became a father. May he have peace in this new chapter of his life."

Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
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Furia omegalul
2020-07-27 20:31
11 replies
OK | 
Peru Rhenie
2020-07-27 20:32
1 reply
2020-07-27 20:33
Best BR team wtf
2020-07-27 20:34
7 replies
Best br team is #16 worldwide
2020-07-27 20:36
4 replies
nice edit
2020-07-27 20:37
Brazil STKill
is there csgo team on belgium? which one?
2020-07-27 22:58
what about best Belgium team?
2020-07-28 00:21
2020-07-29 01:44
Then you realize how in the shit we are LOL
2020-07-27 20:59
2020-07-27 21:06
Belgium omegalul
2020-07-27 20:42
EliGE | 
United States Jono13
2020-07-27 20:32
2020-07-27 20:36
1 reply
2020-07-27 21:51
I actually feel bad for all of them. Say what you want about brazilian fans but that Major in Brazil was going to be one of the best majors CS has ever seen for sure.
2020-07-27 20:36
10 replies
true :(
2020-07-27 20:37
Brazil nottt420
+1 BRO
2020-07-27 20:55
2020-07-27 21:06
+1 true
2020-07-27 21:17
+1 man i was really hoping for that rio LAN major damn
2020-07-28 02:04
Brazil lirded_kj
I think it will still happen, maybe in 2022 or late 2021
2020-07-28 03:50
Brazil KingDavi
2020-07-28 06:29
Indonesia lumayan
U mean... best because of the thieves? Lol
2020-07-28 06:50
1 reply
Brazil BRAZlL
you funny, congratulations
2020-07-28 16:16
2020-07-28 17:04
gl furia
2020-07-27 20:37
kng became a father wtf
2020-07-27 20:47
4 replies
As an unpopular opinion I like kNg
2020-07-28 03:03
3 replies
Prove it or ill kill u
2020-07-28 06:55
1 reply
I'll kill you if you prove it
2020-07-28 07:25
Brazil 10eFAIXA
I like him too, even him being not that good at expressing himself, he is one of the few who don't look fake
2020-07-29 14:21
They got the most playstyle to read. no wonder they lost so hard before the player break.
2020-07-27 20:48
2 replies
Felt like they were playing rock paper scissors meta choosing scissors 25 out of 30 rounds. Felt like arT forgot to respect his opponents and actually try to change his style when needed. If he can adjust his mentality FURIA can become a top 5 team.
2020-07-28 02:13
1 reply
They would have to completely overhaul their style and that can be tough. Once, twice art’s aggression can catch you off guard and if not, the 4 other players are good enough compared to the NA scene to still make it work. I believe against EU teams, after a brief read, they wouldn’t stand much chances.
2020-07-28 07:59
MIBR and its "Do you know who I am" mantra. Something happens to MIBR that is not in their favor and "we want to replay". We are not EU at all but because we bootcamp here so ESL has to bend over for it. Totally BS.
2020-07-27 20:49
2 replies
2020-07-28 18:28
Brazil Anarchybr
They will compete in EU and not on the US because they won’t be able to return to US. Fallen and fer returned to Brazil before the players break and the US is not allowing the entrance of Brazilians there anymore due the coronavirus pandemic. This don’t have anything to do with their boot camp
2020-07-29 16:33
Furia trash team xD I'd rather cheer for BIG than for them
2020-07-27 20:50
1 reply
Furia top 1 S/A, i honestly like mibr most, but furia is awesome as well
2020-07-28 16:04
2020-07-27 21:36
If furia kick yuurih and art then maybe I'll start liking them
2020-07-27 21:54
6 replies
Brazil SecondKS
nobody need your crowd
2020-07-28 02:30
5 replies
2020-07-28 05:37
4 replies
Brazil SecondKS
ok world war loser
2020-07-28 17:10
3 replies
Atleast we had calibre to bamboozle everyone, what does your country has? Bananas? Lmao
2020-07-28 18:53
2 replies
Brazil SecondKS
double loser!
2020-07-28 20:02
Yugoslavia ollyy
Germany: Losed 1st WW Losed 2nd WW Don't have great CS:GO teams on LAN
2020-07-30 12:15
Hungary subzera
lfg furiayaya
2020-07-27 21:58
lets go FURIA
2020-07-27 22:18
Poland SebL
yuurih is one of the best players in Brazil atm. FURIA can be solid TOP 10 team. I want to see LAN tournaments comeback asap.
2020-07-27 23:27
4 replies
Indonesia lumayan
Wanna see they crumble once LAN is back? Lol
2020-07-28 06:51
3 replies
Poland SebL
Not funny.
2020-07-28 11:08
2 replies
Indonesia lumayan
Imagine hoping much from a fluke team lol
2020-07-28 17:47
1 reply
Poland SebL
What do you think has been a fluke for this team? Their final at ECS Season 7 Finals? Maybe it was a fluke. But still this team can be a solid TOP 10 team.
2020-07-28 22:07
Brazil oldStar
5 years coin !
2020-07-28 00:58
Expected from Art The goat of csgo igl better than muktifaced masked toledo
2020-07-28 02:54
9 replies
African Union YamiS_
hahahaahahhahahahaahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahhaahah okay dude okay XD XD
2020-07-28 03:32
Fart is worse than fallen
2020-07-28 05:37
7 replies
2020-07-28 07:35
6 replies
Fallen>>>>>>> fart
2020-07-28 08:23
5 replies
2020-07-28 08:30
4 replies
I don't remember who asked about glaive? Incel kid
2020-07-28 10:11
3 replies
2020-07-28 12:34
2 replies
Afraid to show your real flag incel?
2020-07-28 12:59
1 reply
nope :P
2020-08-01 18:51
Mibr lul
2020-07-28 05:58
1 reply
Made in bathroom
2020-07-28 08:40
Yuurih god
2020-07-28 08:44
this yuurih is a humble person, he deserves all the best in life ...
2020-07-28 08:52
2020-07-28 12:43
2020-07-28 12:46
Furia will be top 5
2020-07-28 13:27
did not follow the scene for a while. So MIBR and their fans complaining about something again? did they send dead threat or shit like that again?
2020-07-28 18:31
Chile gentleeH
one trick team wont win anything after player break since everyone will be expecting noob art
2020-07-28 21:06
Furia >>>> MIBR atm, but mibr has a greater history
2020-07-29 01:58
Mad kid KngV farmed him Lmao
2020-07-29 03:40
Furia is a joke
2020-07-29 04:26
2020-07-29 04:36
Brazil Anarchybr
Fuck FURIA, I’d rather cheer for EG than them
2020-07-29 16:47
Yuurih seems like a stand up guy. I actually really liked that interview. Can't cheer for them but I wish them the best.
2020-07-29 23:00
Switzerland codplayer
andré akkari is the owner of furia? LOL :D
2020-07-30 07:24
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