tabseN: "Krimbo is by far the best talent we've had in Germany in years"

After securing their return to the Legends stage with a 3-0 record at the RMR, Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz can finally take a breath following an exemplary performance in Bucharest.

An unexpected run saw BIG plow through the competition at the first European RMR, easily defeating SAW and Outsiders before moving into the qualification match against FaZe. Their ever-loved Dust2 saw them swiftly take the series advantage before a clutch end to Mirage had the Germans take down the best team in the world 2-0.

tabseN was a crucial piece in BIG's win on Mirage to defeat FaZe 2-0

The German in-game leader was ecstatic following their incredible win over the international mix and was more than happy to sit down with us and discuss BIG's development, the presence of Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik with the squad in Romania, and Karim "⁠Krimbo⁠" Moussa's great rookie performances.

First things first, are you the best team in the galaxy on Dust2?

[laughs] Fun fact, we had terrible practice results and terrible practice feeling on the map in general, but I feel like now since we've beaten Outsiders and FaZe, we're definitely one of the best in the world on Dust2. We're capable of picking it and I don't think anyone is as comfortable picking it as we are. Ever since we created BIG we've been confident on Dust2, we're really good on it.

Talking about ever since creating the team, the gobfather himself, gob b, is here hanging out with the team. What has it been like having him around?

The spirit he's giving us is amazing. He's been with us in the practice room preparing with us, he's watching demos of our enemies and our demos. He's talking to our young guns, to me, criticizing what I need to call, what I should call, it's amazing, a pleasure, it's once in a lifetime to have such a legend with us. He's spending his time with us and he just wants us to achieve something. It's amazing to have these kinds of people around us.

gob, are you going to have time to go to the Major?

gob b: Maybe...

One of the hot topics right now is Krimbo. He's putting on really good performances straight out of the academy. I saw he sits next to you and you look at him a lot, talk to him a lot. How does it all work?

Krimbo is by far the best talent we've had in Germany in years. He's so young, but so experienced in the game. He's calm, he knows how to clutch, how opponents move during the rounds. He's giving good input and was an in-game leader in the academy team. He's trying to give me input as well, sometimes too much, but he's learning a lot and he's willing to put in the hours and work into the game. He's looking up to the right people, like gob and me, we're giving him all of the information he needs.

He's trying to get better day by day and I think it's something amazing that not that many people in Germany have. Other than that, he's putting in insane performances in the server and his body language while he's playing is so confident, he knows exactly what he needs to do to win the round and it's amazing to have this kind of player on the team.

His fragging ability is top notch, but I'd say he can be even better, he's still young and has so much to learn, but it's just amazing to have this kind of player with us on the team and I'm grateful that he decided to not take the easy path. He could have gone international in some tier two teams, but he decided to play for the academy team with the dream of playing for the main team at some point. I'm super happy for him that it worked out and I couldn't be more proud.

He's German, does he already know every single smoke in the game?

Yes! He's by far one of the best with smokes, fixed points and stuff like that, he knows every single smoke in the game I would say.

Classic. Now tell me about going 3-0. You were struggling a bit at the beginning of the year, so did you expect you'd be this good here?

No. We had expectations that we could be good at the event, not Legend contenders. We had expectations to qualify for the Major, but not 3-0, so we manage to beat everyone's expectations, including ours, and I'm so happy that we did it. It was really tough. I'm really grateful that we stuck together, put in the work during the tournament and I'm happy it worked out.

How about before the tournament, any particular preparation to make sure everything was working out with a new player coming?

We didn't do anything special, we just tried to feel comfortable with the playbook we have and we tried to fix mistakes, which we did. Fortunately we had qualified for this tournament, so we played some official games and had some reviews after the games. We had practice, Pro League, qualifiers, all of the pieces we needed to put this performance here.

We were very harsh with ourselves because we always want to be better. There were some discussions about achieving something and that's why I'm really grateful because everybody jumped over their shadow [Editor's note: A German idiom roughly meaning to go beyond ones own possibilities or to overcome one's limitations] to achieve something with the team and it's something I'm thankful for.

There was one situation in particular that was huge for you guys, which was the 29th round on Mirage, against FaZe, you had like two Glocks and some Desert Eagles. You didn't even pick up guns during the round and won it. Tell me about that moment.

A few rounds before, I think it was 14-12 for us, we were missing some timings and lost the round so had to eco after. At this point I said 'either we luck out this round or we play for overtime.' So basically we were playing the round and someone said 'I think they're underground' because there was a smoke or something like that. tiziaN then said 'let's go B, I can jump out on B.'

We got the first kill and then everything crumbled. tiziaN told me to not lurk so much in B apps, I was losing my head and thinking about another round because I was sure it was over, so I was thinking 'OK, let's get to the next round.' But then somehow it was a 3vs3, syrsoN was next to me and he was like 'you need to go, you need to go' so I jumped out and killed him [the enemy], and it was just an amazing moment. It felt like we won the game already, it was so close and we got so confident.

You get to skip the Challenger stage now, so how are you going to get ready before flying out to the Major?

We'll get a bit of rest, we've been spending a lot of hours preparing before this tournament. Like a week before the tournament we all had like 60 hours in the past two weeks and I said to myself 'hey, I can't play this Major like this,' so then I put the needed hours into the game and now I need a little break to refresh everything. We have the IEM Dallas closed qualifier, it's a huge qualifier with really good teams, so we're looking forward to doing our best there.

Then we'll have maybe a week and a half before the Major to fix our stratbook a little bit. People will watch our demos, obviously, seeing what we do and what we're comfortable with, so we'll try to change some things here or there and do everything we can, hopefully with the help of the gobfather. If we manage to do the same as here, or maybe a bit more, I think we'll go far at the Major.

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1896
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
Germany Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
302
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
nah
2022-04-19 14:31
2 replies
no jinx wtf
2022-04-19 14:32
1 reply
throwing faveN under the bus
2022-04-19 15:09
#2
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Brazil Cajuru
KARIMBADOS
2022-04-19 14:32
#3
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Finland timewaster
jdc disapproves this messege
2022-04-19 14:32
6 replies
It’s a close call between the two, but Krimbo feels like he’s got more potential in my opinion
2022-04-19 14:41
john de cockstro about to go 2-3 watch
2022-04-19 15:05
JDC is a great talent as well but Krimbo is 3 years younger and already more experienced IMO, as he played+learned a lot of krystal & even ingame led the BIG academy squad with decent success also his utility usage is insane, especially nade damage
2022-04-19 15:10
#40
fnx | 
Russia P0vTr
Who? Academy farmer who is bot vs decent teams? Whocars
2022-04-19 15:33
I would say they have different roles so they are hard to compare, also JDC can speak multiple languages so he has more international opportunities
2022-04-19 15:54
#93
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Mongolia dennek
jdc is clueless he wants to make plays and screws it up, krimbo just naturally reads the game and makes the best decisions
2022-04-23 15:44
german clutch minster
2022-04-19 14:32
Nice interview! Great performance from BIG and a well deserved legend spot at the major! Those 2 clutches by tabseN on Mirage in the last rounds were great, really had me going!
2022-04-19 14:33
#7
mhL | 
Russia Ansi
sweet
2022-04-19 14:34
tabseN best team player
2022-04-19 14:34
#10
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Slovakia xaboff
Imagine how cracked he would be if he changed his name to krimboN
2022-04-19 14:40
4 replies
imagine how cracked he would be if he become fat
2022-04-19 16:13
3 replies
#59
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Indonesia segopecel
laughing at this and #43 definitely will get me denazified
2022-04-19 16:31
He was pretty overweight a few years ago but lost a lot of weight. source: liquipedia.net/counterstrike/File:Krimbo..
2022-04-28 15:26
1 reply
wtf lol
2022-04-28 15:29
this picture is epic
2022-04-19 14:40
2 replies
Shows every emotion you could possible have in one moment :)
2022-04-19 15:16
brcho is a magician with the camera
2022-04-19 16:06
#14
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Latvia laiziolas
nah big
2022-04-19 14:42
#15
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Malaysia AtPdTrZ
My German tier list : cyx Gob B Tabsen Syrson JDC Krimbo
2022-04-19 14:42
5 replies
#21
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Hong Kong boss_T
cyx :(
2022-04-19 14:47
roman paN mooN ?
2022-04-19 16:18
2 replies
#84
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Malaysia AtPdTrZ
Im saying legendary JDC and Krimbo is upcoming and have potential to be great its why i don't put faveN and nex (yes eventhou nex was a really skilled player but has a mental issue in the interviews i heard)
2022-04-20 13:55
Probably newfags to not mention mooN or roman What about Johnny R, blizzard, gore...
2022-04-21 10:49
CYX :/
2022-04-19 16:34
Lol cya faven
2022-04-19 14:46
#19
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Poland raf99
already shitting on faveN LULW
2022-04-19 14:46
GOAT ger igl
2022-04-19 14:47
#24
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CIS aL1337
ez for karim
2022-04-19 14:55
typical BIG, going 1- 3 in major anyway
2022-04-19 14:57
1 reply
better than going 1-3 in real life KKKKKKKKKKK
2022-04-19 15:12
Categorized under " PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Europe RMR B", but BIG played in the Europe RMR A
2022-04-19 15:16
faveN crying in the corner
2022-04-19 15:18
lesgoooooooooooo
2022-04-19 15:22
where k1t0N?
2022-04-19 15:29
#37
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Poland Astoner55
When will he change his name to KrimboN, though? At this point it's a crime to not do that.
2022-04-19 15:30
#38
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Germany Charlsen
KRIMBO GOATED
2022-04-19 15:30
Big looking strong
2022-04-19 15:31
Well, he is not german, so that makes sense. The only good german players in history had an immigration background.
2022-04-19 15:36
21 replies
Yes, like Florian Rische
2022-04-19 15:51
1 reply
I knew it, but i was too lazy to edit and exclude syrson.
2022-04-19 16:00
Soooo salty swede wtf,just be happy for germans once and show some respect. They played amazing cs that tourney
2022-04-19 16:20
11 replies
just facts bro
2022-04-19 17:46
10 replies
No it's stupid and also pretty racist comment, you just sound salty af
2022-04-19 17:54
6 replies
How is it racist when you say that germans are bad at cs go. Is it racist to say that the USA is bad at football???????? snowflake
2022-04-19 18:02
5 replies
#70
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Europe Khanan
Germans aren’t bad at CS, they just don’t have a tier1 team, try to be balanced and have less extreme opinions.
2022-04-19 18:05
2 replies
Germany has many players yet no tier 1 team. I guess it has the biggest playerbase.
2022-04-19 18:08
1 reply
#75
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Europe Khanan
Russia is probably biggest player base or US, Germany, yea a lot of hobby players, not more. You should look for pro gamers only
2022-04-19 18:10
Because it's bullshit talk lmao
2022-04-19 18:05
Dude is popping out braindead takes like it's nothing. Must be years of training.
2022-04-19 19:15
#66
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Europe Khanan
So Zlatan isn’t a Swede either, okay. Only good footballer of Sweden is a Baltic guy.
2022-04-19 18:02
2 replies
"only good footballer" sure
2022-04-19 18:02
1 reply
#72
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Europe Khanan
It’s a play on your statement, so you didn’t really understand what I did here.
2022-04-19 18:05
Don't think Johnny R had an immigration background.
2022-04-19 19:40
1 reply
He is a obviously a newfag to spew such nonsense, so I doubt he knows the legenderay 1.5-1.6 players
2022-04-21 10:56
what a stupid thing to say, i guess you are like 15 years old? germany had sick players throughout the game, especially in 1.6 like roman, Tixo, paN, mooN, Blizzard, silver, fleks, CHEF-KOCH, cash, Roman R., Johnny R. etc. german pro series was even covered on hltv and had international viewership, german second tier teams always had some sick players and had upset potential for better international teams. unlucky for germans only a very small part of the scene actually made transition to csgo. gob b basically solo carried german csgo in the beginning because there were so few experienced german players then. i think csgo never became that popular in germany like 1.6, like i rarely meet german kids who tryhard, it's mostly older guys who just chill. france was a bit more lucky i guess because france had strong css scene and verygames made complete switch to csgo and many other top players too.
2022-04-19 20:57
4 replies
Why fakeflag jerman?
2022-04-20 15:18
3 replies
#99
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Japan esy
Learn to handle the truth.
2022-04-30 15:15
2 replies
There's no correlation between my comment and yours, are you dumb?
2022-04-30 15:28
1 reply
#102
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Japan esy
Learn to handle the truth.
2022-04-30 21:50
#42
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Denmark Rubix__
Please change name to KRIMBON what about FAVEN?
2022-04-19 15:42
F of faveN
2022-04-19 15:46
LOL KRIMBO TIER4 JDC TIER1
2022-04-19 15:47
#47
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Scotland Ludax
So syrsoN is the only reason for BIG winning the game
2022-04-19 15:49
#49
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China RADNIKEY
I think it’s time to award him with the oN
2022-04-19 15:51
I think there are quite a few talented players from Germany now that are 23 years old or younger. K1to, JDC, PANIX, Slaxz-, Krimbo, Faven all have potential. Not at the top yet, but they could and should improve over the next years.
2022-04-19 16:15
Rip Jermans.
2022-04-19 16:25
i can see kito crying in the corner :v
2022-04-19 16:27
Cringebo
2022-04-19 16:42
So happy for BIG and Germans <3
2022-04-19 17:16
i was thinking the same, great player!
2022-04-19 17:35
#69
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Europe Khanan
“ Yes! He's by far one of the best with smokes, fixed points and stuff like that, he knows every single smoke in the game I would say.” Not even all grenades are known, so this can’t be true. According to a pro he still found out about new grenade throws.
2022-04-19 18:03
3 replies
nah its true BIG knows all of them already but reveals them slowly so the other teams don't get too stressed
2022-04-21 10:54
2 replies
#90
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Europe Khanan
#69 read it again slowly.
2022-04-21 10:58
1 reply
#87 read it again slowly. Hint: joke
2022-04-21 11:04
I can agree with this 👍
2022-04-19 18:31
Interview with tabseN and gob and gob get's one question and answers one word. :DDDD
2022-04-19 19:20
1 reply
#98
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Cyprus shmoe
:D
2022-04-30 12:00
Why is heroic placed 1st but BIG 2nd with both having a 3-0 record?
2022-04-21 10:55
2 replies
ESIC likes Heroic more
2022-04-28 15:40
buchholz system
2022-04-29 19:41
#92
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Spain Malxer
BIG is looking pretty strong and solid right now, I think together they will achieve high peaks. Good luck!
2022-04-21 17:22
Carimbo neles.
2022-04-30 18:28
if that's the best Germany has to offer.... so be it.
2022-05-01 13:19
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