rain: "We're just getting started"

We spoke to Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard, the HLTV x Bitskins MVP of PGL Major Antwerp, after he lifted the trophy on stage.

After an thrilling tournament run that culminated in a two-map series victory with wins on Inferno and Nuke, FaZe have claimed their first Major title, with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen and rain at long last combining to overcome their defeat in Boston four years ago and lift the trophy in Antwerp.

At 27-years-old and surround by a trifecta of young talent, it was the Norwegian rifler himself who defied all odds to end the event firmly ahead in the MVP race, and after celebrations concluded on stage, HLTV.org caught up with him to hand him his MVP medal and discuss the win.

rain said "27 is the new 18" as far as his performance in the future is concerned

"It feels so amazing, I don't even know how to explain it. I'm still a little bit in shock, I don't think I realized myself yet that we actually won the Major," rain said. "Even two, three months before this event, I told my friends at home to come to the Major, we're going to win this for sure, I just kept telling them."

He also spoke about the narrow margins on Inferno that had echoes of Boston 2018 written all over it, including comebacks, incredible clutches, and an intense overtime affair, with the win coming down to a last-minute rotation that helped take things over the line.

"I realized right after we won that round, I was like, 'oh sh-, that was just like Boston, that was a risk. It worked out perfectly this time, ropz is the ultimate lurker on A and he got a good timing on b1t, so it played out good."

Regarding the second map, rain said he was surprised that Natus Vincere picked into Nuke given their record, giving them props for "having some balls." The map ended up firmly in FaZe's favor despite a comeback effort from NAVI in the latter moments, and it was soon after that the European combine went forward to lift the trophy, something rain had no words to share, stating that standing alongside karrigan in that moment "was an indescribable feeling, I don't know how to explain it."

When asked in conclusion if this was the last Major title he'd win, rain was firm in his stance: "we're just getting started."

Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1582
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1985
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Yeah bwoy
2022-05-23 00:33
3 replies
rain GIGACHAD
2022-05-23 00:44
2 replies
Type in beginning, surround -> surrounded
2022-05-23 02:00
1 reply
Faze.jks fans malding now
2022-05-23 03:19
#2
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South America Neshie
Faze Era
2022-05-23 00:33
9 replies
+1
2022-05-23 00:36
+1
2022-05-23 00:42
+1
2022-05-23 01:37
+1
2022-05-23 02:54
+100000000000000
2022-05-23 05:41
Not yet
2022-05-23 06:09
+1
2022-05-23 09:57
+1 I’m here for it
2022-05-23 12:26
+1
2022-05-23 14:46
#3
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Canada Sneksist
I believe it #FazeUp
2022-05-23 00:33
Faze Era
2022-05-23 00:33
Ok
2022-05-23 00:33
#6
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Estonia Hazardouz
beast
2022-05-23 00:33
#7
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Belgium Gaetje
Nice
2022-05-23 00:33
#8
rigoN | 
Albania ZxTox
<3
2022-05-23 00:34
#9
 | 
Poland tailal
Chad Rain
2022-05-23 00:34
#10
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Denmark Anytime!
pog
2022-05-23 00:34
#11
ropz | 
Poland R31T0
Damnnn... Major MVP?? That stand-in for JKS must be realy f. good!
2022-05-23 00:34
that also said navi
2022-05-23 00:35
Gigachad
2022-05-23 00:35
Rain played really good Unexpected actually
2022-05-23 00:36
1 reply
+1
2022-05-23 07:43
#FaZeUp
2022-05-23 00:36
Rain is my god
2022-05-23 00:36
1 reply
Mine too
2022-05-23 00:41
looks like navi focused more on playing valorant then CS during major sad
2022-05-23 00:36
#19
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Europe tsken
Mr. Major MVP you deserved this - grinding from the start!
2022-05-23 00:37
FeelsStrongMan Clap
2022-05-23 00:38
rain was a force of nature this major
2022-05-23 00:38
1 reply
#35
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United States DarkFX
Wow, just pure domination. All of the haters fueled his fire and what a statement by him.
2022-05-23 00:52
#22
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Denmark Jeffersond
Lets go raaain!
2022-05-23 00:39
#23
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United States Guyens
chills
2022-05-23 00:39
rainje <3
2022-05-23 00:40
#25
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United Kingdom emobe
LESS GOO
2022-05-23 00:41
hes just so chill
2022-05-23 00:43
-rain +jks
2022-05-23 00:43
3 replies
Nope. jks to OG
2022-05-23 01:14
2 replies
he's fueling rain mens
2022-05-23 03:48
#93
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Italy Skye620
He's just giving God rain more motivation mens
2022-05-23 11:48
Congratulations Máster
2022-05-23 00:50
#32
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Romania Toolfuti
congrats champ
2022-05-23 00:50
#33
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Ukraine PeteZz
chad god of yard
2022-05-23 00:52
#34
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Finland AliSabid
Very nice!
2022-05-23 00:52
next lan 0.92 and replaced
2022-05-23 00:55
4 replies
he's not getting kicked until the next major at the very least
2022-05-23 01:26
#64
roeJ | 
Finland dvlx
CRY IS FREE
2022-05-23 02:58
#68
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Even if he goes negative rain is the backbone of faze,.he has been there from the start, no matter his stats his teammates and his org appreciate him that much that it doesn't look like he is getting replaced, unless he retires by himself
2022-05-23 03:40
#94
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Italy Skye620
Rain will never be kicked, even before this major.
2022-05-23 11:49
Start of an era yes
2022-05-23 00:56
RAINGOD
2022-05-23 00:58
Legend! Let's go FaZe!
2022-05-23 00:59
Now that rain is in good shape, who we remove in order to fit jks? -karrigan maybe?
2022-05-23 01:03
#41
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China vs3veN
Rain=GIGACHAD
2022-05-23 01:07
rain goat
2022-05-23 01:07
Well, this is their third win in a row. They haven't yet lost in any finals this year. They are already doing god-work.
2022-05-23 01:09
2 replies
1 more for grand slam lets go
2022-05-23 07:35
1 reply
2 more. Antwerp doesnt count.
2022-05-23 21:39
#44
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United States gweees
LETS GOOOOO
2022-05-23 01:11
rain=sex god
2022-05-23 01:11
Ah.. just getting started yeah yeah
2022-05-23 01:12
#48
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Sweden multib
He was so good this match against navi. Not only the kills but you can really feel how his presence puts so much fear in his opponents - "this is my territory, here I'm the one who rules"
2022-05-23 01:22
2 replies
truly a monster
2022-05-23 02:35
You shall not pass!!!
2022-05-23 10:16
This never ages well so I expect faze to drop to the lower rank they belong to
2022-05-23 01:27
3 replies
how much?
2022-05-23 02:40
kekw cry
2022-05-23 02:55
How they belong to lower rank? they are crushing the competition this year so far, winning every tournament.
2022-05-23 07:41
Gigachad
2022-05-23 01:28
#52
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina sqmke
Ok monkaW
2022-05-23 01:29
#53
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Luxembourg 2000
Congratulation Rain 👊
2022-05-23 01:33
Forever rain god, in forever Faze Clan !
2022-05-23 01:42
GJ
2022-05-23 01:50
WOOOOOOO
2022-05-23 01:56
#63
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Philippines sijibats
ofc -rain +jks after major
2022-05-23 02:55
#65
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Ukraine Daddy_Ropz
I truly believe it. Faze Era will happen unlike "navis covid era".
2022-05-23 03:05
Oh man, this sure was a great interview by jks
2022-05-23 03:14
RAIN POG !!!!
2022-05-23 03:44
40 years in the desert and still they not found theirs balls. Stop lie girl.
2022-05-23 04:33
In RAIN we trust!
2022-05-23 04:34
#73
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India KennyS1ngh
no NiKo ....no Ch0ke
2022-05-23 05:16
Botrigan now can retire ,
2022-05-23 07:03
1 reply
+1
2022-05-23 07:43
Now the hard work starts - staying on top
2022-05-23 07:53
1 reply
+1
2022-05-24 00:56
Choko was the problem.
2022-05-23 10:02
his performance on nuke i have seen anything like it.
2022-05-23 10:10
#86
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Norway HologramM
This man made me cry last night
2022-05-23 10:19
#87
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Norway HologramM
rain era
2022-05-23 10:20
rain interw 2k19. "He even talked about the possibility of them one day playing together again, which would be great to see. Fingers crossed". And it happened gj
2022-05-23 10:34
rain GIGACHAD
2022-05-23 10:40
from losing the opportunity to lift the trophy in Katowice because of Covid to proving all the -rain +jks morons wrong with a fucking Major MVP, mad respect.
2022-05-23 10:47
#91
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Serbia Alamunja00
Silvers from twitch chat "rain is raining tears" where are you now????
2022-05-23 10:48
Rain did over perform. He's not consistent.
2022-05-23 11:09
#95
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Switzerland Tyrsk
Very happy for him, this is so deserved he has always been a tremendous player glad he got rewarded.
2022-05-23 12:24
#97
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Netherlands dabadpad
great person with great personality.. GIGACHAD
2022-05-23 13:05
I prefer sunny
2022-05-23 13:16
#99
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Iran _HunK666_
Oh yeah fucking love rain with maximum effort 😍
2022-05-23 13:17
deserved for faze more deserved for rain and karrigan
2022-05-23 13:33
Yeah.. right =)) like that perfomance is gonna happen again .. bro just spent all his life tokens in one game.. still cannot believe that was rain playing
2022-05-23 15:04
3 replies
"in one game" Look at the whole tournament idiot
2022-05-24 01:13
2 replies
Your majesty.. I beg for some mercy
2022-05-24 02:18
1 reply
Mercy shall not be given! Guards take him away
2022-05-24 02:20
Great tournament by Rain. Keep in mind it`s way harder to defend no1 spot than reach it :)
2022-05-23 23:40
#109
SpawN | 
Norway hemy
JAAAAA! THE most epic player, the feeling on nuke. Unstoppable
2022-05-24 02:46
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