karrigan: "I don't think the old team would have survived some of the rounds we threw at the Major"

FaZe's in-game leader joined HLTV Confirmed to discuss the team's journey heading into, during, and after their Major-winning run in Belgium.

Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen joined HLTV confirmed on Tuesday to share his thoughts on FaZe's experiences during the PGL Major Antwerp, which also marked his team becoming the first international roster in the game's history to become Major winners.

Kicking off the segment saw karrigan give an insight on the team's confidence going into the Major and his own personal mindset, the Dane having previously led his team to back-to-back victories to start the year at IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League.

"I think we had a good feeling going into the Major, very careful to not be overconfident. We had a strange first few months with the team like winning IEM Katowice with a stand-in, and down 0-2 at EPL to grinding our way to 3-2, eventually winning Pro League," karrigan said when asked about the team's confidence heading into the PGL Major. "The thing with Majors is it's not how you start the tournament, but how you end the tournament, every time. We were not overconfident, but confident enough to take the win."

karrigan returned to HLTV Confirmed on Tuesday, this time as Major champion

Having always competed at the highest level of CS:GO and achieving numerous victories at Big Events, the elusive Major crown was the only thing missing from karrigan's decorated career. When asked about how he dealt with his status being one of the greatest to never win a Major, the FaZe IGL explained how a change of mindset and better mental focus helped him in the long run.

"For me personally, I kind of told myself two years ago that I might never get a Major. By telling myself I might never get a Major it just made me realize that I can win all the other tournaments and just make them as important as a Major," karrigan stated, while also admitting that a mistake he had made early in his career was think that winning a Major was the only way one could become the greatest.

"By changing my mindset, it kind of released some of the pressure I had during the previous tournaments, and I think that was the best thing I changed by just accepting that and reading about other professional players and professional sports, so that was very healthy for me."

karrigan also mentioned that FaZe opted not to bring their analyst, Viacheslav "⁠innersh1ne⁠" Britvin, to the tournament, reasoning that it would be better for the squad to have both their analyst and their coach, Robert "⁠RobbaN⁠" Dahlström, working on the same page from home. Inspired by the team's manager stepping in and being a great morale booster during the Major, karrigan also stated the importance of not forgetting to have fun even as a pro player.

"You are so focused on winning, winning, winning, that you forget to enjoy the moment and have fun. People that watched our voice comms from the Major, we were laughing in the first round of the Major final because someone's microphone wasn't working. Normally that could be tilting, but we made something fun out of it"

The Danish in-game leader made comparisons to his previous FaZe lineups, and what learnings the team has applied since then. "I don't think the old [FaZe 2018] team would have survived some of the rounds we threw at the Major. With the old lineup, we were overthinking stuff, and that’s something that RobbaN and I learned from those losses. It's a key difference from this team to the other one, and maybe it also came down to the younger players showing a little more hunger."

Even though FaZe emerged as overall champions of the PGL Major, they still encountered some obstacles along the way, with karrigan admitting that their matches against Ninjas in Pyjamas, Spirit, and Natus Vincere in the playoffs were all a different challenge respective of where they were in the competition.

"The hardest game mentally was against Spirit and the one I was most scared of was against Ninjas in Pyjamas on the third map. Against Natus Vincere we just played at a higher level as compared to the previous opponents, stepped up our game in the final along with a good game plan, and their Nuke veto gave us a confidence boost as well."

As IEM Dallas grew closer, karrigan revealed that he felt mentally drained and the rest of the FaZe members weren't able to fully prepare for the upcoming tournament given the team's schedule, with Andersen telling the squad to just do their best despite not being at 100%. Although disappointed at their loss to Cloud9, karrigan promised that the result will be fuel to what is hopefully a more successful outing at the BLAST Spring Final.

Will FaZe maintain their strong display in the back half of 2022?

Straying a bit away from talking about his own team's performance, karrigan took time to commend Cloud9's approach to their quarter-final series at IEM Dallas. ”They clearly had a good plan on how to counter us, and it's tough when you beat a team three or four times in a row then they have to constantly adapt and learn from their mistakes. It's hard to always stay on top of how others adapt or react to us.”

The Danish in-game leader also addressed Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen's comments about the language differences being a possible hindrance to international teams' communication and reaching the same levels of success as compared to those with a lineup of players from the same country, agreeing that the statement made sense, but also shared his own view on how his role as the captain and shotcaller allows him to handle an international roster.

"If I have four individual players that see the game a little different, but I can connect those pieces and make them mesh together, that's where I feel international teams are really, really dangerous. Everybody plays their own style, but has a bigger voice that leads the team into how we want to play the map."

The rest of the episode touched more on various moments from IEM Dallas, such as ENCE's grand final run with Janusz "⁠Snax⁠" Pogorzelski as a stand-in, Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's Cloud9 roster finally succeeding on the arena stage, and some teams' post-Major roster shakeups.

You can watch the whole HLTV Confirmed episode featuring karrigan on YouTube, or listen in audio form via popular podcast apps.

Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
2114
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Russia Viacheslav 'innersh1ne' Britvin
Viacheslav 'innersh1ne' Britvin
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1994
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
#1
F1KU | 
Lithuania Latty
first
2022-06-08 19:57
6 replies
bro, u may be first but karrig0n is not 😋 love the bait img on their yt vid lol, how can he be the "best" leader without multiple achievements.. hes about to retire (within 12 months imho), in all the active years, he only won something big in 2022, how does that make him a good leader lol
2022-06-08 22:53
3 replies
#69
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Denmark LeCerveau
Yeah, he didn't win anything at all before... (besides 7 S-tier tournaments and +10 A-tier - what a fucking loser...)
2022-06-09 07:47
2 replies
+1
2022-06-09 11:56
Loooooser I won more by playing just mm. 😎
2022-06-09 13:21
Never doubted.
2022-06-09 04:54
1 reply
Showboating after getting carried by teammates Lol
2022-06-09 05:17
#2
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United States lovedavis
hi mom
2022-06-08 19:57
1 reply
Hi sonnie
2022-06-08 20:15
oh hi im here
2022-06-08 19:57
KarriGOAT
2022-06-08 19:57
1 reply
GOATtigan
2022-06-08 21:51
#5
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United States urm@m
basically Niko would have tilted
2022-06-08 19:57
#6
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Austria Kaklo2705
Best IGL
2022-06-08 19:58
hes talking about Niko
2022-06-08 19:58
#8
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Czech Republic Kaizy
Olofmeister and Niko dig
2022-06-08 19:58
8 replies
just Niko, olof is chill
2022-06-08 20:00
1 reply
man you're always sucking olof, the part where he says that this roster has more hungry clearly applies to olof.
2022-06-08 21:31
olof 2 Majors ez
2022-06-08 20:09
#51
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Probably Niko and maybe guardian dig tbh, Olof wouldn't have stayed for this long if he wasn't liked by the others, also both Niko and karrigan on different occasions said how important Olof was for the team and how hard it is to replace him
2022-06-08 20:53
4 replies
i think the problem with olof was about hungry since he achieved everything he could in cs go (2 majors, best player in the world) guardian for me personally does not seem so tilted but who knows.
2022-06-08 21:32
3 replies
#58
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Guardian had clashes with Niko but other than that I think he was pretty chill but still who knows just like u said
2022-06-08 21:49
2 replies
wow didn't heard of that, so that's why he was replaced by broky (a literally nobody at the time)?
2022-06-08 23:38
1 reply
#64
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Quite possibly
2022-06-08 23:58
#9
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Puerto Rico zywh032
hi dad
2022-06-08 19:58
if simpe hit that shot on ropz on mid,it would be a different story,but ggwp for faze
2022-06-08 19:59
16 replies
we can say the same about Niko on Nuke
2022-06-08 20:01
9 replies
yea,pretty much the same scenario
2022-06-08 20:02
Not really, that major had na'vi written all over it
2022-06-08 20:12
7 replies
we're talking ifs and buts here, ofc Navi were favorites but ending their streak on Nuke in major final would have an emotional impact etc etc, we can argue about it forever. what happened happened, gotta accept it and move on
2022-06-08 20:14
2 replies
I just said it on #28. People tend to forget how stuff really works only because the team was the favorite to win lol.
2022-06-08 20:15
G2 reached finals only due to NiKo playing like a God, they were full dependent on him to win and we all know what happens when team depends on one or two players (2018 navi for example). So, Na'vi had more chances to win without a doubt and significantly more as I speak. b1t and electronic playing insane and perfecto clutching like 2018 xyp9x
2022-06-08 20:24
We don't know how the 3rd map would be if s1mple was tilted. If it had na'vi written all over it, it would be that close in nuke.
2022-06-08 20:15
3 replies
Did you mean it wouldn't be close? and also #3
2022-06-08 20:23
2 replies
Yes
2022-06-08 20:25
1 reply
#35 *
2022-06-08 20:27
mad
2022-06-08 20:03
1 reply
nah man,i acctually picked them to win,got my diamond coin
2022-06-08 20:04
not even that round ... the bigger troll was when karrigan was in library and got 3 , s1mple should have traded the 2nd guy but idk he missed or something
2022-06-08 20:07
2 replies
s1mple was losing it in the final. i'm a fan of his and i haven't seen him tilt that hard in fkin forever
2022-06-08 20:14
1 reply
i dont know about tilt because he looked so hyped up when they were making the comeback but somehow missed the shot on karrigan maybe csgo ed him or something idk... didnt watched it from his pov
2022-06-08 20:17
Same with fazes lost 4v2 vs force buy, it would end up like 16 12/13 for faze
2022-06-08 20:17
the best igl is snappi
2022-06-08 20:01
2 replies
#38
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England Triturn
with his 0 trophies? Any igl that can do good with an international lineup is already insane but defo not the best
2022-06-08 20:25
1 reply
snappi 1 time in ence lineup karrigan 0 times
2022-06-08 20:33
translation: I don't think coldzera would recover from the rounds we threw at the major, we would probably lose due to him
2022-06-08 20:06
4 replies
I m pretty positive he was talking about the boston squad Nevertheless if cold was with them they would have been eliminated in the rmrs
2022-06-08 20:19
1 reply
+1
2022-06-09 00:43
You should re-read the HLTV article above and re-watch the Vid, he was referring to the roster that lost in Boston.
2022-06-09 00:43
1 reply
I know, just wanted to add coldzera into the banter for no further reason
2022-06-09 16:10
#20
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Finland AliSabid
goattigan
2022-06-08 20:07
Agreed This faze team is very clutch
2022-06-08 20:11
#25
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
he's looking at you, Niko lul
2022-06-08 20:13
shots fired
2022-06-08 20:22
Firing shots at niko lol
2022-06-08 20:26
So basically what he is saying olofmeister is bad, and ropz is good.
2022-06-08 20:26
2 replies
he prolly meant 2018 faze not sure tho edit : im sure cuz i read whole thing you should too
2022-06-08 20:30
1 reply
ok thanks, I did what most people do, just assume everything.
2022-06-08 20:36
Deserved shots for NiKo, calling karrigan overrated but you're the one always choking everything, karrigan went on to be as successful as possible after FaZe, took an insanely inexperienced team to top2 in mouz and now taking FaZe to top1 with Major win
2022-06-08 20:30
Ah yes, definitely wouldn't have. Such a stuck up prick. Played out of his mind, can't deny that. But niko + peak olof + peak guardian + good rain + good karrigan would have won the game too. They weren't playing hyped up, unstoppable home crowd favourites in NA. They were playing a broken navi.
2022-06-08 20:35
#48
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Finland Kashmiir
Carry gun.
2022-06-08 20:44
#49
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New Zealand kdeadly
SIGNED
2022-06-08 20:47
#50
JK | 
Asia flipflop
This Faze wouldn't even reach playoffs if ropz weren't there.
2022-06-08 20:53
GOAT <3 People always hated on him, underestimated his achievements but now they love him :)
2022-06-08 20:54
Soon he will be a coach himself or enjoy retirement, who knows.
2022-06-08 20:54
Bestest Finn
2022-06-08 21:03
#70
NiKo | 
India RycerZ
oh so how you throw IEM Dallas? Lmao. Talk about luck factors.
2022-06-09 07:50
#71
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United States Burger_man
title... spot fixing confirmed Kappa
2022-06-09 08:20
#72
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United States vox_3
We love you karrigan !
2022-06-09 08:55
#73
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Iceland suriel666
the "old team" ? that without ropz? how would it not have survived with just 1 different player? FluKe Clan at it again ..
2022-06-09 09:03
2 replies
Boston'18 lineup? Maybe?
2022-06-09 15:05
i mean... dont read the article
2022-06-09 15:49
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