mezii: "It's easier for me to come in as an IGL because everyone has really good communication"

fnatic's new IGL William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman caught up with HLTV after upsetting Heroic.

fnatic came into the Pinnacle Cup Championship after a turbulent start to 2022 that has seen the squad revamped several times, only recently having added Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen and Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi to their ranks.

Despite sporting a brand-new roster, and fielding Patrik "⁠f0rest⁠" Lindberg as a stand-in, fnatic beat the odds to triumph narrowly over pre-tournament favourites Heroic in their opening game.

mezii started his new life as an IGL with a surprise victory

Newly-minted IGL mezii sat down with HLTV after the match to talk about settling into his new role, what it has been like playing with his new team, and their expectations for the event.

First off congratulations, how does it feel to beat the favourites for the whole event?

Really good to be honest, I think Heroic are always one of the hardest teams to play, just their playstyle is super hard to read against because they’re always gambling, they’re always over-rotating, so it’s super hard. For us, since we made the changes, it has always been about communication. I think when you play a team like that, when your communication is really good, that’s how you beat them. I think we played super calm and were able to react well against them.

Like you say Heroic have a style that is difficult to read, so it must have been a hard first test as an IGL for you. Were you sweating at all over this game?

No not really, I think I was pretty calm about it. I think in this team it’s been a lot easier for me to come in as an IGL because everyone around has really good communication and can always put ideas forward so, it’s making my job a lot easier. I’m not having to sit there, tell each person “do this, do that”, so it doesn’t take away from my game as much. It’s been really good to have ideas put forward.

Is that something you think is particularly important, keeping your individual level high?

Yeah I definitely think so, and I think you have to have it now. Even with IGLs that in the past that maybe didn’t frag as well, like Karrigan for example, he is individually playing really well. You have to have five players that can frag well and step up when they need to, so it’s important for me to be able to always be able to give a good level as well.

I know in the past you have said you have been a secondary voice on teams, but has it been a big change to switch to being the primary caller?

I think it is because there is just more responsibility. When you are a second caller you can give ideas whenever you feel like it, there’s never that responsibility at the end of the round where you have to be the one to make the call.

Obviously there are always going to be ideas in the round, but it’s your choice to take the idea, or use it to make something different. There’s a bigger responsibility, but it makes it a lot easier when you have a team that can really come together and give ideas as a collective.

Were there any expectations for you guys coming into this event?

Not really. Obviously we all want to do well, no one that competes wants to lose. I think when things are against us, we have a stand-in and we are a completely new team, the expectations aren’t there to win the event, but also we’re here to take each game as it comes and just win as much as we can.

That’s what happened even in the past when we had stand-ins, if you set the expectations a bit lower, it takes some of the pressure off people and we can play full confidence. When you play against a team like Heroic, you have to play with confidence or they just run over you. I have experienced that in the past, when you’re trying to figure out too much against them or are playing a bit scared they just run over you, so it’s important to keep that confidence and not worry too much about what’s going to happen, just keep going and keep the motivation.

Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
709
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
878
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
34
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
2084
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Nice
2022-06-08 13:12
ankara mezii
2022-06-08 13:12
2 replies
♥️♥️♥️nice
2022-06-08 14:44
#49
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United Kingdom shuckmagic
ANKARA MEZZZI GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL
2022-06-08 18:08
#3
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Israel KamazTier21
Wow
2022-06-08 13:12
ngl loving this fnatic roster
2022-06-08 13:12
UK CS BACK ON THE MAP
2022-06-08 13:12
3 replies
Freya <3
2022-06-09 01:12
2 replies
Hell yeah mens
2022-06-09 02:40
1 reply
Goddess 🥰
2022-06-09 02:44
#6
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Lithuania kronas
f0rest GOAT
2022-06-08 13:13
#7
JW | 
Netherlands whycrycry
FNATIC_6_MAJOR
2022-06-08 13:14
lets go fnatic!!
2022-06-08 13:15
#9
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Poland tailal
MEZII > MESSI
2022-06-08 13:15
1 reply
#50
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United Kingdom shuckmagic
+10000
2022-06-08 18:08
Classic interview after ONE good match, time to lose out now
2022-06-08 13:16
happy for him
2022-06-08 13:16
Top 10 IGL already
2022-06-08 13:17
#14
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Belgium Soldierce
Nothing about the 5th player =(
2022-06-08 13:27
9 replies
5th player is probably HEAP since that was already rumoured before they took f0rest as a stand-in. Makes sense Dig would want to lend f0rest to keep fnatic interested if they're gonna be buying HEAP out of his contract.
2022-06-08 15:18
8 replies
#33
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Belgium Soldierce
that would make sense, i'm not sure if HEAP is the right fit tho but we'll have to see
2022-06-08 15:23
#39
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Sweden flippig
Is heap igl or will mezzi try and do it moving forward?
2022-06-08 16:13
2 replies
Pretty sure mezzi is locked as IGL. Heap is not an igl
2022-06-08 17:11
1 reply
#47
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Sweden flippig
Ok ty!
2022-06-08 18:04
#41
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United States cybonics
What if they buy f0rest 👀
2022-06-08 17:06
3 replies
f0rest/krimz/roej = too many oldies in one team, probably
2022-06-08 17:37
2 replies
#46
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United States cybonics
But they're all still good. Top players on their respected teams
2022-06-08 17:39
1 reply
I think the meta at the moment is to have more younger players and 1 or 2 more experienced. Plus f0rest has been decent in Dig but he wasn't their top player.
2022-06-08 18:07
Mezzi igl ??
2022-06-08 13:28
good comms =/= honeymoon period.
2022-06-08 13:31
14 replies
#17
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France HippzZ
+1
2022-06-08 13:43
#18
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Sweden skorpan
In normal cases yes, but let's be real here. All of these players (the 4 signed, but also f0rest) are known to be calm players (a bit older and more mature as well).
2022-06-08 14:13
2 replies
Let's be real, all calm players are really good when the situation is not tense. It is easy to call when the situation is not chaotic. Maybe, mezii will turn to be a good igl, but honestly, after one bo1, I'll wait. Ppl overpraised poizon, where is him rn ?
2022-06-08 14:17
1 reply
#20
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Sweden skorpan
Ofcourse we have to wait :) I just mean that this isn't a typical honey moon period, but just ONE game. They've got potential based on what I wrote, but only time will tell.
2022-06-08 14:21
everything is negative = go outside
2022-06-08 14:40
8 replies
everything is delusionnal = stop watching cs.
2022-06-08 14:41
7 replies
always negative when its a team you dont like and you pray on their downfall = grow up, here is the EG project, which most people think is a horrible idea, and here is you, complementing them, because they are NA hltv.org/forums/threads/2640565/eg#r5559.. Two faced. If EG was not NA you would be hating just as much as always
2022-06-08 14:44
6 replies
I'm not hating the project I just said it is too soon and mezii is a unproven igl. Everyone hyped og. Some wet4 Saying nexa is a better igl than aleksib. Someone even said og had old astralis vibe in terms of teamplay. They lost 0-2 vs eternal fire. The first few months doesn't say much. Sure it is better to have a good start, but just look on og first statements. About eg,I said I don't likthe current team.
2022-06-08 14:56
5 replies
no one is hyping fnatic, they are just reacting to a win. Hyping is more like if they go far in a tournament, just like spirit are getting hyped right now, not just 1 match, hence why mibr isnt hyped and was never hyped after the navi match
2022-06-08 14:56
4 replies
And btw, I already like more the project because Alex is not there. I'm not sure about mezii, but Alex proved to be pretty one dimensional igl. Eg is shit. I just hoping for a mix. But it is more a copium than anything else. Eg and liquid are the master of bad decisions
2022-06-08 15:00
3 replies
alex is a dickhead imo
2022-06-08 15:00
2 replies
True. Also you're a cringe fan boy imo
2022-06-08 15:23
1 reply
ty
2022-06-08 15:24
#36
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Singapore 2200DPI
+1 best reply ever seen
2022-06-08 15:57
ankara mezzi ankara mezziiii
2022-06-08 14:42
#28
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France brunky
Imagine being mezii 23yo playing with a legend like f0rest as standin, in fnatic who made f0rest, as his IGL... and won his first map against the favorite... kind of a dream for many players
2022-06-08 14:56
If mezii wants to be the IGL and will stay on that role I think fnatic can really get a good firepower with this team, roeJ + nicoodoz is a great duo, with mezii and KRIMZ + another youngster most likely in the team, I think it can be a scary one when it comes to shooting heads.
2022-06-08 15:29
ankara mezii
2022-06-08 16:02
Roasted carriedgun
2022-06-08 16:11
#40
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Chile esanchez47
Imagine just playing with the FPS god f0rest
2022-06-08 16:38
#43
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United States cybonics
I really like Mezii, but don't like the IGL move. However, if mezii has experienced veterans around him like this roster, it could work.
2022-06-08 17:35
#44
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Bosnia and Herzegovina IamErko
#AlwaysFnatic i hope we get good 5th player, in my opinion f0rest did great job, and i am not sure but will fnatic sign a new IGL or mezzii will stay as IGL?
2022-06-08 17:37
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