ropz: "It's been a while since we felt that, closing out a dominant match"

The FaZe star was in good spirits after a convincing opening victory over OG in Denmark.

FaZe came to Denmark from a horrible a flop at the IEM Rio Major, where they crashed out with a 0-3 record after losses to Cloud9, Vitality, and most disappointingly, Bad News Eagles. The usual FaZe clutch factor was missing, and their individuals were far from their best.

The opening game at BLAST was a welcome return to form for Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool and his teammates as they swept aside OG in convincing fashion, with stellar performances by the star players.

ropz stopped for a quick chat with HLTV after that victory, giving his thoughts on the importance of a strong first showing here at BLAST and why they have persisted with Ancient, despite trying to avoid it at the Major.

First off, congratulations. How do you feel about taking that victory?

It feels good, it's been a while since we felt that, closing out a dominant match like we had today. It's been a long time coming, it's finally nice to get a hand on it.

Is it important to get a victory early after a disappointing Major? This is your first official back since that underperformance.

Definitely, it goes without saying, a win like this after our performance at the Major is a great boost for everyone. It's something we definitely needed. Everyone was feeling a bit low and disappointed, so I'm really grateful that we all showed up today and it worked out.

Speaking about Ancient, specifically, and particularly that CT side, it seemed to be a very aggressive approach from you. Was that a specific gameplan for OG, a specific Ancient thing, or trying to get that confidence back that maybe you've lacked since the Major?

The gameplan was definitely a bit of both, so we had just some of our stuff that we know works, and a few rounds which we noticed are weaknesses in OG's T side, it was both of those. We just mixed them in, made sure we made the right calls at the right times, and it was going to work.

ropz feels FaZe are showing the first signs of returning to form

Twistzz mentioned in an interview yesterday you were feeling a lack of comfort on Ancient before the Major, which is why you tried to work Vertigo into the map pool. Has that changed at all?

I don't think it has changed, the reason we played Vertigo was that our Ancient did feel weak before the Major. Coming into this tournament we obviously know the teams we are going to face, playing Vertigo in this tournament makes a bit less sense because there are really strong Vertigo teams in this one. The only team we could have pulled it out against was OG, but we decided to go Ancient just because we had some more stuff prepared. We haven't shown anything of our new stuff, and we had some good preparation against them in terms of anti-strats.

After that first performance, it was so convincing, do you think you can go on to win the tournament?

Yeah, this first game against OG was definitely showing the first signs of our form returning, and I hope we can do that.

Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1188
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
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Denmark devnr1
ropz <3
2022-11-23 13:34
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Classic FaZe Clan... Indomitable one minute and tilting the next. :D
2022-11-23 13:36
7 replies
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Indonesia lumayan
classic jonty... always coming up with straight facts in all comments!
2022-11-23 18:02
6 replies
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Same could be said of your posting. :)
2022-11-23 18:11
5 replies
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Indonesia lumayan
Dude, are u dexter fangay too? 😂😂😂
2022-11-23 18:48
4 replies
#29
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
As in do I love the player Dexter? I admire his work ethic and think he is underrated but I wouldn't say I was an obsessive fan.
2022-11-23 18:53
3 replies
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Indonesia lumayan
fair enough hahaha. what do you think about jamyoung?
2022-11-24 07:31
2 replies
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Great player but is obviously limited to the region he plays in.
2022-11-24 14:36
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Indonesia lumayan
You're undoubtedly the wisest hltv user I've ever met, respect!
2022-11-25 09:27
Good job ropz :)
2022-11-23 13:36
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Denmark rolade
lol ptsd from chokes sounds like g2
2022-11-23 13:40
Just dont choke next games
2022-11-23 13:45
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Romania Coxmin
ropEz
2022-11-23 14:08
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Latvia laiziolas
I think navi still are the hardest team to play against.
2022-11-23 14:18
1 reply
Bruh not at all ahahah outsiders heroic furia
2022-11-23 16:05
good to be back in the faze era mens, all seems right in the world
2022-11-23 15:03
1 reply
Its over give it up
2022-11-23 15:47
The koolest kid on the block
2022-11-23 15:06
og just played bad
2022-11-23 15:08
See u in the Arena on Saturday
2022-11-23 15:30
It’s been a while since you showed your old form, bro. Get back in shape!
2022-11-23 15:46
3 replies
He had 1.15 wirh mouz now 1.13... kinda gard with broky and twistz un the team
2022-11-23 16:07
2 replies
That is true. I guess roles determine a lot. I always hated the notion of roles. Just let the guys play lol
2022-11-23 16:20
1 reply
So trueee ahahah if a guy is good on a map make him the fragger in the map why do they always gotta be support/support nothing else?... we'd see so many better team and player stats
2022-11-23 20:21
Ropz fell off
2022-11-23 15:47
i didnt even know there was a match
2022-11-23 15:56
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