hampus: "The goal is just to play good CS and have fun, because we didn't have fun at the Major"

Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser says that Ninjas in Pyjamas are focusing on their own game after a rough showing at the Major.

Ninjas in Pyjamas shocked the world with the signing of Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen, and the team's first showing in the aftermath at the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR seemed to herald the dawn of a new age of success for the Ninjas.

The Major itself proved to be a brutal reality check as Ninjas in Pyjamas flopped, posting an 0-3 record. BLAST Premier Fall Final represents a chance for the Nordic squad to show the world that their RMR performance was more than a fluke fuelled by the honeymoon period.

They recovered from an opening loss to Heroic by brushing aside OG 2-0, and with that win in the bag and a playoff spot guaranteed hampus sat down for a chat with HLTV to discuss the victory, as well as what the Ninjas have done since the Major to improve their fortunes.

Let's talk about the Ancient game first. It felt like that one was in OG's hands, they had a lot of match points, what kept you in the game and allowed you to turn it around?

It felt like OG did a good comeback on CT side, we lost some bad rounds in the beginning, like we won the force and lost the round after that which made it kind of rough because we had no economy and they had good economy. We figured out that we win when we played slow, so we just let them do their aggro shit they do and then after they have no nades, we just go and kill them, and yeah it worked out. Aleksi kept us calm, everyone was calm and Aleksi did some good calls, and yeah we got it in the bag!

So would you say Aleksi was key then in keeping you guys level-headed when OG were on the brink of winning the map?

Yeah I would say so, he was a big part of that. Of course everyone was kinda calm, but some guys get more stressed out when it's a close game and all this, but he said "let's just do this passive default we have," and we won it every time almost, letting them run around like they want to do, and then we do ours. He was very good.

hampus is still struggling at times with communicating in English

Moving on to talk about Vertigo, particularly in the first half there were a lot of low buys traded back and forth, it felt a bit hectic. How did it feel to you?

It felt good, we were just a bit unlucky in the clutch situations I would say, but we just kept saying "next clutch we're going to be the lucky ones," and we were! This one round when I came window and NEOFRAG whiffed on me with the AWP, I'm just lucky he misses right? And we win because of that. So yeah we got lucky in the end, and in the half-time we said "this was a good half guys, even though we could have gotten more rounds, this is a good half, we don't need anymore," and we didn’t.

Looking forwards to the rest of the tournament, what are the goals for NIP? Have you set any kind of target with where you'd like to finish?

I think if we're going to go to Abu Dhabi, the World Final, we have to win I think someone told me. I'm not exactly sure, but I think top-two at least, so that's kinda the goal right? But the goal is not really that, the goal is just to play good Counter-Strike and have fun, because we didn't have fun at the Major. Now we're here to have fun, and yeah yesterday was maybe not the funnest one, but today was fun (smiles).

I'm glad you're enjoying yourself at least!

If I could just pick up on that Major point, I know you and djL spoke on Confirmed about the Major so I won't ask too much, all I would ask is what has been the preparation for this event? What have you been working on after that Major performance?

The main thing is that we are focused a lot more on ourselves now, this event, before we did a lot of prep. For the Major we did a lot of preparation, maybe a bit too much, because obviously it didn't go good at the Major right? So we are really just focusing on ourselves, having our plan down, a good game plan, knowing what to do in all these rounds. Focusing on ourselves, that's the thing djL has pushed the most.

The other thing I wanted to ask about was that you mentioned the transition to English, and how that has been a little bit of a struggle for you guys. I wonder how it's developing, is it improving or is it still hard work?

It's improving, but for me personally it's sometimes rough you know, like when a lot of things happen. It gets better day by day and we speak English all the time, it's just in the super hectic situations I miss Swedish a little bit, but I'm getting there.

Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1407
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1055
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
real
2022-11-24 16:45
2 replies
w0w Cucumber
2022-11-24 17:04
1 reply
#20
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Finland Cucumber))
hi morskoy :D
2022-11-24 17:55
4Head have fun
2022-11-24 16:45
1 reply
Cuz u didnt play good CS at major Hampus ?🤔
2022-11-24 19:50
#3
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Russia lpz126
can you have fun but losing, i doubt
2022-11-24 16:46
4 replies
#18
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Sweden KennyKEX
If you listen you 0iq russian you wouldnt have commented that
2022-11-24 17:34
3 replies
#19
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Russia lpz126
negative iq swedish as expected
2022-11-24 17:43
2 replies
#21
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Sweden KennyKEX
Flag checksout
2022-11-24 17:56
1 reply
#26
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Russia lpz126
flag checks out
2022-11-24 21:17
Have fun
2022-11-24 16:46
If I'm a NiP investor or management and I read this headline kkkkkkk
2022-11-24 16:47
2 replies
Hahahah, fired on point
2022-11-24 16:48
#28
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United States DarkFX
You wouldn't have a very good team then
2022-11-25 03:40
GONINJAS
2022-11-24 16:50
Aerial 2.0 lmao
2022-11-24 16:58
#9
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Russia Renji465
Play for fun in mm on gold nova, "pro player"
2022-11-24 17:00
you are not getting paid for "having fun" bro
2022-11-24 17:00
3 replies
is it better to not have fun and play bad cs then?
2022-11-24 17:14
2 replies
but... they are always bad
2022-11-24 17:15
1 reply
and does it look like they're having fun when playing badly?
2022-11-24 17:20
hampus <3
2022-11-24 17:04
HAMPUS IS HUNGRY ! HAMPUS WANTS TO EAT !
2022-11-24 17:08
hf gl
2022-11-24 17:10
go play Faceit / matchmaking and have fun what the f*** is this ... lol
2022-11-24 18:09
#23
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Serbia DakileX
I also want to have fun and get paid thousands of dollars every month can u sign me?
2022-11-24 19:34
xD all these ppl so triggered. obviously he means that their goal is to be positive, have fun,have positive mindset while playing and play well instead of tilting hard about everything that goes wrong and playing like shit. not that theyre just playing for fun and dont care if they win or lose.
2022-11-24 19:40
If they want to have fun then -aleksi +sunny
2022-11-24 22:41
2 replies
#29
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United States DarkFX
LOL the issue is with their core players not the igl.
2022-11-25 03:43
1 reply
the joke is that when ence kicked aleksi they claimed to be having fun
2022-11-25 05:03
#31
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Albania helsing124
Best swedish player , dont even argue with me
2022-11-25 07:36
1 reply
Ur crazy if u think he's the best swedish player lmaooo rn it's brollan 100%
2022-11-25 16:05
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