karrigan: "We should never put to bed the demons of the Major, it's a good reminder"

Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen thinks FaZe can learn from their disastrous run in Rio and turn it into a positive.

The anguished photos of karrigan from the IEM Rio Major will live long in the memory. Dumped out of the tournament 0-3 by a Bad News Eagles side who were not even top-20 at the time, as a pre-tournament favourite, having taken a gamble in the veto that backfired horribly.

They have risen from the ashes of that defeat here in Copenhagen in a blaze of glory, finding once again all of the elements that made them indominable in big events at the start of the year; the seemingly impossible clutches of Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, the elite AWPing of Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants, the ability to come back from any situation.

karrigan was at his rambunctious best in the semi-final

With a grand-final matchup against Heroic in front of a crowd of his countrymen on the horizon, karrigan provided HLTV with some insight into how FaZe have turned around their recent struggles, what this tournament win would mean for the team, and the experience of playing in front of a home crowd.

Does this run go some way towards putting the demons of the Major to bed?

I think the demons of the Major we should never put to bed, it's a good reminder that no matter what, it's gonna be rough sometimes and it's gonna be up and down, so let us turn the demons to angels (laughs). Let's play and enjoy tomorrow, we have a chance to win the fifth title of this year, and if we don't then it's the first time we lose this year in the final. We're going to do everything we can to prove how good we are, Heroic have shown really good consistency in the last month.

How hard would it have been to go into the off-season on a bad note?

Going into the off-season on a bad note is obviously rough, we had high expectations, we all have that, but I also think it showcases how strong this team is. The start of the second season hasn’t been good, finishing with an 0-3 at the Major and not going deep would obviously be devastating, but we have two tournaments, this is the first and we are in the final. It would be fantastic to cross one off my list, winning here in Copenhagen.

How special would it be to get it done in Denmark?

To do it here in Denmark, especially without Astralis here, feeling a real home crowd and with all my friends and family here, it would mean something special. It's not something to think about now, but tomorrow if I'm lifting a trophy it would be a fantastic experience.

What do you think was needed to turn it around? If there was one thing you could point to that was different this tournament from the Major, what would it be?

Funnily enough I don't think there's any difference. I think the bootcamp we had, the preparation and the map pool we had for the Major was good, everything looks good and we come in, 24 hours later and we're out. One off day, not finishing off a strong comeback from Bad News Eagles, and we go out. It was not in it for us that tournament. Coming here we just said it happens, let's play exactly the same stuff we have, we hadn't showed much, we only played five maps, and so far it turned out really good. Obviously we had some issues on Overpass today, but I think we will manage to fix those issues for tomorrow.

How key has it been getting broky back into form? He seems to be the guy who, at this tournament compared to the previous few, has seen the biggest change, he is back to playing some of his best CS.

I think broky is a key component of our team, but also the clutches from ropz today on Nuke, at 15-14. Seeing broky back in that form is obviously very important for the team, and I'm so happy to see. He started the year with a good MVP, and if he could finish off the year here with a high performance… we know how good he is, he showcased that over the last four days here in Copenhagen.

Last question, what are your thoughts on the Heroic matchup?

The Heroic matchup is going to be very interesting, obviously they are fired up, we beat them in the group stage and I think they are very hungry to beat us here in the Royal Arena infront of all the Danish fans. I think it's going to be a very hard match, interested to see if it's going to be the same maps or not, we will have to wait and see. I think we are ready, I think they are ready, so let's enjoy a really good final. I'm looking forward to playing them and I love to be in this situation where pressure is the highest, it's where I thrive the most. Let's see if we can win the fifth title of the year.

Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2079
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
#FaZeUp
2022-11-27 09:55
7 replies
+1
2022-11-27 09:58
#19
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Canada Zenrod
Excellent headline and response to the question, another reason why I regard karrigan so highly.
2022-11-27 11:38
faze didnt play well, nip messed up hahaha 😋 14-7 bruh rlyyy hahahaha, aleksi has this kind of jinx on him, auwtchhh rain 3k in 2nd half of the game, then he stepped up while karrigan 12 kills at that time, lol rly?
2022-11-27 13:50
4 replies
Its like i m responding to a cartoon but what aleksi jinx? Faze only win in OT this year long but they comeback so idc how they do it as long as it works
2022-11-27 14:44
3 replies
yet again, karrig0ne stats: ibb.co/ckzs9pP 😋 cant win when u play like this, either go coach role or /leave???
2022-11-28 12:12
2 replies
major kato cologne epl in 8 months lol
2022-12-02 18:32
1 reply
??? huh
2022-12-04 19:43
Greatest IGL of all time.
2022-11-27 09:55
12 replies
With Glave on the same spot
2022-11-27 10:23
Glave has achieved so much more then karigan So Glave is the GOAT for me
2022-11-27 11:59
10 replies
I like them both, for sure the cherrie on top. But IMO Karrigan is better. Yes, glave has more achievements but I believe is because he got a amazing non toxic team with everyone on the peak of their career, Astralis was smoking hot, it wasn’t fun watching their games anymore, they were smashing everyone. And please I am not taking his competence away as well. But Karrigan can take any tier 3 team and make them a tier 1 any day of the week. Just my thoughts.
2022-11-27 13:02
9 replies
#31
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Switzerland Steelbone1
Thats some wild shit bro. He has twistzz, ropz, rain and broky I wouldnt say tier 3 more like top notch tier 1.
2022-11-27 14:28
8 replies
Team with ChrisJ is not top notch tier 1
2022-11-27 14:58
#35
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Argentina Joedash
Team with bymas and ChrisJ isn't tier 1 mate. I wonder how would Gla1ve work in an international environment with the same 4 players.
2022-11-27 15:41
2 replies
Gla1ve can't do shit without the legendary astralis core
2022-11-27 17:00
Agree bro. Maybe some more time for him to work it out. If I am not mistaken Mouz was going through changes and they only had Ropz performing by that moment. Even tho they still managed to beat Fallen and company with that historical Ace from CrisJ. I believe he had the knowledge but didn’t had the cards in his favor.
2022-11-27 19:34
Thing is that Karrigan is winning the biggest tournaments with a team that doesn't have a superstar or top 5 player contender. Look at all the teams that have had some dominant period, almost all of them have had a superstar.
2022-11-27 17:18
3 replies
Agree, and I also would point it out about the consistency throughout the years from Ropz and Twistzzz. They haven’t been top 5 but if you look back in their career always TopSomething, and always knowing their rule. Different than Niko who’s been top 5 since forever and not achieving pretty much anything. But this is another topic.
2022-11-27 19:47
2 replies
I still think gla1ve is still the GOAT IGL because 4 majors are just undefeated but Karrigan indeed is in the conversation because of what he's done with so many different rosters
2022-11-27 20:35
1 reply
I understand your point of view and as I said, I don’t take it away gla1ve expertise and competence. But he had everything in his favor. I believe if he was really the GOAT Astralis should have shown way more after device leaving Astralis. But in the contrary, they went down the road. It should be his time to shine. On the other hand, Karrigan always getting the scraps and making something out of it. As a fan of a good CS. I am looking forward to see device back in the server. He is a genius and we all miss him.
2022-11-27 21:08
<3 <3 <3
2022-11-27 09:55
What is it even supposed to say
2022-11-27 09:58
6 replies
#12
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Indonesia Friedge
It means they should always remember their 0-3 run in rio to always give them motivation to give 110% onto their work, basically like that if i did paraphrase it correctly
2022-11-27 10:23
5 replies
Spot on private. Good job
2022-11-27 10:34
normal saying is this isnt it? "we shoud never put the demons to bed"
2022-11-27 13:13
It's a big wank. All sports hype talk. If it works for them great, but it's just a puff piece.
2022-11-27 14:15
1 reply
+1
2022-11-27 18:30
+1
2022-11-27 15:43
Chadrrigan
2022-11-27 09:59
#7
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Europe tsken
GOAT IGL!
2022-11-27 10:13
#8
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Russia NOD777
Damn I love karrigan
2022-11-27 10:13
One of the best players in all of counter strike. Thrived in 1.6 and still going at it in CSGO.
2022-11-27 10:23
1 reply
The power of a big brain
2022-11-27 10:46
#10
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Vietnam _Liam_
#FaZeUp Win this FaZe!
2022-11-27 10:23
gl FAZE UP
2022-11-27 10:26
#14
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United States spectre493
FaZe the fuck Up!!
2022-11-27 10:33
carrygun
2022-11-27 10:42
FaZe up
2022-11-27 10:48
Ok
2022-11-27 11:46
carrygun
2022-11-27 11:49
Faze silencing the doubters after major 🤫🤫🤫
2022-11-27 12:04
#24
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Kazakhstan nugop
GIGACHAD Karrigan
2022-11-27 12:13
The Great One.
2022-11-27 13:25
#eZaF4FaZe #eZaF4GODRAIN #FaZeUP
2022-11-27 14:20
fellas, is it gay to put demons to bed?
2022-11-27 15:21
karrigan can dab on the haters I always love to see him happy and celebrating
2022-11-27 16:01
BNE demons he means :D
2022-11-27 16:09
E
2022-11-27 16:58
0-4 KEKW
2022-11-27 20:32
FaZe down actually
2022-11-27 22:15
Maybe you should monkey brain your strats and just go with the solid rush B. IGL's pretending their awful performance is worth their big brain is a detriment to the players who are actually good on their team. Maybe spend a few more hours in aim labs and run a few more set pieces and you wouldn't get kicked out of a tournament by nobodies.
2022-11-29 05:45
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