FalleN: "If I'm gonna play I'm definitely gonna move to Europe"

The Brazilian veteran spoke to HLTV about his future plans amidst interest from FURIA and paiN, as well as Imperial's upset win over Vitality.

Imperial have kicked off the BLAST Premier Spring Final in style, bringing down tournament favorites Vitality in a 2-0 series and ending their 12-match and 14-map winning streaks to an end in the process.

Following the match HLTV had the chance to catch up with Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo, who explained that the keys to the upset win were Imperial's stellar individuals as well as his own calling.

Imperial stopped Vitality's map and match-winning streaks to kick off the BLAST Premier Spring Final

"I think what decided the match is just superb form, hitting shots and showing many different faces. It's tough for them because we showed so much different stuff that it was hard for them to get a good read," he said when talking about Imperial's stunning 16-3 win on Overpass. "I think I called super well and the boys played amazingly," he added.

FalleN also spoke about the lack of pressure at the tournament playing a key factor in their win, which stems from possible changes inside the team in the near future. The veteran himself has had a lot of interest around him and has recently confirmed that he is due to have talks with FURIA and paiN.

In the interview with HLTV, FalleN outlined three questions he is looking to answer for himself in these talks: whether he wants to keep competing, how to balance his personal and professional life, and if so, finding the best fit in terms of the new team around him.

Read the full interview or listen to it in audio form below:

Such an amazing game from you and especially the first map. You were talking about Overpass being your best map on the desk and showing it here, can you tell me about the game plan facing off against a team that has just won two tournaments in a row and taking them down in such dominant fashion?

Yeah, Overpass is definitely one of our best maps, from the last iteration as well. I think it's a map that we have a good knowledge on how to approach it. We definitely played to our strengths, a little bit of understanding of how they approach the game, some of their options, openings, but overall I think what decided the match is just superb form. Hitting the shots and playing many different faces. It's tough for them because we showed so much different stuff that it was hard for them to get a good read on what we were doing.

And chelo, obviously, went huge.

Yeah, chelo and JOTA played amazingly. One of their best games in Imperial so far.

It came down to the last round on Vertigo, when it looked like Vitality were going to pull off the comeback. What was the adjustment toward the end to finally get it over the line?

Honestly, Vertigo was a completely different story. It was more about the passion and more getting difficult round wins to manage to beat a team like that on this map. It's map that we don't have the same understanding of as we do on Overpass. It's actually a very different map in terms of how you should approach it. It's much more skill-based, it's much more reagression, fighting, so you cannot outplay a team so much on Vertigo as you can on Overpass.

Starting off with such big scalp and you have G2 or Cloud9 in the next match for first place in the group. How much confidence does this win fill you with heading further into the tournament?

It does help us a lot. I think it helps the mental state of the team and I think the mental state is one of the things that actually made us win this game. It's super difficult for me personally to be still trying to compete on a high level every day, trying to perform, the kind of obsession of getting better again, while not being able to have a personal life. It really drains you, so I feel like I'm seeing a progression in my personal life where I can make some choices where I can manage both things at the same time, it kinda gives me a relief and help play better, and of course call better as well when I have a better atmosphere. So the mental state is very, very important in life, of course, but in Counter-Strike it is a little bit underestimated. People don't talk too much about it.

As we go to the next match, as long as we don't think we're on the same level of those guys yet and still play with passion, still accepting that hard things are coming and we can deal with them one at a time and we can still do some damage in the tournament.

So it's all about keeping that underdog mentality?

That's definitely very necessary for us at the moment. We don't have the experience in the team to be playing as a favorite, so people better not have this win get to their heads.

"I have to think about my career, my wife, my family," FalleN said in regards to his future

You were talking about the lack of pressure because of a lot of possible future changes, for yourself as well. Is that how you are approaching this tournament, without pressure?

The main difference is the fact that we know that this could be one of the last competitions of this team together, it could be one of the last CS:GO competitions. There's so much transition coming that definitely changed the landscape a little bit. But I think it would be a little bit superficial to just say that. I think the fact that those things are happening is making us personally and individually see things a little bit different. Even when we are discussing how we should play, we're giving feedback to each other on what we can do better, less resistance in that so we can still talk about what needs to be talked about instead of circling, as it happened in the past. Plus, the fact that I think this team really needs an A shape in-game leading, today I think I called super well and the boys played amazingly, so all those things together made us play well and hopefully we can do that together again.

You've been talking about your future and confirmed there have been or will be talks with FURIA, paiN, Imperial all being in the mix. What are you looking for in these talks? You've obviously been hinting at retirement for a long time and whether you still want to compete. What are your priorities and what do you want from these talks?

The first thing is deciding, do I still want to compete or not, right? I have been competing for the last 20 years and I do have many different things I could be doing. I could rather have my company in Brazil, family company, we're doing well, and there are so many more things we want to do. There is so much more we can do for CS and I have plans for the future. So, is it the time to trigger all those things I wanna do or is it time to still compete? Or, can we do some of it in the meanwhile? The first question is this one.

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The second question is, the way I have been approaching my life in terms of staying with my wife — we're gonna have a marriage at the end of the year, but we already married because of visa stuff and all those things, but we're gonna do a proper marriage at the end of the year. It's a moment in your life where you have to do some stuff differently, you just can't marry someone after 12 years and not be at home forever. It's impossible, so you gotta transition some stuff. I'm still considering, if I'm gonna play I'm definitely gonna move to Europe. I think that's the way to go if you wanna play well. I'm hoping that moving to Europe is going to allow me to practice like I'm practicing at boot camps every time I'm traveling while at home, competing in some online tournaments while at home. And then eventually traveling. So I see an opportunity there to compete more, if that's what I really wanna look for.

The third question is having a good lineup that I can trust and that have a good mix together, making sure that the financial conditions are good in terms having a life and can still pay the bills, get some money, get the deserved attention that matters. Another good factor is that I have a lot of business around me and depending on how the orgs are approaching that, how much they wanna incorporate my stuff, that does help as well. There are a lot of things to be discussed. I have to think about my wife, I have to think about my career, my family. For me it's not only sit there and play CS for so long, it's always tough for me.

Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
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Australia Skycap
Finally join goat team perhaps
2023-06-07 20:11
9 replies
That`s Brazil hope. Better late than never.
2023-06-07 20:15
7 replies
Brazil bugesy
didnt he said he wanted to move to american team?
2023-06-07 21:17
6 replies
No, he said that if he was willing to play in 2024, it would be in a team that lives in NA so he could be with his wife, but now he's talking about living in europe which he already talked about in the past of it being a dream for his wife to live there.
2023-06-07 23:38
5 replies
Brazil bugesy
he just got usa visa and now wants to live in europe XD
2023-06-07 23:40
1 reply
Its because believe of a team wants to play to be a champioship the team should play from europe
2023-06-08 00:23
Sounds like he needs to make up his fuckin mind. Every interview he says something different about his future.
2023-06-08 06:22
2 replies
His wife*
2023-06-08 16:59
Ye, that's true but it is understandable, he gotta make a decision between the two things he loves the most in life, the game and his family.
2023-06-08 21:49
Finland Hekee
+1 just forgwt na scene pls
2023-06-08 05:58
2023-06-07 20:11
2023-06-07 20:11
no one signing you lil bro
2023-06-07 20:11
8 replies
you're completely unaware
2023-06-07 21:28
Portugal Drago845
bro is living on a pineapple under the sea ;_;
2023-06-07 21:42
Germany G3er
'lil bro' is the new 'no cap' you just know the person saying it have 30 IQ
2023-06-08 02:19
4 replies
2023-06-08 08:38
2023-06-08 09:45
2023-06-09 17:37
+1 fr lil bro no cap ong
2023-06-12 13:47
Brazil Ties4
flag checks out
2023-06-08 02:50
Europe LewZie
2023-06-07 20:12
Oh god he’s joining G2
2023-06-07 20:11
24 replies
Furia has set up base in Malta recently I think they have an advantage after FalleN said that
2023-06-07 20:18
21 replies
Bhutan woogah
good to know. where does pain live?
2023-06-07 20:24
12 replies
Pain lives in Mexico
2023-06-07 20:25
Brazil Ghostzeraa
2023-06-07 20:33
In USA, atleast Liquidpedia says it
2023-06-07 20:40
4 replies
Bhutan woogah
i guess the brazilians know better than a possibly outdated liquipedia
2023-06-07 20:54
this information from Liquipedia is wrong they play NA tournaments always against US teams but they live in Mexico
2023-06-07 21:16
2 replies
having to move to mexico just so they can afford to compete in NA tournaments sounds really fucking depressing
2023-06-08 00:28
1 reply
Bhutan woogah
i dont think its a money problem. sure mexico is cheaper but they could easily afford to live in the US
2023-06-08 08:40
pain lives in me
2023-06-08 02:15
pain lives in Amegakure together with Konan
2023-06-12 13:49
3 replies
Bhutan woogah
of course the russian makes weebshit references
2023-06-12 16:24
2 replies
U use that flag & think flags are real. 71 iq move tbqh.
2023-06-13 11:03
1 reply
Bhutan woogah
you really think i'm gonna believe a non-russian would watch naruto? grow the fuck up stop watching childrens cartoon
2023-06-13 11:14
Didn’t know that. If fallen joins I hope they replace art with someone if not him
2023-06-07 20:39
6 replies
Brazil sl0tzz
2023-06-07 23:04
+1 But it doesn't look like it, Furia wants to keep art, at least that's what one of the founders of Furia hinted in his last tweet.
2023-06-07 23:43
3 replies
Do you mean as purely just a player? Hopefully art can perform when he isn't calling his own strategies. Definitely was a sick entry until his slump
2023-06-07 23:48
2 replies
He didn't mention which role will art do but some less trusted sources in Brazil said art would still be the IGL and FalleN would be an awper/second caller. I don't trust it cuz it makes no sense.
2023-06-07 23:56
1 reply
Fallen should know better than to join a team without full control. I guess art isn't as much of an egomaniac as stewie. But still.
2023-06-08 00:31
Well, Furia needs to maintain the core, so Ksc + Yuri + Art is the obvious choice, I don't see them with Drop...
2023-06-08 01:12
Ah now it makes sense. I was wondering why would he join eu team and struggle in t2 tournaments when he can get free major slot from na.
2023-06-07 21:37
OMG hahahhaa
2023-06-07 20:26
Brazil loketz
He actually was close to doing it. So you never know
2023-06-07 20:34
2023-06-07 20:12
RIP PaiN (NA based team) He is going to Furia
2023-06-07 20:12
1 reply
Brazil MrLucas
that's if he still going to keep playing at all, he has been talking about retirement for a while, and considering CSGO is pretty much over and everyone is on a transitioning phase, it wouldn't be surprising if he decided to continue at Imperial until the end of the year and retires after CSGO is officially gone
2023-06-07 22:27
nice interview
2023-06-07 20:12
Welcome to Spirit
2023-06-07 20:12
2023-06-07 20:14
Portugal beatje
He’s definitely going furia then
2023-06-07 20:14
1 reply
2023-06-07 20:19
Furia got set up on Malta during Pro League
2023-06-07 20:15
"and ending their 12-match and 14-map winning streaks to an end in the process." pasha london school. what would you expect from HLTV BOTs?
2023-06-07 20:16
5 replies
it says stopped now under the first picture.. fixed?
2023-06-07 20:37
2 replies
nope; it's the very first paragraph of the article proper; second one above the first photo
2023-06-07 21:07
1 reply
2023-06-07 21:26
What's wrong with that? You do know some of the last matches they played were bo1s, right?
2023-06-08 01:40
1 reply
its the "ending ... to an end in the process" makes no sense lol
2023-06-08 04:41
Furia has set up base in Malta recently... hope he goes with them
2023-06-07 20:17
HAHA "If I'm gonna play". Lil bro's been saying that for 3 years already
2023-06-07 20:17
4 replies
He does NOT want to retire. He only talks about retiring because the routine of a BR and NA player is very tiring physically and mentally. Traveling and bootcamp all the time, and not seeing family/wife/girlfriend etc for months. A lot of people don't know this, but EU players have a huge advantage. It is a NEED, not a WILL. He's already a millionaire, why would he need to wear himself out so much? But with his (soon to be) wife traveling with him, and him living in Europe not in NA, it would be something better.
2023-06-07 20:23
1 reply
Italy MulaManca
I mean, he clearly LOVES CS, it's his whole life, I'd be hesitant to retire if I was him as well. Yeah he gets a ton of money but you can see that he's playing it because he loves it.
2023-06-08 08:57
Brazil jerolimeu
literally competitive csgo addiction
2023-06-07 22:56
If Fallen was completely washed then the scene would have forced him to retire, the problem is that he is still a good enough player, but we do not know how good. Is he still good enough to lead Furia to a tournament win? I hope so for ksceratos sake
2023-06-08 06:09
Brazil _Meehiell
thx professor, u are a one hell of a kind
2023-06-07 20:17
FalleN to Movistar Riders VAMOS!
2023-06-07 20:17
vitality +fallen -apex
2023-06-07 20:18
There are a lot of teams that would like to have igl with lot of experience. There are like OG, Fnatic, Apeks?, GL? etc that might need new igl.
2023-06-07 20:19
great. another paycheck stealer. just what we need.
2023-06-07 20:19
11 replies
ik it's a bait, but it's funny because he's literally the player with the biggest name/brand in CS:GO
2023-06-07 20:26
10 replies
flag checks out
2023-06-07 20:33
Elaborate? I would think simple or zywoo would be biggest name
2023-06-07 20:44
8 replies
Yeah, s1mple and Zywoo are the biggest names as a player. But as a BRAND, Fallen is the biggest. Gameplay aside, he will never be a paycheck stealer for all the clout and money he bring to a team. On the other hand, s1mple and zywoo are dependant of having a top 1-level gameplay to be a big name. anyway, BRAND is the keyword
2023-06-07 21:06
7 replies
Reunion _VetriX
In Brazil maybe. Other than that you're just wrong.
2023-06-07 22:04
6 replies
Globally. The clout that Fallen has in Brazil is enough. No other player is capable of putting hundreds of thousands people to watch a match just because of him. No other player has the support and cheering of an entire community in a country with this scale that have the most engaged fans. There's a reason to why Fallen is the only CS:GO player to have already won the title of Esports Personality of the Year, and to have already been Forbes U30 global. If you think for 1 minute you will realize that there's no player that can be compared to fallen when we talk about brand.
2023-06-07 22:24
3 replies
least delusional BR csgo fan
2023-06-08 11:53
2 replies
he is not wrong he forced 500-600k brazilians to watch Imperial (tier2 team) watching games. Nor zywoo or s1mple able to do that
2023-06-09 09:52
1 reply
those 600k Brazilbros have less money to spend on that "brand" than two euro CSGO fans lmao
2023-06-22 14:57
considering the population of Brazil is a bit over 200mil, i'd say that's not a bad demographic xD
2023-06-07 23:09
It doesnt matter how big s1mple or Zywoo are, if I have to choose a player to market a product to a big audience who would be willing to buy things affiliated with that player, I would choose Fallen, because Fallen has created a brand. Zywoo's brand is still in its infancy, so far he has a logo and he sells limited supply novelty usb sticks from his website. Sure his brand has the potential to become bigger but right now Fallen can move product.
2023-06-08 06:36
lol Faze Fallen is almost guaranteed now
2023-06-07 20:21
4 replies
why replace karrigan
2023-06-07 20:26
3 replies
his rating is bad and they aren't winning tournaments anymore. I think the grand slam was this roster's peak and karrigan isn't getting any younger. Fallen is near the same age, but at least he was a star player and IGL on LG/SK. Mainly said this because it would bring Faze a shit ton of money though
2023-06-07 20:35
1 reply
all good reasons, but I think what confirms the move is the fact Twistzz said no changes are coming for Faze. Every time a player says it, it's because a change is coming and they don't wanna give it away
2023-06-07 20:51
he will replace broky it's confirmed
2023-06-07 21:29
EU Fallen Pog
2023-06-07 20:22
Brazil drydden
Welcome to G2 teacher
2023-06-07 20:26
its so obvious he joins C9
2023-06-07 20:26
Costa Rica Wham!
Sprout FalleN
2023-06-07 20:27
Sweden skorpan
”If” ??? :o /didnt read
2023-06-07 20:27
1 reply
Brazil Ties4
lmao based
2023-06-08 02:51
Vietnam 2uick48
2023-06-07 20:28
FaZe Temperr, Brazil needs you
2023-06-07 20:29
Finally Fallen to 00Prospects
2023-06-07 20:30
G2 FalleN inc.
2023-06-07 20:30
Brazil rafer5
I Hope Fallen only play for this last semester and finally made the Brasilian Dream team that we been thinking about for more than 2 years now. It can go very wrong, but at least we tried something new.
2023-06-07 20:31
we have better players t. Europe
2023-06-07 20:34
3 replies
It's because all tournments are in europe
2023-06-07 20:43
2 replies
and why are all the tournaments in europe?
2023-06-08 02:15
1 reply
because maybe it encompasses a larger number of countries and concentration of players in one place?
2023-06-08 13:19
Brazil refmonster
G2.FalleN would be insane, but he will join Furia.
2023-06-07 20:34
1 reply
Brazil beugen1o
Almost happened in the past but now...
2023-06-07 21:57
Jame | 
Chad humbl3
I can relate
2023-06-07 20:37
2 replies
Very humble of you
2023-06-07 21:02
1 reply
Jame | 
Chad humbl3
2023-06-07 22:29
Fallen best igl ever
2023-06-07 20:49
Would be crazy Fallen in G2, but it wont happen anyways.
2023-06-07 20:50
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San Marino AzzHunter
u gonna suxx bot
2023-06-07 20:57
Sweden Hasklon
MOUZ Fallen!
2023-06-07 21:03
Hungary szia
i cant even believe that other BR teams want him... what kind of EU team would possibly want him???
2023-06-07 21:03
1 reply
Furia wants him and they just opened a facility in Europe
2023-06-07 21:14
about as fake as his hair
2023-06-07 21:06
>"I have to think about my career, my wife, my family," > if I'm gonna play I'm definitely gonna move to Europe
2023-06-07 21:09
1 reply
If he moves definitely to Europe, his wife would come with him prbbly.
2023-06-07 21:19
Netherlands m1croG
G2 first option IGL/Second awp
2023-06-07 21:16
very smart, the only way you can keep up is if you play against the best players in the world everyday... there is no good teams left in NA
2023-06-07 21:20
RIP PaiN, they’re not getting him. RIP Imperial too, Felippe isn’t putting money on a gaming house on Europe (in fact he only created this team to milk money from BR fans, we all know that after fallen quits the team going to disband). Now something interesting, G2 IGL job is possibly open. I can see it happening, but FalleN would need to transition to full rifle, Idk if he’s willing to do that.
2023-06-07 21:35
1 reply
He could very well alternate between rifle and awp, playing more rifle, in a way it would even make him less tired since he always played only awp.
2023-06-08 13:22
2023-06-07 21:43
Astralis mark my words
2023-06-07 21:54
people saying furia but I get G2 vibes from this interview...
2023-06-07 22:02
2023-06-07 22:10
Romania soossixd
Havu -Airax +FalleN
2023-06-07 22:27
g2 were interested in fallen like 1-2 years ago if i'm not mistaken so could be like one of the options beside furia
2023-06-07 22:29
Brazil MrLucas
he loks very conflicted about keep playing and it makes sense, now with the closure of CSGO it looks like the perfect execuse for him to convince himself to stop playing and enjoy marriage life, If it wasn't Furia going after him I doubt he would even consider keep playing competitve and i'm still not sure if even that will be enough to him to make the decision of keep going
2023-06-07 22:31
Ok, so what I understand is Furia will merge with G2 and become Furia2 to dominate CS2? Makes sense, let's go. fallen m0nesy niko kscerato jks/hunter/yuurih ok
2023-06-07 22:37
2 replies
what are you smoking? pass me some
2023-06-08 02:21
Interesting line, it was just fitting the communication in English and letting go
2023-06-08 13:23
2023-06-08 00:06
u can say whatever u fcking want but this man is def a better option than hooxi
2023-06-08 00:19
1 reply
fallen is awper won't work
2023-06-08 06:02
Brazil Ties4
G2 or faze hmmm
2023-06-08 02:52
If he continues to play with Imperial, like yesterday, then there is no point move to Europe.
2023-06-08 06:48
its not 2016 or 2017 anymore grandpa
2023-06-08 07:51
Brazil Sukoru
This washed paycheck stealer is going over seas LMAO
2023-06-08 08:28
Please brazil buy him out i dont want this washed up trash in eu thanks
2023-06-08 08:42
why is he talking about europe when 2 brazil teams are interested in him, not even rumours about eu?
2023-06-08 11:21
2 replies
No journalist in this world will know 100% of what goes on behind the scenes
2023-06-08 13:25
Furia have a HQ in europe dude.
2023-06-16 00:24
FalleN the goat 4 ever
2023-06-08 12:22
FalleN to Furia only choice
2023-06-08 13:18
Good luck in Future, ojisan
2023-06-08 13:26
+fallen -npl Electronic moves back to rifle s1mple rifles and 2nd awp Goated
2023-06-08 16:30
so in other words bookies won’t have odds for tier 3 CS2 so he’ll have to move to Europe make the same money
2023-06-08 19:02
2023-06-09 13:43
hes gonna play like 6 months for furia / pain with 1,0 rating 2,0 after 6 months he will say "im tired of competing, i miss my family because im travelling too much!". i think he did not retire yet because of huge money he can make advertising his shit hardware branding or whatever He used to be a great player, but now hes only a moneymaker using the cs scene for his own interest you are 33 bro, just retire
2023-06-09 18:02
Stay on IMPERIAL. Its was a nice run...
2023-06-11 16:01
South America RATATA249
G2.FalleN? Furia.FalleN?
2023-06-11 18:37
1 reply
Bungle already leaked it he's going to OG
2023-06-12 02:21
2023-06-12 02:19
South America RATATA249
Stop blowing my mind
2023-06-12 16:30
Germany crosby^
come to big clan my brother
2023-06-15 23:56
Yuuri Kscerato Art +Fallen + Anyone good
2023-06-16 00:25
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