pre-ESWC interview: fm.TOXiC weber

October 25th, 2012 19:15

As part of our series of pre-ESWC interviews, we caught up with fm-eSports TOXiC member Brandon "weber" Weber and enquired him about the preparations of the UK-based team for the tournament in Paris.

We began our coverage of the first major international event with CS:GO on Wednesday, with an interview with Kory "semphis" Friesen from Area51, who will be the only North American representative in Paris.

Next up on our list is Weber, a former member of the highly-successful mTw CS:Source division, who has gone back to his roots to represent the UK at the ESWC with fm.TOXiC - who recently added 1.6 ace André "BARBARR" Möller as a stand-in for the tournament.

How have you prepared for ESWC 2012? Have you bootcamped or only practiced online? Do you feel ready for the competition?

We have prepared for ESWC by purely playing online. We did inquire about bootcamping but the last suitable place closed its doors in January, so we have had to resort to playing online. We would have preferred to have bootcamped, we could have got three weeks of playing down in only three days and it would have benefited us so much with this new line-up. I feel that we are prepared on every single map, we are completely confident and we are going to try to prove we are as good as we know we can be!

How many hours have you played CS:GO overall? How about your team-mates?

Me and Neil both have 190 hours each, Zed and BARBARR are both sitting on 300 hours, with Whindanski on 270. I do not think hours are a great indication as to whether a team will be superior to another, I think experience will count a great deal towards whether a team places well.

What are you thoughts on CS:GO? What do you like and dislike? If you could change one thing, what would it be?

I tried really hard to find something I noticeably liked but I cannot put my finger on a single aspect of the game. I suppose if anything, it would be the new feel to it, but it is still lacking hugely in comparison to Source and 1.6. Now onto the dislikes, I feel as if the AK is not as strong as it should be, tapping wise, the movement feels very heavy and sluggish, the maps are not suitable for spectators and I could probably go on a lot more. The right angle peaking always gives an advantage to the person facing, it does not reward you for getting into a good position, it more or less punishes you for trying to play smart when someone can just run sideways and see half of your body before you can see their head.

What do you expect from ESWC 2012? If your life depended on guessing your final placing, what would you guess?

If my life were to depend on it, I would definitely see us getting out of the groups. I can see us winning against either NiP or VERYGAMES if we have our A game. I would realistically place us 3rd, but anything could happen on the day. We are the underdogs and hopefully teams that like to bad manner us in Practice will realise we're more than capable of being at the top.

What can you tell us about your competition based on seeing them play and practicing against them? Who do you consider the strongest three teams going into the event?

We tend not to face teams that we may more than likely face at ESWC right now, I believe we have something that other teams do not and we should not reveal that before we have even attended.

Can you talk about your team-mates and explain to our readers what everyone's role on the team is in-game?

Neil is our in-game leader, he is calm and keeps a level head regardless of the situation. He is a superb In-game leader and is always open to suggestions. Whindanski is our mad fragger, if you were to take that literally. He is the guy we send to get some kills in a certain part of the map (and then eventually die..) He can change a round within seconds and is always willing to learn. Zed is our hybrid player, he awps, he rifles and he gives input when needed. He is a valuable player and always consistent. BARBARR is obviously BARBARR as you all know, he is primarily an awper but rifles when needed. He gives us insight into what 1.6 teams are like and gives us so much information when it comes to controlling an area of the map, he is also very consistent and can make big plays in important games.

Weber playing with mTw

Many say CS:S players had an advantage in switching to CS:GO. Do you agree? Has the game been out long enough for it to even out?

I would not say we have had an advantage when it comes to switching, the game differs greatly to source and we have all had to adapt to play-styles and the mechanics. The only slight advantage we have are knowing the maps in this form, which is not really a great deal when most maps are 90% similar to 1.6 apart from a few plant pots here and there. 1.6 players will obviously have to change how they play, which will differ from how we have had to change, but I don't think there's been a huge advantage.

Do you believe it is necessary or advantageous to mix players from different games, or do you think it does not help?

At first I didn't believe it was necessary to mix players, 1.6 players are used to a good standard of playing, whether it be salary or an organisation with luxury perks which they would no doubt expect in GO (Getting a salary for doing nothing in this game whilst being relatively mediocre). I objected at first to get Barbarr, with no dis-respect to him, I just believed that we would be better off with a Source player, or someone that had the same understanding of us when it comes to playing. Barbarr is an exception to this, regardless of him being salaried he understood our situation and doesn't expect more than what he has given so far. He knuckles down and is improving day by day, he listens to criticism and takes everything on board. I am in no doubt sure he will be a stand-out player at ESWC.

With CS:GO still being a relatively new game, do you believe simply playing more hours still gives players a clear advantage?

As I said above, I think with hours you get to know little tiny things about each map, where to boost, what flashes to throw and no doubt they are an integral and a big part of the game. I just believe experience will pull through, whether it be playing in a high pressured match or just being at a LAN with spectators crowded around you, I think the teams with the greater experience will pull through.

Do you expect TORNADOTONI to participate in LAN events at some point after having dodged tourneys in CS:S as well? How many more events can he miss until he will be replaced?

TORNADOTONI, contrary to belief, attended multiple LANs in Source. He went to DSRACK #2, an IFNG with the now defunct SK CS:S Lineup and I-43 with me in mTw. There is no doubt he is a lot better online than on LAN, it's only natural for a player with next to none LAN experience to be superior online. He was never a core fifth and was simply standing in for us in the ESEA ESWC qualifiers.

Weber, nEiLZiNHo and Whindanski at XLParty last year

Why did you pick BARBARR out of all possibilities as his replacements and how does he compare in terms of playing style to TORNADOTONI? Is there a chance of him becoming a permanent member or will TORNADOTONI return after ESWC?

Me and BARBARR had played together in the recent EPS qualifiers along with Troubley, strux1 and stavros. We had a good laugh together back then, we spoke quite a bit and always kept in touch after that team disbanded. We were thinking about a new fifth player for ESWC and potentially the future and his name was brought up. After a lengthy discussion we decided we should give it a shot and we have not looked back. We have no idea what the future holds, it could ultimately depend on how well we play at ESWC and whether we can sort out the business side of things. We all enjoy playing with BARBARR and hopefully the future is bright for us.

Were you surprised that your team was able to come out on top in the ESWC qualifier, defeating in the final mouz, who had been such a household name in the CS:S scene?

I was not exactly surprised, mousesports have not practiced for God knows how long and despite us being a relatively new line-up, we had a ton of confidence going into the game. It was widely known in Source that mousesports only practiced if they had something to play for that was worth winning. We knew they had not been playing and we tried to use that to our advantage.

Some of the teams who will be at the ESWC finals have faced early exits in the online tournaments in which they have played, like THOR Open. Do you agree with the notion that CS:GO is a little bit random right now, especially online?

I do completely agree that it is random, it is exactly like source in that regard. Me and BARBARR tried to compare 1.6 online teams to Source online teams and I could go on and on about the teams that were unbeatable online and failed miserably on LAN, whereas in 1.6 he said there were only three or four, max. I think the game itself is random and if you have full confidence whilst playing you can pull off almost anything in any situation, whereas I would assume it was different in 1.6.

You were part of mTw for some time. Are you surprised that the team is struggling right now?

I am not surprised in the slightest, I will try to remain professional but I do not believe they have the right mix of players to form a solid team. They all have ulterior motives when it come to playing (Salary) and if they were not to receive that you would not see them team up in the darkest of CS:GO days. Hopefully they can recover and finally give the mTw name some respect it deserves, because quite frankly it's shattered as of now.

Pretty much the only UK team who managed to make an impact on the 1.6 scene (4Kings) had Scandinavian players on it, but mousesports were very successful in CS:Source. What do you think that the differences between the UK teams in these two games were? Do you think that you will be able to take this successful formula to CS:GO?

I think it all depends on what you receive from playing, and possibly cultural reasons. In the UK, and in no doubt many other countries, it is frowned upon to play videogames for a considerable amount of time (by the general public). No team is willing to play the amount needed to be the best without receiving a salary and unfortunately in the UK there are no organisations that do this, hence why the best Source team was salaried for a lengthy period of time (in the CGS) and now in mousesports. If you look at the 1.6 UK scene, on the other hand, I would assume no teams were being salaried, hence why they made no dent in the scene. I would like to think we can take reign as the best UK GO team, but that will all have to be decided when we face each other with equal practice.

Keep checking our website for interviews with the other teams and all the latest info about the ESWC finals, which will take place from November 2-4 in Paris.

Nice interview brandon!
2012-10-25 19:22
Good interview. Would love to hear from mousesports and nip soon :D.
2012-10-25 19:23
Bosnia and Herzegovina lemSa 
I thought F1 Weber...
2012-10-25 19:24
cyx | 
Russia Juse 
haha lol
2012-10-25 19:25
Spain garci 
hes Webber
2012-10-25 19:33
United States p0s 
weber # 1
2012-10-25 19:24
BARBARR 300hours sick dude :D
2012-10-25 19:30
TOTAL, not in 2 weeks ;)
2012-10-25 19:43
I know but he's playing this game about month, two..
2012-10-25 21:43
semphis 475h
2012-10-26 19:56
Tunisia edgg 
f0rest interview?
2012-10-25 19:33
Finland milA 
I love his honesty. Gl Brandon!
2012-10-25 19:34
I kinda like weber, seems like a kewl guy.
2012-10-25 19:39
Nice, very honest.Like it .
2012-10-25 19:43
2012-10-25 19:44
Good luck Brandon, and fm-eSports. Make that big fella Yakkkk cry once again :)
2012-10-25 19:46
Make the UK proud weber
2012-10-25 19:47
2012-10-25 19:54
so absolute legends disbanded?Because it sound like barbar could stay with toxic. Also I strongly disagre with him when he says hours dont matter so much right now lol, you got to be kidding me , there is a reason NIP made dh valencia look so easy appart from being great players they all had 150-300 hours of gameplay to others which had 50-150, and you only have 190 yourself lol...yeh cant really se FM doing that well tbh which is sad because im rooting for them. I know barbar plays alot but 190 hours wont be enough to compete imo. New game , experience dosent help you learn new shooting spraying mechanichs lol.
2012-10-25 20:04
I respect your opinion but you make it sound like a few hours would make any difference. The majority of NiP have competed around the world for numerous years on a monthly basis, where as verygames have not.
2012-10-25 20:11
i so miss the good old non-euro teams (non-continental euro)... nice iview, i trully hope we can see some upsets in Paris. Goodluck.
2012-10-25 20:01
don't like the ego on this kid
2012-10-25 20:10
hahah, you need to meet RattlesnK.
2012-10-25 20:59
it's called confidence
2012-10-25 21:19
face | 
Brazil R4D14710N 
not always
2012-10-25 23:14
he 'RAPED' mtw there...they might have sth to say to him at ESWC...
2012-10-25 21:18
lol it's his opinion about mTw dude, nothing more and i have to say he's pretty much right... And i guess they're still friends so don't expect a fight. Concerning mtw,it seems to me that mtw's players are only playing cs go because they get a salary, it's really sad they're not dedicating to the game. Moreover, they're switching players like every 2 weeks, there is no way they'll improve their teamplay and level if they keep doing such things.
2012-10-25 22:00
They won't be at ESWC, they didn't qualify :)
2012-10-26 00:15
I think he held back on mTw actually. Everyone knows they are a joke and he has a lot of information that pretty much everyone isnt privy to and he didnt say a word. Im sure theres going to be lots of upsets and these guys can take down some big named teams no doubt. Goodluck UK guys
2012-10-26 07:17
even source players call this game sluggish, who are used to the sluggish source... damn, i will never play this game... must swith to something good and fast or die with 1.6
2012-10-26 01:27
Gl weber, hope that you guys go far :)
2012-10-26 01:51
good luck boy. One of the few UK players that I really like.
2012-10-26 07:28
they're pretty decent actually.. one of the favourites to win!
2012-10-26 10:34
gl weber !!
2012-10-26 18:25
India h8or 
Good interview. Honest words. +Respect.
2012-10-26 18:39
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.