With an underwhelming performance in the opening best-of-one match against NiP on day one, frozen had a slow start into the tournament while mousesports fell to Group B’s scary lower bracket. He quickly recovered with an impressive series against Evil Geniuses, whom the European side eliminated in last place, denying the North American side a comeback on Train to pick up a 2-0 win.
After the opening series of the second day in Malmö, we spoke to the youngster, who commented on mousesports‘ failure to deliver in the position of a favorite at the V4 Future Sports Festival, on his opening blunder against NiP, and more.
Let’s briefly go back to V4, where despite a favorable position you struggled and went out in semis to Virtus.pro. What happened there?
Yeah, we had problems against Tricked, we threw a map there, I think it was Nuke, the second map, we should have won that. We underestimated a lot of teams there, I would say, and individually we weren’t ready from the start, which cost us a lot of rounds and sometimes even a map.
Do you think it had to do with the inexperience with the position of a tournament favorite?
Before now, I don’t think we’ve ever felt that pressure on ourselves, but it definitely played a role, everyone expected us to win and beat Virtus.pro and they beat us 16-3 on Mirage (laughs).
There were no issues with communication or that we played badly, it was just that I screwed up a lot of rounds, and that’s what I told the guys. It would have ended differently.
Moving on to Malmö, a bit of a surprise to start things off as you got off on the wrong foot against NiP as you lost the opening best-of-one, rough match for you, personally.
I told the guys that that map was on me. If I was in my normal form the half would have ended like 11-4, I had about five rounds there where I should have killed someone and I didn’t. I would say it was just an unlucky day for me as opposed to NiP being better. There were no issues with communication or that we played badly, it was just that I screwed up a lot of rounds, and that’s what I told the guys. It would have ended differently.
Today you looked a lot better individually against EG, although you almost dropped the ball on Train, losing a 5v3 towards the end before it went to overtime. How did you deal with that to win in double OT?
When they were closing the gap, when it was like 11-11, the coach kept calming us down because, even when we lost rounds, we got into good positions and played pretty well. We just played like we had up until then and they just made more mistakes, I guess.
Of course, I should be able to put up big performances, it is expected of me because I was picked as the young talent, but I would say I still have time.
I wanted to go back to something karrigan said back in Cologne, where he was talking about not wanting to put pressure on you to be the second star of the team yet. How do you feel in that position, do you feel that pressure that you have to be a star player, or do you think there’s time to grow into it?
Obviously, when I came into the team I didn’t expect to be a superstar and have 40 kills every game. We have chrisJ, we have woxic, everyone can play well and put up 30 kills in a map. Of course, I should be able to put up those performances, it is expected of me because I was picked as the young talent, but I would say I still have time. No one is pressuring me.
You have so far been quite consistent in going far in tournaments, but you have yet to make that next step to start contending for titles. What do you think you’re missing to get to a position to do that?
We still have a lot of things to work on, we still make individual mistakes and communication was our biggest problem until recently. Especially the best-of-ones, when we arrive at a tournament, the opening matches are tough. We definitely need to work on individual mistakes and on being ready from the start, and focus on not getting surprised.