While the new NiP are competing in Malmö, we had a chance to sit down with the 24-year-old to talk about his departure from fnatic‘s lineup after their group-stage exit at the Europe Minor in July and the offers he received over the course of the following two months.
Read below to find out how twist found his place in NiP, where he rejoined his former GODSENT and fnatic teammate Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, and what his and the Swedish team’s aspirations are going forward.
After your disappointing results with fnatic, did you see the benching coming?
Yeah, I kind of knew instantly after the round we lost against CR4ZY, the last round [at the Europe Minor]. I just knew that there needed to be replacements and I kind of knew that it was me, at least, who was going to get replaced. I don’t think I was really the problem, but we just didn’t click, we needed something to change and I agreed with the change.
I just knew that there needed to be replacements and I kind of knew that it was me, at least, who was going to get replaced.
Where do you think it went wrong? Was it just the chemistry you were talking about or in-game issues?
I think a bit of both, maybe. We didn’t click as much as we did in the beginning, it was really good in the beginning, but after the Major it started swaying, we didn’t really find our mood, but I think it was mostly in-game problems.
The Major meaning Katowice? But shortly after that, you had those runner-up finishes at StarSeries and in Sydney, so do you feel like those were fluky results, then?
Not fluky, I think we played some great CS back then individually and the comms were really great back then, especially at StarLadder, where we beat some really good opponents. But I don’t know, we couldn’t really keep that form, which was disappointing.
I had one other option I was considering, but I didn’t want to make a hasty decision, I just wanted to see and wait what offers I could get.
From what you tweeted after getting benched, you weren’t really sure about where your future lied and it took quite a while before NiP ended up signing you. Can you tell me about those following next few weeks and that process, how they approached you?
It happened only like a week or two weeks ago, they talked to me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, I had some offers from NA and Europe, but I kind of wanted to go for a Swedish team. I had one other option I was considering, but I didn’t want to make a hasty decision, I just wanted to see and wait what offers I could get. NiP was the best one for me.
What was it that made you side with NiP?
I think they have great players. I want to play at the biggest tournaments, I want to win, really win a big tournament in my career before I finish, and I kind of felt that it was such a good group of people and I could get back to main AWPing, as well, which I wanted to do. I feel a bit rusty at the moment, I’m going to do my best to come back as soon as possible, but I don’t feel at 100% at the moment.
What is going to get you there?
Just playing a lot, getting to know the guys. I think we have some good chemistry already, but I think we just need to get to know each other, on a personal level, in-game, so that everything clicks.
NiP have been lacking a main AWPer, I think they need an AWPer that is kind of passive and can push them forward and help them, and I think I’m the right person to do it.
The last time you played with Lekr0 was over two years ago, at which point he didn’t in-game lead yet, what has it been like to rejoin him after that time?
It feels really nice. I think Lekr0 is one of the best teammates I had in the first GODSENT. He was a really good team player, he always took the worst roles and performed really well, in fnatic, as well, when he and I joined olofmeister and dennis. It feels nice, he’s a really funny person outside of the game, he always keeps the mood up. Sometimes he can get a bit frustrated, but that happens to everyone.
In general NiP and the Swedish scene have been stagnant for the past couple of years, what aspirations does this roster have?
I think we have a really good mixture of players and, the thing is, now we are kind of learning from each other. I have learned so much from them, just being in the team, and I think they have learned some new stuff from me, as well. They have been lacking a main AWPer, I think they need an AWPer that is kind of passive and can push them forward and help them, and I think I’m the right person to do it.