Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Rene “cajunb” Born after North qualified for the playoffs of the ELEAGUE Major.
Vince Nairn: You guys are here and through to the playoffs. What is your reaction to that?
Rene “cajunb” Borg: Of course really happy. Being down 0-2 and still managed to win. We had to believe at some point. I’m of course really happy right now, but I’m pleased with the way we managed to handle things. We didn’t feel any pressure, even after the 0-2. We just played our game, all three matches, and now we’re here.
VN: Does it give you maybe more confidence knowing you had basically the worst-case scenario to start and you still made it to the playoffs?
RB: Yeah, definitely. The best part is I don’t feel that we’ve reached our peak yet. We are still making so many mistakes when we’re playing. So that’s a good thing.
VN: Overtime. 1 HP vs. 2 HP. K0nfig goes for his knife. What goes through your mind when you see that?
RB: I have to be honest, I actually got really mad. I’m not the only one who did it, but it doesn’t really matter. If we would have lost the round, we would have been out of the tournament. Of course, I was happy he managed to do it, but it was frustrating at one point as well. But I’m happy for him that he did it, and we won it, so now we’re not gonna say that it was a bad thing.
VN: Was it kind of like one of those “Good job, now never do that again” situations?
RB: Yes. You can’t say anything. It worked.
VN: Going on to the playoffs now, which teams are you looking out for as your toughest competition?
RB: So far I think it’s going to be Na’Vi. They have been looking really strong throughout this tournament. I know they have been playing a lot at home before this tournament. So they are the favorites for this tournament at the moment. I thought it was Astralis in the beginning, but they haven’t seemed like the favorites at the moment. And of course VP.
VN: Have you guys played Na’Vi on LAN at all recently?
RB: No, not recently. We played them at EPICENTER, I think in September, and we won 2-1 there. But that’s a long time ago.
VN: What do you think of the Swiss format at the Major?
RB: I think it’s nice. I like it, actually. I think it’s giving something for the viewers, and I think it’s giving something for the players as well. Look at our situation. We were down 0-2 and we still win. So I like it.
VN: What’s been the key for you guys turning it around?
RB: It has definitely been a point that we haven’t been playing that well individually. It has not been our tactics at all, it’s just that we haven’t been stepping up as individuals like we normally do. So yeah, that’s the main reason.
VN: You specifically got it going with the AWP in both matches today. How did you just kind of get going?
RB: I guess I could say I’m a bit more experienced than the other guys on the AWP. I don’t know, 10 Majors. Nine or 10 now, I don’t remember how many. So I have tried this before, so I don’t have the nerves like some of the others might.
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