Slingshot’s Jarek “DeKay” Lewis caught up with North’s Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke during the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier to talk about expectations for the event, Dust2 coming back into the map pool, and adding Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså.
Jarek “DeKay” Lewis: Did you expect such an easy 2-0 win over Heroic? They knocked SK out of the group stage to get here, which many people didn’t expect.
Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke: I think we had an easier game against them because we have played against them online recently. We knew what they were gonna do, we watched their demos and made a game plan. I think that SK didn’t study them because they thought it would be an easy win.
JL: What were the expectations of the team for this event? Did you set a specific goal beforehand?
KW: The expectation for us is to make it to the finals like we did at DreamHack Malmo (note: North lost to FaZe Clan in the semifinals). We really want to finally close down a final when we have the opportunity for it. If we beat FaZe tomorrow, then we have great opportunity to finally win a tournament again.
JL: This lineup has looked fantastic after adding Valde. How is it different with him, and what has changed the most?
KW: The team’s mood has changed the most. When magisk was in the team, we had a lot of mood swings. People were angry sometimes, or we would be happy and then get angry mid-game. That has shifted totally now. No one is angry when we play. Valde helped change the mood and is a team player, which is really important. I enjoy playing with Valde because I love to play when I have fun, and I’m having fun playing with these guys right now.
JL: Do you feel like North is underestimated right now? I’ve noticed that you guys aren’t getting very much attention lately.
KW: Of course we feel underestimated. We had a really bad online start before coming to ELEAGUE. We dropped out of ECS Season 3 and the ESL Pro League matches got screwed up because everyone was jet lagged and wasn’t feeling well. Since Valde has joined, we have definitely been underestimated by everyone. Our game style is also the type that everyone likes to steal, like we know Cloud9 steals our strats. In the end, that just means they are a fan of us (chuckles).
JL: Speaking of Cloud9, were you surprised to see them beat G2 so easily in the quarterfinals? Hardly anyone saw that coming.
KW: I was expecting G2 to run them over easily. After adding Tarik and RUSH, Cloud9 have improved their game so much, though. Tarik is an in-game leader that actually wants to in-game lead instead of Stewie, who I don’t think ever wanted to call. I think they are going to surprise against Astralis. If they can win the first map, then could easily have the momentum to win a second one as well.
JL: How do you prepare for a team like FaZe that is so new and is playing so well?
KW: Our individual skill needs to be high, so we’ll obviously play a lot of death match. MSL and Ruggah will watch a lot of demos, and we will start from there. There isn’t much to do because this is the first time we have played against them on LAN, so we don’t know what to expect.
JL: What map do you think Dust2 will replace in the map pool?
KW: If it was up to us, we would replace Cache because we don’t play it. I think personally it will replace either Cobblestone or Overpass. I just think that it’s Overpass for some reason. I don’t know why but I can just feel it.
JL: The two maps you guys never used to play were Train and Dust2. Now, you play a bit of Train. Would MSL have you guys play Dust2 when it comes back?
KW: We are moving toward playing all maps, like Virtus.pro used to. That way you have a big advantage against teams that aren’t as good as you. To become the best team in the world, you have to play all maps and out-veto everyone.