Fnatic steps in to ESL One in Katowice as one of the big favorites for the title.
Olof ”Olofmeister” Kjabjer now reveals that, despite all of Fnatics success, there is one player who instills fear in the Swedish giants.
– I’ve never been scared of anyone, but I’m scared of KennyS, he tells Aftonbladet Esport.
Fnatic arrives to Poland and Katowice as one of the biggest contenders for the first major of the year. In the last LAN-event, on home soil, Olof ”Olofmeister” Kjabjer alongside his teammates Markus ”pronax” Wallsten, Jesper ”JW” Wecksell, Freddy ”KRiMZ” Johansson och Robin ”flusha” Rönnquist beat the elite at Pantamera.
– We had a break after our victory at ESEA, and didn’t play together for about a month. We finished 2014 on a high note and in really good form and might have taken that a bit for granted when we returned and thought that the trend would keep on going. So we didn’t practice as much as the other teams, Olofmeister disclose to Aftonbladet Esport and continues:
– When we started out after the break we had a lot of problems regarding communication, which led to several mistakes and we became irritated with one another. We often lost focus. When the Pantamera tournament began we still had the same problems but as the tourney progressed we became better and better – but it still doesn’t feel like we won it.
”We want revenge”
The last time the Swedish giants took part in a CS:GO major, the team left Dreamhack Winter on a sour note after the now infamous boost on Overpass in the quarterfinals against LDLC. Now the 23 year old player from Stockholm is hoping to have an other crack at the title.
– Of course we want revenge. That’s something we all want. We want to prove how good we are, but being the favorite can have both a positive and negative side – the favorite going in to the major have never won it for example. A trend we obviously hope to change.
In a interview with HLTV, Krimz alluded to you guys have something up your sleeve for this major as well?
– I have no idea what he meant by that, but at least it’s no boost, haha. I don’t think we would have the courage to do something like that even if we had it. But the thing is that every team have something new they will put forth in every major. People seem to believe that the teams have several secrets but that’s not the case because you will never change your fundamentals, Kajbjer explains and continues:
– Ninjas in Pyjamas might be a team that have changed a lot since they got Aleksi ”allu” Jalli, something that can be an advantage for them as they haven’t been playing a lot against other teams and they have also chosen to not practice against any top tier teams.
”He is the best”
Olofmeister wishes to sound a note of warning against the team Fnatic faced in the finals of Pantamera – Titan – who he believes have the most new stuff in their strategical arsenal.
– They are a team who we always have a rough time against. And I think they have a lot of small details that they will showcase here in Katowice. When we have practiced against them we have seen some of those details that we actually have incorporated into our own game, but at the same time you never reveal everything during practice sessions.
How tough is it to face Kenny ”KennyS” Schrub at this moment?
– Let me put it like this: Even if I never was a hotshot in 1.6 I still played gatherings with some of the best players in the world and I wasn’t afraid of anyone. I’ve never been scared of anybody in CS:GO, but I’m scared of KennyS. He is the only one I’ve ever been scared of. You can end up in a duel, where you have the upper hand but it doesn’t matter because you know that he might – or even will – make the sickest shot ever so you don’t have the courage to do anything. When you face any other player you feel much more confident.
– In terms of individual skill he is the best, no doubt. But at the same time it becomes a bit weird since Titan base so much of their game around him that it makes the other players less effective. At moments you see the other guys buy P250 without armor on buy rounds just so that Kenny can afford the AWP the next round.
We know you guys have been scouting a lot in preparation for Katowice. How big of a difference do you think it might do for you as a team?
– We are not a team that will adapt to our opposition. Of course we will do it to some degree, but we know that we might have the best team in terms of individual skill, and it should not be up to us to adapt, but rather our enemies who have to conform to us.