Dennis ”walle” Wallenberg have become famous around the world as one of Sweden’s finest talents in Counter-Strike 1.6.
The legend have been absent throughout Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but as of late, he as opened up for the possibility to make a comeback as coach.
And in a unique interview with Aftonbladet Esport, he let us know what he could bring to the table.
– Many of the professional gamers are young, and perhaps don’t have the experience to take the necessary steps in order to perform on top. In those situations, it might be a good idea to have another person pushing, developing, motivating and helping them forward.
Known as one of the all-time greats, Dennis ”walle” Wallenberg is one of the biggest talents Sweden have ever produced. Throughout his time in teams such as Ninjas in Pyjamas and SK Gaming, the legend won some of the most prestigious titles in 1.6.
Today the 29 year old married man lives a life far from the spotlight esports is currently under. But soon his life outside the scene could be over – as a new era in his life might be approaching, the life of a coach.
– I very much like my day-to-day job and all that. The only reason I consider a comeback is because I think I could be a very good coach, walle tells Aftonbladet Esport.
– I’ve got the right experience, both as a player and a leader – and I believe my work experience in the past five years will be an advantage.
Today walle is a store manager at JC in northern Sweden. His interest for CS has been put on hold, but there’s no doubt the game has grown immensely since his glory days.
– I haven’t followed the scene very much. It takes quite a lot of time and commitment to keep up, which I’ve lacked. I’ve mostly just seen things on Facebook and other social media, and kept contact with old players.
– It’s really amazing how much has happened since I was active, and it makes me so damn happy that everything is moving forward so quickly. The big tournaments look crazy.
On Monday the legend announced on Twitter he might consider a comeback. Based on the reactions, many would obviously like to see him take that step.
What are your thoughts on teams using coaches, or ”a sixth player”?
– With a full time coach back in the days, we would’ve performed even better than we did, Walle tells Aftonbladet Esport.
– The evolution is really quite logical. The closer esport comes to traditional sports, all the more natural it’ll be to have a coach, or at least some kind of trainer like in any other sport. The teams need to do everything they can to perform on point, and I believe it’s the future to bring in a sixth person to help out. Many of the professional gamers are young, and perhaps don’t have the experience to take the necessary steps in order to perform on top. In those situations, it might be a good idea to have another person pushing, developing, motivating and helping them forward.
If you become the coach for a team, how would you work?
– As a CS:GO coach, I’d have to take on many roles. First of all, I would of course try to help out in-game, but there are probably a lot to do for the team outside of the game also, to try and create the best possible conditions for improvement.
– As a former pro, the absolut best experience I have is that I can look back and analyze what we could’ve done differently for the individuals and the team. ’What factors could’ve helped us evolve?’ Leading a group forward toward a common goal is very interesting to me.
What do you think about CS:GO compared to 1.6?
– I can’t really say anything that’d be fair, since I personally haven’t played enough CS:GO. The development has been incredibly important for the industry and esports, so it just make me extremely happy we have a seemingly good sequel to 1.6, which so many were skeptical about in the beginning.
On a personal level, you’re considered to be one of the great legends of Counter-Strike. Even though you haven’t been active in the scene in recent years, many still talk about you on the forums. How does it feel to be so appreciated?
– It’s of course great to be so appreciated in the scene. There’s lots of love in esports, which is easy to forget when people often seem to first hand focus on all the negative aspects.
As of now, walle hasn’t decided to come back. His Tweet on Monday can probably be considered an interest check. Even though Twitter exploded with positive emotions, we’re yet to find out if walle truly steps back into esports.