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Vuggo on joining Fnatic: ”I need to make sure we’re always evolving”

av Björn Ehrnberg

Last weekend Fnatic lost their former star and coach when Jonatan ”Devilwalk” Lundberg left the team.
Dewilwalk won a major both as a player and as a coach under the Fnatic flag, and now Viktor ”vuggo” Jendeby hopes be able to maintain Fnatics excellent form.
– It will be tough, but through hard work and a lot of adaptation I think we can still be considered the best team in the world, he says to Aftonbladet Esport.

Viktor ”vuggo” Jendeby will be the new coach on the Fnatic line up. Alongside the seasoned pros, vuggo hopes to keep the rekt-train going as the rest of the best teams are trying to dethrone the winner of the latest major.

With players like Olof ”olofmeister” Kajbjer, Jesper ”JW” Wecksell, Markus ”pronax” Wallsten, Robin ”flusha” Rönnberquist and Freddy ”KRiMZ” Johansson that might not be the toughest job in the world. And vuggo expresses a lot of confidence as he speaks about his new position.
– At the moment I don’t feel any pressure. It might come when I have to stand in front of tens of thousands of people, but right now we are playing at Fragbite Masters with only four teams. And the next week we’ll be playing at Dreamhack where there will only be eight teams.

Imagine that you start losing games, how will you handle that situation?
– That won’t be happening, vuggo says with a big smile before continuing:
– There is obviously always a big ”if” regarding these questions. If that happens we will need to investigate whether it is my fault or if the responsibility lays with the players, and then we will have an extended discussion on how to solve whatever problems we might have.

”Not here for the fame or money”

Vuggo recently left Team Property in order to take the job at Fnatic. The transition from working with a lower tier team to joining probably the best team in the world is nothing that seem to faze the young coach.
– I’m not here for the fame or the money, but at the same time I’m happy to be here and be a part of something huge. Fnatic is a very established organization throughout the entire esport scene, not only in Counter-Strike. Of course I feel pride in that, with that said I’m also very humble in terms of the opportunity I’ve been given.

Can you reveal anything that you might have been looking into that you hope to change or revamp with the team?
– Seemingly we have huge difficulties with Team SoloMid at the moment. We have lost to them in three straight LAN games and they have obviously figured us out. We need to look at those demos, and conjure up a plan to beat them or at least make us more unpredictable.

How will you go about to make sure that Fnatic won’t lose the position as the best team in the world?
– I need to make sure that we are always evolving. We are probably the team that the rest are studying the most and are looking to beat. Training in CS:GO looks very different from almost any other sport. You might go on a DM server eight hours a day for a week and improve your aim, but it will only make you slightly better. But if you instead watch demos of your past games and start to analyze your decision making, you might improve a hell of a lot more. You might start seeing positions that don’t work against different teams, while they work against others. What happens eventually is that the players will feel comfortable in many different situations and not only in their safe zone. In our team, many of the players are still relaxed have created that feeling for themselves that they can hold almost any position and know what to do and when to do it.
– But if you want to remain in the top of CS:GO you always have to change up your playstyle.

”I actually have a playbook”

Have you been working on a playbook like they use in the NFL for Fnatic?
– I actually have a book like that. I began the creation of it when I was working for Fnatic ahead of Katowice, when I was scouting the opposition. I wrote down how teams like to play and their tendencies. ”If that particular team loses an entry they end up executing B about 70 percent of the time” – and so on. Even though I haven’t been that specific in terms of numbers, but having tendencies and such on paper is really strong and can help us a lot.
– In the current meta there seemingly are not many teams that actually follow a NFL playbook looking execute, usually teams adapt to whatever have happened and then make a strategic decision midround.

Vuggo, who recently moved from Gothenburg to Stockholm, explains that he will have mandate to criticize the players though everything will be handled more like a democracy.
– I’m only a sixth opinion on the team, but I’ve known the players for a long time.



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