Posted 2013-04-18 Friis
"It was a huge confidence boost"
We went into Birmingham with a belief that we could make a difference and show that we could actually play at the top level. The past couple of months for us have been pretty poor with replacements and such. But going into the MadCatz Invitational we had good expectations for ourselves. However once we got there we got off to the worst possible start. Our first couple of games weren't structured at all and we made a lot of mistakes, we didn't focus on the task at hand which caused our first few games to be pretty bad.We only managed to get 1 point in the first 2 matches of the group stage so we needed to beat the last 2 teams to be 100% sure to advance any further. First we had a match against Team Dignitas where we actually played okay. They played well and won some important rounds. We finally started getting into our own game,and from there on we played as a team and pulled off the victory. Up next we had to play Western Wolves. They badly wanted to knock us out of the tournament regardless of the match meaning anything for them in terms of group standings. Going into the match we knew this and played the match perfectly. Everyone was hitting all of their shots and playing at an extremely high level for the duration of the match. We still managed to lose both pistol rounds but came out with a 16:8 victory putting us through to the next stage as the 3rd place in our group, this meant we would face Anexis in the next stage.
Versus Anexis we started well despite making some silly mistakes. The first map against Anexis went fairly quickly and we were ahead in the series. The second map would be de_dust 2 which we weren't too happy about. We are very unstable on de_dust2, something we have to find a solution for as it's definitely a huge flaw in our game. However taking nothing away from Anexis they played terrific but I feel as if the game was handed to them. The last map in the series was nuke, starting as Counter-Terrorists gave us a good start and allowed us to win the first half fairly comfortably. The second half wasn't so comfy, they came out ready to play and managed to pick up a lot of rounds and shut us down round after round. Something just clicked for us once we picked up a very important round and we closed the rest of the map out, taking the series 2:1.
Finding ourselves in the Semi-Finals where we once again faced Western Wolves, in the group stage it was a huge boost to us to beat them and going into the first map on de_dust2 it was a huge confidence boost so we didn't think much about how bad we've played on that map. After taking a lead in the series 1:0, map 2 was played on Nuke which was pretty good for us as we had all the momentum going into this map and were able to snowball the first half. In the second half though it became pretty difficult for us to win some rounds but that didn't stop us. We won the series with a clean 2:0 taking the final map 16:4 and moved onto face VeryGames in the Grand Final.
VeryGames is a squad that all of us have been looking forward to play. They're extremely strong and play very well together. Individually they're crazy good aimers. The Final started very badly for us, throwing away rounds that we should've won at the beginning of the series on Mirage and had all the momentum in their favour. They took game 1 pretty easily and game 2 was very similar. We got our asses kicked and embarrassed but when you're making so many mistakes, missing shot after shot you don't stand a chance against a team like VeryGames. As a team we would've liked to win, that's definitely a huge goal for us in every event but a Silver medal is still good considering how we started the event!
We were lucky with the draw as we got the French team IMG. My team and me played really well, hit many of our shots and basically owned them on 2 fast maps.The following day we met Absolute Legends. A mixed team, but not more mix, as 3 of them have played together as long as MODDII, Trace and me.
They hit really well. We could not close them down on mirage as CT. We fell behind 10-3 and it looked very bad. Fortunately the last two rounds went in our favour. After switching the sides, the pistol round was claimed by us and the 4th round as terrorists.At that point, the score was tied. But we threw 3 rounds away quickly, so they were ahead, before we got into them again. Managing to go into overtime was very good for us.
Where we played a okay T side with 3 rounds against their 2. As CT we had figured out how to shut them down. Suddenly we hit our shots and actually flashed better for each other. We closed the map.Then it was dust_2. Yes, there is not much to say. We were outplayed totally, they owned us big time. We aimed like bots.
Playing like that, they were really on fire as we performed very very poor.Embarrassing..... The final map was train. Which we started absolutely gorgeous. After a small comeback by IMG, we stepped it up and closed the map in our favour. At that point we reached out goal, being placed in the top 2. The finals were played against the mighty Ninjas InPyjames. We know them very well and they are fantastic.
They outplayed us quickly on both maps. Once more, losing 2-0 to them. Just like last week against VeryGames. But the difference was that this time we didn´t feel like we did so many stupid mistakes, but just met a better team. They hit a lot more than us. A huge part of that goes on my account as I hit almost none of my AWP shots. It is a general problem in many games, but the difference shows against teams like Nip and VeryGames where you die if you miss. Against so many other teams you can reach out and get another chance. I must find away to become a better player. Otherwise I do not see many other options for Fnatic than changing me out. If I don´t start to perform at a fairly high level again. Furthermore there are also other factors that influence our play. They have been practicing much more than us and played many more months of CS:GO. We can come after them, it is just going to take a really long time.
But hopefully we can push them a little more soon, and eventually might be lucky and talented enough to actually beat them. We have to go home and look into ourselves and I have to especially go home and see how I can improve with my AWP. Now we have some time where we have a lot of official matches in 2 Danish leagues. Hopefully we can observe improvement already there. Although it is always difficult to play against Danish teams on the internet. So I hope we can get some victories and some more confidence.
Hope you got a little more insight into how I look at things that happened. Thank you, to all of you who still support us even though we are not up there where we have been. But hopefully we come up there again. We will represent Fnatic where it belongs, at the top of everything in eSport.
Thanks for reading.