Krimz: "One Frag At A Time"
Posted 2016-02-16 Dare_Dev1L
With the ESL Barcelona CS:GO Invitational 2016 about to begin in a few days time; an event that is guaranteed to be full of surprises and randomness, due to the format used at IEM Gamescom, who better to interview but the clutch king himself? Teams attending the event will start with three lives, each loss counts as a loss of one life, with the winner of the match having the ability to choose which two teams will battle next, with the last team standing being crowned the winner. KrimZ has spent the better part of the past few months winning countless clutch rounds for his team, at times single-handedly giving Fnatic the edge to win the game. Today we talk to KrimZ about his recent success, ESL Barcelona, his opinions on the format being used competitively, and more!
Fnatic has been going for gold since the acquisition of Dennis, you have won four consecutive tournaments in a row! With ESL Barcelona CS:GO Invitational next on the list, should we be expecting your 5th consecutive tournament?
I think we've been somewhat lucky to have won all those tournaments. We didn't have a lot of practice with dennis and everything had to click for us to win our matches, and it did. Strong mentality brought us through a lot of the matchups, especially against LG during the faceit finals as well as in Minsk. We have been practicing really hard since christmas, everything feels a lot better tactically and teamwise than before. To expect a win in Barcelona is tough though as there is going to be a very rare format of play, we are not really in control of our own destiny but we will, of course, try our best!
Records would show that so far it’s been the ideal run for Fnatic, but it hasn’t been without its bumpy roads. The team has had a number of challenges along the way, specifically in the group stages. Are group stages something the team worries about or are you confident that you will still prevail in the end?
We are never worried, whether it’s group phase or bracket. It simply has been looking bumpy because we just changed a player, changing to an IGL that has never called before and we didn’t have any proper time for practice. Hopefully, the bumpy bit is over and we will show a more solid performance from now on.
ESL Barcelona Invitational will use a format similar to the one from IEM Gamescom, with each team being assigned three lives. What do you think of the elimination process? The community has mixed feelings on whether it should be an official format, what do you think?
I think it’s a really fun concept. It’s fun for the fans to see something else for a change. Whether it’s fair and suited for real competition, I don't think so, but its more of a show than a competition in my opinion.
One of the biggest challengers to Fnatic so far in 2016 has been EnVyUs, who will be attending this event. It’s safe to say teams are very likely to pit you two against each other often, are you confident that this rivalry will be one sided in your favor?
I highly doubt it will be favored to any side. EnVyUs are a great team, but this time we will beat them.
Speaking of the winners’ choice, is there any particular team you might want to eliminate early on?
All teams need to go for us to be champions, which teams goes first doesn’t matter.
You will be starting the tournament with 3 lives, how many lives do you predict you’ll have left when the dust has settled?
This format can occasionally allow underdogs to shine, who do you consider the dark horse of this tournament?
Dignitas and G2 has shown great form recently. I wouldn't say they’re underdogs but they might upset the whole tournament if they get good matches.
Although the format is different, there will still be two teams remaining near the end. Other than yourselves, who do you predict will be the second remaining team for the final?
NV, Astralis, Dignitas or G2, it really depends on what matchups there is.
During the SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals, you were yet again labelled the clutch king. Do you have any advice for hopefuls out there about how best to win a clutch situation?
It’s all about staying calm. Focus on one frag at a time and take it from there.