Vuggo: "A Group of 6 Friends"
Posted 2016-02-17 Dare_Dev1L
With ESL Barcelona Invitational 2016 set to start in a few days, I found there to be no better way to please our fans than to offer a second interview for our devoted community. This time, we focus less on the event and more on the role of coaching as we bring in the one and only Viktor "Vuggo" Jendeby. Before coaching, Jendeby was an analyst for Fnatic and even witnessed Fnatic's Major victory at ESL One: Katowice 2015. His achievements didn't stop there, as Fnatic went on to win a bunch of tournaments and another Major under Jendeby's wing as coach. In this feature, we will discuss the role of coaching, the departure of Pronax, the arrival of Dennis, and of course, ESL Barcelona 2016. Enjoy!
Ever since Fnatic’s last coach returned to being an active player, you have taken on the role of coaching the best team in the world. You have witnessed countless victories, trophies, and even a Major victory while being the team’s coach. How has this experience been for you so far?
It has really been a great experience for me and it still is. When I first joined, I had no idea what exactly my role would be and it still changes every day. My job is to be whoever the players need me to be. If we struggle tactically, motivationally, psychologically or in any other way, it is my job to always find the best solution. Every day creates a new challenge.
How do you think you’ve influenced the team as a coach, both tactically and socially?
I think I contribute a lot when it comes to small details in everything we do. How we communicate, how we tackle different situations in-game as well as socially outside of the game and much, much more. I have a say in basically all we do and the players really listen, even though they don’t always agree. It really opens your mind to hear things from a different angle and from someone that can see the big picture.
Other than the recent addition of Dennis back in November, the team as a whole has been together for quite a while now. Have you sensed the team maturing as time went on? How has the team chemistry developed since your arrival?
It is not until now, after the Starseries finals, that we’ve really had time to sit down and practice with full focus. It honestly feels unbelievable that we’ve managed to win all those 4 tournaments when we felt as unprepared as we did. Keep in mind that not only did we change a player and didn’t have proper practice but we also started playing with an entirely new in-game leader who has never led a team before. Flusha is doing an amazing job, he’s getting better every day and with the time we’ve had these last couple of weeks, we’ve really come a long way to building our new game plan.
Fnatic CS:GO has been on fire since Dennis joined the fray, do you feel that he was the replacement the team needed?
We already have a lot of superstars on our team so when pronax decided to leave we didn’t need to recruit someone that could individually take our team to another level. We simply needed someone that fit socially into our team. Dennis just happens to be a perfect fit socially as well as a superstar, so the choice was simple.
As a follow-up question to the above, how has the team chemistry (including game styles) changed since the departure of Pronax?
We are more a group of 6 friends now than ever before and that also shows while playing. We have more fun while practicing and going to events.
The team has 4 consecutive tournament victories in a row, was that difficult to accomplish with the addition of a new player and Flusha’s entry into in-game leading?
As mentioned before, I am really surprised it went as well as it actually did. A lot of coincidences and jigsaws clicked perfectly on the way and made it a reality.
The ESL Barcelona Invitational is coming up, how’s the preparation going for the boys?
We have practiced hard since the Starseries finals. Not for Barcelona in particular but for the big tournaments coming up in the weeks ahead. We feel well prepared.
The event will use a format similar to the one from IEM gamescom, with each team being assigned three lives. KrimZ has stated the format being fun for a show rather than serious competition. What’s your stance on the style being used in competitive Counter-Strike?
I have to agree with KrimZ, this is more of a show than a prestigious tournament. It will be really fun though and, of course, we are going to give it our best to claim the title.
This format is hard to predict so we obviously have to put you on the spot! Who do you predict will be reaching the final besides Fnatic?
It could be anyone really, NV and Astralis are the favorites but Dignitas and G2 are also in great form.
With the random factor involved and multiple ambitious teams attending, who do you consider the dark horse of the tournament?
That has to be both Dignitas and G2.
For those people out there who aspire to be coaches of a successful team in the future, can you tell us something about what to expect and how to maintain a good coaching role?
It’s really hard to put into words what makes a great coach. Every team has its own needs and a coach's job should be to get to know the players deeply, both socially as well as gamewise and to be able to always find solutions when problems arise.