Twist: "We're making progress as a team every day"
Posted 2016-11-18 Dare_Dev1L
ELEAGUE Season 2 is set to start for us tonight, this time we're aiming to do what we didn't do last season and claim the championship! With well performing challengers awaiting us and the boys playing with head coach Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson as a stand-in for Dennis "dennis" Edman, the team has an exciting weekend ahead of them.
To start it all off, we had a quick chat with Simon "twist" Eliasson about his opinion on the recent performances of the team, his expectations for ELEAGUE, the return of Fnatic's legend status at the next Major and more!
The team will be in Atlanta this weekend to play in Group D of ELEAGUE Season 2, how confident are you with the new lineup?
I'm really confident with what we will be able to achieve long-term with the new lineup, however, we’re playing with Jumpy during ELEAGUE and even though he is a great stand-in, he is still a stand-in and we haven't had much practice with him. If the rest of us step up and deliver in numbers, we should still have a good shot at qualifying for playoffs.
Dignitas has been improving a lot lately in their results, are they the team to look out for in the group?
I think all three teams are in great form, playing with a lot of confidence and putting in good results. All match ups will be tough ones.
This will be the first time you play ELEAGUE with Fnatic, are you excited to be on various TV channels around the world?
It’s definitely a cool change from other events, playing on national TV. It won't affect me while playing though. Maybe afterwards when you get home and see everything afterwards, you will realize how big it was.
What are your overall expectations for ELEAGUE?
A great tournament which we advance from groups to start with.
With the return of KrimZ to the lineup, Fnatic has regained legendary status in the next Major. How does that influence the morale of the team knowing you have a guaranteed spot at the Major?
It affects us in the way that we have less pressure and stress on us. We don't need to play Minor and Major qualification, which is a huge load off our shoulders in an already hectic schedule, so that gives us more time to practice and prepare for the Major itself.
Has KrimZ’s return benefited the overall chemistry of the roster?
Krimz is a very calm and smart player that does everything that the team needs. It’s super easy playing with him and he brings out the best in the rest of us in a great way.
What are the current roles now that disco doplan and KrimZ are on the team?
I wouldn't say we have specific roles. Everyone is comfortable in playing many different roles, both offensive and defensive ones and we simply adjust depending on maps, situations, etc.
You have been a part of Fnatic for a while now, how do you feel about your personal development in the team so far?
It's hard to say that I've developed myself yet but I think we're making progress as a team every day, and that's all that matters. If it continues at the same pace we will be in great form for the Major and 2017 overall.
Do you have any side hobbies you enjoy doing at times you’re not busy training hard for the team?
I like playing a few sports like football or basketball with friends from time to time, it's good to have something outside the computer that you can relax with.
Fnatic is now close to being in the top 10 of the community’s CS:GO ranking, what is your goal for the team to reach before the end of the year?
I wouldn't say we have any specific goals for this year, we are a new team and as long as we're making progress that's all we can ask for. To be in great form for the Major and to perform well, that is the first and biggest goal we have right now.