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JW: "We just want to become the best again"

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I an interview with Jesper "JW" Wecksell from fnatic, he shares his thoughts on the teams recent months, their way back to the top and the teams' thoughts on the major.
Jesper "JW" Wecksell and his fnatic have had a rough time on their route back to the top. Their mixed results since the recreation of the team earlier this year has put them in a weird spot for the upcoming major. Wecksell says the team has done everything they can to regain their champion form and talks briefly about his thoughts on the swiss format as well as what Fnatic aims for in the PGL Krakow Major.

Since the recreation of the team in March, your results have been very up and down. What is it that still isn't working for you? What are the key differences between the team today and the team that won six straight tournaments?

The biggest difference, I'd say, is the confidence within the team as well as the one in every individual player. With good confidence comes good communication, you dare to do more and it's easier for players to take initiative. We've lost some team play as well that we're working very hard to regain.


Because of your recent setbacks, have you tried new methods and different approaches to the game in an attempt to catch up on the top? You have for example been bootcamping for the first time in many years, how does that feel and is there other stuff you would like to try out?

Bootcamp is something we haven't really been against, we just haven't felt the need for it before. That along with previous bad experiences from bootcamps has led us to be somewhat skeptical towards it. With good planning, however, a bootcamp can feel just like home, which is something you really have to aim for, and which we accomplished with our bootcamp now. The bootcamp here in Krakow has been really good. We have a setup in a conference room at the same hotel that we're staying. We will have access to it during the whole tournament, which definitely could give us an edge. To summarize, we haven't felt the need for a bootcamp before but we really did this time around. We give our heart and soul for this major and does not want to look back with a "what if..." on our heads. We just want to become the best again and is open towards everything, hopefully the great feeling of the bootcamp can be converted into results.


In a swiss format, you don't know beforehand what teams you're up against except for one. How does that affect your preparation and what is the overall feeling of playing a tournament with such uncertainty around when and who you play?

I can't say it affects our preparation that much. Preparing for a single BO1 for two weeks is very risky in itself, a lot of things can go wrong if you overthink it that much. I think the swiss format overall is a fun format, it works on a lot of tournaments but for the very best events, such as this, it needs some tweaking. I believe that swiss format rarely brings the best eight teams in the playoffs, there's too much randomness involved. Of course, you have to beat every team to be the best so it doesn't really matter when looking at it from that perspective. It is however really tough for teams who might be unlucky with the draw, facing, for example, SK, Faze and G2 and then they're out. The uncertainty about when you are to play is really wearisome, you sit there throughout the whole day waiting for the last match to be played just to see the draw. Who will you play? When will you play? Do I have to go to bed straight away? That is a big downside for me.


In your first match, you're playing against Flipsid3 Tactics, a team that impressed a lot during the major qualifier and historically always performs at majors. What is your view on Flipsid3 and the match?

I definitely don't think Flipsid3 is a team to underestimate, we certainly don't. It is important however to go into this major with confidence and show the world that we are back and that we are here to stay. If we want to do that, a team like Flipsid3 can't be a threat to us. We respect them and everything they've accomplished, but we will crush them.


With the latest results in mind, what is a fair goal for you and how far do you have to reach to feel "happy enough" with your performance?

Everything but a final will be a defeat, but we aim for the title. If we don't win the major, the vacation coming up will definitely be hard to really appreciate.


Any last words?

I'd like to thank everyone that supports us even though our last months has been filled with disappointing results. I hope everyone believes in me when I'm saying that we are doing everything in our power to bring back the old fnatic and to once again put Sweden on top of CS and esport. Sweden will be back.

P.S. Monster is delicious.

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PGL Major Krakow 2017 Highlights

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During the PGL Major 2017-tournament hosted in Krakow, Poland, there was a lot of action, so we have taken the opportunity to make a video with some of the best highlights from the tournaments seven days!
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After a prohibition released on January 26 of 2015, Valve Corporation explicitly declared that the infamous ex-Ibuypower players got disregarded from all competitive play. Today, a striking statement from ESL has been announced as the players are clear to play in selected tournaments.
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After winning his first major with Gambit, we caught up with a very happy Abay "HObbit" Khassenov for a quick interview about the final, the future and how he will celebrate.
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After a remarkable turn of events, the previous legends of Gambit Esports prevailed in the grand final of PGL Major Krakow. The newly crowned Major champions have overcome their Brazilian counterparts in a 2-1 victory (Cobblestone 4:16; Train 16:11; Inferno 16-10).
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Immortals have overcome Virtus.pro and the homecrowd 2-0 (16-5 Inferno, 16-11 Mirage) to join Gambit in tomorrow's PGL Major Grand Final.
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We asked Magisk, TaZ, dupreeh, GuardiaN, KRiMZ and TACO to tell us what they thought about the heavily discussed "crouch-jump bug" as made famous by BIG at the major.
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Gambit have overcome Astralis 2-1 (16-10 Overpass; 16-8 Inferno; 16-12 Train).
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Virtus.pro have plowed their way through the quarter-final against North (16-9 Cobblestone; 16-10 Nuke) to advance to the semi-finals of the PGL Major.
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As the final game of the day commenced, the two newly crowned "Legends"-teams were set to clash. Leaving Inferno in the veto, Immortals certainly looked like they had done some studies on their opponents, who were none other than BIG Clan.
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Astralis have defeated SK Gaming 2-0 (16-12 Cache; 16-6 Overpass) to become the second semi-finalists of the PGL Major.
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On the opening day of PGL Major Krakow at Tauron Arena, the crowd settled themselves as the first quarter final commenced.
Gambit came out triumphant in the battalion against Fnatic to become the first semifinalists of the PGL Major (16-14 Train; 16-12 Inferno).
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wayLander ace vs. Penta on Train

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Jan Peter "wayLander" Rahkonen from Flipsid3 wins the round all by himself with a five-seven and an picked up AK47 and started the comeback for Flipsid3 against Penta at PGL Major Krakow 2017.
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zehN four AK-frags vs. Flipsid3 on Train

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The finnish player Jesse "zehN" Linjala, from the international team Penta, gets four fast frags with his AK with help from a well placed flash from his teammate in the match against Flipsid3 at PGL Major Krakow 2017.
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After the last Swiss round came to an end, the PGL Major playoff bracket has been drawn and released. Set to begin on Friday, PGL Major Krakow continues its path to crowned the Major champion.
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For the last game in the group stage, Immortals acquired the last ticket to the playoffs. Closing out Train with a 16-6 scoreline, Flipsid3's fate was determined to be the unfortunate one.
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Straight after the victory over Cloud9 in their last game of the group stage here in Krakow, we found Filip "Neo" Kubski from Virtus.pro for a quick talk. We go through his feelings regarding making it to the playoffs, troubles in the team, and playing in front of a Polish crowd.
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coldzera INSANE AWP-ace vs. BIG on Inferno

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The Brazilian SK-player Marcelo "coldzera" David takes five quick AWP-frags in the match against BIG in the third round of the PGL Major Krakow 2017-torunament.
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As the elimination games continue, the home favorites Virtus.pro was set to battle the North American side of Cloud9 in a last decisive game. Twenty-six rounds later, Virtus.pro came victorious after eliminating Cloud9 from the PGL Major Krakow.
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A while after SK beat Immortals to get their playoff spot, we found Epitácio "TACO" de Melo for a short talk about the major, what the thinks about BIG, and preparations.
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The last elimination games have now commenced at the PGL Major Krakow. Booting up Overpass once again, Fnatic saw themselves triumphant on their last game pre-playoffs.
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