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flusha: "We just need more time to shape our playing style"

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The current Fnatic squad is playing their first tournament together after the reunion, and so far the Swedes have one loss and one win in their trunk. We caught Robin "flusha" Rönnquist in Las Vegas to talk about it all.
Fnatic had a rough start to DreamHack Masters Las Vegas, as they fell to Gambit in their opening match. However, the pressure of having to beat Misfits or face elimination didn't get to them at all, and they survived the second day of the tournament.

Next up is a best of three match against Virtus.pro, where it's all or nothing. The winners will be the last to advance to the playoffs in group B, while the losers will go home. When Fragbite's Linda "Ding1" Herman met Robin "flusha" Rönnquist in the royal halls of MGM Grand she asked a couple of questions regarding this week's Nevada tournament and what it feels like coming back to Fnatic.

How does it feel to be back in the team?
— It feels good, I guess, but we don't have full confidence in each other yet, and we're not back where we started so to speak, but we'll get there eventually.

How much practice have you gotten together for this tournament?
— We started as soon as the news came out, and I think we had a break for three of four days, but we've just played the rest of the time since.

How big is the difference from the Godsent era and now?
— Well, we had a lot of trust issues In Godsent, we didn't dare to play for each other. That was what we were missing from the old Fnatic, because everyone played for each other, and everyone could die for other players and trust each other and win the round, and that was missing in Godsent.

You lost the first game here in Las Vegas, but the second one went great. What did it feel like coming here only to lose your first game?
— We took a gamble with Inferno, we've only played it in practice and we're not sure on how it's supposed to be played yet. We thought we could just play it the way we did in practice, because we've won every game, but obviously that didn't work out.

What do you think about doplan's and twist's performance when they played for Fnatic?
— Eh, no comment...

You only have one win left to reach the playoffs, what's your thoughts on the upcoming match?
— It feels better when it's BO3 in the deciding match, but it doesn't really matter if we play Gambit or Virtus. Gambit has their game and their style, which is very hard to play against, but Virtus.pro and just summon the Virtus.plow, and that's not fun to play against. So it doesn't matter who we play against, we'll win.

What do you think about your playing style now? What's your strongest quality, and what's your weaker ones?
— We don't really have any real strong qualities right now since we've all come from other teams where the approach is different, and we don't know how we want to play like we did before. Back then it was all bangs and we'd kill our opponents, they wouldn't have a chance. But we can't do that now since we don't have that confidence in each other at this moment, because we've been playing with different mentalities and so on. We just need more time to shape our playing style.

But have you gained something from the time in Godsent? Some wisdom you can apply to Fnatic now?
— I can't say that I have.

So in other words, it's good to be back in Fnatic?
— You could say that, yes.

Will Fnatic win a major this year?
— I sure hope so! :D
Fnatic will face Vitus.pro at 1:00 p.m local time, or 10:00 p.m CET, today. The winners of that match will advance to the playoffs, which is held in the classic MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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