Now that he has left Astralis to become captain of FaZe Clan, Finn "karrigan" Andersen says that he and his old team had disagreements about how to approach the game, which led to him being benched and eventually leaving.
In an interview with ESPN's Jacob Wolf published Monday, he said he and the rest of Astralis were at odds over his shotcalling. "Me, my team, and the coach found out that we wanted to play differently," karrigan said to Wolf. "In the end, I couldn't see my play the way they wanted to play as a team. I didn't feel comfortable in that, and they didn't feel comfortable in the way I was calling. [...] That's why we decided that we couldn't keep on and that's why I got benched."
karrigan was benched by Astralis coach Danny "zonic" Sørensen on Oct. 11. He was sold to FaZe on Oct. 19, though rumors were flying even before the announcement.
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He told ESPN the move revitalized him, reminding him of his days on TSM in 2015.
"When I joined Team SoloMid back in the day, it was the same situation for me; I get everything I want, everyone's listening to me, and the whole trust around me is there," he said. "And that didn't happen in Astralis, in the end, because of the way we wanted to play as a team. I think that's the big difference for me is that I actually have a team again where I feel reborn as an in-game leader and actually can think and call how I want. That's really important for me as a player and to underline that, I'm still a good in-game leader."
karrigan has been on FaZe's starting roster for ELEAGUE Season 2, replacing Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey. The team made it through the group stage with a 2-1 record, with wins over Immortals and Cloud9.
"In the end, I think it's pretty good because we get more practice and we get to know each other way more," karrigan told ESPN. "We played six, seven maps this tournament and that's exactly what we practiced before coming here, so I'm pretty happy that we came through the best-of-threes, coming through these marathon matches; we can learn from mistakes and the map picks we had."
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.