Having been sidelined by an injury for several weeks, Fnatic's Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer spoke to Fragbite's Andre 'rich" Åkerblom about the extent of his injury.
At the MLG Major Championship: Columbus, Fnatic lost to Astralis to Finish Outside of the Top 4 for the first time in months, a finish that olofmeister suggests is a result of his injury. "It felt like we had to play four against five, kind of," olofmeister told Fragbite. "It just felt like I was in the way, whatever I did or said. I didn't have confidence in either my game or communication and communication is half of what CS is for me."
Shortly after Fnatic's disappointing finish at Columbus, the team decided to drop out of DreamHack Masters Malmö as a result of olofmeister's hand injury. A few days later, olofmeister went inactive, with Niclas "PlesseN" Plessen standing in for a few weeks before being replaced by John "wenton" Eriksson of Team Preparation.
While olofmeister has felt pain in his hand for some time, his naprapath (a doctor who specializes in treating neuromusculoskeletal conditions) has yet to diagnose what the injury actually is, though he's "got a good guess regarding what it is."
"It's hard to predict how long it'll take to recover from," olofmeister said. "It can take weeks, months, I don't know. But we're fighting it."
olofmeister also told Fragbite that he wasn't shy about announcing his injury.
"I've heard about injuries before, but I talked to (Cloud9's) Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and he said he didn't want to announce it because he didn't want people to think it was an excuse," olofmeister said. "If they played bad or something, that people might take it the wrong way."
"Personally I just announced it. What was I supposed to say? This is the way it is. It would feel wrong to lie about it. This injury can affect me long term if I continue playing."
Though that hasn't stopped olofmeister from wanting to return to professional play as soon as possible.
"I've never wanted to play CS more in my life," olofmeister said. "I've never watched as much CS as I do now."
Fnatic's next LAN will be the ESL Pro League Season 3: Finals, where they will face Cloud9 in Group B.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.