Svenskeren talks about the competition at IEM and the life of a professional gamer

by Matt Demers Mar 14 2015
Thumbnail image courtesy of Dennis Gonzales / theScore eSports

This interview was condensed and edited for clarity. It was conducted by Matt Demers.

Matt Demers: Going into your first match with yoe Flash Wolves, were you guys focused on that match or were you confident you could beat them and looking ahead to the GE Tigers?

Svenskeren: I would say we were pretty confident, but no one really took it as a free win either.

Matt: Do you ever have to stop yourselves from thinking of games as a free win?

Svenskeren: I don’t think anybody thinks like that. We know every team can probably beat everyone because everyone is No. 1 in their region, otherwise they wouldn't be here.

Matt: In that vein were you guys surprised to see C9 eliminated by the Flash Wolves?

Svenskeren: I only watched the end [of that game] and I saw Cloud9 hitting the Nexus or something and two minutes later they lost and [I was] like what the f*** happened. So I was kinda surprised I guess. I would’ve liked to have played Cloud9 because it seems more funny, NA vs. EU, but yeah.

Matt: Considering that you've beaten the Flash Wolves once already does that take a little bit of pressure off of your shoulders because you've already experienced first-hand how they play?

Svenskeren: I'm not sure if you can say it like that. It probably makes it harder for us because now they know how we play, so yeah I guess it goes both ways.

Matt: Some of the criticisms directed towards your team seems to be vision problems. How do you guys balance keeping what works, but changing the stuff you need to work on?

Svenskeren: We know vision is a problem and we are trying to work on it, but we’re not really sure how to do it. I guess everyone is reminding themselves like “oh maybe if I buy one more ward now it can help the game.” It’s just like that, I don't think it really overrides anything else.

Matt: Do you feel you've learned a lot from the GE Tigers game?

Svenskeren: I learned that they are beatable. We kind of went in with the mentality that they are probably a lot better than us, but then when we played them we realized that they are humans and they did make a lot of mistakes, which we could've like won the game [on].

Matt: Do you think that is a common attitude with a lot of Western teams where they look at Koreans and say “they are unbeatable and aren't human?”

Svenskeren: I think so, yeah. Everyone always puts them out like they are Gods or something. I guess they put more pressure...I don’t really know, but maybe not pressure, because you probably think you've lost already... it's just a bad way of thinking I guess.

Matt: How different is playing in a multi-round tournament compared to playing the LCS.

Svenskeren: It’s a lot more exhausting. You have to be here early until late to see all the games as well. In the LCS you can miss out on watching games because it's not as important because there’s more games. Here, every game is so important.

Matt: Once you get to the round where you can actually play Bo3s, does that take a little bit of the pressure off?

Svenskeren: Yeah I guess it does. It's more comfortable because you know like, okay you can lose one game to cheese or whatever and you can still come back. But Bo1s are always stressful.

Matt: Is it a collaborative team issue where you say “okay, what went wrong that game?” or do you guys rely on one person to say “this is what we need to work on next match?"

Svenskeren: We usually take turns debriefing, and like everyone comes to their point of view of what went wrong and then we mash it up.

Matt: If you could transfer to any other region what would it be and why?

Svenskeren: I would like to try to play in Korea because it's a lot more competitive, but you need to have so much drive [to] do it the same over and over and over. It's harder.

Matt: Speaking of drive, how important is your day-to-day mentality?

Svenskeren: It's kind of a big deal I guess. You need to be able to wake up everyday and to the same thing over and over.

Matt: I think a lot of people look at what you guys do and they think it's ideal. If they could actually experience that for a week or a month how would it feel?

Svenskeren: It's a lot more exhausting and tiring than everyone makes it seem.

Matt: How do you feel you've grown as a player and person from when you played for the Copenhagen Wolves?

Svenskeren: I've probably grown a lot more as an individual. In Copenhagen Wolves you had Deficio doing anything for us. If anything [happened] we just asked him and then he would do it. So I've probably just grown a lot more as an individual.

Matt: Something that we learned from ROCCAT is that you guys have a shared office space with H2K, and their team, how is that going for you?

Svenskeren: It's going pretty well.

Matt:: Is it easier to turn on and turn off because you’re not living in a house?

Svenskeren: Personally, no. I like the old format more but maybe it's better for the team. I don’t know.

Matt: How do you guys recover after a loss? Would you rather sit down while the game is still fresh in your brain and like analyze it or would you rather watch the next matches and be like “okay this is what we might have to deal with later?"

Svenskeren: I's probably not so important to go too much into detail, you can do that later but you go over the main points like why we lost. That's usually one point...and you talk about that but it's not like you go through the replay right after.