Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski had some strong words for SK Gaming, the reigning Major champions, after his and Virtus.pro's 2-0 victory over them at EPICENTER: Moscow on Monday.
pasha told HLTV's Milan "Striker" Švejda in an interview after the match that in VP's many matches against SK over the past season, the CIS team have usually managed to take one map off the Brazilian squad, but rarely clutched the whole series. "[We] were struggling in the matches, got unlucky, such as on Overpass in the tunnel where the smoke bugged, stuff like this," he said.
At EPICENTER, however, "finally we broke them."
The two teams have developed something of a rivalry in 2016. The Brazilian squad defeated VP in both of the Majors this year — at MLG Major Championship: Columbus, VP lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals, and at ESL One Cologne 2016, they lost 2-1 in the semifinals.
The tables turned in September, when VP took a 2-1 victory over SK at ESL One New York 2016. Coupled with VP's very recent 2-0 victory in Moscow, pasha and the rest of VP feel confident about the matchup.
"A few months ago we said that if we break them, they're not that strong mentally, maybe apart from FalleN, a strong leader," he said. "But we thought it would probably get into the heads of the youngsters when we beat them once. They have experience on LAN, but maybe not as much experience in how to take the losses."
pasha hwas even more confident about facing Fnatic, who is also in their group. He said their latest roster, with Simon "twist" Eliasson, Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson and John "wenton" Eriksson, pales in comparison to their old one.
"For us the old Fnatic lineup was much harder. But this lineup is like... I can't say they're no names, but this lineup, olof, dennis and then Lekr0, twist and wenton, you can't think they can play against us and win the match," he said. "We will go into the match and crush them, it's not the old Fnatic anymore."
VP and Fnatic will face off on the last day of the group stage on Oct. 19, after which the tournament will take a three-day break before starting up again on Oct. 22 and concluding on Oct. 23.
VP currently top Group B with three points, followed by HellRaisers with two points. Fnatic have one point, and SK are last with zero points.
EPICENTER: Moscow features a $500,000 prize pool. The playoffs will take place in the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow.
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