JW: I’M SURE SWEDEN WILL BE BACK ON TOP AGAIN

To get some insight into how fnatic are feeling going into DreamHack Open Summer, we got in touch with Jesper “JW” Wecksell, who also shared his thoughts on the state of the Swedish scene, fnatic’s performance in Dallas and various tournament rulesets.

Since reuniting their lineup that went on to win six straight tournaments at the end of 2015 and start of 2016, fnatic have only once made the playoffs of a tournament, at StarSeries S3 in Kiev. The team’s last tournament was the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, where they had a good start, but ended up going out in groups once again.

How the tournament in Dallas, Texas, influenced fnatic’s confidence, who are the most dangerous team in Jönköping, Sweden, and what lead to Denmark overtaking Sweden as the best CS nation are just some of the things Jesper “JW” Wecksell told us in our pre-DreamHack interview.

BIG BEAT KINGUIN IN BUCHAREST

After beating Kinguin 16-8 on Train, BIG have secured their first win at the Europe Minor.

With a quad-kill from Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz in the pistol round, BIG started out their first match in Bucharest with a well-succeeded round as Terrorists. After winning the following two, and despite losing other two, the German squad easily got to an 8-2 lead.

Kinguin were then able to answer for three rounds, in which a triple-kill from Mikołaj “mouz” Karolewski and Grzegorz “SZPERO” Dziamałek in the 12th and 13th round, respectively, helped the Polish team close the gap at 5-8. Then, before the end of the first half, both squads traded rounds.

Despite winning the second pistol round, Bartosz “Hyper” Wolny and co. failed to secure the anti-eco. From that point, BIG won three more before facing Kinguin’s buy round, which Michał “MICHU” Müller almost pulled off with a 1v2 clutch.

As they kept breaking their adversaries’ economy, BIG only lost one more round before finishing off Train with a 16-8 scoreline.