escene.de: Hello Adam, belated congratulations to your win of the ESWC! What significance does this triumph has in comparison to your earlier successes?
Adam ‘friberg’ Friberg: Hey there! This is my biggest win by far, it’s the world cup with the best teams in the world attending, and we ended up victorious, which is one of the biggest things you do as an e-sport athlete.
The final wasn’t played on the mainstage. Would you have liked to play in front of the ESWC audience?
Yes of course it would have felt bigger to play in front of a big crowd, but we didn’t think so much about it, just focused on our game and it worked out fine. =)
»We rely a lot on our individual skill«
What do you think is the biggest strength of NiP at the moment? Is there any secret recipe for your success?
We rely a lot on our individual skill, can’t deny that. Otherwise then that I think we just have a great mix of players and we are good friends outside the game as well, which is necessary for a team to get to the top.
Do you see any bigger competitors for the upcoming tournaments? What about ESC Gaming and fnatic. Do you think they can catch up to the topteams in CS:GO?
We have played this game for a longer time than most other teams, which gives us a slight advantage. I know how good Xizt, GeT_RiGhT and f0rest are in CS:GO, which makes me have to believe that other 1.6 teams can also improve in this game. It’s only how fast you learn and how many hours you put into the game, as it’s still a very new game.
NiP is the best example for a world class team consisting of former CS:Source and CS 1.6 players. Did the interaction work directly from the start or was there also an adaption phase?
There was no problem for us at all, as our 1.6 players really wanted to learn the game when we played gather / mixes with each other. The game looks more like Source so me and Fifflaren did our best to help them out with some tips and tricks, while they did the same for us about other things.
A lot of teams already received an invite for the DreamHack Winter 2012. Will the DreamHack be harder to win than the ESWC?
I think DreamHack will be the toughest event so far as teams develop their game play and individual skill, and we are the “team to beat”, so people will be a lot more prepared for us at DreamHack. There is also other teams that didn’t attend ESWC that can be dangerous, like Team Dynamic from Canada/USA and mousesports (INT) and the former WinFakt team from Finland. This will really be the event of the year, so make sure you keep your eyes on it!
At the ESWC you said that you’re very satisfied with the work of Valve. Is there anything that still needs to be changed in CS:GO? Some players still criticize the maps for example.
There is always something to fix, and we try to feedback Valve as much as we can when we find any bugs etc. I don’t think Valve will change anything in the maps unless there would be an exploit or something there, but once you get used to them they are not as bad as even I though from the start. =)
You are a rolemodel for a lot of players. Do you have any tips for younger players who want to become a professional CS:GO player in the future?
The best tip I could give is to play with friends and people you like. You need to put in a lot of hours to become good, and doing it with people you don’t know makes it harder. So get a team with your friends and people that have the same goal as you and make the best out of it!
Another thing could be to watch matches of professional teams, you can learn a lot of tips & tricks or a whole strategy from a team that executes it perfectly. Good luck. =)
Thank you for the interview, Adam. The last words are yours!
Thanks for interviewing me! I would like to thank all our fans out there, and our sponsors, Steelseries Telia BenQ CDON. See you around!