Benjamin "blameF" Bremer talked with Escorenews about the changes in Astralis, a role of trace, and explained why he is so good this year. As it turns out, his current form really took its toll on the player. The interview was taken on the last day of IEM Cologne playoffs.
I have a lot of respect for NAVI, because, honestly, no matter who they get out or get in the team, they have such a solid foundation with the coach and s1mple, electronic, B1T. Those insane riflers are just so hard to play against. So yeah, they are great team right now, and they were a great team before as well. They just proved that they deserve to be one of the best team in world, and I recognize them as one, because they just keep on doing it no matter if they switch players or whatever.
Trace has bring a lot of leadership in. He is the guy taking a lot of decisions in the sense of how we are doing stuff, when we are meeting, how the schedule is going to look like, when are we eating. He is focused on making sure he is leading the team in that sence.
We had a big talk, because we traveled for 15 hours to just lose everything. So I said my opinion on how I think we should change the team up, how we should change the structure of the team, and we did change a lot of stuff and a lot of ways we play, in the mid-round especially. Some positions as well, but not a lot of them, more like overall philosophy. After we started playing better, it's been better lately.
I'm very happy to play in the team, I love the guys, they are great, and I get along with them really well. But I think it's just because I'm grinding so much. It's honestly been exhausting, to tell you the truth, the last couple of months I've been playing so much Counter-Strike every day. I bought a new apartment three months ago, and I still haven't bought a single furniture to the apartment just because I've been playing so much. I don't feel I have time to go out and do anything because I'm constantly trying to play more than yesterday, and more than last week. So, it's been exhausting, and I'm in need of some chill time now.
I think I said that I don't prefer to be an IGL, and I still stand by that. If I can not be IGL, I'd rather do that, cause it hurts my individual form. But I also always said that if a team ever wants me to help with IGL duties, then I'm always willing to help out the team, because I'm always gonna do what the team wants. It's so much pressure, so much work when you are an IGL, that it's of course easier to not be an IGL.
We made the decision because we have gla1ve and Xyp9x who doesn't play much Mirage, and our Mirage wasn't very good. We didn't beat any good teams really, only on some CT sides. I think we've beaten NiP and ENCE at one point. The team didn't like Mirage, and we were getting ot the point where people didn't really wanted to play it. So the team just asked me "hey, can you try to call on it?".
Of course, losing as an IGL is always harder, but I think it even more hard for him, because he had 1 kill on Mirage. So, he thought he was doing bad individual job, but I know the way nafany plays, he is taking all the risks, he is doing all the hard work for the team. He is throwing himself out there to make other players look good.
For me it's heartbreaking to see the guy like that blame himself, because when you keep sacrificing for your team, of course you are going to have bad games. If you don't have any bad games and you are the sacrificing guy, you are the best player in the world, there is noone who can do that. So I think he shouldn't be too harsh on himself, i think he's done an amasing job with that team, and I still think he is one of the best IGLs in the world, even tho he kills 1 dude on 1 map, it doesn't matter for me.
You just have to be mentally strong and know that your time will come. If you are putting in the work and you think you have the talent, your time will come eventually. You just have to keep grinding and don't let one bad loss knock you out.