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Lucas “honda” Cano has just had four days of practice with the main squad at the bootcamp after FURIA added him as a sixth player and made him the fourth player in the organizations history to be promoted from the academy team.
The 20-year-old will make his debut against NiKo and company in the first round of BLAST Premier Global Finals at 19:30 (CET). Facing a top team like G2 could be very nerve-racking for a player like honda who is inexperienced on the big stage against top-tier teams, but FURIA’s captain Andrei “arT” Piovezan has faith in his skill and states that the team will not put undue pressure on him.
“Honestly, I’m a very confident person, and I think honda will be able to perform well. We keep telling him that there’s no need to feel pressure because we don’t depend on him to win a tournament or a match. If he contributes obviously it’ll be impactful, but we are playing as a team,” the FURIA captain said in an interview with HLTV.org.
“I can say for sure that honda will be kind of an arT 2.0, he’s going to be the kid who’ll help the team by entering bombsites first and being very aggressive. It’s the way he plays, so we can’t use him much differently. In my opinion, he joined the team to share this responsibility to be aggressive with the AWP. When you have guys who can trade, like yuurih and KSCERATO, there’s no need to change that.”
The 20-year-old prospect will be playing instead of Paytyn “junior” Johnson as the American AWPer faced passport issues and couldn’t travel to Serbia to join FURIA’s bootcamp.