Credit: Complexity

Fnatic coach: We’ve had to adapt and prepare on the fly

The head coach touches on Fnatic’s impressive EPL group run and how they coped with playing with several stand-ins.

It was a heavily decimated Fnatic roster who arrived in Düsseldorf last week to compete at the 15th season of ESL Pro League. The Swedish-based team were set to play without their star duo in Brollan and KRIMZ, as they also lacked a permanent AWPer due to the release of Smooya.

Fnatic ended up picking their two Fnatic youngsters, Peppzor and Banjo, alongside the former Complexity AWPer, poizon, as replacements for the $823.000 event. Something that worked out pretty well for Fnatic, as they managed to take down G2, MOUZ and LFO to secure a playoff spot.

Before the final round of Group A, Fnatic head coach, Jamie “keita” Hall spoke with ESL to talk about playing with three stand-ins and still managing to qualify for playoffs.

- I can’t say that we had the time to have 1-on-1 sessions with them (stand-ins). He literally landed on the day we were playing. We have been lucky that we had late games so we could practise before the games, looking at previous games and correcting stuff as we go, keita said to ESL and continued:

- They have just done a great job adapting on the fly, learning from their mistakes and improving their confidence as they go, the Fnatic head coach concluded.

You can watch a part of the interview down below. Here keita also touches on his coaching style and how he sees himself as a coach.

EPL Group A | Results

1. NIP | 12 Points / +45 Round difference

2. Entropic | 12 Points / +18 Round difference

3. Fnatic | 9 Points / +15 Round difference

4. G2 | 6 Points / +3 Round difference

5. MOUZ | 6 Points / -4 Round difference

6. Looking For OG | 0 / -77 Round difference

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