CS:GO esports pros at the European Minor Championship for the FACEIT London Major discuss their favourite moments from the 2018 World Cup
- They live and breathe CS:GO, but they did manage to find time for the World Cup
- We asked a player from each of the eight teams at the European Minor about it
- We had everything from a disappointed German to an ecstatic Frenchman
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professionals spend the majority of their time practicing, strategising, or watching CS:GO, but they do have a little bit of downtime.
Since CS:GO players get asked about CS:GO all the time, Mail Esports decided to find out their thoughts on the tournament. Just don’t tell the home of English rugby we were talking about football inside its walls.
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Ninjas in Pyjamas – GeT_RiGhT
I spoke to two Swedes at the European Minor media day, and both were slightly awkward due to England knocking them out of the World Cup.
Regardless, Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund from Ninjas in Pyjamas was pleased overall with his country’s performance, and he also had some nice things to say about how the World Cup brings people together.
Red Reserve – twist
Another Sweden fan, Simon ‘twist’ Eliasson of Red Reserve said he was impressed with Sweden’s performance… even though they were knocked out by England.
3DMAX – davidp
Belgium had an impressive World Cup. They reached the semifinals where they lost to France, and they defeated England twice in arguably pointless games on their way to a third place finish.
Unfortunately for Belgian David ‘davidp’ Prins, the rest of his teammates on 3DMAX are French, who ended up winning the whole thing.
LeftOut – hAdji
Speaking of France, Frenchman Ali ‘hAdji’ Hainouss was particularly happy with the result of the World Cup.
Although some people said France didn’t play attractive football at times, hAdji said it was all worth it since they won.
Sprout – denis
On the other hand, it was a tournament to forget for Denis ‘denis’ Howell of Sprout.
He called the Germany performance embarrassing after they went out in the group stages after winning the previous World Cup in 2014.
OpTic – cajunb
Denmark put in a fine performance at the World Cup, coming second in Group B behind eventual winners France before losing to runners up Croatia after a very close game in the round of 16.
We asked OpTic’s Rene ‘cajunb’ Borg about his favourite games and players from the tournament.
Kinguin – MINISE
Poland had a very disappointing World Cup, finishing at the bottom of Group H behind Colombia, Japan, and Senegal with just a single win.
While Jacek ‘MINISE’ Jeziak didn’t enjoy watching Poland so much, he did very much admire Croatia’s performance.ENCE
ENCE – allu
ENCE is a team made up of Finnish players, and unfortunately Finland didn’t make it to the World Cup this time around.
So, Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli was forced to cheer on his neighbouring Scandinavian countries at the tournament.