jkaem: “Reaching the semi-finals is possible”

We caught up with Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, the latest addition to our Counter-Strike team, and picked his brain on a number of relevant topics, including the preparation for DreamHack Open Cluj and his thoughts about the squad.

For Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, the build-up to a major CS:GO tournament is not something new; back in March, he attended ESL One Katowice with LGB, an all-Norwegian squad. Fast forward seven months, and he finds himself preparing for DreamHack Open Cluj just weeks after joining G2 esports from Copenhagen Wolves.

It is normal to feel a little bit nervous before such a big tournament. But I am really excited!,” he admitted. The team spent the last week bootcamping inside the offices of Dojo Madness, in Berlin, and the feeling is that it was time well spent. “Practice went really well. We beat everyone in practice and we have a lot of good setups! Our main focus was on preparing every map.”

Making it through from the group stage is the team’s first goal, but it will not be an easy task as Team SoloMid, mousesports and FlipSid3 Tactics are all eyeing a place in the playoffs. “We got a hard group, but every group is just like that at a major. The match against mousesports will be tough, but I am pretty sure that we will win it! TSM are perhaps the best team in the world right now, so they are really hard to beat. We are a better team than FlipSid3 so we should have good control against them, but I know for a fact that they have really good tactics and teamplay,” Myrbostad said. And if the team reaches the playoffs like it did in Cologne, what can fans expect? “Top eight is in itself great, but we can reach the semi-finals. It is possible.” 

Just four weeks into his G2 esports stint, jkaem is still adjusting to life on the team, but his first impression of the squad is resoundingly positive. “This team is really good. We have very good communication, both inside and outside the game. I really like this group of people. We have a really good time when we are playing,” he said, rejecting the notion that Ricardo “fox” Pacheco, the only non-Scandinavian player on the roster, feels like an outsider. “The fact that he does not speak Swedish does not matter.

Quizzed on his teammates, Myrbostad curiously revealed that the one who has impressed him the most is none other than Håvard “rain” Nygaard, alongside whom he had played in LGB. “I knew that rain was insanely good, but now I can see that he is easily one of the best players in the world.

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