BIG’s tabseN: ‘We had to start from the beginning and took the hardest route … we deserved this major slot’
Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz is a rifler for BIG, forming the German squad in January of this year along with fellow former NRG players Fatih “gob b” Dayik and Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninic.
BIG are among the Challengers at the Kraków Major 2017, coming in strong after wins against Immortals and Team Liquid in the Offline Qualifier and an upset victory over FaZe Clan in their first game of the Major.
Ahead of his games in Kraków, tabseN took the time to answer questions from theScore esports about the hard work his team has put in since forming in early 2017 and why they deserve to be at the Major.
Congratulations on making it to the Major. This is your first since EMS One Katowice 2014, more than four years ago. How does it feel to finally be back?
It’s a big relief. Some people might have been surprised, but we were sure that we can make it anytime after we put in so much effort in our practice and preparation. Playing my second Major in Poland means also a lot to me personally. After my first attendance at a major I always had the goal to come back. It was a long way, we had to start from the beginning and took the hardest route. I am proud of my team, that always kept believing and improved a lot since we started. We deserved this major slot!
This is BIG’s first Major season. Did you guys expect to find success this quickly after you formed the team? What were the key changes between now and before, when you, gob b and LEGIJA were still with NRG Esports?
When we built this team we had high expectations. On the paper we were the best German team, even before we played our first official match, but we needed to prove that first. It’s hard to say if the team you drafted on paper succeeds at the end, there is no guarantee for that. It needs the right people, at the right time at the right place! Of course, we dreamed about qualifying for the next Major, but we knew it would be extremely hard to gain a Challenger spot.
When we founded the team we already knew that we just wanted to play with keev and nex. Our most important request has been the team house, because we knew that if you have the chance to play full time and live together with the right guys, work will be much easier and more effective. I think communication is the most important key for our recent success and made the difference between NRG and BIG. We installed a coach as well, he helps us and Fatih [god b] a lot in preparation. We didn’t expect the qualification for EPL and the Major coming in so fast, but we never doubted that we can make it.
You stepped up your own game on BIG and have become one of the team’s big guns, what’s the cause of this? Are you given more priority on this lineup more than before or are there other reasons for your rise in performance?
Well, I feel really comfortable in this lineup but there are several factors for that. I was looking for this kind of team for years now. One important reason is dedication and the will to succeed. Everybody in the team is dedicated and “lives” the game. You need such personalities to keep improving as a team and it also helps you to get better individually. We are pushing ourselves everyday to get better.
Dennis “Tarmanydyn” Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Oracle a P90 my Souvenir NegevDiscipline Priest Pharah a silenced Cavity 9mm. You can follow him on Twitter.