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Twistzz on surviving tough overtimes: "It only works when the five players have the same mentality, and I am so thankful to play in a team like this" Exclusive

After making it to the Antwerp Major final, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken from Faze Clan shared his emotions with Escorenews correspondent Maria Gunina. In the first semifinal, his squad beat Team Spirit with a score of 2:0 [16:13 Mirage, 25:23 Dust 2].

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It is the biggest arena that I think most of us have ever played in front of. You can definitely feel everyone's emotions. It is just a pleasure to be there, to play in front of such a crowd. Without a doubt, we can provide the craziest and most intense matches. You can see it, and I got no doubt that tomorrow it will be the same.

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken

[On how to survive such a crazy overtimes]

I think it's just believing. It is about constantly talking, putting the dumb rounds you lost behind, moving on, finding the right game plan. And it is good when everyone believes in the plan. It only works when the five players have the same mentality, and I am so thankful to play in a team like this.

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken

[How to prepare for the team that barely played tier-one games]

We could only look at what they've done at this event. They play different CS. Clearly, chopper is a super underrated IGL. He must be super good with his emotions. When we shook hands, I saw him smiling and being happy with the team's result, and I was happy to see it. They played great CS. It was a very tough match to play. We prepared the best we could for them. They are young and hungry players.

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken

[On why Eddie is behind the player's back instead of innersh1ne]

We thank that it will be better for innersh1ne to focus on the anti-stratting. Considering the situation, he presently has moved to Serbia. We thought that it would be better for him to stay home and do the preparation for us. Eddie is a super positive guy. Sometimes all you need behind you is someone positive, laughing, and getting hyped. And Eddie is an outstanding human being, honestly.

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken

[Expectations from the finals]

No matter who we play, it is going to be the final for the history books of this Major. It probably can be the best game of the whole year. We are looking forward to knowing the opponents, and it is going to be a great CS. I am very excited to be here.

I don't have any personal preferences about who to play in the final. Obviously, playing NAVI would be the gloriest final for the few years, and for us, it will be such a great team to play. But for me, it doesn't matter much who to play.

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
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