Once merely known as the support for Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer Gustafsson, Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been the quiet bedrock of Fnatic over the last several years.
During the Fnatic era of 2015, it was Olofmeister who took the majority of the plaudits, hailed as the best player in the world. But almost as legendary as his play was the synergy between him and Krimz, his long-time duo from before the pair even joined Fnatic. Yet, since the departure of Olofmeister, Krimz has come into his own and created a solid foundation for his side
He’s every bit the reliable anchor he was in the golden age of the team, but he’s also stepped out of Olofmeister’s shadow to prove that he doesn’t need another star to play off of. KRIMZ is more than capable of putting Fnatic on his own back.
Alongside returning in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and young rifler Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin, Johansson has managed to bring his team back up the rankings, briefly regaining the #1 spot in April of 2020 for the first time in four years.
Dexerto had the opportunity to speak with Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom, the newest member of Vitality’s lineup about his role in the squad, his performance in the finals of IEM Beijing and his drive to one day outdo his brother and CS:GO legend Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom.
Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera found himself surrounded by some of the biggest names in French CS while facing a skeptic community on the feasibility of an extended roster.
After all, Astralis had also recently moved to an extended lineup but had not used Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen as a regular substitute after the original roster had been reunited.
Nivera was required to prove himself against the Complexity juggernaut at BLAST Premier Fall Series, being the first player to ever been subbed in during a CSGO match.
Nivera on his role within Vitality
Nabil has only made appearances for Vitality when the team played Inferno or Dust_2, subbing in for Richard ‘shox’ Papillon and Kévin ‘misutaaa’ Rabier.
While being an AWPer by nature, Nivera has been playing a flexible role on his new team, expanding on the topic he explained:
“In Dust_2 I’m playing with the rifle and on CT side…If I want to take the AWP, I take it…[on Inferno] I’m the main sniper, that’s why Inferno is my best map because the main sniper is my main role but I can play Rifle, that’s why Vitality took me.”
With big shoes to fill Nivera raised up to the challenge, delivering some great performances in the maps he played and helping the team secure a top spot in their group at Blast Premier Fall and the trophy at IEM Beijing-Haidian.
Nivera on being subbed in the Grand Finals of a tournament
The young star did not seem to be affected by the pressure of the grand final, even after witnessing his team’s dismantling on Nuke at the hands of NaVi.
“I had not a lot of pressure honestly…I have to give my best. I stay here for only two maps, I have to play good,” Nivera confessed. “I was a little bit sad after Dust_2 because we lost it but I was proud of myself ’cause I gave my best, even if we lost the map.”
Their journey to the final wasn’t easy. They faced their Danish nemesis Heroic and the Complexity juggernaut on the way.
Nivera was crucial in their victory against Heroic in the quarter-finals, being subbed in on the last map and ending the game with almost 30 kills to his name.
“I had to play and if we lost we would be out of the tournament but in my head, I was like: I will just play my game, give everything and stay focused on the game.”
Nivera has been impressive in the nine maps he has played for Vitality.
Nivera on becoming a legend like his brother ScreaM
After this level of performance at such a young age, the community started drawing comparisons between him and his older brother ScreaM.
“ScreaM has a big career…he has a lot of fans and is a legend of CSGO, literally. Doing more than him is hard but I will try to do it… I will just give my best like I do with everything in life and I will have no regrets”