Written By: jobs!
In the history of Counter-Strike every country had their signature player who was tactically gifted. For example Ukraine boosted Andrey «B1ad3» Gorodenskiy and Russia had Dmitry «hooch» Bogdanov. In case of Sweden, without doubt the most successful nation of Counter-Strike, there too were different players with tactical prowess; but this article will cover the acts of a specific player: Patrik «cArn» Sättermon, a.k.a. the Admiral – or Admiral cArn. The Admiral was born the 10th of April, 1985 in the town of Skara, a suburb of Karlstad. Since childhood he was fond of ball sports, no matter which sports, whether it was football or volleyball.
At the age of 13 he made his first acquaintance with computer games and only a year later he was already playing Counter-Strike. It didn’t take long for him to realize this was his game. Quickly he became a proper pubhero (around 2003), where he met his future teammates from the team AA, spelled out as ArchAngels.In this team he learned the basics of the game, how to behave differently in different situations and such.With this team he started to play against the strong teams of his country and around this time he had his first real competitive experiences. Especially when he participated in the Swedish ESWC 2003 qualifier. But things often change fast as the team disbanded only 6 months after their formation. But this didn’t stall Patrik and he managed to take it into perspective. Due to this coarse of action he met his old time friend in the team eXperience.se (xP.se): Harley «dsn» Orwall.Since 2003 they started cruising Sweden to show the world they could play offline to. One of these early tournaments was called CXG. Fate led cArn to Las Vegas, but this time not as a gambler (joke) as he attended a local tournament in the U S and A. But back in his homecountry there was this prestigious Swedish EsportLeage (SEL) which involved the entire Swedish top. And still in 2003 the boys managed to secure a tantalizing second place victory.
The composition of the team did of course change multiple times when competing in a variety of tournaments, but the most powerful, in our opinion, was the following: cArn, dsn, NiRee, Hyb and diGitaL. The second place at SEL was the last for Patrik while he was on the team. He and his friend dsn went on the play for Gamers.nu. This was his first team with sponsors dedicated in service of the gamers. Here Patrik experimented with the role of captain and tactical leader. Under his leadership the team won the second place at the Cyber Sport Cup in Riga and he went on to triumph in the qualifiers of the CPL Summer 2004, where he was eager to show his potential. In the end however they only secured a 17-24 placement at the lan-finals.
In one of his interviews later cArn recalls the following:
“In Gamers.nu I took control of the team for the first time. At first it was difficult but eventually I got used to it. It was my first team which had a sponsor but we were still not professionals because in those times the profit from CS was small. Winning the CPL qualifiers in Spain was the best achievement at the time.”
This disappointing result for such a high-profile event forced the duo to leave Gamers.nu and join Begrip. Begrip then consisted out of cArn, IsKall, dsn, Zad and Calippo.
They had a plan, and this was to conquer the first place at the upcoming CPL in Dallas and they trained very hard to achieve this behind the international team NoA. The actual placement was 4th place, placing directly behind the international team NoA. Time goes by and yet again it started itching with dsn and cArn to find another team, and in may 2005 they joined EYEballers. Under this tag they secured a third place at the event Bilbao Euskal but that’s about it for serious results. Around this time cArn needed a more reliable source of income and he began looking for a regular job, like working at a gas station. At the same time his long time friend dsn accepted an offer from the Swedish giants Fnatic who were just starting to gain momentum.
Dsn released the following statement regarding his leave from EYEballers:
“The team already started to disintegrate so leaving EYE was not difficult, despite the fact that I played with cArn for all my life. When I realized he (cArn) started focusing more on work rather than the game, I made my move to fnatic (considering cArn doubted his future as a pro-gamer).”
Following these events cArn decided to take a small break, he needed some fresh air and perspective on life and he took a 9 to 5 job. But it was not meant to be for cArn to be a regular Joe as his old time friend dsn offered a way back in the e-sports scene. “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in” – cArn 2005. Fnatic made him an offer he couldn’t refuse as they were building a whole new composition to storm 2006. Patrik said to his boss “take this job and shove it, I ain’t working here no more”. This fnatic was completed with legends like Patrik «f0rest» Leaves, Oscar «Archi» Torgersen and Christopher «Tentpole» Nordlund.
This composition had to replace the legendary Scandinavian formation that seized to perform; Magix, Solido, XeqtR, diGital and MegatoN. The first two might not be so well known but the latter trio received tons of exposure. For example Jorgen «XeqtR» Johansson had a long and successful career as he played for SK with such legends as HeatoN and Potti. Benjamin «diGitaL» Hilden was another legit old schooler who played for teams like GoL, xP.se (where he played with cArn) and Ocrana. Abdivahab «MegatoN» Mohammed was SpawN’s bigger brother so you can go figure where he learned to play.Up until now these players were amongst the pinnacle of Scandinavian CS but all good things must come to an end and they started to go on a slack. This is why the leadership of fnatic entrusted dsn with assembling a new line-up, one built for the future. With this new line up a new era started, the fnatic era.
That this team quickly rose to fame isn’t that surprising as all the players were quite ambitious. You had the chemistry of the ‘old’ duo cArn and dsn, then you had two mad shooters f0rest and Archi and this time the tactical leader was Tentpole. The team quickly asserted themselves as a top team by winning such tournaments as the CPL world tour, WonderBase 2006, Rendez-vous XX, CSCL 3 2006, e-Masters 2006 and CPL Winter 2006. CPL Winter definitely stands out of those tournaments because the first place was a staggering $ 30.000. The second and third place, respectively the Norwegian squad MYM and the Poles Pentagram were noteworthy as everyone expected more prominent members of the scene on the stage (like SK, team-3D, coL, NiP).
With this victory fnatic hijacked the top place in 2006 and the streets started buzzing with talks about these pesky newcomers seizing first-place. But this could be a one-time thing, right? Well, the next opportunity to prove their dominance was ESWC 2006 where they placed, only, second. The team who stole the gold from fnatic was no less than MIBR (Cogu, nak, fnx, KIKO, bruno). This was an all-out confrontation between the two strategical captains cArn and cogu, where the latter came out victorious. But you had to pack a bigger punch to dazzle the Admiral. The year 2006 ended on a positive note for the Swedish giants as they were branded “Best team of the year” by the authoritative “eSports Award”. But as usual changes were imminent and by the end of 2006 Tentpole threw in the towel only to be replaced by Oscar «ins» Holm.
Although no one doubted the skillset of Ins, many wondered how exactly this new iteration of fnatic was going to perform. But you know, let the housewives gossip while the men take out the trash; Oscar was a perfect fit, the team even began to play in a more diverse way. The first serious test for the renewed collective was the ESWC in 2006, located in France, which they didn’t win unfortunately. The year 2007 was something special as the team was rendered unable to win the first price internationally. At ESWC they finished third but they managed to avenge their loss the previous year by beating the Brazilians. Patrik devised his infamous “huehue-filter” and the Brazilians were deprived of their core tactic. Poor Brazilians. In the same year they traveled to South-Korea where they managed to reach the finals in the e-Stars Seoul event, but they were beaten in the finals by the local hotshots X7-Hacker (baeseulki, BB, forever, K1ngZ, zy). The last hurdle to overcome in 2007 was the Swedish qualifier for WCG, where he needed to prove that “fnatiki” was the best Swedish formation. And who would have thought – the team managed to do it – by beating NiP in the finals. It’s at this time we note GeT_RiGhT in action, playing for NiP. That day however, f0rest took out the trash, almost securing the victory alone with some next-gen clutches.
At the end of the year the press got a hold of the fnatic team. They were loved from America to China (yes the Chinese fan base was considerable). We’ve selected three question that appealed the most to us. The interview is answered by cArn.
Q: How do you maintain interest as a team and how do you prepare the best way for games? Do you manage your nutrition and sleep patterns? Does the organization supports you to be in good shape?
A: The most important factor is spending a lot of time together. To travel and to pracc together really creates a close bond which enables us to understand each other easily.
Each one of our comp respects the other members and that is a big plus. Regarding sleep and food, it is of course very important but we don’t think about it too often. As for the orga, it offers everything that we need. Our relationship is primarily professional – and at the same time friendly. I really like our management and I will do everything to make the team proud.
Q: How do you manage the continued advanced tactics and the best individual play
A: I think that Counter-Strike is more than just thinking of tactics, of course a team must have a variety of tactics, but the most important thing is to know how and when to apply them. In my opinion it is of much greater importance to be able to read the enemies actions and being able to use tactics based on a variety of factors, such as the economy and whether or not you get a good spawn. Those things are more important than any sophisticated tactics, to know how to play around changing factors. In the end you have to rely more on the individual abilities of the players and the team player, rather than on advanced tactics.
Q: Counter-Strike 1.6 players look at Counter-Strike: Source quite critically. How do you compare Source pro’s to pro’s of other versions?
A: I bow to the fact that CS:S will never be the same as 1.6. Source is a completely different game which I personally don’t like. It’s very bad for the CS scene to be divided into two fronts – Just look at Quake.
In the beginning of 2008 they wanted to pick up the pace again and they would have succeeded if it wasn’t for those meddling Danes. The team mTw were the stars of 2008 as they won all the major championships. They consisted out of zonic, Sunce, ave, MJE, whimp. But this article is not about them. After a loss at the most important tournament of 2008 -WCG- the fnatic members got by by the skin of their teeth and decided not to leave the organization, they even managed to pick themselves up in the eyes of the management, who were already planning to make changes in the line-up. When they won the Samsung European Championship they were back on track when they’ve beaten many different top teams, including their old time rivals MeetYourMakers. The next challenge was ESWC where they faced mTw in the finals but they lost the match-up, although they settled for a second place. They settled for it because winning second place mean a guaranteed slot at the global finals in San Jose, USA. There they managed to beat MiBR and mTw but they lost to the underdog team eSTRO, boosting the legendary player solo.
As a result the Swedes took the third place. Still in 2008 cArn was chosen to be the captain of the Swedish national team where with he won the European Championship of 2008, which was a huge mental boost for the Admiral.
After several failures in a row the players of fnatic began losing incentive to play Counter-Strike on a professional level. I’m talking about ins and Archi. The IEM in Montreal was going to be their last stand and they managed to slam the door and take first place in the super final beating eternal rivals SK-gaming. Afterwards, instead of Archi and ins, two new promising players were invited, GeT_RiGhT and GuX, players who were worth their weight in gold. Encouraged by this win they regained critical momentum which was on their side by a long period of time. The following is a list of achievements from the Swedes:
3 IEM Global Finals – 1st place
ESWC Masters Cheonan – 1st place
KODE5 – 1st place
e-Stars Seoul – 1st place
WCG Sweden – 1st place
IEM IV Dubai – 1st place
WCG Grand Finals – 1st place
WEM – 1 place
Since 2010 the competition again was fierce, as Na’Vi liked to tackle the dreams of the Swedes. Patrik interviewed the Ukrainians and one question will be portrayed in this article.
Q: Over the past year Na’Vi broke trough into the higher echelons of Counter-Strike. Earlier Ukrainian teams didn’t manage to reach this level. What do you think it the reason for this?
A: Ukraine has always had a huge number of talented players. When Zeus and Edward decided to team with local talents in stead of playing in a Russian team, I suspect that this would have happened as the local talents had a chance of really showing themselves.
The composition of “black-and-orange” has changed multiple times over the years but our hero Patrik «cArn» Sattermon remained an active player until the beginning of 2012; he managed to stay in the same team for almost 6 years (!!). Thanks to the countless efforts of the Admiral in the early days of the team fnatic was able to score a lot of homeruns, amongst them being the first place at IEM V Shanghai, IEM6 GC Guangzhou and Dreamhack Winter
After the end 2011 our hero began thinking about retirement because he already secured a place as staff in the fnatic organization (Chief Gaming Officer). Finally, in March 14 2012, Patrik retired. He now holds the position as a manager of the team and can often be spotted at various tournaments as an analyst. He’s 30 but still has a whole career in front of him in the e-sports business but we will always remember him as a great player.