Paytyn “junior” Johnson will make his first appearance for FURIA in the main tournament of IEM Katowice, the team’s coach, Nicholas “guerri” Nogueira, confirmed on Friday in an interview with MGG Brasil.
The North American player was signed from Triumph precisely a month ago but had to sit out the team’s first two tournaments, BLAST Premier Global Final and cs_summit 7, due to passport issues. Lucas “honda” Cano, FURIA‘s sixth player, stepped in for junior in both competitions.
junior is on his way to Germany to link up with the team
According to guerri, junior started practicing with the team while he was still in North America. Using the English language to communicate, the coach acknowledged, has forced the team to “start from scratch”.
“Things are going well, better than I expected,” guerri said. “Everyone is getting out of their comfort zone. We renamed every spot on every map. It’s an ongoing process. It’s a step back, there are a lot of things happening. We are switching a player, we are using a new language to communicate, one that is not our native language.
“Sometimes, we tell junior something and he doesn’t understand or he speaks too fast and we don’t understand. We’re still adapting. I’m very happy, everyone is excited, everyone is studying and putting in the effort.”
FURIA are one of the first eight teams confirmed for IEM Katowice’s main tournament, which will run from February 18-21. The last eight teams in the showpiece competition will be determined by the Play-In Stage, kicking off Tuesday.