cs_summit 4: Games you just don’t want to miss this weekend

cs_summit 4: Games you just don’t want to miss this weekend

Six teams, four days, one house, and $150,000 dollars in prize money — Beyond The Summit returns to Counter-Strike with another spectacular event in Los Angeles, this time featuring Team Liquid, ENCE, NRG esports, and others.

The event began yesterday with six opening matches with no big surprises. Team Liquid overcame Ghost Gaming with relevant ease and the French Vitality took care of the American sides NRG esports and Ghost Gaming. ENCE’s 14-16 loss against Renegades on Train in the following match caught some by surprise but it was hardly unexpected. Instead, two straight losses for Renegades against NRG became a more turbulent topic in the community.

This weekend, however, promises to be filled with exciting matches, with some of the best teams in the world fighting for the lion’s share of $150,000 dollars — while having some great fun at the BTS mansion. For your convenience — here are the matches you just can’t miss this weekend.

Team Liquid facing off against the French superteam in an opening match for Day 2 is bound to set it on a good start. Liquid is destroying everyone lately, including their victory at the Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Sydney, and they are the big favorites to win this event too. There are very few teams in the world right now who can stand with the North American team face to face and none of them are in Los Angeles for cs_summit 4.

But that’s where Team Vitality comes in. The Frenchmen had a strong start to the event but even before that they were looking strong, most recently winning the Charleroi Esports 2019 title and successfully qualifying for ESL One: Cologne 2019. White Vitality still lacks the experience playing as a team against world’s best, they’ve been borderline dominating the tier 2 scene in Europe lately.

Is that enough to stop the world’s second-best team? Likely not. But there’s something else for those with a taste for inflated odds — while Vitality showed some solid Counter-Strike, Liquid was making a few big mistakes here and there. If Vitality had the time to look into that and draw conclusions they might have a chance yet.

Not a big chance, but still a chance. And with 2.85 odds on the ticket, it just might work out for those looking for a thrill of a risky bet.

Right after their game against the French powerhouse, Liquid will be moving to face other European up-and-comers, Finland’s ENCE. Now Aleksi “allu” Jalli’s team is a real pleasure of viewing experiences. It’s been long in the making, but right now ENCE is the best it can be.

The Finnish team shocked the world at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Katowice Major 2019 by finishing second and losing only to Astralis, arguably the best team in the world… Possibly ever. And two weeks ago ENCE did us one even better and defeated Astralis altogether to win the BLAST Pro Series: Madrid 2019 title.

ENCE are on fire right now, there’s no denying that. Their map loss against Renegades yesterday is the only thing that could put their streak in question, but is that truly enough? Fact of the matter is, ENCE is an incredibly powerful team, likely even good enough to battle Team Liquid.

The odds are close on this one for both teams, albeit NA’s Liquid is favored slightly. Very true on paper. But in reality? The men in ENCE are hungry for victory, they need to prove themselves badly, and they’re burning with passion to continue their streak. This one just might be closer than the odds suggest.

Closing out the Friday’s games will be a local match-up between NRG esports and Ghost Gaming, with the former being a clear favorite. And for a good reason.

NRG has really stepped it up lately. For one they are the reigning champions of cs_summit events, have won the last one against OpTic Gaming in the grand final. Since then they finished second at the SuperNova Malta 2018 and third at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 and Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Sydney.

Ghost, on the other hand, has been looking almost painfully weak. Joshua “steel” Nissan and his team have been struggling to get wins on board, with their last noteworthy achievement in January, finishing in the Top 4 of iBUYPOWER Masters IV.

The only chance for Ghost in this one would be an element of surprise. That, and it being a local match-up, which historically is more likely to be an upset. Although NRG have secured a victory against Renegades yesterday, they did lose against Vitality in a spectacular way.

That being said, NRG’s form isn’t spot-on right now and there might be an opening for Ghost to capitalize on that. The question is, can they?

Although Renegades managed to steal a map from ENCE, their current form was put into question again against NRG. The Australians seem to be inconsistent and moody, and that could be what is holding them back. One game they might explode and win against a heavy favorite. And the next they can lose against a nobody tier 3 team.

Which Renegades will show up against the French team is the big question. The match will take place on Saturday, so how these teams will perform on Friday might have an impact in this particular match-up. Renegades should have an easy game against Ghost today which could boost their morale for the real challenge on Saturday. After all, with one draw and one loss on board, Renegades are still very much in the running to make it to the playoffs.

Vitality, on the other hand, will be looking to secure their standing. After two intense games against Liquid and ENCE, will the Frenchmen have enough energy to do their best against the Australian team?

This battle between two very different teams promises to be an intense one, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

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jR: “The players have a salary below $1000 and the team asks $200,000 for them”

jR: “The players have a salary below $1000 and the team asks $200,000 for them”

Team captain of the ever-resourceful Vega Squadron, Dmitry “jR” Chervak sat down to talk about how the new composition of the team was formed, and also expressed dissatisfaction with the unjustifiably high buy-outs for the players in the CIS.

Most recently Vega Squadron came in 3rd at the WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 — their best result thus far with the new roster. According to jR, while he’s happy with the current line-up, it took way too much effort to gather the squad, and the biggest reason for that was the unreasonably high buy-outs for CS:GO players.

Seized in his blog said that at the WePlay tournament you will check what works and what does not work. Can you say now exactly what works and what doesn’t?

We have developed some kind of base from which to build on, and now we are testing it, roughly speaking. There is a lot of things that are not played up a lot, much still needs to be discussed, it is possible to remove and watch what works and what does not work from this base. Some rounds clean up, some add what to do quickly, slowly, etc. Many of the developments that we have added to our database may not work in official games, so you need to look.

It happens in training, everything works, and you come to the LAN and you have nothing. Teams on the praccs can play in different ways. They do not allow you to practice your game, they push you, they play over aggressively. And on LAN they play passively.

It’s funny to hear it from you, considering that it was Vega who was often reproached for being too aggressive in training.

We love to play aggressively on the LAN, so sometimes we want to specifically train aggression. If the opponent allows us to play the way we want, then we will do so.

You only managed to get 2 rounds against HellRaisers. Is it just because it was the first day or are there other factors?

In fact, their team is also strong. They played well, but we made the gravest mistakes for which we paid with the game. It is necessary to look after the tournament to work on it. I think that the first game on LAN against a team with a European, in fact, line-up, is not bad. And maybe they somehow treated it more easily.

Do you feel that they have a different style of play because of the mixed composition?

Now everyone has a common style that uses tier-1 and tier-2. Everyone is looking at Astralis. But at the same time, they do not allow themselves to play as aggressively as our players. You will not play against Astralis, as people play now, they immediately punish you for any mistake.

DreamEaters looked uncertain on the second day. Were they worried or did you do a good homework?

Perhaps both, because the guys were the four of them, starix played for them, and, most likely, this also played a role. Because Krad is one of the main players that makes a lot of impact. Starix also made a lot of impact, but no matter how well you play, it all comes down to its composition, with which you trained, played. This is the first reason.

The second is that they played more tightly, allowing us to play aggressively. Everything went according to plan. That is, at least clutch was reduced. All other rounds we won by exchanging. There were no such unreal rounds. All the rounds that we won, we just got the advantage, saved and won.

Has your training for the tournament suffered because seized had eye problems?

Well, we had enough problems. Seized had eye problems, scoobyxie had exams so that he could not fully train. I believe that in the interval that we had — we made the most of it. And the tournament is like a test version, because we will have a bootcamp, where we will already be watching demos and sorting out mistakes to get in good shape. The main goal is to prepare for the Minor.

How did you form the new composition? You took exactly those three players you wanted? 

Not that there were no free agents, initially I wanted Dima to join. Because I needed a man for the first role. Then seized and scoobyxie got free. We played, tested, we did great.

In each team there is a person who unites everyone. Somewhere it is the captain, somewhere an ordinary player. How is it with you?

We have a second coach and manager. The second coach was announced, but he is more like a psychologist. Everyone has their own opinion, but you need to find a compromise. And the last word either for the captain or for the coach.

Before the new squad was formed, the whole Vega squad was put on the transfer, including you. Was there any confusion because of how much you play in the organization?

First of all, I myself wanted it, because I was wondering who would be interested in me. I did not want to build the whole team — it is a difficult and, let’s say, ungrateful process. Because at any moment a player can be bought out by Na’Vi, and all the work goes down the drain. CIS organizations were interested in me, but I don’t know which organizations exactly. But somewhere it didn’t stick, somewhere at the price they did not agree. I believe that my transfer price is small for both for the captain and the sniper with the experience in playing Majors.

At the same time, we have players who did not play in Majors, not AWP, just good, average players, but the price is transcendental compared to me. I believe that organizations in the CIS put up inadequate prices for players. I think the norm is 20 salaries. Ten, as compensation for expenses, and ten, as profit for the organization itself.

From what I heard, the average salary in the CIS is around $2,000 dollars. Is that about right?

Somewhere like that.

So you offer buy-outs in the $50,000 area?

I think this is a normal, adequate amount. In our region the prices are exorbitant. I do not know why it is so. I know that there have been cases when the players have a salary below $1000, and the team asks $200,000 for them.

This is inadequate. Suppose there is a good player, with potential, they want to buy him out, but he has never been to the Majors, or even to LANs, he doesn’t represent anything, but he plays well on the Internet. He wants to join a tier 1-2 CIS organization, but then you hear the price.

But the players themselves sign the contracts, no? And they read what they sign? You can even consult with your parents, with a notary in the end.

There are no options. Here comes the organization to 5 no-names. They offer a salary, and the guys immediately peck at it. They don’t care what the buy-out will be, even a billion. They do not think about what will happen in the future. Now the market is formed in such a way that any player in the CIS is not below “a hundred” below, it is an average market. And I think that is inadequate. You can buy electronic for $100,000 and know what you’re getting, that’s okay. But to buy a player that no one really knows, who’s playing in tier 3. For what?

You open hltv, open a CIS-region and you know that the top 15 teams have contracts, they can even be without salaries, but with compensation. I believe that this must be fought, and buy-out should be done depending on the salary.

Did you come across a situation when you wanted to take a player, but you didn’t get them because the price was high?

Let’s just say we went more for free agents. When Sanya and Denis were free, we were very excited, because it was a good price for skilled players. We did not have the option to buy two players for $100,000. Therefore, in the first place, we looked at free agents.

 In the new line-up, do you feel better online?

Before, no matter how we tried online, we always lost. And now, I don’t know what it’s all about, but we started to win, even compared to practice. We now have the potential, we can enter the top 15 and above, but we need to work and work. Tournaments like WePlay! Forge of Masters give us a very good boost. This is also a big bonus for CIS teams, because they can shine. Take the same DreamEaters, they are almost unknown to anyone. And now they will appear. Our team has a history of LANs. So we are more or less known.

Leagues like this give the CIS teams medium to the public. This is the most important for the organization.

It is obvious that all the teams now have only one big goal — to get to the Major and perform well there. What result will not disappoint you?

First, you need to get to the Major. In fact, I don’t really want to rate the Major as an indicator of anything. I mean, if we don’t get to the Major, then that’s it, we have to disband, right? On the contrary, if we do not even go to the Major, then we need to put more effort and show yourself next time. The same HellRaisers, for 3 years in a row they couldn’t get into the Major.

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DreamHack Open Tours 2019 starts today

DreamHack Open Tours 2019 starts today

DreamHack’s return to a small French town of Tours starts today, with a $100,000 dollar Counter-Strike event featuring 8 up-and-coming teams, including mousesports, AVANGAR, Valiance, Ghost Gaming, G2 Esports and others.

AVANGAR will be entering the event as the champions of the last DreamHack Open iteration — DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019. There Ali “Jame” Djami and his team successfully overcame NA’s eUnited, Europe’s Valiance, and the local powerhouse FURIA esports to win the event.

Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas’ Valiance will be looking to reclaim their throne and get revenge on the CIS team. Valiance has been looking increasingly strong, following their victory at the United Masters League Season 1, where they overwhelmed Windigo Gaming.

The biggest name fighting for the title in Tours will be mousesports, currently ranked #12 in the global ranking. DreamHack will mark the first big trial for the new roster, featuring the newcomers David “frozen” Čerňanský, Özgür “woxic” Eker, and FaZe’s Finn “karrigan” Andersen.

Mousesports has been performing fairly well with the new roster, topping their group at the ESL Pro League Season 9 and finishing 5-6th at the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV – Sydney. In Australia, mousesports defeated the likes of BIG Clan and Renegades but struggled against bigger teams, like MIBR.

But here at DreamHack Open Tours 2019 it’s a whole new day. Will mousesports be able to meet the expectations of their fans and win the event? Will AVANGAR continue their DreamHack winning streak? Can Valiance surprise and steal the show once more?

In their opening match of the event, the local heroes G2 Esports will be facing Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss’ FrenchFrogs, also known as ex-3DMAX. Even though G2 hasn’t performed that well on the international level lately, they’re still the favorites for this matchup.

G2’s Audric “JaCkz” Jug and Lucas “Lucky” Chastang will be facing off against their old teammates, giving them another edge over their opponents. The only chance for FrenchFrogs lies with the format — the opening match of the group stage is a best-of-one game. Anything can happen in a bo1, even more so in local matchups.

 However, while Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss and his team have nothing to lose at this event, G2 has a lot to prove. Even though they managed to top their group at the ESL Pro League Season 9 recently, there’s a painful lack of steady international results.

All that considered, G2 still look better, at least on paper. They may not be the biggest favorites to win the whole event, but if Richard “shox” Papillon and François “AMANEK” Delaunay can pop-off, it will be a walk in the park for G2 Esports.

Windigo facing off against Valiance is a replay of the United Masters League Season 1 grand finals. In the German city of Osnabrück, four teams gathered to fight it out for the prize pool of $100,000 dollars. In the finals, Valiance overcame Windigo over three maps.

Even though Valiance made it look fairly easy in Germany, this rivalry between the two teams is much closer than it may seem. Needless to say, Windigo will be out looking for blood and they just might get it.

Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov and Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov both have been performing incredibly well lately, making them a threat on almost any map. Valiance, on the other hand, while improved significantly after their merger with Imperial, are yet to really pop on the international stage.

With Imperial, Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas took first place at the Copenhagen Games 2018 and DreamHack Open Summer 2018 among other great results. With Valiance, things have been a bit quieter. In the long run, Valiance still seems like a better team of the two. And if Nemanja “nexa” Isaković and Nemanja “huNter” Kovač can show up to this match, they just might make this the one not to miss.

AVANGAR, of all teams at the event, has been showing the best results recently. First place at the DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019, WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 and first-second at the ESL One: Cologne 2019 – European Open Qualifier, among other achievements.

The CIS-based team will be coming in high spirits and ready to battle, but the competition will be stiff. While the Brazilian iteration of DreamHack had really strong teams on the lineup, Tours is considerably more stacked. The question is, can Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov and his team perform at the same level against much more experienced teams?

Ghost, on the other hand, has been struggling to impress lately. Their last tournament appearance was back in January, where they finished in the Top 4 at the iBUYPOWER Masters IV. Since then, the North American team played in several online qualifiers, showing unmemorable performances in most of them.

AVANGAR will be looking really strong in their opening match and most CS:GO fans will be looking for them to eliminate the North American team fairly easily.

DreamHack Open Tours 2019 starts today, and will end on Sunday, May 19, when two of the best teams will stand in the final showdown for the lion’s share of $100,000 dollars in prize money. If you’re looking to spice up your games, head over to the esports betting platform Vie.gg, and place your bets now.

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The last chance: community reactions to NEO joining FaZe

The last chance: community reactions to NEO joining FaZe

The legend himself, Filip “NEO” Kubski, joining FaZe Clan caught everyone by surprise. This is exactly how other professional players, casters, and analysts reacted to the news in this social media roundabout!

There are several good reasons for the news to come as a shock. For one, NEO hasn’t been performing on par for the past few years. Secondly, FaZe have been doing great (or at the very least *better*) in the past months. FaZe managed to win the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019, as well as finish first at the BLAST Pro Series: Miami 2019.

The fact that NEO joining on a trial basis will replace the stand-in Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev was in fact expected. But what will help out Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and his team the most, is the fact that the Polish player will take upon himself the responsibility of leading this team. This, among other things, will allow the heavy-hitter NiKO to return to his fragging days.

These and other reasons made for some interesting reactions from the prominent CS:GO figures. For your convenience, here’s the collection of our favorites!

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qikert: “I was surprised that everything went very well”

qikert: “I was surprised that everything went very well”

After winning WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 with AVANGAR, Alexey “Qikert” Golubev talked about the event, the game against the highly accomplished HellRaisers and taking home first place as an underdog.

LAN Finals WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 was held from 3 to 5 May in Kiev, Ukraine, following a lengthy group stage online. AVANGAR dominated in the online group phase, finishing only behind HellRaisers with a single loss.

At LAN Qikert and his team quickly established dominance. In their opening match, they easily overcame DreamEaters, who had to play with Sergey “starix” Ischuk as a stand-in, winning 2-0. To secure their spot in the grand final they had to battle and overcome HellRaisers — the only team they lost against in the online phase.

In the decisive match, AVANGAR defeated the heavy favorites HellRaisers with a score of 2:0. The team from Kazakhstan received $20,000 dollars in prize money and earned themselves a much-needed win. This marks a second first-place finish in a few weeks for the team, following their success at DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019.

What was it like playing at the WePlay! Forge of Masters right after finishing first at the much bigger DreamHack Rio?

I can’t say that anything was worse. I was surprised that everything went so well, without any problems, without delays, except for the final, there was a technical delay of 20 minutes during the decisive match. But we couldn’t even feel the delay.

At the same DreamHack or ESL, they usually are. Here, at a tournament in the CIS, it is very nice that there were no hickups. Considering that the offline tournament is being done for the first time. In general, everything turned out cool: practice areas, hotel, schedule, media-day.

One of the AVANGAR players mentioned that the team is no longer training against teams from the CIS. Forge of Masters is aimed specifically at your region. How was it to meet again with representatives of the CIS?

We came from a two-week rest, and immediately on the first day we had an official match against Vega Squadron. We thought it would be hard to play against the CIS now, but everything went well. In fact, we very often played against teams from the CIS on qualifications online and on LAN tournaments. There was nothing unusual, we are used to playing against them.

As for HellRaisers …

Yes, the CIS team itself (laughs).

You played with them twice in this tournament, both matches ended with the score 2:0. How do you like the current form of the team and how different is this composition from the previous one?

Now their roster looks much stronger, precisely on the individual level. But if you look at the structural game, then they are a little inferior to the previous lineup. They have gathered recently, and they lack some kind of banal teamplay: everyone is from a different region and communication in the international teams can be very wasteful. Therefore, in the near future, they will definitely have problems with communication and team play.

Replacement of Aydin “KrizzeN” Turlybekova to SANJI: first left inactive due to illness, and with the second one you’ve already won two tournaments in a row. Are you even considering returning Krizzen to the lineup?

I can not say for sure, but the probability is always there. This esports thing is not friendship, but more of a business. If you, for example, play badly, you are thrown on the bench. In the case of Aydin, it was more because of his health — his back and arm were very sore, we had to temporarily transfer him to inactive.

SANJI came on as a substitute and played very well in tournaments. So far, we are not looking to change something. So far everything is going well: we win tournaments, win against very good teams and show ourselves well.

How do you like the potential of SANJI? He independently made his way into the FPL before moving into your team.

He made his way to the FPL from Uzbekistan, where there is a very bad ping. This proves a lot — he is very strong individually. That was our starting point. It was necessary to give him the experience of our team so that he quickly picked it up and understood how we play our Avangaresque Counter-Strike.

So that in some moments he would become more structured, and in others, he would play the role of the “X-factor”, who can simply run out and carry you with headshots alone.

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svyat: “I consider every victory earned and every defeat deserved”

svyat: “I consider every victory earned and every defeat deserved”

After wins against Winstrike, Vega Squadron, and Team Spirit, DreamEaters caught everyone’s attention in the CIS region. It was their time to shine at the WePlay! Forge of Masters LAN finals, and after the event, team captain Svyatoslav “svyat” Dovbakh talked about the experience.

DreamEaters had a strong start in the online group stage. Convincing victories against Vega Squadron and Team Spirit quickly got them attention from the other teams. They were still very young and raw, but the potential was there. Even more than that, as the Russian team continued getting wins against more achieved teams.

Svyatoslav “svyat” Dovbakh and his team did enough to qualify for the LAN finals in Kiev, Ukraine, but there their luck ran out. Team’s veteran Vladislav “Krad” Kravchenko faced with visa issues was unable to attend the event. A rare chance for DreamEaters to prove themselves took a big hit.

In the end, a Natus Vincere veteran Sergey “starix” Ischuk acted as a stand-in for the team, but it was not enough. DreamEaters lost in both of their games, 0-2 against AVANGAR and 0-2 against Vega Squadron. DreamEaters took fourth place and $2,000 dollars in prize money.

Your team has become a real highlight of the WePlay League group stage. Did you expect such a result?

Not to say that we expected it, but we understood that we are capable of it. The main goal was to show ourselves and play at the maximum — it happened sometimes, sometimes it didn’t, but the main thing was that we went to the next stage.

Can you comment on the victory over Vega Squadron?

In the match against Vega on inferno, we started to defend and in the first buy-rounds, we were given control of the banana quite easily. Due to this, we always understood at what point the opponent would come out and met them there.

Thus, we gained a significant advantage in the score and economy, and this made it possible not to do eco-rounds, when the “swing” began at the end of the side, and then to add pressure in the attack.

What came into your victory over Team Spirit?

Against Spirit, we also played inferno, but started offensively and dominated the entire side — we read the opponent well and went to the point, we could only play the post-plant situation in comfortable conditions for us, which we did.

During the game, someone of them burned down the computer and they changed it for half an hour, that probably ruined it for them, but we were already leading with a very significant margin and most likely would have won anyway.

And then you faced a much more experienced Winstrike.

The match against Winstrike was decisive for us and for them, so the pressure was slightly stronger than in the previous ones — it was decided who would get the 4th slot on the LAN. It was dust2, we started for defense and played just awful — bad positioning, bad decisions, bad exchanges.

Due to some crazy retakes, we managed to take a few rounds, especially the one with a score of 1-5, where speed4k entered the gate at plant B and crawled to the car, killing n0rb3r7, who was hiding there. Then we got a couple more rounds with the help of two AWP’s, and that was already enough to combine complete our plan.

In the second half, we carried out well-rounded openings, and then implemented them. And in the end, we did not lose a single round.

Do you think other teams underestimated you?

I doubt that our rivals underestimated us because it would be very unprofessional on their part. Especially in the group stage, where each game is super important and decides whether you will get to go to the LAN. So I consider every victory earned, and every defeat deserved.

At the same time, you lost to your former team — pro100. Why? The fact is that your old teammates knew you better than others?

We had a definite plan against pro100, but we failed to implement it, including due to the change of roles the day before. I think the fact that their players know me better had no effect on the course of the game. We completely failed the defense and because of this we lost the match, but the conclusions were made.

At the LAN finals you played with Starix, not Krad. How much does this affect your gameplay?

Any substitution weakens the team and forces you to use fewer strats and rely more on individual skill, play on communication, etc. Starix is ​​a good and experienced player and it was very interesting to play with him in Kiev, but the very fact of replacement diminished our ambitions for this tournament.

I think that made our main goal to be gaining experience when playing on LAN, rather than winning.

Who did you see as your rivals at the WePlay finals?

There were no rivals — but the number one team there clearly were AVANGAR, which means we had to prepare for them. Online, we lost to them with a score of 4-16, and both of them took the pistol, but in our opinion, the score was not at all in the game.

There were a lot of moments where we could play a little better and turn it over, so I would really like a second attempt. But on the LAN we had to play with a substitute and as such a rematch couldn’t happen as such, unfortunately.

CIS teams are historically very quick to swap rosters when things become hard. What helps you to stick together as a team?

Well, let’s start with the fact that we gathered in late December. Rather, I came 4 months ago, and when the team changes the lineup — it already becomes a new team. And during this time, we have very good results — two seasons QIWI, OGA Counter PIT, the tournament from Tricolor, passed on the WePlay LAN, went to the playoffs of the LootBet S2 tournament and already beat AGO there, a step away from the playoffs on Kalashnikov Cup. Is that not juicy enough for 4 months? Also, the Cup of Russia is ahead.

In a word, we are fine, but the fact that we are developing makes us stick together. It is clear that we have the potential and we are far from reaching our ceiling. We have a good atmosphere, good conditions, we are gradually evolving — so why would we split up?

Tell me about your team as a whole. Who is the main fragger? Who is a lurker?

My team is good, very comfortable and pleasant to play in. It is evident that everyone here is “necessary” and everyone wants to develop.

kinqie is a kind of rifler and seemingly a dolt but in reality he’s a very hard-working guy. Even not a guy, but a grandfather — each team should have its own grandfather.

Forester — the very same anime master. He will never wake up on time, and waking him up is a whole business on its own. And he is 100% aware that he is the best player on the planet, and everyone around plays like garbage.

Krad — a person who hears all the sounds in the game, even those that didn’t happen. And let’s you know. Does everyone have such a teammate? It also combines a teammate who is trying to ruin the training schedule with his rocking exercises.

speed4k — the stylish one of the team. All there are “Levi”, “Adidas”, “Calvin Kleins” — this is about him. And almost all of the most important clutches belong to him. Sometimes he should aim for the AWP and he simply gets USP and gets people on the character alone.

I … And what am I? I have 3 different mice connected to my computer and I use each one in turn, that’s all you really need to know about me.

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