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We sat down with ESC Gaming star Filip "Neo" Kubski for a quick chat about his one-event stint with place2play.ru at PGS and his own team's transition to CS:GO.
The Polish hot-shot was on Thursday confirmed as a stand-in for place2play.ru at the Portuguese event, which will run from October 11-14 in Oporto, stepping into the shoes of Sergey "hally" Shavaev.
This could well be the last chance to see Kubski in action in 1.6, following ESC Gaming's decision to switch to CS:GO after the TECHLABS event in Ukraine, where the 'Golden Five' finished in third place.
In this exclusive interview, Kubski shares his expectations about the upcoming experience with the Russian team and gives his opinion about CS:GO as a competitive title and his team's transition to Valve's new game.
You were yesterday announced as a stand-in for place2play.ru at PGS. How did this offer come along and what made you accept it?
Since I have known OverDrive for a few years already, after a small talk at TECHLABS he told me their fifth player (hally) has some passport issues and asked me if I were interested in going to Portugal as their stand-in. Around 2-3 years ago there was a similar situation but I had to refuse the offer back then since my team had something else planned with the G5. This time I am very happy that I can accept the invitation.With four Russian players and one Polish, there are a lot of questions about how the communication during matches will be handled. How will you handle this issue?
That is a good question! I do not speak Russian, some of them cannot speak English, so that might be a problem of course. On the other hand, during these days, when teams cannot practice as much as they used to, teamplay is not as big of a deal as it used to be. I hope we will find the solution for that, though, maybe I will be just running around doing whatever I want. We still need to figure that out!How will the team practice for the tournament? Do you have any goals set?Not really. We have not even spoken of anything yet, since we decided about that just yesterday.
Earlier in the week, your team officially switched to CS:GO. How has it been going for you guys? Is there a big difference between your level and that of NiP or VeryGames?
We have not played against those teams for a while now, but it feels there is a big difference. Of course we were always bad online and especially in practice games, but I am afraid we will not be able to reach the level we had had in 1.6. The game is much different and there is a lot to learn, but of course as always we are trying our best.
There were still two big 1.6 events on the calendar - PGS and DreamHack Bucharest. What made you skip them and move to CS:GO at this time? Did you feel that if you did not switch right now, you would lose further ground to the teams who are already at the top in GO?It was not exactly our own decision to skip those events. It is pretty hard to keep practicing CS:GO and then go to a 1.6 event. Just as you saw at TECHLABS - that was totally random for us. We practiced as a team in 1.6 for like 2-3 days, since the only teams who were practicing at that time were the ones who were going to the event. But even they did not want to practice against us, saying that we were going to face each other on LAN.Were you surprised that your team did not make it to the final at TECHLABS?No, not really - we knew it was going to be random.
Earlier in the year, even before CS:GO was officially released, TaZ said that the game was unplayable and not ready to be used at a competitive level. Has his opinion changed?
I guess you will have to ask him that question again, but as far as I know, his opinion has not changed.What do you think about the game? Are there any changes that you would like to see introduced?
Personally I would like to see lots of changes. Right now, you just do not get that satisfaction while playing, the feeling of owning anyone like you had in 1.6.Which events does your team plan on attending?
As far as I know we will go to DreamHack Winter, and we are trying to get the invite for ESWC since we applied for that yesterday.
Of course. The game limit you.
The game is much different and there is a lot to learn, but of course as always we are trying our best.
You're just being nice, Neo.
He's genuinely answering the question... different game, his 1.6 playing experience means nothing. He'll have to learn new things, but he'll done fine because he is a hard worker and so is his team.
They are not something that a player with the caliber of Neo would whine about. Therefore, the only possibility is that Neo was whining about how each of GO and 1.6 having a 'different feel'. That means, one of the two games would have inferior level of 'speed', 'accuracy', and 'non-randomness'.
For the people who have a working common sense, definitely 'it' wouldn't be 1.6.
I enjoy my job.
Post edited 2012-10-05 14:19:16
That's one of the most exciting parts of cs :D
"Personally I would like to see lots of changes. Right now, you just do not get that satisfaction while playing, the feeling of owning anyone like you had in 1.6. "
As Carmac said with IEM, they aren't going to pick up CSGO to replace 1.6. They would pick it up if its popular or have no FPS at all.
Valve released their product exactly the moment when every1( fans n organisations) had preasure n hope for sth new... to refresh everything cuz what they had(1.6) wasnt anymore sth they wished to invest money in.( cuz it was obviously going down)
I hope this article might clear your doubts on how CS:GO didn't replace CS1.6. CS1.6 was dropped by IEM neither CS:GO was picked up as main FPS title.
As said by ashed they just happened to coincide leading to worldwide misconception of CS:GO replace 1.6. :)
eswc/dreamhack and many other "big events" replaced 1.6 with go,only iem (as carmac said) happened to drop 1.6 because of main interest in europe,and he said they might do 1.6 events when theyr main events will run in europe.
As a North American, Counter-Strike has been almost dead here since around 2007/2008 and maybe in your neck of the woods nothing has changed, but it was always just a matter of time before more players left the scene. I mean look at the Korean and Chinese scene that shrunk at around the same time as North America. Look at the top tier players in Sweden other parts of Europe that left the scene even before CS:GO was announced. Maybe it never got as bad as it did here in North America but it was always approaching that point.
That is such an unrealistic attitude toward a game with so many possible top teams. Its almost impossible to know who will be in the top 3 spots of any LAN (although NIP have proved they'll be up there so far).
Shocking news, apparently people can have their own opinions of games and at the moment tournaments seem to like it.
The problem with CS1.6 community was/is that they pay more attention to opinions that the top players have instead of forming their own opinion about the game.
You really are right about CS:GO not becoming the next big thing BUT that only applies to the current CS1.6 community. Eventually, there will be players coming up who like CS:GO. Don't forget the new generation who might like this game. There might be people who never tried 1.6 but may like GO. So, anyway, GO will have its own fans and community.
I guess sponsors like Steelseries and what-have-you are pushing GO because 1.6 is an ancient game. Yes GAME, not "sport herp derp" bullshit.
Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov
Roman "ROMJkE" Makarov
Filip "Neo" Kubski
they hav no any option!!like esc switch if navi n fnatic also make a switch 2 Go!
they r da teams who can realize all da players abt 1.6 history how much dey like da game N y
2 change into another fps game..if so den really 1.6 will b back n it stands in top it should b always..
It's a bad choice for the title imo, because it could have 2 different meaning:
1) g5 will not reach the level they had in 1.6 in csgo (what neo said)
2) it could be: csgo will not reach 1.6 level
Post edited 2012-10-05 18:12:33
i hope we'll see the aggressive neo again.
ps: sry for littl eng
That would be awesome!
just like most of the people don't like thier jobs that much but they have to make some money
we cannot always do the things we like
let the new generation decide what they wanna play. cs generation was between 2000-2008/9
PS: let blizzard make a new Counter strike, i bet everyone would switch. all blizzard games are amazing( they dont think only about graphics) they work it all, specially gameplay which is the reason why 1.6 was so successful.
still go promoters not dyng yet :|
This is exactly what most of us think. That 'feeling', that satisfaction, isn't there.
f0rest on rampage is unstoppable man, his rampage then continues in real life where he turns into big green monster smashes all the pcs, players, specs, destroys the building and escapes from the police. Later he passes out and wakes up normal in the forest... And then he shags some hot chick. That's how f0rest roll.
Post edited 2012-10-05 22:03:00
When it was the start they took 16 6 by vg . VG couldnt pracc(2 big last event on css) as much as NIP and just lost DH on several rounds.
Its about practice not really raw skill
if this happens, athid and co. will have alot of work with the highlights :D
Post edited 2012-10-05 23:15:15
broke my heart haha
gl , you deserved and work out comunication ;9
This is why HLTV gets made fun of, because the posting userbase here, have asbolutely nothing positive to add to anything, it's just absolute drivel from hundreds of morons regarding a game they know nothing about.
Post edited 2012-10-06 22:16:29
Really bad :/ Good luck witch cs:go
---POLSKA NA ZAWSZE TOP 1!!---------
NAWET W CS:GOwno..!
But what about spectators?
None game except DotA 2 may reach the 500k spectators in a simple game not a final
If we talk about finals....