markeloff: "NiP is a better matchup"

Yegor "markeloff" Markelov talks to us about the preparation, adapting to a new player, as well as the competition at the event, before their group starts in the afternoon.

Astana Dragons are going to the tournament with a recent change in the roster, as Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev was replaced by Emil "kucher" Akhundov only three weeks ago.

In the interview, Markelov touches on the topics of how much they had to adapt to the change of a player, Astana Dragons' preparation, the lack of him taking the AWP and also the competition in the tournament.

How has your preparation for DreamHack Winter 2013 been? How beneficial has bootcamping together for such an extended amount of time been for your team?

It was pretty fine. We had about 7 days after Techlabs finals to finish our preparation for dhw. Mostly we were focused on pistol rounds and worked hard on our weak parts. We added and fixed a lot in our game.

How has adapting your team to Emil "kucher" Akhundov and his playing style worked out so far? Have you changed how you play a lot or are you simply fitting him in Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev's old roles?

We adapted instantly and didn't change a lot. Just couple of spots.

Should we expect Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov to do better as a result of getting to own up his own role now that Sukhariev, who used to play similarly, is no longer on the team?

I'm not sure there was a pressure on Dosia or he felt discomfort. He always played like he wanted to and Misha still doing it perfectly. 

It seems that NiP is a better match-up for you than VeryGames based on your past results. Do you agree, and why do you think that is/isn't the case? Is it playing style related or are VeryGames simply so much better right now?

It's true. Don't know why. It was always so. Maybe vg are just more tactical then nip and it's hard to read em. Not sure.

Why has Yegor "markeloff" Markelov not been AWPing nearly as much as he used to? Is that a decision made by him on an individual level, or something the team decided together? Will Akhundov be the primary AWPer over Markelov from now on?

I will always buy an awp when my team needs it. it's not that useful like it was in 1.6 cuz of smoke grenades and flash bangs. DAT smokes... I'm sure u will see me and kucher with that gun. It depends on the map.

Upon changing players Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow stated you don't have the luxury of waiting a long time to win, as Na`Vi did. Does this mean you're under pressure to do well at DreamHack this week? What if you disappoint?

We simply not thinking about pressure or possibility of losing and stuff. We came here to show our best and fight till the end. Thoughts like that always distract. 

Have you prepared specifically for any of your main competition (e.g. SK and Cph Wolves in your group, or VeryGames and NiP) or are you simply focusing on your own game?

We always do so, I mean playing our own game. Dragons always fails trying to anti-strat anyone))) But ofc Angel watched VODs, demos of all the teams and know what to expect.

Last word is yours, feel free to add anything we may have missed, thank fans or sponsors etc.

Thanks for an interview. Cheers to all the fans, my friends and family! Support us tomorrow! From Dragons with love;)

Group D with Astana Dragons, Copenhagen Wolves, SK Gaming and Reason Gaming, who have just qualified by defeating Nostalgie in the semi-finals of the BYOC qualifier, is scheduled to start at 14:30.

Brazil oc^ 
2013-11-29 03:03
^ the usual retarded comment (with the usual retarded subcomment ¿?)
2013-11-29 05:07
Brazil oc^ 
Yeah, a guy called "Matias" from "Argentina" calling someone retarded. Is that a joke? Do not answer, it was a rhetorical question. By the way, Mat0CS is what? Oh, now I get it. Sure, you must be from Argentina. I am very sorry for you. Have a nice day you all special people. See you later little buddy. :)
2013-11-29 11:12
at least he made a joke, u are just retarded
2013-11-29 14:20
Brazil oc^ 
HAHAHA Is that what you want me to do? Come on, you made this reply just because you are from the same continent than him. How retarded and lame is that? HAHAHAHA By the way, that was a real joke. Anyway, I really feel sorry for you both. Just try to take care of your life instead of "taking the pains" of others. Have a nice day you too little buddy who also is special. :)
2013-11-29 14:52
Lol. My name is Matias and I'm from Argentina, so what? WHAT A HACKER xD. You're just a dirty smelly faggy french. Go eat a rat, there're lots of rats in your country. Maybe you can make a sandwich with a baguette. Mat0CS = My nickname Mat0, and I play CS. Was it that hard? :). Don't be sorry for me, I'm fine. Go take a shower ^^ PS: Too bad you couldn't get the joke in the first place and went full retard...
2013-11-30 19:57
Brazil oc^ 
Oh my god. Seriously, what you wrote makes no sense at all to me. Anyway, if you were smart and had done a decent joke I would understand for sure, but you were just trying to make a stupid joke. So, first of all, grow up. Then, maybe you will be able to try to make a decent joke.
2013-11-30 20:05
Grow up xD HAHAHA... 18yo. Go drink wine xD
2013-11-30 20:06
Oh now I see, you're just 18... BAHAHAHAHAHAAAA... What a fucking retarded kid xD. You have nothing to say so you bring your "country power"?... You didn't do shit to be born in France, so what's so great to brag about? THAT IS SO LAME, HAHAHAHA... Again, go take a shower little kiddo xD
2013-11-30 20:00
Brazil oc^ 
Oh my god again. Are you older than me? Oh my god indeed. Ok, now I am convinced that there is no arguement with you. Since as you say "your contry has no power", you will offend me in different ways and be satisfied with this. Ok granny, go back to your virtual life now.
2013-11-30 20:09
Hahahahahahaha... OMG... first, why are you so mad? This is the internet, you can't get mad so easily. Second, you seem to have some problems understanding the english language, let me explain: I didn't say that "your country has no power", what I said was that that's not something to brag about... You didn't do anything for your country, so, at least come here and brag about something you did. You're just an 18yo parasite who was just lucky to be born in Europe. I can see that you're a child just by reading how you insult other people for the place where they were born. That is just dumb, so try not to be that stupid, you're making the french people look bad ;) Go eat a dick now! Go go! :) Hf.
2013-11-30 20:13
Brazil oc^ 
AHAHAHA Honestly, I do not know why I will answer this, but I promise that this reply will be my last one, because I have personal life. So, I am gonna be quick and objective. If a person, does not matter in what country he or she was born, says "you are lucky to be born in Europe", that person has low selfsteem just because he or she lives in a different country, that is not located in Europe. How lame is that? Moving on, I understand english pretty well, thank you for being concerned about it. So, you consider me a dumb person, even that who is saying shit words is yourself? Phrases like "Go eat a dick now!" reflects what for you? For you, how old is the person who wrote this stupid sentence? Besides, I do not even look at your age, but you must be around 25 or 30 and with a mentality from a child. Anyway, I guess I made my point. Have a wonderfull weekend my adorable friend from "Argentina". By the way, that was sarcasm, if you did not get it.
2013-11-30 20:32
I said you were lucky to be born in Europe just because is a great place to live. Africa wouldn't be a great place to be born, right? "that person has low selfsteem just because he or she lives in a different country, that is not located in Europe", I didn't say that I'm not lucky too for being born in Argentina, that's something that you implied, so, sadly you're wrong again ^^. Go eat a dick is the kind of phrase that someone could say in a joking mood, just like I'm now. So... no. I'm sorry but you're still wrong. Too bad that you used the "this is going to be my last response" card, just because you can't keep replying. "I have a life", BAHAHAHA... 18 yo life... play video games while mummy cooks. I have a life... I live alone, not like you my mate ^^. See ya, my smelly friend. New Achivement: Make a french kid go away with words :)
2013-11-30 20:47
Brazil oc^ 
Since my friend from Romania replied me, I will end this conversation and humiliate you a little more. So, once again you have no point at all in what you write, like that was something new, right? Anyway, for you live all by yourself is an achievement? If you live all by yourself and do not know to do a damn thing and miss your mom around you, am i guilty for that? Yes, I do live with my family and I really appreciate that. So, grow up dumbass. Have you been already humiliated for more french in the past? Ok, now I get it because you are so lost in your words when you try to argue with me. I simply did not replied you early because it is not worth arguing with people who do not know what to write and has no sense of talking. Anyway, when you want to be more humiliated, reply this. By the way, go ahead and live in your world of lies, where Argentina is a great country. You will always be third place in the South America, so shut up. Even Chile is a better country than your fucking poor and disgusting country. I asked to a brazilian friend what was their thoughts about your country, and man, I am really sorry for your country. If those pictures are true, I do not know how you live in this country of garbage. I think the smelly here is you my pig friend. So, once again, you write what you want and read what you do not want. Have a nice day in your wooden house. Bye.
2013-12-05 13:33
Lol, I made you write again xD. I didnt't read any of your shit. You're just too easy xD HAHAHAH
2013-12-08 15:45
Brazil oc^ 
Ok, it seems that once again you have no arguments, and that means you are just a random latin guy who wants to be what you are not. Moving on, any other guy from Argentina who wants to be humiliated as well? By the way, thanks for showing me what I suspected since the beginning of this conversation. See you around pig.
2013-12-08 15:59
french, garbage, mange ma bousquete
2013-12-05 12:56
Brazil oc^ 
Have you been already raped today, whore? It seems not. So go back to your brothel, because you woke up in a bad mood today sweetheart.
2013-12-05 13:36
LoL :D
2013-12-08 16:01
+1 xD
2013-12-08 15:45
markeloff <3
2013-11-29 03:05
Brazil oc^ 
2013-11-29 03:04
Cheering for you guys, go win the whole tournament!
2013-11-30 01:02
Brazil Hyzek 
NiP is the number 1 team in the world.
2013-11-29 03:04
no they are not. 1.VG 2.KNOWITALL (Thorin, lurppis) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. AD/NiP
2013-11-29 03:26
Denmark teph 
So true, even from an american :D old Virtus Pro is top1
2013-11-29 07:06
World skoi 
markeloff, i'm drunk (like u) and i love u.
2013-11-29 03:04
Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
"Dragons always fails trying to anti-strat anyone" (lol) gl AD, please beat NiP.
2013-11-29 03:04
Brazil Hyzek 
AD will NEVER beat NiP in a serious match.
2013-11-29 03:05
Lack of motivation. THis one doesnt count.
2013-11-29 03:25
:). And neither will the next one I suppose ? You don't even deserve to call yourself a fan if you don't acknowledge the defeats of the team you support. It's disrespectful to the players, the team and yourself.
2013-11-29 03:48
NEO | 
Vietnam thachsinh 
+1 totally agree
2013-11-29 04:07
Brazil c0mplexy 
2013-11-29 05:26
2013-11-29 08:11
Actually that wont happen during DHW, they will meet in the final or not at all
2013-11-29 08:17
They will play in semifinals (D1-C2 vs Nip)
2013-11-29 10:07
cl_excuses 1
2013-11-29 09:37
- brain
2013-11-29 10:05
StarSeries Lan Finals.... They already did.
2013-11-29 03:58
The "Never" part is wrong, so... you're wrong. Huehuehu3.
2013-11-29 05:08
u mad ? Nip will never beat AD
2013-11-29 07:35
2013-11-29 07:58
AD is not gonna quality to semifinal
2013-11-29 03:06
2013-11-29 03:13
as u wish
2013-11-29 08:22
why doesn't markeloff just become the best auto sniper in CSGO? It's a legit gun...
2013-11-29 03:15
Maybe he has some self respect?
2013-11-29 05:03
Brazil skuggz 
+1 and respect with the other players
2013-11-29 05:26
It would be legit if it had similar accuracy to the deagle, but completely removing it is the best option imo.
2013-11-29 05:43
Brazil skuggz 
i don't understand why valve didn't nerfed this autosnipers yet... so obvious and annoying
2013-11-29 06:08
Denmark fyhn 
'Cause gtr likes it and NiP is the 'pro feedback'? (:D)
2013-11-29 06:42
^ so true hahaha
2013-11-29 08:45
Markeloff: All 5 of us take AWP when needed ! :P
2013-11-29 03:21
hahaha true >:{D
2013-11-29 10:18
Brazil LIPE1 
gl marik <3 :D
2013-11-29 03:42
Korea ws0 
"DAT smokes... " overpowered.
2013-11-29 04:14
Russia goodjob 
more tactical.. lol FalleN plz log in
2013-11-29 04:26
That has to be one of the most boring interviews I've read in a long time
2013-11-29 05:05
2013-11-29 05:08
2013-11-29 05:38
Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
Yeah he dodges all the answers around Edward, understandable though.
2013-11-29 09:14
2013-11-29 06:42
yeah he right. NiP = Noob. they will never reach VG level as well as AD level.
2013-11-29 07:29
Easy for NiP and VG to destroy you mr drunk
2013-11-29 07:58
the guys who seriously think AD can defeat NIP in this tournament are idiots or a bunch of fucking fansuckersboys
2013-11-29 09:57
NIP is the favourite since for more than 2 month they did nothing else than hardcore prepare for this tournament. + Its in Sweden with homecrowd BUT AD has a chance. They allready defeated NIP 2 times on lan and only lost 1-2 before. Id say like NIP 70% AD 30%
2013-11-29 12:01
focusing only on this tournament has obvious bennefits and swedes in sweden are like french in france
2013-11-29 12:18
love this guy gl today
2013-11-29 10:06
f0rest | 
Romania front48 
NiP will rape them in semifinal and Edward is gonna take that on tape. C'mon already with the final: NiP-VeryGames ( 100k+ viewers)
2013-11-29 11:20
Kazakhstan sn/ 
mad fanboy
2013-11-29 13:09
f0rest | 
Romania front48 
Kazakhstan...seems legit.
2013-11-29 13:16
The reason you guys can't read VG, markeloff, is because you devote 100% of your time anti-strating NiP, ignoring everything else. Idiot.
2013-11-29 12:23
GL Marik
2013-11-29 18:48
CS:GO is deaded.
2013-11-30 02:49
AD disband, and that was worth it? U DESTROYED 2 TOP TEAM TO DISBAND NOW?????????????????? fucking loosers
2013-11-30 20:14
gl markeloff in future
2013-11-30 20:38
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