Maikelele: "With Delpan we can win"

We spoke to ESG's Mikail "Maikelele" Bill to find out how his team is preparing for G3, what happened in the ESL One qualifier, and more.

ESG broke out under the SK Gaming banner at DreamHack Summer, and recruited fan favorite AWPer Marcus "Delpan" Larsson to replace the retired in-game leader Faruk "pita" Pita.

Since then they've had some promising online results in SLTV StarSeries X, including wins over Epsilon, Virtus.pro and Titan -- and a draw versus LDLC, to further up their stock.

Last weekend it suffered a nose dive though, as ESG lost against dAT team in a controversial match, and later failed to qualify for the next major by losing to Na`Vi.

We contacted their star player Mikail "Maikelele" Bill to find out what's going on in the team, how their preparation for G3 has been, and more. Read on to find out his thoughts.


Can Maikelele's ESG surprise again at G3?

How has replacing pita with Delpan worked out for your team so far in your opinion? Have you become better, more consistent, or raised your ceiling as a team? Or on the contrary, have you become more inconsistent in your opinion?

Maikelele: Replacing pita was hard because he was a really into being an in-game leader, but on our results we've done a pretty good job lately despite our loss in the ESL qualifier. I think we lacked a little bit playing against lower teams but so far we've been pretty consistent if I can say it myself. Bringing Delpan to the team is really good because it's much more firepower atm.

How is SKYTTEN as an in-game leader compared to pita? How would you describe the two and the differences in their style? Do you have a favorite between the two?

Maikelele: SKYTTEN is quite a good in-game leader but it's more individual play right now with SKYTTEN as an in-game leader and we help him together so he will grow even faster to become a really good IGL. Pita was a real leader so it's different, he's more tactic based when SKYTTEN is more individual based, but in time we will have a pretty good mix between everything.

Despite a strong start to SLTV StarSeries X with multiple upset wins, you faltered against dAT in ESL One Cologne European Finals and failed to qualify for the major. What happened?

Maikelele: I think we just thought we would win it easy. We played the first game around 13.00 CET and waited for like 8hours with 30+ weather outside and when we started our game we really wanted to win but I think we all was really tired even if we didn't want to be honest with it.

Flamie was really good and he was just so on point all the time and it's hard to get owned by a completely nonamer (from our side) so we started to talk in teamspeak about him and because of tiredness we just started to whine and then we did the mistake to start writing in all-chat, we all are really sorry for what happend but we're all human and do mistakes I guess. But flamie I'm sorry, you played really good and I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier.

There was some controversy regarding comments you and Delpan made in the match against dAT. Do you wish to address this somehow? Has having some time to re-think the whole situation over changed your outlook?

Maikelele: When we played against dAT I had a lot of messages from MSL about pimp posting stuff about flamie that he was vac banned (I'm telling this because pimp started to write about me in their warmup against mouz). He started to post links to different flamie VAC banned account and it just got in to our head that he was VAC banned and he played really good so we just started to whine about cheats in-game.

But as I said we're all human and we did a really bad mistake to write in all-chat. Me and Delpan are really sorry for what happened in the game and will ofc behave in the future, WE'RE SORRY!


Delpan has made a serious return to CS:GO in ESG 

With G3 now being the event for you this month as you won't be going to Cologne, does that give you an advantage over teams who are focusing on ESL One instead and eyeing it even as they attend G3 in London?

Maikelele: Well I think many of the top teams are preparing just for ESL, I think some teams are going to try how different things will go. But honestly every teams is going for top1 so it will not be easier than any other tournament. Still this is a $45k tournament and that's huge, it only seems like a small tournament because of the $250k tournaments and I think this event will be one of the best events this year. I think we might come top3 atleast if we play like we want to.

Do you feel ready with Delpan on the team now, or do you reckon you will need more time to feel like he's well integrated into the squad? Are there still things to iron out?

Maikelele: Brining Delpan to the team isn't a big problem, he's an aggressive awper that likes to take quick frags and he's a good rifler as well. I was surprised when he was the one that wanted to pracc all the time so he's been a part of the team really fast. But the winners of champions league weren't built in 6 months, I think we might need a little more time but right now we're bootcamping on Inferno-Online in Stockholm for G3.

You lost the SK Gaming sponsorship shortly after DreamHack Summer. Has this affected your team in any way? Have you noticed a change in motivation perhaps? Do you already have a new organization lined up?

Maikelele: Losing SK was not a big deal, it's kind of common in the esports world that organisation walks away left and right. We're still the same team but with a different name and our motivation is even higher now because we're looking for a strong organisation.

What do you expect of G3? Realistically, how well do you expect to do? Who do you think will win the event? Do you have a guess on who might surprise or disappoint at the event?

Maikelele: I expect big things at G3. With Delpan in the team I think we can win the tournament but at least top3/5. I will not guess a winner ;) I hope London conspiracy will do a good event with their strong online results lately.

I just want to say again I'm sorry for the behavior in the dAT team match and I know we lost alot of respect because of that. We will start to rebuild that respect again. I promise!

ESG's campaign at G3 will begin at roughly 11:30, when they will face Virtus.pro in the second round of matches. HLTV.org will be on-site to cover the tournament.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
Faruk 'pita' Pita
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
173
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden Marcus 'Delpan' Larsson
Marcus 'Delpan' Larsson
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
n1
2014-07-30 17:40
#45
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Sweden DIOdorant 
+1
2014-07-30 17:55
Lolpan
2014-07-30 17:40
panties
2014-07-30 17:46
Delcry
2014-07-30 20:54
Onlinepan
2014-07-31 14:10
sk believe
2014-07-30 17:41
"and it's hard to get owned by a completely nonamer (from our side)" XD
2014-07-30 17:43
#83
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Poland kRAMERO 
said nonamer ;)
2014-07-30 18:11
No you can't.
2014-07-30 17:43
#10
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Denmark fyhn 
"... unless we play a kid from Russia, then we can't."
2014-07-30 17:44
lol :D
2014-07-30 17:46
#60
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Denmark fyhn 
For some reason I can edit. But after reading the whole thing I have to add this: youtube.com/watch?v=9u0EL_u4nvw
2014-07-30 18:02
"I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier." Just LOL... So hypocritically and disgusting.
2014-07-30 17:45
grow up kid, if u are whining after such a small thing , i cant even imagine how is your life going on lol , do u cry a lot ? and this is not only about u.. most of the users here are butthurt kids
2014-07-30 18:06
Do you know what sportmanship and respect things even mean?! I guess you along with eksem dont.
2014-07-30 19:49
dude chill out. I can tell that you are ESG! fan but you got to admit that their behavior was really unprofessional. This guy should have expressed it differently but, you don't have to be so attacking about it.
2014-07-30 19:51
So it's okay for Delpan and eksem to flame someone and everyone who flames back is a butthurt kid. make sense plz
2014-07-30 19:58
#12
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Europe midi 
So this cheeky oaf came up with 1 sentence of excuse and didnt even apologise straightly. What a patsy.
2014-07-30 17:45
#21
ayaya | 
Ireland skend 
how is 'we're sorry' not a straight apology?
2014-07-30 17:48
#28
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Europe midi 
One small sentence with size 10 font among identical sentences. He was whining on facebook and twitter, why not apologising there since not everybody follow hltv.org?
2014-07-30 17:50
"But as I said we're all human and we did a really bad mistake to write in all-chat. Me and Delpan are really sorry for what happened in the game and will ofc behave in the future, WE'RE SORRY!"
2014-07-30 18:01
QQmuch
2014-07-31 19:27
Initially he didn't.
2014-07-30 17:52
He apologized twice in this article in response to two different questions.
2014-07-30 17:52
But flamie I'm sorry, you played really good and I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier. I just want to say again I'm sorry for the behavior in the dAT team match and I know we lost alot of respect because of that. We will start to rebuild that respect again. I promise!
2014-07-30 17:54
Didn't he say he still felt the same way about flamie after the game though?
2014-07-30 17:46
He is obviously lost for words. Typical punk ass.
2014-07-30 17:50
+1, he says he wants to build their respect back up in the same interview that he makes several back-handed comments towards flamie.
2014-07-30 17:53
Yep. It would be sooooooo delicious to watch flamie wreck him on LAN. Here's hoping it will happen some time in the future.
2014-07-30 18:01
They will bomb out and then he'll cry some more.
2014-07-30 17:47
Nice joke maik
2014-07-30 17:47
which organisation wants to pick up a bunch of whiny kids talking shit. would look bad on their reputation ffs
2014-07-30 17:47
Agree. Its kinda sad thoe..
2014-08-01 17:31
#19
tarik | 
Yugoslavia bleaq 
Maikelele: "We can't even win vs dAT"
2014-07-30 17:48
+1
2014-07-30 17:49
Arrogant punks.
2014-07-30 17:48
wont read
2014-07-30 17:49
biggest bunch of cunts
2014-07-30 17:50
Pimp should fix his wooden pc instead of writing about VAC banned players.
2014-07-30 17:50
#27
Estonia rYm 
low team /disband
2014-07-30 17:50
#29
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Portugal doshin 
ESG4EVER delpan & Maikelele <3
2014-07-30 17:51
i would have loved to be able to support esg but they seem like a bunch of twats and i hope they fail
2014-07-30 17:51
#33
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Russia monte:) 
Maikelele: We can blame everyone with Delpan.
2014-07-30 17:52
#41
AdreN | 
Russia cripdogg 
ahhahahahahah
2014-07-30 17:54
#55
Twistzz | 
Latvia `DinGo 
haha
2014-07-30 18:00
I think it isn't necessary trolls for eskem they apologized
2014-07-30 18:07
ahaha
2014-07-30 19:54
KEEP CLY DELPAN
2014-07-30 17:52
if they perform like little cry kids they cant win :D
2014-07-30 17:52
But flamie I'm sorry, you played really good and I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier.
2014-07-30 17:53
cry yourselves to the finals mohohoho
2014-07-30 17:54
#43
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Sweden DIOdorant 
Best of luck to ESG! but I dont think they will win! Its time for fnatic to get back on the top!
2014-07-30 17:54
Maikelele y u aint streaming anymore? D:
2014-07-30 17:55
GL :)
2014-07-30 17:57
GL ESG!
2014-07-30 17:58
With Delpan, we can whine and bitch like little kids when we're losing.
2014-07-30 17:58
But flamie I'm sorry, you played really good and I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier.
2014-07-30 17:58
This community is so harsh, nobody can ever fail otherwise you're fucked up for the rest of your e-career (not saying that only for this case).
2014-07-30 17:59
don't worry people will get over it in due time. I'll give it a couple of weeks
2014-07-30 19:56
+1 Pretty much this There's always some new controversy, and 1 week later hardly anone remembers it.
2014-07-31 01:07
It's still fucking ridiculus and just shows how pathetic this community is. Full of mad virgins, really.
2014-07-31 01:14
how old is delpan?
2014-07-30 18:00
Pretty old, around 25 i believe? Not sure.
2014-07-30 18:03
Check lurppis's world ranking artcle. Delpan is 24 and Maikelele is 23. Old enough to not act so childishly, especially since their other teammates are younger than they are. Still, I'm glad they (at least Bill) publicly apologized.
2014-07-30 18:09
Well however old Lolpan is, he act's like a 12-year-old. Have you ever played with him on MM? He is so arrogant and childish.
2014-07-30 19:03
He is the kind of person who does not like to lose, you should not criticize him for it
2014-07-31 03:56
I don't criticize him for wanting to win. Dude is a massive trashtalker and a whiner, I criticize him for that. He is also arrogant as hell.
2014-07-31 09:04
yee sure.
2014-07-30 18:00
#58
Germany pmb  
gl guys show some Magic! tbh, i couldnt care less about that "mistake", dat won anyway so who cares
2014-07-30 18:02
an apology :)
2014-07-30 18:03
#62
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CIS skruxie 
d0pan
2014-07-30 18:03
#65
Poland .... 
With wire we can't cheat
2014-07-30 18:04
"With Delpan we can flame"
2014-07-30 18:05
gl guys in London, hope u winn
2014-07-30 18:05
#69
Petra | 
World forbii 
rip cyx
2014-07-30 18:06
no you cant gl to fail
2014-07-30 18:08
With Delpan we cant win flamie.
2014-07-30 18:09
#75
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
1...2...3.... ?
2014-07-30 18:09
So many butthurt kids in this thread.
2014-07-30 18:09
#78
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Poland hillock 
-maikelele +eksem ESG! top1
2014-07-30 18:09
It's a joke? Right?
2014-07-31 03:58
#158
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Poland hillock 
no, it's true
2014-07-31 09:59
Grow up, then you can maybe win something.
2014-07-30 18:09
Good luck u are some great players :-)
2014-07-30 18:09
#81
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Classy interview. GL at G3.
2014-07-30 18:11
#84
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Poland kRAMERO 
Maikelele: "With Delpan we can win, but not always"
2014-07-30 18:16
With Delpan we can win With flamie we can OMJ H4X VEC BAEND DELET KS FUK U KID
2014-07-30 18:21
#86
Serbia FREb 
I hope they enjoy the stream. C***s.
2014-07-30 18:28
#87
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
But flamie I'm sorry, you played really good and I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier.
2014-07-30 18:32
#88
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Poland venomstw 
naaah, u can't
2014-07-30 18:39
All the butthurt kids... He wrote sorry like 5 times but still half of the comments are - U fagits suk
2014-07-30 18:40
Delpan Da K1ng
2014-07-30 18:56
Of Wh1ner-Leagu3 and 0v3rr4710N
2014-07-30 19:06
#92
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Calls flamie a nonamer. Nice. Have some class for once in your life. Btw you won't win G3 and most people will continue to root for your loss.
2014-07-30 19:01
Flamie is a no namer that's why he called him
2014-07-31 17:47
LOL Maikelele drunk? :D
2014-07-30 19:00
420 blaze it maybe?
2014-07-30 19:14
best nickname ever : eksem worst nickname ever : Maikelele
2014-07-30 19:01
Maikelele: "With Delpan we can whine [more]"
2014-07-30 19:03
GL in G3!! And i really want to see dAT/LC @ Cologne.
2014-07-30 19:03
remove delpan and top 10 again
2014-07-30 19:13
"without wire we can make it"
2014-07-30 19:14
good luck
2014-07-30 19:14
Without wire delpan is a beast!!!!!1!1111!
2014-07-30 19:20
#121
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
?LOL
2014-07-30 20:31
you can win with flamie
2014-07-30 19:24
#105
kNgV- | 
Japan kayenji 
Maikelele: "With Delpan we can loose all respect and lose ro nonamers"
2014-07-30 19:29
+1 ;D
2014-07-30 19:37
yeah.. suck haters!
2014-07-30 19:37
gl! ESG<3
2014-07-30 19:48
"it's hard to get owned by a completely nonamer (from our side)" You're not exactly legend yourself, Maikelele.
2014-07-30 19:48
Nice words from you, Maikelele. Best of luck in g3, whant to see some surpirses from you guys in 1/4. :)
2014-07-30 19:50
CRYLELELE
2014-07-30 19:59
I can't tell if his apologizing just to get the attention and respect or he actually means it. If he actually means it this is a really mature thing to do. Also I wonder if he apologized to flamie himself.
2014-07-30 20:01
Hope you got dat lesson. Good luck on LAN.
2014-07-30 20:18
How manny x he said sorry? Such a ***** :d Gl though
2014-07-30 20:33
sorry
2014-07-30 20:35
Maybe he is part-canadian.
2014-07-31 10:41
delpan sucks and always has sucked, can't win with delpan.
2014-07-30 20:42
açways has sucked? eheh u know nothing jon snow
2014-07-31 17:45
hodor
2014-07-31 20:53
#127
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Germany pr9ud 
"Fan favourite AWPer" and Delpan in one sentence, im confused ;D
2014-07-30 20:45
Would be nice if hltv made flamie man of the match movie...
2014-07-30 20:48
change your trash maikelelelelel name back to eksem please sincerely, everyone
2014-07-30 20:52
#130
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
I find stupid to troll him for what they did vs daT, he already apologize for what they did. GL for the future
2014-07-30 20:53
Not against dAt :D
2014-07-30 21:11
delpan so op.
2014-07-30 21:12
#134
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Germany lpSykl 
With Delpan we can bust all the Hack0rs
2014-07-30 21:38
easy win with delpan, he only needs to forget to start esl wire xDDDDD
2014-07-30 21:41
#137
NEO | 
Russia melelele 
it's hard to get owned by a completely nonamer sooooo maikelele bb
2014-07-30 22:30
#138
NEO | 
Russia melelele 
thread about nonamer xD
2014-07-30 22:32
Did pita ever donate the charity money?
2014-07-30 22:32
Yeah that's what I'm wondering man. hltv.org/news/12478-teams-drawn-for-go4b.. . Bumped this yesterday asking for some information.
2014-07-30 22:41
well, anybody can win with anyone -_- so cool story! p.s. didn't read, LOL!
2014-07-31 00:40
n... no... no you can't... like if a team picked you up, they'd lose every game.
2014-07-31 01:09
i highly doubt (:
2014-08-01 01:38
#144
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Brazil Collee 
"With Delpan we can win @online"
2014-07-31 01:11
Eksem "Im already buy alot of doritos to see dAT in cologne from home"
2014-07-31 02:37
#151
lamp | 
Russia lamp` 
"I hope you have a successfull tournament in Cologne. See you in the next qualifier." ROFL
2014-07-31 04:54
gl guys!
2014-07-31 05:42
Why does nobody like Delpan?
2014-07-31 07:29
Once a cheater always a cheater.
2014-07-31 09:23
plZ fuqing russian and balkaN flamepeople shut the fuck up and go to work!
2014-07-31 08:38
AaudI it not truth)
2014-07-31 09:27
#159
Australia cr8 
If Delpan is their trump card they are fucked
2014-07-31 10:34
+1
2014-07-31 17:19
XD indeed "we trust 1 player to win the whole tournament for us"
2014-07-31 17:20
so much hate still lol #skbelieve
2014-07-31 13:48
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