Maikelele: "LEGIJA is a great fit"

In another one of our ESL One Cologne pre-interviews, we talked to Mikail "Maikelele" Bill about the team's recent change of the coach/in-game leader role, Kinguin's preparation, goals and much more.

Nearly a month ago Kinguin announced that Danniél "dalito" Morales would be leaving the team due to his VAC ban, but it took them three weeks to reveal the replacement following tryouts.

Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, formerly mousesports' player and coach of Nihilum, was chosen to coach and lead the team in-game, filling the shoes of his predecessor in full. Take a look below to see what Mikail "Maikelele" Bill had to say on his adaptation within the team and more in another one of our pre-interviews before the major:

How have you prepared for ESL One Cologne? Are you going to or did you bootcamp beforehand or have you only been preparing online? Have you focused on anything in particular? (e.g. teams, specific problems at recent events)

We've been practising a lot online and not bootcamping for several reasons. The only thing I can mention is that we've focused on getting LEGIJA more comfortable for ESL Cologne I would say.


Maikelele believes Renegades will be the dark horse in Cologne

Is there anyone who you think is underrated and could surprise in Cologne? 

I personally think Renegades will be super interesting to watch at this Major, I think they can surprise and go far in the tournament.

What are your team's goals and expectations for the event? Where do you draw the line of what you'd be satisfied or happy with?

Haha, funny how my fingers started to write "we're aiming to be the number one in this tournament", that's the only answer all teams can say. But being realistic is that we have to go goal by goal this tournament, first of all we want to go through the groupstage and then game by game.

The level of teams has been evening out recently, a number different names have been in the grand final at events in the recent months (EnVyUs, TSM, fnatic, Na`Vi, Virtus.pro, Cloud9), who will be the favourites to make it to top four in your mind?

I have a strong feeling that we could go far this tournament, but if I can't say Kinguin, I think that NiP and fnatic will be in the grand final. NiP players have been playing a lot lately and fnatic are fnatic.

What do you make of the change in the group stage format? Is it better to have a chance to play against more than three set teams before the playoffs? Is it going to be harder to prepare for such groups?

First of all I can say that FACEIT League at Dreamhack Valencia was probably the best format I've seen at a tournament in a long time. Having the winner games in BO1 and loser games in BO3. I would love to see that happen at majors or BO3 all the way. But this is a new thing and maybe I will say the same after this tournament as well.

Train has been in the pool for quite some time, but ESL One Cologne will be the first major to feature it, how has it developed over the recent months? Was it figured out in terms of playstyle, strategy, etc.? Is the current map pool diverse enough?

I personally love Train as a map, they could maybe adjust some small things like the pixels on the trains that a smoke can land on or the ladders. But overall it is a good map pool and I think it's the best so far (maybe add more maps in the future).

What are your thoughts on your group? Can you go through each match-up and say how it is likely to play out?

First game we will play against Luminosity, the Brazilians. I've played against them once and that was in the group stage at MLG X-Games with NiP and I think they've become much stronger since then. I think it'll be a tough game but I also think we can manage to win the game.

Yet again this major has not seen a prizepool change, even though the sticker money is likely to get bigger, would you like to see it get increased?

Of course, I mean if DotA 2 can have $18.5 million in the prizepool I'm sure we can get atleast $5 million. But it'll happen soon, I'm sure about that and I think Valve really wants to make a change, they are cool dudes and love their own game so much.

With the proliferation of both online and offline events, and having had at least one big event every weekend or every other weekend for the past few months, and with many teams travelling around Europe and North America—or both—, how do you think it will affect teams' performances?

Before major tournaments teams are always quiet, teams can only see other teams when they're practising against them. I'm sure we will see some special tactics on the maps that will be played.


The upcoming major will be LEGIJA's debut with the team

Lately the outrage against certain weapons has decreased (e.g. CZ-75 at the beginning of the year, Tec-9 during the second quarter of 2015), are you satisfied with the way Valve balanced them out? Are there any weapons you'd like to see nerfed or buffed?

The only thing I would like is to decrease the movement slowdown while scoping with an AWP. I think it's good that they did the update, but I think it's too much. Something similar to when they updated so you get slowed while getting shot at. Buff mag7 :(.

Do you think the new anti-doping measures being taken by the ESL are going to change anything from past events, has this been blown out of proportion since Semphis' statements, or is it necessary?

I don't think any team will play worse now because of this, my guess we will see when the results of it are released (if they are). I still don't know how Adderall could make you a better CS player (since I've had ADHD my entire life and know about this kind of medicine).

We saw hints of improvements right after switching the in-game leader to dalito mid-FACEIT Finals, how have you dealt with his exit from the team?

Dalito is a great friend of mine and I will miss him a lot, but I guess he payed the price of getting that VAC ban. But I still don't think he did it since I've known him since 2007 when we started to play with each other. He's a lovely person and I know that he's probably the person that loves CS more than anyone in the whole community. If he could he would live in the CS world for sure :D

You recently announced that LEGIJA will be your new coach, as well as in-game leader, how are you getting used to each other? How does his approach differ from dalito's? Will your short time with him be enough for you to be a serious contender in Cologne?

LEGIJA is a great fit to our game I would say, he brought something that we didn't have. I think it might take a while for him to adapt 100% and to adapt he needs LAN tournaments, as well as practice. But with time he will help us fulfill our goal we have as a team for sure.

Thanks everyone, follow me on twitter and love me back, because I love you :)

Here's a list of all pre-interviews we have conducted so far prior to ESL One Cologne, check it out to see if you missed any:

Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson: "Goal is always to win"
Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo"cold brought many changes"
Australia James "James" Quinn"Underdog status favors us"
Poland Piotr "peet" Ćwikliński "We don't feel any pressure"
Canada Pujan "FNS" Mehta"Having the same core helps us"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács "Facing Titan will be hard"
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
850
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Sweden Danniél 'dalito' Morales
Danniél 'dalito' Morales
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
22
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.76
APR:
0.12
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Poland Piotr 'peet' Ćwikliński
Piotr 'peet' Ćwikliński
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Australia James 'James' Quinn
James 'James' Quinn
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
#1
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
thats good news
2015-08-17 21:15
i agree
2015-08-17 21:17
#17
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Brazil NaScene 
So true
2015-08-17 21:18
#23
ISSAA | 
Jordan KuF 
green Japan. lel
2015-08-17 21:20
you know nothing. It's Evil Japan, not green japan
2015-08-17 21:37
sick
2015-08-17 21:15
#3
Sweden bvr 
xD
2015-08-17 21:15
sick
2015-08-17 21:15
yea for one month we all know you maikelele :)
2015-08-17 21:15
#8
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Lithuania karkeris 
ok
2015-08-17 21:15
#10
Jame | 
Bangladesh NyAn_NeKo 
n1c3
2015-08-17 21:16
Editing soon
2015-08-17 21:16
#12
ANGE1 | 
World LichGod 
MAIKELELELELELLEELLEELELELLELELE
2015-08-17 21:16
n1
2015-08-17 21:16
#14
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Portugal dascouves 
gl
2015-08-17 21:17
No, Maikel - no! Pls...another smart-experienced coach PLS !
2015-08-17 21:18
legija will drop usp to maikelele
2015-08-17 21:18
That's what NIP said about Maikelele.
2015-08-17 21:18
gogogo maikel!
2015-08-17 21:19
#24
Albania dot- 
lol
2015-08-17 21:20
"and I think Valve really wants to make a change, they are cool dudes and love their own game so much." Stopped reading after that haha
2015-08-17 21:23
Hes trying to kiss there ass so they reverse awp nerf.
2015-08-17 21:31
#42
Mexico hu5h 
honestly at this point id blow gaben for the awpdate to be withdrawn
2015-08-17 21:50
that's cute
2015-08-17 22:46
one thing which speaks for itself is PLANTING HITBOXES. " we are working on it" - Valve 1 year ago
2015-08-17 22:44
they were working on the Source 2 engine, and now working on porting CSGO to Source 2
2015-08-18 01:40
How do you know that?
2015-08-18 16:53
Because they said it. They said that Source 2 should correct hitboxes etc. So what would be the point to work on a correction for Source 1 instead of working directly on Source 2 ?
2015-08-18 17:28
Where did they say that?
2015-08-18 17:46
I don't know anymore where I read that but here you can see on a developpement sheet that they worked on a new hitbox with Source 2 i.imgur.com/7rhWgVX.jpg
2015-08-18 17:57
That could be any game and is most likely L4D3, since some other source2 are about that game. also that pic isn't even confirmed to be true and can't be used as proof for your statements.
2015-08-18 18:05
It's in the topic of Source 2. So they basically tell that they made a new hitbox. Indeed they don't say in which game they will put it, but if they already said they were working on csgo hitbox problems we can assume that this hitbox will be implemented on csgo too.
2015-08-18 18:08
that's it boys, maikelele openly admits to using aderall
2015-08-17 21:23
i arent think that
2015-08-17 21:28
#29
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
For sure none will say shit about their team but i don't think legija is the best choice
2015-08-17 21:30
fox glock great fit
2015-08-17 21:30
i thought it said, "LEGJIA is in great fit" hahah
2015-08-17 21:30
'legija is very fit'*
2015-08-17 21:37
#36
RpK | 
Germany lloyd6077 
legija is the biggest bot ever
2015-08-17 21:38
nt Hunden
2015-08-19 08:05
Valve cool dudes Kappa
2015-08-17 21:41
#38
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Finland Geeberg 
k
2015-08-17 21:42
both are retards so gr8 fit ;)
2015-08-17 21:46
Kinguin hype Letssssss gou
2015-08-17 21:47
before every big tournament we hear all these praises about some one and then when they flop majorly they will say "this isn't a great fit for us"... Can we please stop making all these useless statements please..
2015-08-17 21:49
ADHD
2015-08-17 21:50
fnatic vs NiP in the final, maikelele confirmed
2015-08-17 21:50
Maikelele still lovin nip So cute
2015-08-17 21:51
Renegades LOL wonder if they take a map
2015-08-17 21:53
#47
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United States PinoyStyleG 
Buff Mag-7.... Isnt it op enough???
2015-08-17 22:01
they said the same with skytten
2015-08-17 22:01
Maikelelelele <3
2015-08-17 22:02
Well TLDR Don't attack me miss3lelele never miss fans
2015-08-17 22:09
#51
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
ADHD :o
2015-08-17 22:10
is he trying to act like he is a good guy or smthing ? fox my teammate da best, legija my teammate da best love peace
2015-08-17 22:16
"Buff mag7" wtf...
2015-08-17 22:18
ikr it's basically a sniper shotgun (ok maybe not that accurate), still tho a shotgun that only costs like 1800, reward 900, high damage/penetration, pretty accurate etc.
2015-08-17 22:31
just like how skytten was a great fit. amirite or amirite
2015-08-17 22:22
Nice
2015-08-17 22:47
ONLY LEGIA IN MY HEART
2015-08-17 22:47
i recall him saying "skytten" was a great fit too
2015-08-17 23:38
#63
kennyS | 
Turkey J1T_T3R 
waiting for baguette news ^v^
2015-08-17 23:52
Maikelele Adderall confirmed? Kappa Anyways, I think so too. I've had adderall before, all I noticed is just being able to stay up longer to study. Its not like you're smarter like when taking the "Limitless" drug, maybe you are if you take it during practice to learn all the nook and cranny of the map. So you see, knowledge can't be nerfed.
2015-08-18 00:07
how can a coach be ingame leader?
2015-08-18 07:29
"Of course, I mean if DotA 2 can have $18.5 million in the prizepool I'm sure we can get atleast $5 million." sounds like... a little bit optimistic. but yeah, I also hope so!
2015-08-18 08:39
The best way to do it would be to take all the guns people use in trade-up contracts and put them out on the market on avarage price again. Steam can take there cut when the item is sold again and the rest goes to a major price pool. Then we would have price pools in major tourneys at the same amount as DotA2 for sure. And if steam dosnt agree to do this its just for some random people behind the pro players to make his trade-up contract page by him self and then sell the guns 1 by 1 on steam him self and donate the money as price money.
2015-08-18 14:29
LEGISHA
2015-08-18 14:09
Go Kinguin, do something cool <3
2015-08-18 16:50
I agree with him about weapon balances,yeah buff mag7 a bit in damage and also nerf tec-9 a bit more. Zoomed awp speed can slighty increase. Its an another topic but all pistols are still need somekind of nerfs. I would like to see deagle is the only pistol what can hs in 1 hit.
2015-08-18 17:19
#79
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Estonia swag420weed 
wtf, why no video, can't concentrate to read tl;dr
2015-08-18 18:12
>buff mag7 truer words have never been spoken
2015-08-18 20:58
ye legija made some awesome calls today
2015-08-20 16:20
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