markeloff: Don't want to face dignitas

FlipSid3's man of the match from their battle with Immortals, Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, talked to HLTV.org about some of his team's matches in Katowice and about the new format and rules in place.

FlipSid3 only have a single match left in Katowice, as they are sitting at a 2-2 record and await their last match-up for a spot at the major.


markeloff played well in their last match for survival

We grabbed Yegor "markeloff" Markelov for an interview right after FlipSid3's narrow victory over Immortals. He talked about the new format and pause rules, as well as the last two Trains they have played in Katowice.

As one of the few teams that had a lot of time prior to the tournament, how did you spend it in terms of practice?

We used the time like always, five days a week, one week before the tournament we had like six days of preparation. Nothing else, it was just hard because of a new player [wayLander], we started from the beginning with all our strats to make him feel comfortable with the new strats, spots, names, everything for him was new. It took a lot of time for him to be a part of the team. 

Obviously there's this new format, what are your thoughts on the Swiss system overall?

Actually, it's pretty good, I like it. It's something new, there are no random groups, it's pretty much a fair system. 

Another new thing, the rules about technical pauses, I know you received a warning in the first match - what do you make of that?

We actually had no idea that we couldn't speak during the technical timeout, it was like "what?". It sounds fair, I mean, you can type, so it's not a big deal overall.

Can you? I don't think you can type during them...

We did, I don't know, no one told us anything about that (laughs).

You played four matches so far and I definitely want to touch on the two Trains you played, the last couple of maps. Against OpTic you couldn't really get into the match at all, what happened?

Oh, man, I have no idea what happened. I just didn't feel good myself, I had a lot of warmup time. Maybe the problem was that I had too much preparation. Before this match, against Immortals, I had like 40 minutes max, deathmatch or with bots, to not overplay. A problem, at least for me, yesterday was that B1ad3 told us 11 tactics that OpTic have and that's just too much information. I was really nervous during the game, when I saw a smoke, I tried to figure out which of their 11 strats fits that smoke. That was pretty confusing. But today it was pretty fine. 

Does it happen often that you overanalyze teams that you face, seeing as B1ad3 is such a strategical leader? 

Actually, this was the first time that we really overthought it. Maybe it's because no other team has 11 strats on T side, come on, why do you need so much? Usually it doesn't happen.

You have one match left, do you have a preference on teams you would or wouldn't like to face?

I don't care what team we're gonna face. Of course I don't really want to face dignitas, not sure about the rest of teams. I just really want to win.

Why dignitas?

It's just a bit of an uncomfortable enemy for us, I guess.

Make sure to check out the other interviews we have conducted during the offline qualifier:

United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip: "We didn't expect Mirage vs. mouz"
Australia Chris "GoMeZ" Orfanellis: "Got an option to stay in RNG"
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen: "We have to stop losing to ecos"
China QiFang "Karsa" Su: "We changed our style for Immortals"
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba: "We choked against Gambit"
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux: "Format good for big teams"
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström: "G2 are our biggest threat"
Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović: "Nobody will gift us the win"
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk: "Have a lot up our sleeves"
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
China QiFang 'Karsa' Su
QiFang 'Karsa' Su
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
397
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Got 2nd like 10 times finally 1st lol suck it
2016-06-12 17:23
ez dig
2016-06-12 17:23
LUL
2016-06-12 17:40
#13
Australia cgde 
second
2016-06-12 17:23
#36
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Denmark Houlden 
gratz
2016-06-12 17:42
#38
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World WestSideDude 
good job
2016-06-12 17:45
I hate these guys who is always trying to say "1st".
2016-06-12 18:06
1
2016-06-12 17:22
markeloff the beast
2016-06-12 17:23
#18
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Spain chuggo 
+1!
2016-06-12 17:24
#24
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
+100500 brah, he nuts!
2016-06-12 17:30
beast and best!
2016-06-12 17:37
#4
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Hungary 12341234423123 
1
2016-06-12 17:23
#5
NiKo | 
CIS swikzie 
heh
2016-06-12 17:23
asdasdasd
2016-06-12 17:23
ok
2016-06-12 17:23
yes
2016-06-12 17:23
#9
Croatia Snypa 
1
2016-06-12 17:23
#10
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Finland teksi 
k
2016-06-12 17:23
1
2016-06-12 17:23
#14
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World WestSideDude 
Legend!
2016-06-12 17:23
#15
France Naaw 
lol
2016-06-12 17:23
niggas
2016-06-12 17:23
#17
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Spain chuggo 
Thanks Mr.Markeloff. For sending home some monkeys! xD
2016-06-12 17:24
MARKELON
2016-06-12 17:27
lol gayyyyyyyy
2016-06-12 17:27
eazy-e
2016-06-12 17:27
#22
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Spain Alser 
lol they type during technical timeouts. It has to be made clear by admnins that it's against the rules
2016-06-12 17:28
#23
s1mple | 
Russia pEndos 
markeloff-dA-LEGEND
2016-06-12 17:29
Truly amazing person, so honest...
2016-06-12 17:32
#26
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Markeloff.<3
2016-06-12 17:32
markeloff top! legends never die <3
2016-06-12 17:34
he doesnt want to face dignitas because he knows they are blatantly cheating top kek
2016-06-12 17:35
hahaha
2016-06-12 17:36
nice to read, gj Striker. congratz Markeloff for great match. sad for favealas LOL
2016-06-12 17:38
inb4 flipsid3 DQ'd for communicating during technical TO
2016-06-12 17:39
#33
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Denmark Houlden 
Still the Legend! :]
2016-06-12 17:40
#37
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World WestSideDude 
"Don't want to face dignitas" (cuz they are CHEEATERSSS) xD
2016-06-12 17:45
#40
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Brazil arunino 
amazing player. good to read.
2016-06-12 17:49
#41
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp 
the Legend. Hope you to win something huge in this game!
2016-06-12 17:51
still the best!
2016-06-12 18:03
We did, I don't know, no one told us anything about that (laughs). haha
2016-06-12 18:05
Good to read. Thanks.
2016-06-12 18:17
#46
nak | 
Brazil hAGGRAZ! 
nice interview
2016-06-12 18:26
What's wrong with talking if there are some unfortunate technical issues? Atleast they can keep their spirits high rather than keeping quiet for maybe 5-10 mins?
2016-06-12 19:32
so that teams dont pause the game claiming to have a ''techincal issue'' when in reality they just want to have a tactical pause i guess
2016-06-12 19:48
was markeloff playing with awp when they won againts immortals and he had 1.40 rating?
2016-06-12 19:47
#50
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
he was playing with AWP
2016-06-12 21:03
#51
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
legends never die! gj gj gj
2016-06-12 21:06
Lol blad3 i like your in depth preparations :) " I had like 40 minutes max, deathmatch or with bots, to not overplay. A problem, at least for me, yesterday was that B1ad3 told us 11 tactics that OpTic have and that's just too much information. I was really nervous during the game, when I saw a smoke, I tried to figure out which of their 11 strats fits that smoke. That was pretty confusing. But today it was pretty fine. " (c)
2016-06-13 01:50
"you can type, so it's not a big deal overall" haha damn i just thought about that during one of pauses, the new rule is useless if they can type :)
2016-06-13 01:59
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