RUSH: "I think I proved myself"

OpTic completed their underdog run in Atlanta, defeated Astralis in the finals and took home the $400,000 first place prize.

In their playoff run, it was William "RUSH" Wierzba who had the most consistent contribution to the team, with Keith "NAF" Markovic's grand final performance following close by.

After handing him the HLTV.org MVP medal, we talked to RUSH to hear his thoughts on the match and receiving the award.

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You won the tournament in prournament in one of the wildest underdog stories we've seen in Counter-Strike. Are you surprised at all, were you expecting this coming into the tournament?I'm not like super surprised, we've good showing at Northern Arena and then we had a bad showing at DreamHack. But overall I'm very happy with how we played. I didn't expect from myself even to play this well because I've had some pretty rough showings in the past few months. I think I proved myself a bit here and I'm glad all of my teammates could show up.You let Train in and it didn't end up well for you - do you feel that was more you playing bad or was it a bad decision to even let it through, considering they beat SK on it?I don't necessarily think that we played bad, I think that we weren't sufficiently prepared, we had no idea how they played the map so we went into it with no idea what they were going to do. It didn't work out, but I didn't think we played that bad but they played extremely well - I give them props for that map.What do you think was the hardest thing to stop that they did, on the T side mostly?They had this mix of aggression and then they would slow down. Like, they would go aggressive one side of the map, then they slow down, they take a kill and go somewhere else. We just had no idea where they were going basically, they just shut us down pretty hard.Moving on to Cobblestone, that's probably your strongest map, did you expect them to let it through?No, actually I don't think we did. I didn't did the vetos obviously because stanislaw does them, but we were expecting them to veto it. So when it went through we were pretty happy because they don't play it that often and are not that good on it's our strongest map. You moved on to Overpass, you started OK but then they started with the clutches and almost tied it up. Were you scared at that moment that you were letting the match go?I don't think we were scared, we were more disappointed that we lost so many close rounds, stupid rounds that we never should lose, especially in the grand final. But we mentally reset at the halftime and went into the next half with a clear mind and I think we showed that it didn't affect us, losing all those rounds.The second half of Overpass seemed like an all-out brawl, did it feel like that? Less of a tactical game?I could tell that they kinda new how we play B because in the last part of the second half they kinda abused me and stanislaw, we played double long B and they abused us pretty hard. For me honestly, NAF was the MVP of the final, even the tournament because he carried us on his shoulders. +33 (Kill-Death Difference in the grand final) is pretty insane.Your feeling on winning the tournament and winning the MVP?Like I said I appreciate the award but for me personally NAF is the MVP because he was massive in the grand finals, and even in the whole tournament. But I want to thank the tournament organizers because it's the best tournament I've been to basically, production wise. And thanks to GreenWall for all the support.Going forward, you have ECS, the Major qualifier - what are your thoughts, what can you do?We have ECS obviously next and that is when we get back almost, but I think we can have a good showing there, depending on the groups we get. There are certain teams, Virtus.Pro for example, they have a pretty good map pool against us. But I think we will have a good showing, I don't know if we will win it, but I hope for at least Top4 there. And the Major Qualifier is going to be the hardest qualifier yet. So I don't know what's going to happen there, I don't know if we are going to make it, but I hope we do. Wait and see.

You won the tournament in one of the wildest underdog stories we've seen in Counter-Strike. Are you surprised at all, were you expecting this coming into the tournament?

I'm not like super surprised, we've had a good showing at Northern Arena and then we had a bad showing at DreamHack. But overall I'm very happy with how we played. I didn't expect from myself even to play this well because I've had some pretty rough showings in the past few months. I think I proved myself a bit here and I'm glad all of my teammates could show up.

You let Train in and it didn't end up well for you - do you feel that was more you playing bad or was it a bad decision to even let it through, considering they beat SK on it?

I don't necessarily think that we played bad, I think that we weren't sufficiently prepared, we had no idea how they played the map so we went into it with no idea what they were going to do. It didn't work out, but I didn't think we played that bad but they played extremely well - I give them props for that map.

What do you think was the hardest thing to stop that they did, on the T side mostly?

They had this mix of aggression and then they would slow down. Like, they would go aggressive one side of the map, then they slow down, they take a kill and go somewhere else. We just had no idea where they were going basically, they just shut us down pretty hard.

Moving on to Cobblestone, that's probably your strongest map, did you expect them to let it through?

No, actually I don't think we did. I didn't do the vetos obviously because stanislaw does them, but we were expecting them to veto it. So when it went through we were pretty happy because they don't play it that often and are not that good on it - and it's our strongest map.

On Overpass, you started OK but then they started with the clutches and almost tied it up. Were you scared at that moment that you were letting the match go?

I don't think we were scared, we were more disappointed that we lost so many close rounds, stupid rounds that we never should lose, especially in the grand final. But we mentally reset at the halftime and went into the next half with a clear mind. I think we showed that it didn't affect us, losing all those rounds.


RUSH feels that Astralis' clutches on Overpass didn't affect them

The second half of Overpass seemed like an all-out brawl, did it feel like that? Less of a tactical game?

I could tell that they kinda knew how we play B because in the last part of the second half they kinda abused me and stanislaw, we played double long B and they abused us pretty hard. For me honestly, NAF was the MVP of the final, even the tournament because he carried us on his shoulders. +33 (Kill-Death Difference in the grand final) is pretty insane.

Your feeling on winning the tournament and winning the MVP?

Like I said I appreciate the award but for me personally NAF is the MVP because he was massive in the grand finals, and even in the whole tournament. But I want to thank the tournament organizers because it's the best tournament I've been to basically, production wise. And thanks to GreenWall for all the support.

Going forward, you have ECS, the Major qualifier - what are your thoughts, what can you do?

We have ECS obviously next and that is when we get back almost, but I think we can have a good showing there, depending on the groups we get. There are certain teams, Virtus.Pro for example, they have a pretty good map pool against us. But I think we will have a good showing, I don't know if we will win it, but I hope for at least Top4 there. And the Major Qualifier is going to be the hardest qualifier yet. So I don't know what's going to happen there, I don't know if we are going to make it, but I hope we do. Wait and see.

Professeur writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
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
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Czech Republic Yaaa 
Nice RUSH
2016-12-04 03:26
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Belgium V0LT220 
I think he didn't -RUSH +Skaadodle
2016-12-04 03:26
Thats such a bad b8. You have to at least say something that somewhat makes sense
2016-12-04 03:58
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2016-12-04 03:25
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Sweden yayer 
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2016-12-04 03:25
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United States cornycows 
yes
2016-12-04 03:25
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Brazil vass28 
wp
2016-12-04 03:25
supp
2016-12-04 03:25
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Netherlands mlkush 
RUSH B
2016-12-04 03:25
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2016-12-04 11:48
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Other wholelottared 
NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA RULEZ
2016-12-04 03:26
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United States shrek1 
I could tell that they kinda new how we play B because in the last misspelled its knew not new
2016-12-04 03:31
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Canada DahChickenDoe 
Rush is a beast, so underrated imo :p
2016-12-04 03:29
He is a beast but I think NAF deserved MVP
2016-12-04 03:59
NAF was a god in the final but Rush showed up the entire playoffs. NAF wasn't nearly as consistent as Rush throughout the playoffs
2016-12-04 05:14
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North America Oakz 
"I didn't did the vetos obviously because stanislaw does them" Ok hltv.
2016-12-04 03:32
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Holy crap! RUSH with the MVP medal? I'd thought NAF or Mixwell... but never mind my tongue! Congratulations, RUSH!
2016-12-04 03:36
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Canada Zebski 
Rush was by far the best player vs mouz and faze. Even vs envy and fnatic he and mix carried. Only in the finals did he cool down, but he still played well, naf just went into godmode in the finals, which fully pushed optic over the limit!
2016-12-04 03:56
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
Yeah, agreed. NAF definitely had woken up in the grand-finals and was definitely a sight to behold. I honestly thought Astralis would take this given their past record and finally breaking the curse against NiP, however OpTic performed better and clearly deserved it more with their current rise to CS:GO fame. GG OpTic! Have a nice day.
2016-12-04 03:58
I guess we can say he went SuperSaiyan 3 :D Nice of him to say that NAF deserved the MVP. I think they could've given it to either him, naf or mixwell and it would be fine. Those 3 really played well throughout.
2016-12-04 09:07
"proved themselves" beat a tier 2 astralis while going through the easiest finals
2016-12-04 05:25
and won 400k :)
2016-12-04 05:44
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France cedd 
optic 2 - 0 fnatic optic 2 - 0 mousesports optic 2 - 0 faze optic 2 - 1 astralis optic 2 - 1 envyus nt
2016-12-04 08:14
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Portugal ChosenoneC 
Get got out in a group with NV and Fnatic...betted Faze that won VP and then betted fucking Astralis that has been playing very well for the last mouth or so...I dont get why you call them tier 2.
2016-12-04 15:19
Virtus pro is not at ECS???
2016-12-04 05:45
didn't qualify even though they lost the same amount of games as 5 other teams
2016-12-04 05:59
Yea I know but if you read the last paragraph he brings up virtus pro as if they are going to be there
2016-12-04 06:46
Nice optic, IT'S TOP 1 NA, YO LESS CRY9 Optic NUMBA WAN
2016-12-04 07:51
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Poland kiero 
"We have ECS obviously next and that is when we get back almost, but I think we can have a good showing there, depending on the groups we get. There are certain teams, Virtus.Pro for example, they have a pretty good map pool against us." There is something we don't know about? Btw. "Wierzba", funny, the only people I've heard with this surname are in my family.
2016-12-04 15:29
nice playing
2016-12-04 15:34
easy for RUSH
2016-12-04 23:12
Old nxl back bitches hide your cs teams
2016-12-04 23:12
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