mixwell: Embraced the AWP, hate it

Following OpTic's elimination from the tournament, HLTV.org talked to Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas, who told us about full-time AWPing, coldzera's impact on Train and having hazed as a player and a coach.

The North American side managed to squeeze into the playoffs at IEM Sydney, bouncing back from the overtime defeat to North in the opening match of the tournament. In front of the Australian crowd in the Qudos Bank Arena, OpTic who are using James "hazed" Cobb as a stand-in, didn't show up against SK and lost 2-0.

OpTic are looking to finalize their 5th as soon as possible

To hear about SK's Train, the map veto and what the plans are moving forward, we talked to Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas.

Tell me a bit about the tournament, how did you feel going through it and how do you feel about the result in the end?

Coming to this tournament we knew it would be very difficult to make playoffs. We started playing against North on Inferno, we started 10-1 down, tarik made a hero play with the AWP and we came back and got five rounds on the T side. We played really well on the CT side, but ended up losing in overtime. It ended up being a good thing as we got good draws later, Chiefs twice and ViCi. We won the games we needed to win to go to the playoffs, we played SK, which is a really hard matchup because we know each other too well and we didn't prepare as much as they did for sure. They changed how they play, they played better than online.

We chose to play Train, which was one of their best maps, or the best map they had, because we are the only team in NA that is capable of beating them since we have a good idea of how they play, but they changed it and outplayed us individually and tactically.

And we lost 16-1. So well played by them and congratulations.

Talking about them changing stuff, what was the biggest thing that caught you off guard? What was the hardest thing to deal with for you?

For example, coldzera plays close ivy all the time, so when he hears someone ivy they take main control or ladder, and they push two guys ladder all the time. We should've prepared for these kinds of moves because we knew they do it, but we didn't do anything in the game, we let them take control and we slowly died.

That's why I was tilting so much, everyone saw that I was tilting because I hate when you are not even trying to do something to change it, you know? In game it's really hard because you don't really know what is going on, and hazed is playing so he is not behind us. So losing like this is hard for a player, but they played very well, and like I said, congratulations to them.

So you mentioned coldzera in ivy, the way he plays in interesting. He goes behind the server almost every round and it seems like a suicide spot almost as you can easily be molotoved or naded. Is there a way to stop it? You already mentioned why he does it, but is there a way to counter him with utility, how do you think about it?

We know that he plays there, but he smokes and he stays behind the smoke, he just plays as close as he can to hear as much as he can. To kill him you have to double nade him or something, but if he is not there you are losing resources, and you are losing the game by a lot so you don't have a lot of money, and he knows that as well, because he is smart. And he also baits for it, if you double nade and he is not there he will know that you have two guys ivy, so he plays with that too.

What we did online was got close without making noise, and he would have to go back without any information and his teammates wouldn't push mid. But that is also bad, because if they double smoke you are losing like 60 seconds doing nothing. So his way of playing is really smart and there is a way to counter it, but we didn't do it properly yesterday.

You mentioned playing slow and not doing anything on that T side on Train, why did that come down to? You had one fast round that worked and the following one was also close, why didn't you continue doing more explosive stuff? Why didn't the calls happen, what is lacking in terms of leadership?

Well, hazed is in-game leading… I guess it's pretty hard for him in a team like this, and it's hard to see what is happening. The only thing we could do was rush outside but that is not a way of winning the game either. It could work twice or three times but that is not enough to win the game. When you talk about how to make a comeback, you kind of need a game plan of how to play and how to make a comeback because if your plan is "rush outside" you know you will lose the game.

The tournament is over, one of the things that is at least decent for you is your form that has been coming up a bit. You had a tough beginning of the year, a bad period at the Major and Las Vegas. How do you feel coming from that period to where you are now, is it better, what changed for you?

I think the biggest thing that changed was, firstly, at the Major, I was the player with the least hours played by far. I had like five hours going into the Major because I had visa issues and it ended up being a big problem later because of what happened, stanislaw leaving and not having an in-game leader. A lot of stuff, personal stuff too, that made me play worse. But I realised, if I don't put that aside I will never go back to playing normal.

Also I've been AWPing a lot more than before. I've embraced the AWP role because we need it, I kinda hate it though. I hate it a lot, but I have to do it for the team. I'm getting better and better every event and hopefully I'll be one of the best ones in the world soon.

You played with hazed here, what do you think of him in terms of being a player? It seemed to be going well for him, apart from the SK game, how did you feel playing with him?

I think he has a lot of good things. First of all, he is smart so he kinda plays for the team in a supportive role, his individual level is good enough to play at a professional level. tarik told me he had problems with his attitude before, that he was very emotional, but he is not that emotional anymore.

So I think, overall, he is a very good teammate and he brings something to the team, but I think that as a coach he does a better job actually. I think with with another player we would be better, because having him as a coach brings us more than having him as a player—if we had someone better than him. I still think he could be a good player on almost any team.

I talked with RUSH before and he said you are going to make a decision on what is going to happen with the roster after this tournament. Has anything changed, have you figured anything out, what are you going to do moving forward?

We are still thinking about it, we want to do it as soon as possible though because the situation has been going on... for long enough. Training with different people all the time changes everything and I'm kinda tired of this, everyone is tired and we want to start playing tournaments like a normal team, to try to win the events and not try to get out of groups. We will do the move as soon as we can.

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Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
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United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
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Andorra omarararar 
2017-05-09 12:17
Embrace the magic stick
2017-05-09 12:18
Pakistan perth 
so just let tarik awp ezpz
2017-05-09 12:18
tarik cant awp........................... Kappa
2017-05-09 23:10
Why does he hate the AWP role? He's good at it because he's played it so much, did he suddenly get sick of it or something?
2017-05-09 12:19
he is better with rifles
2017-05-09 12:21
he always said that he doesn't like it that's why he went back to rifle a few months ago (I think they tried Tarik as the main AWPer back then, not sure though), but the team needs him as an AWPer It is a bit of a similar situation as with device who also not really wants to be a main AWPer (at least he said that a few months ago, I don't know if this changed), that is why Karrigan sometimes was the AWPer for Astralis and device played rifle
2017-05-09 12:29
zonic | 
Denmark Phoey 
Yea, Karrigan, Cajunb and Device was all awping.. Then Device choose to be the main awper, and Cajunb wasnt strong enough as riffler.
2017-05-09 12:36
yes, but there was a short period of time after cajunb left and device had some poor games with the AWP, when he tried to go to the role as the secondary AWP and Karrigan played the main AWP (at least on some maps), but it didn't work either after Karrigan left, Device had no other choice than to be the main (and only) AWPer
2017-05-09 12:40
zonic | 
Denmark Phoey 
He became main awper shortly before they kicked Karrigan.. But yes you're right. Karrigan did awp in certain maps.
2017-05-09 12:42
yes, the time I meant was a few months earlier, I think around that tweet from him twitter.com/dev1ce/status/74069114246807..
2017-05-09 12:56
Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Tarik sure is worse then him. But still a dope awper
2017-05-09 14:19
He was secondary AWPer before he join OpTic and daps force mixwell to AWP
2017-05-09 13:37
RpK | 
Germany lloyd6077 
with rifles you can do 100% what you want to do, with an awp in your hand you are always limited, except you're kennyS and go for the play anyway just to die instantly, but its legit hes still trying and his team is encouraging him to do this kind of stuff, bc its their gamestyle. kennyS is playing the awp like a rifler
2017-05-09 13:45
Spain Ayrr 
He started disliking the awp since the awp nerf back then + his rifles are better.
2017-05-09 21:29
2017-05-09 12:21
Denmark jkaemmeister 
he's one of the best awpers right now, right behind shahzam
2017-05-09 12:21
Australia Raychippy 
2017-05-09 14:07
Denmark jkaemmeister 
go look at recent stats
2017-05-09 14:52
Australia Raychippy 
2017-05-09 14:54
Indonesia DezfanzeR 
2017-05-09 12:26
no, mixwell not better
2017-05-09 12:50
Europe w1ntermu7e 
Actually he is
2017-05-09 14:23
Oskar or KennyS - yes, they are better, mixwell is nothing special
2017-05-09 14:25
s1mple | 
United Kingdom migzzss 
Mixwell is insane with awp what u talking about fucking noobs lol
2017-05-09 21:56
he is insane against NA team
2017-05-09 22:02
Mixwell makes Optic win against EU. He is the true star.
2017-05-09 22:24
Optic have very good 2 tournament, this is nothing, after they was bad, special against top team. mixwell is good awper, but it's not enough for top1-3 team in the world
2017-05-09 23:10
and allu is? lmao
2017-05-09 23:34
mixwell isn't, allu is good player, he have more experience, he was good in Austin, but he wasn't better against SK. If mixwell want play on high level, he need change NA region on EU, because EU have more top teams like Astralis,Faze,VP,North, Heroic and etc
2017-05-09 23:43
Allu is not a good player. He might get good stats sometimes, but he is not a good player. If he is holding an angle on CT as an AWPer, his teammates expect their backs to be covered. He VERY OFTEN misses the first shot, and allows the Ts into the site. This causes his teammates to die and forces him to reposition more passively. He ends up getting some kills from that passive position but causes his team to lose the round. End result = good stats, bad player. He misses too many easy shots to be a t3 team AWPer, and he lets his teammates die too often for them to be dropping him a $4750 gun every round.
2017-05-10 22:19
s1mple | 
United Kingdom migzzss 
Not enough for top 1-3 world? Look at his statistics against Sk...
2017-05-10 10:13
mixwell best awp in the world? kick Fallen and take mixwell pls
2017-05-10 10:56
mixwell had -5 in last games against Sk its ofc good stats hltv.org/match/2310247-sk-optic-iem-sydn..
2017-05-10 10:58
Netherlands EliteBekkers 
Any AWP'er is better than bot allu, lmao.
2017-05-09 16:02
from Botallu to Godallu,- one step and reverse, allu is bad, but he is not very bad
2017-05-09 19:28
Norway just_sAvage 
renegades yam coming?
2017-05-09 12:27
Australia WaxNWayne 
No, yam had personal issues back home so thats why he left. If anything they missed the boat on picking up rickeh.
2017-05-09 13:34
Rickeh is bad
2017-05-09 14:07
Australia WaxNWayne 
??? Wut? He may not be the best oit there but he is a solid awper and a good rifler. If mixwell wanted to stop awping they could easily have picked up rickeh. He was the only awper on the market at the time and i'm sure he doesnt really want to stay second to koosta forever.
2017-05-09 14:23
they should just buy koosta and become NA's best team
2017-05-09 17:54
Sweden crindz 
bring in a new awper if mixwell doesnt like that role? BMC's awper (can't remember his name) is looking sharp.
2017-05-09 12:31
Not that many AWPers who also can IGL at top level;)
2017-05-09 12:58
Sweden crindz 
let hazed do all the calls, etc.
2017-05-09 12:59
Who would you replace then? Mixwell is not getting replaced lol... Also clearly Hazed is not going to play with them, he will be their coach or join another team.
2017-05-09 13:10
Sweden crindz 
jasonR, he's not a bad player but someone have to go so they can get a dedicated awper.
2017-05-09 13:27
No one has to go anywhere, I've been awping since I joined.
2017-05-09 13:35
Sweden crindz 
and you're amazing at it, but if you don't like that role.. :<
2017-05-09 13:36
bro, you are decent with AWP but you are beast with rifles.. maybe it would be better
2017-05-09 14:18
That's right! Teach'em.
2017-05-09 14:22
United States KpleeZy 
for someone who is so good at AWPing, it amazes me that you hate it, but will still do it for the benefit of the team. much respect to you GODWELL
2017-05-09 17:05
not many awpers in NA too lol
2017-05-09 16:43
No one said that it couldn't be a player from EU.
2017-05-09 17:47
what awper would move from EU to NA? (forgot awpers in tier 3 EU are better than the best NA awpers)
2017-05-09 17:49
2017-05-09 13:04
Sweden crindz 
ah yes, wardell! he's pretty nuts.
2017-05-09 13:06
Spain Alser 
mixwell gives some great interviews
2017-05-09 12:39
They still convinced him he hates awping?
2017-05-09 12:51
-hazed +DeadFox
2017-05-09 12:59
India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Optic had the success that they had because they have been much more tactical unlike usual NA teams. The unstability brough upon due to stan's move has unsettled the rhythm and the gameplay that they had. His entire interview show how confused he and his team is and scared of what the opposite team is doing that they are afraid to make their own plays as they always tend to think that cold is behind that smoke. They need to quickly get hazed at the coach position and bring in a player asap before this tilting and bewilderness brings in more harm to this team. With so many players available from NA and Europe, this mightn't be they hardest. 1) They may bring Relyks in. He is a good player. 2) Pimp may be brought in. 3) Pyth is available I guess. 4) If Mixwell doesn't want to awp, maikel is free and may be tried. But I won't suggest him if u are looking for stability. But I would like to be proven wrong.
2017-05-09 13:08
+DeadFox if possible
2017-05-09 13:10
or maybe optic should just stick to cod
2017-05-09 13:12
Dude they need a caller, not some random players like Pimp and Pyth who is at lower level anyway.
2017-05-09 13:12
writes two paragraphs on how bad optic need an igl who provides executes and setups, then suggests three complete dogshit players none of which igl ????
2017-05-09 14:36
no igls out there lol and optic has shown they can't get shit done so don't expect a good buyout
2017-05-09 16:44
lol allof those players would be the worst on the team except maybe tarik
2017-05-09 15:32
Slovakia TatKo 
Maybe add starix as igl ? :thinking:
2017-05-09 13:26
+fox maybe LUL
2017-05-09 13:45
+zeus great IGL of all time
2017-05-09 14:04
Australia Raychippy 
Why would Zeus downgrade? xDD
2017-05-09 14:08
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
lol what? You ask "why would zeus downgrade" but he said that he is a great IGL??? no one said he would downgrade wtf?
2017-05-09 15:42
+yam quote me in 2 weeks
2017-05-09 14:19
Spain Todd_Howard 
mix does not want to use the awp cuz he feels used by his father. but nvm cuz mixwell's mom's soul is inside the awp so both Are unconsciously attracted to each other.
2017-05-09 14:21
2017-05-09 14:35
Portugal dracø 
Seems like a common trend among awpers that actually know how to rifle as well. Godwell is what every awper should aspire to be, a very solid awp player that can grab an ak and keep his level high.
2017-05-09 14:51
+starix +adren +cadian
2017-05-09 15:06
Belgium Clinternet 
because we are the only team in NA that is capable of beating them since we have a good idea of how they play, but they changed it and outplayed us individually and tactically. And we lost 16-1. So well played by them and congratulations. This..... Murica logic
2017-05-09 15:18
If you hate to do something, you won't be the best at it.
2017-05-09 15:23
an awper hates too be an awper?
2017-05-09 15:25
Mixwell embrace the awp and become better and better someday u will end up on faze (if optic don't get mad gud like in the end of 2016)
2017-05-09 16:07
even mouz would be better I mean he doesn't like awping? oskar and chrisj the 2 awpers. Denis has shown he can only play mirage -him +mix ez team
2017-05-09 16:45
Finland Smoonah 
do something I hate, love it.
2017-05-09 16:39
nukkye | 
United States yvr 
lol uh what
2017-05-09 16:39
really good and impactful player, by now is the best NA awper. Optic is looking very solid, just need better teamwork, sometimes they don´t mix well.
2017-05-09 17:01
2017-05-09 17:33
On my understanding despite he came from Spain he is playing for NA team and representing NA CS so i would say he is the best awper of NA teams.
2017-05-09 17:42
5 hours. Visa issues stopped him from being allowed to practice? What a bunch of bullshit
2017-05-09 21:45
He wasn't at home while procuring the visa AFAIK, so he couldn't play at all. It was a complicated situation.
2017-05-09 22:11
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