mixwell: "Tired of online CS; We are excited to play on LAN"

We caught up with Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas ahead of the Europe Minor Championship and quizzed the Spanish talent on OpTic's LAN debut and his expectations for the event in Bucharest.

After a two-month wait, OpTic are finally set to make their first offline appearance, at the Europe Minor Championship, for which they qualified with three straight victories in the closed qualifier, beating AGO, TEAM5 and eXtatus.

Since the team's creation, OpTic have been busy competing online, and results have been encouraging, especially in the ESL Pro League, with the European mixture being close to securing a spot at the season finals.

mixwell believes OpTic will be at the Major

Read on as Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas discusses his first months with the new OpTic lineup, the obligation to fly to North America to compete in online leagues, his expectations for the Europe Minor, and more.

You already have two months behind you with this lineup. What are your thoughts on this team, now that you will finally attend a LAN event? Are the players anxious to play in an offline environment once again?

Last time I had a full lineup was 10 months ago, at the ELEAGUE Major, I am excited to play tournaments with great players and good preparation. All of my teammates are really experienced, you can feel it in-game. Even though we had never played together before, it really is easy to play as a team with them. We are tired of online matches, the team is excited to play on LAN.

You came through your group in the Minor qualifier rather convincingly, winning three straight matches. Did you expect such an easy route?

Not being at the Major would be a big fail on our part, we will qualify no matter what. We knew that bo1s could be tricky, but we have a solid style.

How are the players dealing with all the travelling between North America and Europe?

I think that it helped in the end, living together and getting to know each other is really important. We want to play in every league we can and grow as a team. The main goal is to reach the Major, a brand new team with no league spots will improve slower, so that is why we made this decision, even though flying back and forth is a pain in the ass. Plus, we had to play some online matches from Europe as well, it was not ideal but it was for the best.

How have you prepared for this tournament? What are the aspects that you have been focusing on in practice?

We have been practicing a lot ever since we created the team. We are on having a really solid gameplan and a good map pool.

Who do you see as the biggest threats at the Minor? Do you see some upset potential in teams like AGO and eXtatus?

EnvyUs, GODSENT and SpaceSoldiers are our biggest threats. I think AGO are better than what people think, they could even make it to the Major qualifier.

You are currently second in Pro League and seventh in ECS. Do you see this sort of inconsistency as something normal in a team that is just taking its first steps? What are your thoughts on the results in this league?

Considering that we had to play matches from Europe, I would say we are really consistent. We have almost secured our spot at the Pro League finals already. In ECS, we have faced the three best teams in North America already and we are currently 4-4, if we play solid we should grind the rest of the season and qualify for the finals, in Mexico.

mixwell had nothing but praise for friberg's ingame leadership skills

What is your opinion about the ingame leadership of friberg so far? How does it differ from the leadership on the previous OpTic rosters you were part of?

Adam is a determined person, organised and responsible, he works really hard to become one of the best in-game leaders. [OpTic coach] Chet works with him to improve our game, and they have really good synergy, I’m impressed. We have different players, so it is hard to compare our game with that of the previous OpTic lineups.

Last weekend, you qualified for the WESG Iberia LAN alongside players like loWel and Kairi. What are your expectations for this team?

We wanted to play with upcoming Spanish players that I had never played with, but Clash Of Nations was running at the same time as the qualifier so we just did the best team we could. I think that we have a really strong lineup, I missed playing in Spanish! My expectations are to win the WESG Iberia LAN and play in Barcelona to qualify for China. That would be an amazing experience! We will do our best to represent Spain and make our fans proud of the team.

Will Chet "ImAPet" Singh be with the team in Bucharest? What is your opinion about his style, and what do you think that he has brought to the team?

Yes, he’s going to travel with us to every event. He has a really good idea of how to play the game, works a lot tactically with everyone and keeps everyone in good shape. He is really important for us.

Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Brazil Setrock 
Classic spaniard. LUL
2017-10-31 20:35
Kazakhstan Bombardian 
2017-10-31 20:36
GodWell and Optic will Win Major EZ
2017-11-01 01:37
s1mple | 
United States iScorps 
says classic favela LMAO
2017-10-31 20:40
Brazil Setrock 
Says classic finn LOL
2017-10-31 20:41
s1mple | 
United States iScorps 
classic ss fan retarded and brainless monkey
2017-10-31 20:42
Brazil Setrock 
Says classic finn LOL
2017-10-31 20:43
s1mple | 
United States iScorps 
i figure something new everytime but ur brain cant manage to do it expected from favela LUL LUL LUL
2017-10-31 20:44
Brazil Setrock 
I don't have brain damage and I don't live in a favela. People in HLTV are so racist.
2017-10-31 20:46
NBK- | 
United States cliVine 
I've never seen someone attack and then play the victim card so fast lmao
2017-10-31 21:08
True lmao
2017-10-31 21:33
Finland Smoonah 
signs of superior weaknesses
2017-10-31 21:39
Norway mohzart 
2017-11-01 01:11
Finland Smoonah 
we are pretty classy, its true.
2017-10-31 21:39
Brazil Setrock 
You guys are pretty cool.
2017-10-31 21:41
Finland Smoonah 
ye got Simo Häyhä legend also. and good metal music. pretty awesome.
2017-10-31 21:43
Brazil Setrock 
He's dead though...
2017-10-31 21:47
Finland Smoonah 
name isn't deaded.
2017-10-31 21:48
Brazil Setrock 
Sure, but the guy is.
2017-10-31 21:50
Why dos he wants LAN ? Always raped on LAN, don't ask for LAN
2017-11-01 08:16
Myanmar xdavidlm 
2017-10-31 22:21
Brazil Setrock 
True, my bad.
2017-10-31 22:31
Brazil Setrock 
I'll edit it.
2017-10-31 22:31
Brazil Setrock 
For some reason, I can't. LOL
2017-10-31 22:32
mixwell | 
World lenk23 
2017-10-31 22:32
malta | 
Malta vfXy0 
2017-10-31 20:35
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
ofc he's not idiot
2017-10-31 20:36
Australia Finalization 
ez for optic
2017-10-31 20:36
Serbia Removekebab13 
Thats the spirit boi
2017-10-31 20:36
Idot spain
2017-10-31 20:36
Denmark dR_JaCkPoT 
mixwell on lan LUL
2017-10-31 20:36
nah, they need more time
2017-10-31 20:37
2017-10-31 20:37
Romania Vladootzz 
-miXwell -lan -pick one pick one
2017-10-31 20:38
Portugal Andrelelel 
wait what xD
2017-10-31 21:20
Estonia teremartin 
+miXwell +lan +pick one pick three
2017-10-31 21:51
Wow this is a never ended loop, I keep picking 3 but pick 1 is in it and I keep picking 3 with my 1
2017-11-01 01:19
Sweden slyde123 
Your name made me laugh even harder after I read this comment xD
2017-11-01 03:03
shox | 
India iejesus 
2017-11-01 04:36
2017-10-31 20:41
Brazil digozamaral 
2017-10-31 20:44
Finland kappaboi 
optic and space soldiers in the same group, rigged
2017-10-31 20:44
+1 they are doing everything to EnVyUs to move on lol
2017-10-31 21:23
lol, optic is all 5 onliners, you suck im sure
2017-10-31 20:44
Canada Jagg3rknot 
Chill, They have never played a lan with this lineup lol
2017-10-31 22:13
trust me body
2017-10-31 22:15
2017-11-01 01:28
God friberg onliner lul best offline player 2k17
2017-11-01 06:34
ez 4 godsent and optic
2017-10-31 20:46
Spain creatorr 
lets go optic
2017-10-31 20:47
miwell gives the best interviews
2017-10-31 20:52
United States E_K_U_L 
2017-10-31 20:53
godwell lets go
2017-10-31 20:57
Go OpTiC! #GreenWall
2017-10-31 20:57
Argentina Zestv2 
Gallego LUL
2017-10-31 20:58
not really
2017-11-01 01:29
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
same bro, tired of this meaningless online portion of the game
2017-10-31 21:03
Estonia skysold1er 
HS lan god
2017-10-31 21:03
Good luck Mixwell! Such a sick player
2017-10-31 21:12
Mixwell<3 Good lad. Came out very confident in this interview. Placing my bets on OpTic at the minor.
2017-10-31 21:12
godwell, vlogwell, mixwell!
2017-10-31 21:14
GL Mixwell, humble af and a solid player.
2017-10-31 21:18
Europe wai7ing 
"I have never seen such braindead person" -Fifflaren on friberg
2017-10-31 21:20
In context of common sense or game sense?
2017-10-31 21:27
Sweden zeromeister 
Game sense
2017-11-01 12:55
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
2017-11-01 10:33
Sweden zeromeister 
Some dreamhack tournament, he Said that Friberg is dumb which makes him a Good player Cuz then he just focused om getting frags
2017-11-01 12:53
Europe wai7ing 
2017-11-01 13:49
valde | 
Finland Juvi 
2017-11-01 14:53
Europe KappaKaako 
Its quite long time since that friberg has surely grown as a player
2017-11-01 13:56
United States AmericaIsBest 
Nope... same stupid player from 2013
2017-11-01 14:12
So, mixwall is pumped up to see if he can outdo anticheats on LAN? Lul
2017-10-31 21:21
Nice read, yet again. I find mixwell to be somewhat underrated, he is a great player. He can pistol, he can rifle, he can awp and he is smart and calm > he can clutch. Eager to see how the "reject team" does on LAN.
2017-10-31 22:17
Optic is one of my favorites and I'm excited to see what they can do They remind me of the faze lineup early this year after karrigan came on
2017-10-31 22:21
Myanmar xdavidlm 
Lets go mix
2017-10-31 22:23
United States Pbro 
Lets go boys nice read
2017-10-31 22:34
friberg best igl ever GOAT
2017-10-31 22:50
cuz the game is too much different on lan... game needs a big netcode update
2017-10-31 23:20
Myanmar xdavidlm 
why in spain 1+1=7 ?
2017-11-01 00:10
when minor starts?
2017-10-31 23:43
Finland hotdog^ 
2017-11-01 02:10
excited about a tier 2 minor.....
2017-10-31 23:52
United States AmericaIsBest 
They go to Ibp masters and Iem oakland in the next 2 weeks.
2017-11-01 02:20
France oldman 
2017-11-01 02:42
Argentina Ign_ 
spanish guy in LAN? wtf is that? this is the 2100 year?
2017-11-01 03:39
f0rest | 
Spain fu0cco 
South America CS = Brazil CS only. lmao chill
2017-11-01 15:46
Spain Mahtu 
LuL. Did you start yesterday watching CS kiddo?
2017-11-01 21:57
LOL ofcourse so much lag in online servers no wonder you want to play on a smooth LAN connection.
2017-11-01 05:39
They played na servers from europe aswell 100+ ping xD
2017-11-01 06:36
Finland hotdog^ 
2017-11-01 06:31
India nicebaitm8 
Gl I think they can easily move on to main Quals. They don't need stats in this minor because they have good individual players.
2017-11-01 07:37
hs is shit online
2017-11-01 11:56
Standard crap team, i got a place in my bin in 4weeks for ya, right now vp is inside.
2017-11-01 16:47
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
>mixwell >on lan LUL
2017-11-04 16:31
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