MAJ3R: "Stay humble, work hard"

After Space Soldiers secured a convincing 2-0 victory over EnVyUs in the grand final of the European Minor, we talked to a happy Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli about his individual form and his team's big achievement.

The Turkish side was one of the favorites to make it far at the Minor, but surprised a lot of people by picking up two series wins over Envy and one over OpTic to move on to the Main Qualifier as the winner of the European Minor..

MAJ3R worked on small things that helped his individual level rise

We had a sit-down with Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli after the match and touched on some of the key topics regarding his team and this event, such as the Mirage game against OpTic and Space Soldiers finally advancing to a Major Qualifier.

When I talked to Calyx, he mentioned your individual skill, that we all saw here was on a good level, and he said that you put in additional work in getting the aim on point. What do you think about that and what have you done in the past months about it?

I think that he is right, when I first came into this team my individual level... It was good but it was hiding behind the fact I was working very hard for the team, I was focusing on them, what we would do, and I wasn't focusing a lot on aim. In one moment they started learning and understood the plan I have, after that I told myself: "OK, you need to focus on your aim because you are not in a good shape and you are not helping your team".

So I played a little more, not a lot more, but I tried only to focus more on my aim, since I'm not a "born leader", I became a leader for Space Soldiers but it's not my first role, it wasn't my role in 1.6. When I lead, I forget to focus on my aim sometimes, I look at the radar, I'm asking something and it was very hard [to be focused on my aim] at the start. But now, I tried to figure out stuff, for example I hide and speak and stuff like that. And it helped.

Let's touch on the OpTic game and the last map, Mirage, where you had a big lead on the CT side, but then they started coming back. Two overtimes, but you closed it out. What was the mentality through their comeback, and how did closing out the game felt from your perspective?

Man, it was very hard, very difficult emotionally. Because it goes down and up and down and up. We had the game in our hands, and on the T side... We are famous for that, online, that sometimes we choke. We are winning 10, 11-4 and after that, we choke maybe because we feel overconfident. We maybe over peek, we make some mistakes.

On Mirage we also lost a lot of post-plant situations, but I watched the demo, they also played the retakes very well. The emotion was very tough, but at the end, I'm so happy that we didn't choke. And maybe all the choke we did helped today in the most important day. Losing is not important, learning is important.

Getting that win and earning a spot at the Main Qualifier, how did that feel for your team last night, when you had time to actually figure out what happened?

We felt very happy and relieved. It was the main objective for the team here, we were working hard for that and now we have a chance to go to the Major Qualifier, and I think we have a chance to get through there also. We will keep working because working is the key, we will watch demos and keep talking about what we can do more, what we can do better. Stay humble, work hard.

In the grand final, you played EnVyUs again, beat them again. You played against SIXER, who you know for a long time and you played with xms in France for a while as well. Did that play into it as well, wanting to beat them and continue the good streak against them?

They are my friends, I played a long time with SIXER, in 1.6, I may have spent more time during 1.6 with SIXER than I did with my family. We are professionals, we are playing, he wants to win, I want to win, that's good. It's a pleasure to play against them.

I want to get your comment on the fact that you've now had more success in CS:GO with a Turkish team than you had in France with all the talent that the French scene has. What do you think is behind that?

I think it was just my preparation when I started with CS:GO, I didn't believe that CS:GO would go far. I thought it would be as in 1.6, so I needed to find a job because it was not full time. When I first played, I didn't take the game too seriously, but when Space Soldiers came, they asked me for full-time CS and when I got full time I tried to focus more on myself and I think it was better.

Actually, when I was playing with Millenium at the beginning of CS:GO I was also working, I was working in the morning, I was finishing at 8, after that I practiced etc. So I wasn't giving all of myself, I was saying in my head that it's just a bonus, I'm playing and maybe if I win a tournament I will win money. I was giving my best, of course, 100%, but I couldn't watch demos etc. I think that played into it a little also. Now in Space Soldiers I am full time and giving all my energy, that's the difference.

Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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United Kingdom Tendies 
sit down stay humble congrats on the win Maj3r
2017-11-05 19:31
should athletes be asked about politics?
2017-11-05 19:32
No
2017-11-05 20:20
Yes
2017-11-07 10:42
Wish xantares had attitude like maj3r
2017-11-05 20:06
why not?
2017-11-07 21:24
#3
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Turkey lulpump1 
Yes
2017-11-05 19:31
#5
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
ok kendrick
2017-11-05 19:32
#135
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Brazil Festeiro 
hahahah like 80% of hltv thought that
2017-11-10 12:26
no, maj3r
2017-11-10 15:41
kendrick lamar
2017-11-05 19:32
cute!
2017-11-05 19:32
#9
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Turkey orox2 
DJ MAj3R- Stay Humble, Work Hard Listen now!
2017-11-05 19:32
Stay humble :D Maybe after winning major, not after winning a spot to major qualifier :D
2017-11-05 19:33
still not easy to reach that level. not like u who can only talk shit but can do nothing ^^
2017-11-05 20:35
First you have to achieve something, then think about staying humble. If winning a fn minor is an achievement they are in the wrong business.
2017-11-05 21:23
#123
kreaz | 
Sweden japparN 
$30k, alot for a turkish team bro!
2017-11-07 17:34
#126
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
don't be ignorant this is quite an achievement,none of us are above level 8 on faceit (dont get me wrong most of us) and this guy is playing major qualifiers ..
2017-11-07 21:29
Yes. Might be an achievement for us. Not for professional players. Please try to stay humble after winning mm games...
2017-11-08 08:06
#131
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
u r an idiot
2017-11-08 14:22
#140
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Brazil luisss 
+1
2017-11-12 05:14
#87
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Austria sCALEZ 
+1
2017-11-05 21:46
U kidding?? Of course they've achieved something
2017-11-07 10:43
Humble can be used in this context also. SS is going to the major, but they still need to stay humble and not be overconfident.
2017-11-07 18:50
Maj3r to the Maj0r - it´s becoming a possibility!!
2017-11-05 19:33
#15
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Turkey CamelotzZz 
Okay thx mr maj3rberg
2017-11-05 19:34
easy
2017-11-05 19:34
STAY HUMBLE SITTTTTTTTTTT DOWNNNNNNNNNNN
2017-11-05 19:34
#19
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Turkey ThisKidisNutz 
nice my boy
2017-11-05 19:35
#20
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Canada kthxy0 
nice maj3r now france gonna remove ur french nationality so u wont be able to travel u traitor
2017-11-05 19:37
#24
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Turkey Jarrod 
Ahahaha nice bait haters gonna hate nice try kruvasan
2017-11-05 19:43
#43
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Canada kthxy0 
krusavan lol its croissant fils de kebab
2017-11-05 19:59
#65
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Turkey LeGentleman 
Kebab lol its kebap orospu evladi
2017-11-05 20:31
#80
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Turkey Kuyt11 
Ajshahaha
2017-11-05 21:20
#84
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Finland Smoonah 
it's Pjshahaha nub
2017-11-05 21:35
hahahah +1
2017-11-05 21:57
#95
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Turkey holoskope 
:D :D
2017-11-05 22:44
lmao why so mad
2017-11-05 19:45
#98
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France p2l 
u should be proud of him, another french player in the major qualifier ;)
2017-11-06 00:25
#115
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Turkey evansgc 
>French player >MAJ3R
2017-11-07 07:10
#121
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France p2l 
he's as french as turkish my friend :)
2017-11-07 14:36
#129
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Australia Twocan 
Isn't he french with turkish heritage. I heard that his french is way better then his turkish, and he is improving his turkish as he plays for SS.
2017-11-08 08:08
#21
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Serbia aXilelele 
Im gonna be so happy when they dont qualify for major. They are acting like they won it
2017-11-05 19:38
They are not? Why can't they just be happy they won the minor?
2017-11-07 10:45
#22
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Bulgaria j9restt 
Awesome!
2017-11-05 19:39
#25
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Turkey Jarrod 
Nice
2017-11-05 19:43
#29
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Europe Spoonman20 
Stay hard, work humble.
2017-11-05 19:46
#30
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Turkey chrlea 
SIT DOWNNNNN
2017-11-05 19:48
#31
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
"stay humble, work hard" great statement. +1 MAJ3R
2017-11-05 19:48
#32
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Norway Napapijri 
stay humble lul
2017-11-05 19:51
great statement from very hard worker and humble player!! #RUNSSG #SSONMAJOR #thecryisfree #coldzerathebrazilianXANTARES
2017-11-05 19:51
#35
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
BE HUMBLE BITCH
2017-11-05 19:52
kendrick kebab
2017-11-05 19:52
#37
XANTARES | 
Poland _kYRA 
MAJ3R: "FOR ME, [THE WIN OVER SK] IS NOT A SURPRISE, TO BE HONEST"
2017-11-05 19:53
#42
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CIS Bushyba 
Well atleast he learned from past to not be cocky ever again.
2017-11-05 19:59
i was thinking the same thing LOL
2017-11-05 20:12
#53
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Turkey oz1ko 
lol he was trying to say that they had focused a lot on sk and sk shouldnt have watched their demos etc and we were underdogs that was the reason he said that you dont want to understand as usual
2017-11-05 20:21
#130
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World nakTriceps 
HAHAHAHA I remembered this too...
2017-11-08 13:12
stay humble coming out of 1 of the most toxic community lul
2017-11-05 19:57
#75
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Serbia aXilelele 
+100
2017-11-05 21:12
"I may have spent more time during 1.6 with SIXER than I did with my family." LUL
2017-11-05 19:59
#78
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
hahaha
2017-11-05 21:14
Kappapride?
2017-11-06 00:32
but u were arrogant when u beat sk in opener at cologne and u guys went out 1-3 and sk won the whole event :thinking:
2017-11-05 20:13
#70
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Europe smasherrr 
he wasnt arrogant, people just misunderstood him
2017-11-05 20:50
be humble, sit down
2017-11-05 20:14
WORK HARD.exe
2017-11-05 20:22
MAJ3R: "FOR ME, [THE WIN OVER SK] IS NOT A SURPRISE, TO BE HONEST"
2017-11-05 20:24
#72
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Turkey TheRustle 
Just read the whole interview please, im feeling thank you.
2017-11-05 20:52
#76
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Serbia aXilelele 
Im feeling thank you
2017-11-05 21:13
Turkish fans should deffenetly listen to that
2017-11-05 20:26
+1
2017-11-05 20:59
#77
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Bosnia and Herzegovina lousooo 
+1 good words by MAJ3R
2017-11-05 21:14
#59
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Finland kommunisti 
Gratz to them, well deserved
2017-11-05 20:26
#59
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Finland kommunisti 
Gratz to them, well deserved
2017-11-05 20:26
#59
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Finland kommunisti 
Gratz to them, well deserved
2017-11-05 20:26
#62
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Malaysia byaIi 
Gratz to them, well deserved
2017-11-05 20:27
#64
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Finland kommunisti 
I'm feeling thank you
2017-11-05 20:29
#66
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Other VladimirLucas 
nice meme
2017-11-05 20:31
interview XANTARES please.... I'm feeling thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2017-11-05 20:39
#69
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Europe smasherrr 
For me, qualifying for major qualifier is not a suprise, to be honest
2017-11-05 20:49
#73
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
such a JW-esque headline
2017-11-05 20:53
Good words, I hope he will do what he said.
2017-11-05 21:15
MAJ3R: "FOR ME, [THE WIN OVER SK] IS NOT A SURPRISE, TO BE HONEST"
2017-11-05 21:24
Majer Lamar
2017-11-05 21:43
#88
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Turkey westerncollar 
Go MAJER GO
2017-11-05 21:50
#89
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Algeria MagnumDz 
and toggle on
2017-11-05 21:55
#91
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Vietnam beastfrompl 
2017-11-05 21:59
#93
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Poland mamba99999 
expected
2017-11-05 22:01
#94
HEN1 | 
Palestine S1rEz10 
hltv.org/news/20915/maj3r-for-me-the-win.. ayy lmao so humble kebab autism
2017-11-05 22:34
#114
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Turkey brtmrl 
Silver comment. You think in wrong way. He said that they are really good at Cache not overall.
2017-11-06 22:05
bla bla bla.. the guy gets cocky because he wins a tier 3 event... lets see how well they do at the real qualifier
2017-11-05 22:48
im feeling stay humble work hard
2017-11-06 05:32
im feeling stay humble work hard
2017-11-06 05:32
#104
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Turkey mrsocta 
1sZ
2017-11-06 06:01
#107
f0rest | 
Finland Kentab 
Ay, I remember syrup sandwiches and crime allowances
2017-11-06 09:51
#108
TaZ | 
Denmark allebara 
0-3 in the major qualifier inc LOL
2017-11-06 09:56
#109
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Brazil cadik 
Engin "TwoFaced" Kebabo
2017-11-06 10:01
so many envious people here. > bla bla bla t3 event is nothing > i can't get out of gold nova elo hell because team mates i keep laughing, gratz SS.
2017-11-06 10:35
Be humble, hold up bitch, sit down
2017-11-07 07:21
Im feeling thanjs you
2017-11-07 10:49
this turk act like he is doing something good when his team really need to close maps and do good tactics he always fail its because of Xantares,Calyx and paz you win LAN you have 3 stars in a team, and if a good igl like zeus or fallen would have those players they would be tier1 team for sure. maj3r overrated trash carried by good players
2017-11-07 14:44
#127
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
Humble majer bundle
2017-11-08 08:04
#132
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Kazakhstan karafox 
Mtay mumble , mork mard len mq
2017-11-08 19:53
#133
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Other TengriBenim 
right
2017-11-08 19:55
#134
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Turkey darknight53 
Win somethings and be what you want :)
2017-11-09 23:34
ez for lantares
2017-11-10 15:44
#138
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Turkey darknight53 
ez for kardes
2017-11-11 09:46
#139
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Turkey LeGentleman 
adam
2017-11-11 22:57
Stay humble , work hard , buy XANTARES
2017-11-12 15:52
#142
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United States Globebuster 
soon my brothers
2017-11-13 01:04
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