seized: "I'm not certain about my future after the Major"

In a chat following Russia's second-place finish in group C at WESG EU & CIS, Denis "seized" Kostin talked about playing with electronic, his Major streak and qualifying for the World Finals in China.

Russia kicked off the tournament in Spain by splitting points with Virtus.pro, then survived a scare against GameAgents before picking up a win against Belgium, earning a spot in the playoffs of the WESG EU & CIS Regional Finals.

seized really wants to continue his Major-attending streak

In a talk with Denis "seized" Kostin after their final game, that they closely lost to Envy, the Russian touched on the importance of this event considering his current situation, as well as other topics.

Starting with you putting together this team and applying for WESG, what were the first thoughts, how did you get these five men together?

It was pretty easy because we have almost the same lineup for 3-4 years for national tournaments. Before, we played TWC with hooch, me, flamie, Dosia and WorldEdit. We played all national-team tournaments with this lineup. This year I decided to bring electronic instead of hooch, because hooch has a team and I think we have more firepower with this team. It was no question, everyone accepted it as the best possible lineup in Russia. We know each other, we are real friends, so it was really easy.

electronic is an up and coming player, how has it been playing with him now in this team? Especially since there is that funny part, with him replacing you in Na`Vi and you doing the opposite and going to FlipSid3?

I like this guy, he is really good, he is playing really, really well, he can give some ideas in the rounds. He is a really important player in the team and I'm happy that we are playing with him in team Russia.

Now that you are not in Na`Vi anymore, being in FlipSid3 and having to qualify for all the events, which is not easy these days, is this event more important than it would be normally?

For me it is a really important tournament because I really wanted to go to the finals in China. We did it and I'm really proud and happy of that because I'm not certain about my future after the Major, there is a chance I will not stay with FlipSid3, maybe I will try to make some new team or go to some other team. Nobody knows, I just want to play with them at this Major Qualifier, do my best to help them to get to this Major and not break our streak, mine and markeloff's. Me, him and Zeus are the only CIS players that made every Major, so for me, it's really important [to qualify for the Major].

About this tournament, it's the biggest prize pool wise, and I've never been in China, that's why I want to have good results here. I like these guys with which I'm playing and we can really go far if we will be on point. The only bad thing is that we can't practice together because of our teams. I'm pretty sure that if we would practice together more than zero hours, we would be much better. We are just trying to play good with our communication and skill here, but I'm pretty sure that before China, we will have some time to practice.

The first game you played was against Virtus.pro, they won both pistols but you ended up tieing 15-15, talk to me about that match for the start.

That match started pretty good for us, because we lost the pistol and then got six rounds in a row. I don't know how to say it, but it's not a problem for us to play against Virtus.pro because they are playing like a team, they are not superstars who can go and kill everyone, so it's not hard to play against them. You have some advantage when you are a mix and playing against a team with structure, you can do stuff that they can't predict from you.

Later, we started bad on CT, we lost the pistol, the first buy round, and we decided to change positions. I said to flamie that he should go A, and I will play B with WorldEdit, he will AWP. We started to win all rounds after, and to be honest, we threw the game because at 14-14 they got pistols with nades and we messed up. We were in bad positions, if we would've just played a default setup we would kill them and I'm pretty sure that we would win that match. Anyway, a draw against Virtus.pro is good.

In the end you finished second in the group, you lost to EnVyUs in the last match, what are your thoughts on the whole group stage, how happy are you as a team with the result?

We are happy because we reached our main goal here, we got a spot in China. Especially in our group, I think that our group is the strongest one, if you compare it to others, it was really, really hard to go out of this group. Belgium is really good, Virtus.pro and EnVy, I don't need to say any more about them.

I think that we just lost the last game because in the minds of some players we already got the spot to China and you can see from our game that not every round was played with 100% focus. Some guys would peek when we already had advantage... I'm pretty sure that if we play like the first games, with 100% focus, and we win all the situations with an advantage, we would win [against EnVyUs]. I didn't see anything special from them.

You reached your first goal here, what do you think you can do now?

For me, it would be a good result if we get a top four here, it would be really good because, for a mix, who didn't play together at all, I think top four will be enough here. Now we are just playing for the prize money. We will do our best tomorrow, and even if we don't win other games it will be fine, we will prepare well for China I guess.

Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Siezed join FlipSid3 or HR full time
2017-11-24 19:20
Suicide is not the answer seized
2017-11-24 19:20
+1
2017-11-24 19:40
#29
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Austria shaakeh 
favorite eichel
2017-11-24 20:56
+1
2017-11-24 20:52
True
2017-11-25 10:57
#24
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Europe KappaKaako 
Optic,mouz,vega,tengri. some options
2017-11-24 20:04
#26
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India bozzmob 
Actually Optic is a good choice. It's the team with all the leftovers. He'd fit in perfectly. (Just kidding) On a serious note, gambit or f3 will be good for him.
2017-11-24 20:30
#35
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Sweden MpK_ 
Replace Dosia with seized and boom ez
2017-11-24 21:10
Lol?
2017-11-24 23:33
#34
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Russia CIGIL_TOP 
Tengri is shit
2017-11-24 21:09
Maybe Avangar
2017-11-25 02:57
Tengri lul
2017-11-25 23:59
#2
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Russia Maxul 
#SeizedWasntTheProblem
2017-11-24 19:20
#45
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Seized not problem for team, he is problem for himself
2017-11-25 02:07
That's true,he just lost the confidence of himself.
2017-11-25 02:35
#48
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Because of haters
2017-11-25 03:13
#57
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India bozzmob 
Yeah! Agree. He was good. Haters ruined him.
2017-11-25 18:03
Just retire
2017-11-24 19:19
#4
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Poland cGev 
Yo
2017-11-24 19:19
#5
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Austria SPatrick_ 
k
2017-11-24 19:20
Glad to see u retire
2017-11-24 19:20
#7
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Albania artanmeniqi 
lul
2017-11-24 19:20
#8
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Czech Republic MatthEWw_w 
bot seized
2017-11-24 19:20
#9
apEX | 
Israel YoavAZ 
WOW RETIRE
2017-11-24 19:20
#10
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Russia majncly 
decoy LUL
2017-11-24 19:20
#11
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Netherlands PATOZR 
Gambit
2017-11-24 19:20
#13
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
post-NaVi seized 2017-2018
2017-11-24 19:20
FORM A TEAM WITH SIXER, HUNDEN, TACO xD Anyway dude, i wish all the best for ur future
2017-11-24 19:21
#25
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India bozzmob 
Best team in the world :D
2017-11-24 20:27
retire
2017-11-24 19:22
#16
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
top 5 BOT this year
2017-11-24 19:23
"everyone excepted it"? is it correct or ?
2017-11-24 19:26
#18
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Europe Spoonman20 
Looks like he regained some of his confidence at WESG. Hopefully he'll join a solid team after the major.
2017-11-24 19:27
Next year he SHOULD come back!!! I believe he can make any tier2 CIS team better, bring some self-confidence to them. But not F3, it's just a team to have guaranteed major spot, not good competetive wise.
2017-11-24 19:33
>being in FlipSid3 and having to qualify for all the events But the same thing was for Navi, nobody invites them anymore
2017-11-24 19:39
#21
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Russia 50bombs 
So many kids and haters lmao.. Wish you good luck denis you play good today.:)
2017-11-24 19:40
#23
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Morocco Gg2734llolol 
Good luck denis! Your form is temporary, your class is permanent.
2017-11-24 19:50
#36
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Russia CIGIL_TOP 
idi zghri kapustu
2017-11-24 21:10
#40
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Morocco Gg2734llolol 
Loxozavr privet! Kapustu sam yesh potomushto ya derzhu dietu na bublikax s makom i pivtzo Pelmeni gadast. < zabil skazat))
2017-11-24 22:06
#50
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Russia CIGIL_TOP 
ebat ti ahuel pelmeni obzivat' eto tebe huynu gotovyat a nastoyashie pelmeni ahuennie osobenno s ketchupom heinz
2017-11-25 08:36
#27
NBK- | 
France sacrebleu 
i am sure of his future : he will be a decent tier 3 player in flipsid3
2017-11-24 20:47
no team wants this guy nor needs him only maybe flipside cya
2017-11-24 20:57
I think, he will go to the t3-5 CIS team such as EPG, GoodJob
2017-11-24 21:00
They can just type add bot in console would be cheaper
2017-11-24 21:01
good luck
2017-11-24 21:07
#37
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World WestSideDude 
Markeloff, Edward and Zeus are all-time Major legends.
2017-11-24 21:23
+1
2017-11-24 21:35
Edward didn't play in the first one, he lost the last qualifier match playing with overdrive's mix: hltv.org/matches/2279249/nostalgie-vs-re..
2017-11-25 04:33
#54
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Czech Republic realProkda 
y u have bold alias m8?
2017-11-25 12:26
#55
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World WestSideDude 
thanks for the info :) you did a good job for HLTV btw.
2017-11-25 12:28
#38
Lithuania fRc_ 
dunno +1 or -1
2017-11-24 21:34
#41
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Norway sparta92 
Good job seized
2017-11-24 22:43
#42
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Estonia Delan0 
If he can find his old confidence and form again there will be a lot of teams he can go. Best of luck to seized!
2017-11-24 23:11
#43
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CIS sergioff 
i was dont know this details
2017-11-24 23:22
2017-11-25 10:44
#56
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Russia skipster 
xD
2017-11-25 15:53
Gl!
2017-11-25 11:01
There is no shortage of low skilled players in flipsid3,he will fit with them easily. Or even better just retire.
2017-11-25 21:47
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