GruBy: "We feel we can make top one in Poland and get even higher in the ranking"

Following AGO's victory over eXtatus that earned the Poles an ESL Pro League spot, we sat down with Dominik "GruBy" Swiderski to hear his thoughts about the achievement, the Polish scene and more.

AGO took a 2-0 victory over eXtatus in the ESEA MDL Season 26 Europe grand final, which was held yesterday on LAN, leading up to the MDL Global Challenge. The Polish side will, therefore, be a participant in the seventh season of ESL Pro League, while eXtatus will still have a chance to earn a spot there through the online relegation matches.

GruBy feels that it's now harder to get a spot at the Main Qualifier than to get through the event itself

After their first game in New York, we talked to AGO's Dominik "GruBy" Swiderski, and with translation help from Mateusz "Sówek" Kowalczyk, learned about the Polish team and the 22-year-old player.

You just defeated eXtatus to win the European division of ESEA MDL, and more importantly secured a spot in the next season of ESL Pro League. How does it feel?

I'm really happy that we made it, we worked really hard. Now we get to play with the best teams in the world—it is great for our careers.

You guys created this team seemingly out of nowhere, and have now overtaken Kinguin and Pride as the second best Polish team. Do you think you can take the top spot from Virtus.pro?

Of course, yes. We are always heading for the top. It was a really long time and a lot of work to get to where we are right now. We feel like we are on fire right now, and that we can make not only top one in Poland, but get even higher in the HLTV rankings.

What was the process of creating this team? You yourself were largely inactive for the first half of 2017.

After I left AGG, I focused on streaming more. When I heard that Furlan would be kicked from Kinguin, I just thought we should make a team together. I was also keeping an eye on the Polish scene, and saw that TOAO, snatchie, and phr were really good. I immediately brought in TOAO and snatchie, and they told me to take phr as well because they played with him in iNETKOX. After that we found AGO, and everything was set.

Was anyone besides phr considered for that fifth spot on the team?

I thought about some other people, but I'd rather not say the names. But, right after a couple of practice games with phr, we decided to go with him. We didn't even practice with other players.

Speaking of AGG, I don't know how much you can say, but did you ever wind up getting paid by them?

Actually, they have started paying me, they have split the payment [into several parts], I heard that AGG found an investor so they are putting a lot of effort to pay the players they had not paid, to clear their name. I'm happy that it happened. I have not got my money from Vexed, though.

While you guys have been here, news just dropped about other changes happening in Poland with Kinguin adding fox and MUTiRiS, do you have any thoughts on that?

I really liked the previous roster and I think that the changes are changes for worse, I think that they needed other things than changing players. They were a good team and right now they might end up being worse and it can just collapse.

Back in 2015 you participated in two Majors with eBettle and Vexed. Now coming into 2018, what are you and your team going to do to make it back into a Major?

This is common knowledge right now between all of the tier 2 teams: the Minor is actually harder to get through than the Main Qualifier for the Major. We will do our best to win the next Minor, but it will just be really, really hard.

Obviously, you guys just qualified for Pro League, have you given any thought to how that is going to change things for you guys as a team?

Joining all the teams that are there, really good teams, will make us get a lot of experience through the whole regular phase of EPL. We are already practicing with those teams, we often play with them in practice matches, but I think that playing them in real games will improve us as a team because we will be less stressed and more comfortable playing with them online and—as well as on LAN.

Day one down, you have more work ahead of you. What do you think, in general, of the opposition you will face in the main competition of the MDL Global Challenge LAN?

The main reason we came here was to win the game versus eXtatus, it was really important to us to get to EPL. But of course, the MDL Global Challenge is really important for us as well. It's not important money wise or something, it's more important to prove everyone that we are good at offline tournaments and we really want to win it. We also prepared for it, our coach miNIr0x made a lot of analysis, he predicted that we would win against eXtatus so we have all of our group already analyzed.

Poland Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Dominik 'GruBy' Swiderski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1234
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
f0rest | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fackyyy 
Nubs
2018-01-05 14:01
#3
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Brazil Setrock 
FAK
2018-01-05 14:02
deluded onliner
2018-01-05 14:02
>1.19 LAN rating in 2017 >onliner Pick one
2018-01-05 14:08
#78
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Sweden Liot 
Pride fan Education Pick one
2018-01-05 14:29
You still salty that pride knocked nip out of minor qual? ;(
2018-01-05 14:30
+1
2018-01-05 14:34
#100
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Sweden Liot 
maybeeee:(
2018-01-05 14:44
savage
2018-01-05 15:23
#119
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Poland Ryunar 
topkek that was an awesome game to see
2018-01-05 15:41
+1
2018-01-05 18:33
+1
2018-01-05 19:46
#141
NEO | 
Poland M41K3L 
+1
2018-01-05 20:38
#10
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Europe _EpiC_ 
gruby means fat
2018-01-05 14:02
#43
dexter | 
Kazakhstan Mus1kkk 
Ruski detected ahahah
2018-01-05 14:12
lmao its turkistan u fkin piece of id1ot Slant-Eye lmao
2018-01-05 15:04
expected tbh
2018-01-05 14:02
Nice
2018-01-05 14:02
Nice ago for win top 12 in 2018
2018-01-05 14:02
#6
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Namibia wojteq__ 
Ok
2018-01-05 14:02
lol
2018-01-05 14:02
top kek
2018-01-05 14:02
ago > vp
2018-01-05 14:02
#123
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Poland Kamiloo10 
+1
2018-01-05 16:16
ALREADY TOP 1 IN POLAND VP ARE TRASH
2018-01-05 14:02
#41
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Brazil AntaresSlayer 
U mad bro? Why using caps lok
2018-01-05 14:11
nice fakeflag
2018-01-05 14:16
#62
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Brazil AntaresSlayer 
Why do everyone think that I'm a fakeflagger lol
2018-01-05 14:18
Name cheks out , "fan of" , checks out
2018-01-05 15:18
Check my profile before vomiting shit lol
2018-01-05 15:22
#14
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Latvia Xaity 
gl
2018-01-05 14:02
#15
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Spain JasonRacism 
LUL no you can't retards
2018-01-05 14:02
#26
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
Ago > navi
2018-01-05 14:06
#27
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Spain JasonRacism 
NT
2018-01-05 14:07
AGO >>>> VP
2018-01-05 14:16
#67
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
+2
2018-01-05 14:20
#16
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Poland NeXtEj 
Virtus.PRO > AGO and Virtus.PRO forever best team in Poland.
2018-01-05 14:03
xDD
2018-01-06 17:55
#17
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Delusional
2018-01-05 14:04
Still not on major
2018-01-05 14:04
#144
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Poland Hamadoshi 
oh Patitek fan :D AGO is a young team, it exists less than one year
2018-01-06 13:28
Well top 1 in poland isnt hard.
2018-01-05 14:04
#66
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
German saying that XD
2018-01-05 14:20
#70
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Germany Sabba1 
I mean germans were #1 in poland arround 70 years ago
2018-01-05 14:22
#71
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
You shouldn’t take pride in that u Fucking retarded nazi kid
2018-01-05 14:23
#75
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Germany Sabba1 
Rather be a nazi than someone that doesnt understand jokes :>
2018-01-05 14:25
#83
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
Quality joke
2018-01-05 14:30
#106
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Germany Tunio 
terrible joke
2018-01-05 14:58
+1
2018-01-05 19:47
what?
2018-01-05 14:25
#86
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
Retard spotted as expected
2018-01-05 14:31
nt now Kinguin top 1 in the world fox <3
2018-01-05 14:04
Expected
2018-01-05 14:04
Grubeast my boy youre already top 1
2018-01-05 14:05
#34
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Poland Hell2k 
VP top 10 ago top 21 nt
2018-01-05 14:09
Let me know when VP beat ago
2018-01-05 14:09
#36
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Poland Hell2k 
let me know when ago on major
2018-01-05 14:09
Ya ill let u know in a couple of months
2018-01-05 14:10
hahahah stop dreaming boy
2018-01-05 14:14
If volvo will fix minor system before next major then ago will easily qualify
2018-01-05 14:15
not even then they loose vs fucking vega on lan how often now cant even count it they would shit their pants they even loose every langame vs shitguin
2018-01-05 14:16
They only lost once on LAN vs kinguin and that was because michu got 100+ frags over 3 maps They will get more consistent on lan with time
2018-01-05 14:18
they lost 2 times on lan against kinguin thats the last time before that one more time and vega is really not good lets be honest haha i mean if you can show it on lan im gonna change my mind but right now i just see them as onliners
2018-01-05 14:21
don't get mad over these haters AGO>VP any day. VP will be over soon anyways, they'll be destroyed after the major
2018-01-05 14:17
taking a normal conversation "haters" calm down 12 yo kid hahah
2018-01-05 14:19
I always start a conversation with hahahhahahahahahhahahahahahaha stop dreaming boy
2018-01-05 14:32
open your eyes first 2nd you dont have to lick his ass while 2 others are talking i mean youre german didnt expect anything else (gaymarriage allowed god damn) but yeah seeya
2018-01-05 14:34
See thats not a normal conversation
2018-01-05 15:31
#23
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Germany Vini_1337 
top 1 in poland lol what are they thinking xD
2018-01-05 14:05
#24
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Poland Banan_IDK 
Its funny how he thinks that his team is tier2 among teams like Mousesports,Cloud9, Liquid or HellRaisers
2018-01-05 14:05
everyone can have different tier rankings. For me AGO are on same level like Liquid and HellRaisers.
2018-01-05 14:08
#80
Jesus | 
Czech Republic Jurys 
HR maybe but Liquid is much stronger
2018-01-05 14:30
#105
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World nakTriceps 
Yep. Liquid has already beaten SK in BO3 LAN. AGO against SK in a BO3 Lan would be crushed.
2018-01-05 14:57
they beat HR in Major quals I think :v so 4 me AGO > HR
2018-01-05 14:37
#33
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Ukraine Ch1caqO 
mouz is t1
2018-01-05 14:09
#40
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Poland Banan_IDK 
almost, we'll see after major
2018-01-05 14:11
#49
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Ukraine Ch1caqO 
ofc we will see, but imo they look like a solid t1
2018-01-05 14:14
<3
2018-01-05 14:30
#37
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United States Ronaldofanboy 
Ago > mouz clown9 liquid hellraisers
2018-01-05 14:09
#42
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CIS Bushyba 
nt
2018-01-05 14:12
Ago still undefeated vs hr Pro league was a fluke
2018-01-05 14:12
Make our scene great again! <3
2018-01-05 14:06
#32
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Poland Hell2k 
Ye ago will show how they good are on major oh wait....
2018-01-05 14:08
This is not AGO fault that minor system sucks. Why Asia and CIS minors got 2x2 spots? Europe got too 2 spots, but even last team on European Minor is better 999x times than 1st at CIS,
2018-01-05 14:10
stop seeking excuses if ago is so good in your eyes they should make it they will never make it tho mark this comment
2018-01-05 14:17
But they are not top 10 strong team rather top 15/20, so they should be on major, but if you have to play vs strong envy, optic and SS its hard to make through. Then u see on major list AVANGAR, QUANTUM BELLATOR FIRE, Flash and you are done.
2018-01-05 14:27
yeah but that is just their region imo they should decrease cis and asia spots to 1 but not change the eu spots after all its a major the most important tournament of the year it has to be a hard road to get there
2018-01-05 14:30
if you want to be Major most competitive you shal bring as many good teams you could, and you can only do it if you give Europe 3-4 spots in Main Qualifier
2018-01-05 14:38
there are more then 3-4 good teams tho if you want as many good teams as you can :D imo they should just devrease cis and asia because these spots are retarded
2018-01-05 14:40
I think that there should be one minor for all those teams from Minors with 8 teams to qualify to Major Qualifiers
2018-01-05 14:47
#73
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Poland Hell2k 
So if ago is so good why did they lose vs tier 3 envy and SS ?
2018-01-05 14:24
+ vega + shitguin on lan haha
2018-01-05 14:30
<3
2018-01-05 14:07
#29
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Poland Hell2k 
XDDDD top 1 nice joke not even on major where are 24 teams omegalul
2018-01-05 14:07
#45
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
Retard alert x3
2018-01-05 14:13
#48
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Namibia banned_so 
vp "tier1" with only one player in top20 and ofc on last place LMAO and shits from vp cant even qualify from ESL meanwhile look where ago is :)
2018-01-05 14:14
"shits" sometimes it goes up and down. just in life, yours sucks.
2018-01-05 14:17
#64
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Namibia banned_so 
down for 2 years nt maybe tell me that ronaldinho will play as same level as in 2005, hes just down for a moment :) 31 yos without skills and motivation like taz wont achieve anything
2018-01-05 14:18
#69
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Poland Hell2k 
dow for 2 years XDDDDDDDD 1 major final 2 major semi final 4 major legend status 3 tournament won Only 1 team who won with SK/LG 1 map on Columbus and Cologne Team who won the most maps vs the best team 2016 2017 SK You are so mad cuz you dont have a scene
2018-01-05 14:22
#77
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Namibia banned_so 
who cares about 2nd 3rd and semi finals? ppl remember the winners check faze/sk results in past 2 years :)
2018-01-05 14:28
#92
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Poland Hell2k 
last 2 years Faze 5 trophy VP 5 trophy and better place on major nt
2018-01-05 14:34
#103
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Namibia banned_so 
and what about sk?
2018-01-05 14:48
No, some people remember winners. Most people like big teams who have done well. And last time SK played VP they lost.
2018-01-05 14:36
still VP won over SK on 6 tournaments in row :v
2018-01-05 14:39
Down for 2 years hahaha. you make me laugh
2018-01-05 14:31
already top 1 in poland
2018-01-05 14:13
#47
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Greece knk74 
LUL
2018-01-05 14:13
#50
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Denmark qwedsa 
ROFL get back to school noob
2018-01-05 14:14
#54
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Europe defirujaca 
Gl Groobi
2018-01-05 14:16
#56
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
grubbas ur right!!
2018-01-05 14:16
VP fanboy gonna be mad
2018-01-05 14:17
#72
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Israel xpicyyy 
VAMOS AGO
2018-01-05 14:24
#87
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Brazil jstrr 
you will once the old men retire, until then enjoy top2 spot
2018-01-05 14:31
When they face top 10 teams, then we will see. Beating tier 3 shitters means nothing
2018-01-05 14:32
they beat VP (3 times), fnatic (on lan) :D
2018-01-05 14:41
They beat fnatic with a stand in on LAN in a bo1. In a bo3 they got destroyed even with a stand in.
2018-01-05 16:54
still a win, you wanted them to win against TOP 10 teams :D
2018-01-05 17:59
If you think that a win against fnatic with brollan instead of KRiMZ in a qualifier lan where fnatic didnt even care about that match (who also destroyed AGO later in a bo3 2-0) means something good for AGO then it shows already that AGO is not even a tier 2 team.
2018-01-05 18:09
hope AGO can bring some passion to the scene make polish csgo great again
2018-01-05 14:42
top kek
2018-01-05 14:47
#104
f0rest | 
CIS iNmade 
top kek
2018-01-05 14:53
lmfao,topteams will slaughter them
2018-01-05 14:59
Gruby looking like a rat
2018-01-05 15:07
Lmao onliners ffs.
2018-01-05 15:08
SUPERMEGAPALANDO
2018-01-05 15:08
POLA POLA POLANDO PL PL PLE STRONG WITCHER > ALL
2018-01-05 15:09
#113
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Sweden crindz 
let's fucking go, grubygod and AGO! these guys = insane
2018-01-05 15:12
#114
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Malaysia K2tan 
never forget OPtic vs AGO 32-5 if i recal correctly
2018-01-05 15:14
32-4*
2018-01-05 16:55
do it on lan
2018-01-05 15:47
#121
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Germany Payynnkilla 
Already top 1 in poland kkk
2018-01-05 15:50
#128
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Poland Carry Potter 
on official ranking they are not, only by head-to-head matches
2018-01-05 17:32
love u gruby
2018-01-05 16:13
Good joke haha
2018-01-05 16:26
#127
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
They are already top 1 in poland. There is absolutely no competition for that spot!
2018-01-05 17:28
#129
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Poland Carry Potter 
nt, VP will win major and finally beat AGO!
2018-01-05 17:33
#130
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Im really impressed by the tenacity of polish fans, but that wont happen. They are done. Epiccenter was a strong showing, but they are washed up now.
2018-01-05 17:34
#131
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Poland Carry Potter 
VP always comes back very strong on majors, The will plow the enemies
2018-01-05 17:35
#132
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
As I said, I admire the tenacity.
2018-01-05 17:35
#133
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Poland Carry Potter 
Their fans are like them basically, we always cheer, no matter what!
2018-01-05 17:36
#134
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Russia Rusev 
Qualify for major first....... or AT LEAST for big tournament.... then talk about being first in Poland.... So disrespectful.
2018-01-05 17:38
#138
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
hahhhahah the arrogant online rat ahhahahahahahah I can't fucking breath
2018-01-05 19:17
#142
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Croatia Netkov 
I feel too.
2018-01-05 21:33
#143
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Japan Jotaro 
AGO better then vp lol nt
2018-01-06 11:10
#145
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Poland Hamadoshi 
AGO good luck at EPL!
2018-01-06 13:32
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