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:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1496
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Nubs
2018-01-05 14:01
5 replies
#3
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Brazil Setrock
FAK
2018-01-05 14:02
deluded onliner
2018-01-05 14:02
#10
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Europe _EpiC_
gruby means fat
2018-01-05 14:02
2 replies
Ruski detected ahahah
2018-01-05 14:12
1 reply
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
Ok
2018-01-05 14:02
lol
2018-01-05 14:02
top kek
2018-01-05 14:02
#11
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Nepal Mury1611
ago > vp
2018-01-05 14:02
1 reply
#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
5 replies
U mad bro? Why using caps lok
2018-01-05 14:11
4 replies
nice fakeflag
2018-01-05 14:16
3 replies
Why do everyone think that I'm a fakeflagger lol
2018-01-05 14:18
2 replies
Name cheks out , "fan of" , checks out
2018-01-05 15:18
1 reply
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
LUL no you can't retards
2018-01-05 14:02
4 replies
Ago > navi
2018-01-05 14:06
1 reply
NT
2018-01-05 14:07
AGO >>>> VP
2018-01-05 14:16
1 reply
+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
1 reply
xDD
2018-01-06 17:55
Delusional
2018-01-05 14:04
Still not on major
2018-01-05 14:04
1 reply
#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
9 replies
German saying that XD
2018-01-05 14:20
8 replies
#70
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Germany Sabba1
I mean germans were #1 in poland arround 70 years ago
2018-01-05 14:22
5 replies
You shouldn’t take pride in that u Fucking retarded nazi kid
2018-01-05 14:23
4 replies
#75
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Germany Sabba1
Rather be a nazi than someone that doesnt understand jokes :>
2018-01-05 14:25
3 replies
Quality joke
2018-01-05 14:30
#106
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Germany Tunio
terrible joke
2018-01-05 14:58
1 reply
+1
2018-01-05 19:47
what?
2018-01-05 14:25
1 reply
Retard spotted as expected
2018-01-05 14:31
nt now Kinguin top 1 in the world fox <3
2018-01-05 14:04
#21
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New Zealand rOtten_97
Expected
2018-01-05 14:04
#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
10 replies
everyone can have different tier rankings. For me AGO are on same level like Liquid and HellRaisers.
2018-01-05 14:08
3 replies
#80
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Czech Republic Jurys
HR maybe but Liquid is much stronger
2018-01-05 14:30
1 reply
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
3 replies
#40
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Poland Banan_IDK
almost, we'll see after major
2018-01-05 14:11
2 replies
#49
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Ukraine Ch1caqO
ofc we will see, but imo they look like a solid t1
2018-01-05 14:14
1 reply
<3
2018-01-05 14:30
Ago > mouz clown9 liquid hellraisers
2018-01-05 14:09
1 reply
nt
2018-01-05 14:12
Make our scene great again! <3
2018-01-05 14:06
<3
2018-01-05 14:07
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
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
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
4 replies
they beat VP (3 times), fnatic (on lan) :D
2018-01-05 14:41
3 replies
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
2 replies
still a win, you wanted them to win against TOP 10 teams :D
2018-01-05 17:59
1 reply
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
#99
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Libya nanaichini
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
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
1 reply
32-4*
2018-01-05 16:55
do it on lan
2018-01-05 15:47
Already top 1 in poland kkk
2018-01-05 15:50
1 reply
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
They are already top 1 in poland. There is absolutely no competition for that spot!
2018-01-05 17:28
5 replies
nt, VP will win major and finally beat AGO!
2018-01-05 17:33
4 replies
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
3 replies
VP always comes back very strong on majors, The will plow the enemies
2018-01-05 17:35
2 replies
As I said, I admire the tenacity.
2018-01-05 17:35
1 reply
Their fans are like them basically, we always cheer, no matter what!
2018-01-05 17:36
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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
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
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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