XANTARES: "Being here is an entirely different experience for us"

Striker
January 13th, 2018 21:31

Our next interview from day two at the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier is with Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş, whose Space Soldiers are so far 1-1 in the Swiss format after beating AVANGAR earlier today.

Space Soldiers came to the Main Qualifier straight from the MDL Global Challenge in New York, where the Turkish side placed second followig a loss to AGO in the grand final.

On the first day, Space Soldiers lost to Sprout on Cobblestone, while the second day saw the team beat AVANGAR in relatively comfortable fashion with a great CT side.

XANTARES vowed to do anything he can to help the team qualify

With the coach Canpolat "hardstyle" Yıldıran acting as a translator, we caught up with Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş to ask about the last few months, during which the team had to play with Çağatay "DESPE" Sedef instead of Ahmet "paz" Karahoca at some of their tournaments, as well as the qualifier. 

Let's go back to the last few months, Space Soldiers have been to quite a few of the smaller events, the Minor, WESG Europe, and Global Challenge, how satisfied are you with how you've performed at the end of 2017?

We were practicing hard, we always practice hard, that's what matters to us, but the last couple of months were bad due to paz having a surgery and he needed to take time off. We had to play with our sixth player, DESPE, and we just struggled a bit, but we're doing okay now, this is really important for us and we just want to make it.

Was your practice regimen any different prior to the Major, which is the biggest event you've attended so far? How has the preparation been compared what you normally do?

There was the off-season as you know, we just took some time off and then we started playing as usual, we didn't do anything special, we just followed our routines. We knew we had to come to MDL, which is better than practice for us, actually, because official matches are always good. And that's basically what we did.

Were you satisfied with what you showed at the Global Challenge?

Obviously not, not at all. The first thing was that there was jetlag and the second thing, we just couldn't focus as much as we needed to. But we tried hard to play better and play our normal game, actually, but we failed. We played against AGO in the final and they showed better things than us, they played better.

Has it helped you learn any important lessons for the Major?

We took our lesson from there which drove us here, we just reminded ourselves that we should push ourselves more and more, because it's the Major qualifier and we just managed to get here. We just wanted to qualify and that's what matters for us.

How confident are you in your ability to qualify for the Major itself?

Well, actually it's an entirely different experience for us, being here, playing on the stage. On the first day, in the first match, I think it was a lack of experience, because we lost the communication, we couldn't play our game, everything was different on the first day. Yesterday, after we lost the match, we talked, we reviewed the demo, then we just told ourselves that we have to do more, we are here and we need to do something, we need to change something, and we need to play our game whatever happens. We just stick together and we play our game.

Can you tell me about the second game as well, being able to defeat AVANGAR?

We respect every team here because everyone managed to come here, that makes them a good team, so we respect them all. Yesterday, we made lots of mistakes, especially in clutch situations, but today we just made less mistakes than them, that's how we win, actually.

For someone who has yet to attend their first Major, this being your first real chance, what does the Major mean to you and the team?

Personally, the Major is the most important thing for me right now. I will do anything to help my teammates in order to win the matches we play and I hope I can do some good so that we can.

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.87
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
688
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Turkey Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
468
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Turkey Canpolat 'hardstyle' Yıldıran
Canpolat 'hardstyle' Yıldıran
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.55
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.35
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.07
You will not qualify sorry
2018-01-13 21:31
#3
NiKo | 
United States atom2k 
de_ported
2018-01-13 21:31
I hope they get good sticker money and decide to move to my country and start new kebab place. Turks make good kebab
2018-01-13 21:33
#29
United States vaz 
What a low class comment
2018-01-13 21:44
lul
2018-01-13 21:44
Come here my friend. Your cousin has a barber shop next to my house, I love going there!
2018-01-13 21:47
HAHahahaha loool
2018-01-13 21:59
isnt finland a village somewhere in europe?
2018-01-13 22:50
Amk oglu finlandaya koy diyor tipine sikeym
2018-01-14 00:23
5 milyon nufus var lale 3 tane yasancak ili var kalkmis bana yuzolcum hesapliyor
2018-01-14 08:20
Yes quite small country, why? Yet all of you seem to want to move there :D Nothing against it imo, hard working people compared to somalis, iraqis etc. I like turkey!
2018-01-14 10:42
Maybe 1 day ma friend :D
2018-01-14 00:07
Hes not even being sarcastic he loves turkish "Kebab"
2018-01-14 08:31
#27
NAF | 
Bangladesh Ligma_ 
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 21:44
#2
Czech Republic popoa 
nice
2018-01-13 21:31
#4
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Germany simonmy 
#4 is fine.
2018-01-13 21:32
hope they wont lose next 2 games
2018-01-13 21:31
why
2018-01-14 00:08
xantares deserves to play on major main stage
2018-01-14 00:09
+1 but no ngin no maj3r
2018-01-14 00:11
#7
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Brazil hugoooo 
They played Cologne, how is this entirely different? Very similar actually.
2018-01-13 21:32
Yeah i was also thinking about that. They faced sk, c9 etc. Cologne were different at that time. They should more experienced now.
2018-01-13 22:24
well last year's cologne was not a major to remind you
2018-01-14 08:01
#8
suNny | 
Finland iPaZ 
nice
2018-01-13 21:32
#9
COCAINE | 
United Kingdom Kansur 
ez
2018-01-13 21:32
#10
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Denmark JustYes 
50
2018-01-13 21:32
I am feeling thank you.
2018-01-13 21:32
vactares
2018-01-13 21:32
being here is thank you
2018-01-13 21:32
#60
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
LOL
2018-01-13 23:03
#14
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India Gandhii4 
I am feeling, thank you.
2018-01-13 21:32
SS are kinda bad, even tho they have firepower, they lack something.. maybe kebab brain is the factor, but idk
2018-01-13 21:32
#41
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Turkey SG^^ 
experience
2018-01-13 21:59
That's the shit people are saying about Asian CS as well, since like 1.6, so 10+ years... it is about mentality, not about experience. Those TyLoo scrubs etc will never get to tier1, same with SS.
2018-01-13 22:03
#54
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Turkey SG^^ 
Doesn't mentality comes with experience? How many grand finals core SK lineup (fallen, cold, fer, taco) played together and lost together to reach this level of mentality they've shown at the end of 2017? And about SS, it's a success if they qualify for the major in my opinion, considering how limited their "big event experience".
2018-01-13 22:49
xantares number one and im feeling ty
2018-01-13 21:32
GODTARES
2018-01-13 21:33
I would imagine it's very different than Turkey.
2018-01-13 21:33
my man <3
2018-01-13 21:34
I'm spray god -XANTARES
2018-01-13 21:34
#23
paz | 
Sweden daboxD 
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 21:36
MAJOR WIN INC. BTW
2018-01-13 21:38
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 21:40
Ez pz - Samuel John 4 brothers
2018-01-13 21:40
XANTARES and giving interview? im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 21:44
God of spray
2018-01-13 21:44
#32
United States vaz 
Great player, keep it up!
2018-01-13 21:45
#33
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Turkey DeWTurk 
ez player
2018-01-13 21:46
Xantares ez world
2018-01-13 21:47
wutface
2018-01-13 21:51
#37
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Estonia Chaostic 
XANTARES vowed to do anything he can to help the team qualify Very similar to something a certain somebody vowed before *Cough* Niko vows to improve team *Cough* Xantares to faze soon?
2018-01-13 21:53
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 21:54
this
2018-01-14 00:15
niko in 2016 is still 3 times better than xantares 2017-18
2018-01-13 22:05
if you mean gamesense:yes aim:i arent thinker that
2018-01-13 22:18
Xantares best player on the world they ez 2v2 lan rain niko and kennys shox just lost cajun aizy
2018-01-13 21:56
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 22:03
ez
2018-01-13 22:03
#47
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Turkey bigretard 
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 22:06
#49
Petra | 
Turkey ao1 
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 22:21
Im feeling thank You
2018-01-13 22:27
I m feeling will do anything to help my teammates in order to win the matches
2018-01-13 22:27
#53
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Turkey westerncollar 
GO SS
2018-01-13 22:48
of course. its on lan and its not online where you can load ur skill.exe
2018-01-13 22:50
XANTARES: "BEING HERE [ON LAN] IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FOR US"
2018-01-13 23:14
#57
ropz | 
Estonia carmen 
god
2018-01-13 22:50
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 22:55
#59
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Turkey Black237 
im feeling thank you
2018-01-13 22:57
haha cuz no cheats
2018-01-13 23:30
#72
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Brazil Collee 
AKA We can't cheat at tier 1 lans
2018-01-14 01:13
#84
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United States mers_cs 
rip sk first day :)
2018-01-17 05:31
#85
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Brazil Collee 
No problem, coldzera is waiting, dropped two 35 bombs in regular time last major. And if they lose one game, it'll be the only SS will win anyway like the last tournament lul
2018-01-17 06:19
#86
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United States mers_cs 
No hope for banana
2018-01-17 08:26
I am feeling thank you
2018-01-14 03:38
Can he speak English? Omfg
2018-01-14 06:41
"With the coach acting as a translator"
2018-01-14 08:41
XD
2018-01-14 11:04
#79
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Turkey Jarrod 
He has amazing aim skill like a machine too different from others
2018-01-14 10:07
#81
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
i am feeling thank you
2018-01-14 10:46
1-3 in coming
2018-01-14 10:49
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