Kvik: "We knew we could qualify if we got lucky with the draws"

We caught up with the first Lithuanian player to make it to a Major, Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys, after Quantum Bellator Fire beat EnVyUs and AVANGAR on day five to clinch a spot in the next stage.

Quantum Bellator Fire have made it to the ELEAGUE Major with a 3-2 record in the Main Qualifier, defeating Flash, Envy, and AVANGAR on their way to the next stage.

We caught up with Aurimas "⁠Kvik⁠" Kvakšys, the first Lithuanian player to make it to a Major, and quizzed him about the match against the Frenchmen, who had to play with coach Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel, as well as against AVANGAR.

Kvik responded to the criticism the Minor system has attracted

The 22-year-old also touched on other topics, such as the criticism towards the Minor system and the CIS Minor specifically:

I'd like to begin with your previous match against EnVyUs, where you started quite poorly but were able to recover on your T side without too many issues, can you talk me through the match from your point of view?

The start was shaky, we lost the pistol round and then we took the forcebuy round. We knew that we don't have good antiecos and we tried to change things up, and they again won the antieco round. Everything fell apart, we knew they were playing with the coach, and we tried to catch them off-guard, but it didn't work.

That's why we lost the first half and then we just steamrolled over them in the second half. We started with a good pistol, we won the buyround, we just went with the flow, round by round. Our morale was getting boosted and everyone started to scream, we gave high fives to each other and we just built up our confidence to win the game.

Was it hard to deal with ScreaM in that first half?

Yeah, actually, ScreaM was the only problem, he was everywhere! He was peeking mid, then he came to B, we were really surprised. But then we knew that he's playing B on the CT side and we tried to avoid him, just pushed up banana to pull him back, and then we went to A where the coach was playing. We just used that to our advantage.

Considering you played AVANGAR three times at the Minor and lost each time, how were you feeling getting that matchup?

We were feeling confident because back at the Minor we hadn't been playing together for a long time, we were a team for about two weeks for that Minor, so we kind of knew we are more prepared for this Major. We knew we could win this match, not easily because every time we played them it was really close and we actually threw one game with a 9-1 lead, so we were confident going into this matchup.

It seemed like a comfortable match from about halfway through the first half, can you tell me about how it went?

Actually, our team is very morale-based. If we get rolling, we can stomp any team, win against any team, that's the way we want play. We want to win rounds in a row so that we can boost our morale and just steamroll the whole game.

I talked to waterfaLLZ at the beginning of the tournament and he mentioned that the whole team was quite nervous, did that get better as the event progressed?

Yeah, of course. Three of us are playing at this level for the first time, against tier one teams, so we're kind of feeling that pressure and especially against teams we know that we can beat. We have nothing to lose against teams who are tier one, so we're just kind of trying to surprise them, trying some new things that we normally don't use.

Playing against teams that we can beat, we have more pressure on us, because everyone wants us to win and knew that we could win. But yeah, after the win against EnVyUs, we got our morale up and we got one game to rest, but we still had that morale of winning the game and we were confident.

As such a new team and as a team that has never competed at a level close to this before, what does it mean to make the Major here?

It means so much to us. As a team we're playing for two or three months, and those three months are like 20 days of bootcamp, three or four weeks of rest, just really messy. But our goal for this event was just to gain experience, we weren't actually aiming to get to the next stage, but after we saw the draws, we knew that it could work and that we could beat the teams we were playing against.

Looking at the teams, there were eight teams we could beat and eight teams that would be hard to beat, so we kind of knew we could qualify if we get lucky with the draws and don't get tier one teams every time. We got lucky, I guess, but we're really, really happy about it.

With that in mind, what are you going to be aiming for in the next stage?

Gain more experience, I guess, play against better teams, we will try our best to win, we're not playing just to lose, we're playing to win every game, and we will try our best to win against better teams.

I've been asking all the teams that qualified about the change that Valve introduced for this Major, including the Main Qualifier teams into it - how has that been feeling for you guys, did you feel like this was a qualifier or did you already feel like you were at a Major?

Getting stickers was okay, but it's still a qualifier, I think, we're going with that mentality just that we got stickers. It's cool that Valve decided that and I think it benefits them as well. I think they will change the Minor system as well. But yeah, we were lucky enough to get this and that's all.

With how the CIS teams have performed here, what are your thoughts on the criticism that the Minor system has been getting lately, especially the CIS Minor?

I don't know, the Minors are built to get teams from other regions to the world, to give them experience, and I think that's okay, I don't know why people are blaming it. It doesn't matter, the better team will win any time and we're just proving that not every time is the CIS region that bad, they can win against better teams.

For example, Vega Squadron came from the Minors and look how good they are playing now. That's all about getting exposed, I guess, getting that experience and I think they should stay like that.

France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
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Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
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2018-01-16 03:33
shit team jony boy and their squad had beat this noobs
2018-01-16 03:35
ez first and sad cuz bad
2018-01-16 03:35
huyak | 
Russia aztz
calm down jony boy your time will come... maybe:)
2018-01-16 03:35
You have been banned from posting on the forums until: 2018-01-19T02:35:23Z RIP KSTAR_ [*]
2018-01-16 03:37
lucky af
2018-01-16 03:36
Lithuania Woozylul
i don't get why so many people are angry about this, they won the matches that counted and they qualified people shouldn't put so much importance on matches that happen online. Lan is where it truly matters in the end. If they wouldn't have made it Avangar would but they beat them and proved that they were a better team on lan and deserved to go to the real major
2018-01-16 20:31
ez win for them
2018-01-16 03:35
2018-01-16 03:34
lucky exactly is the word
2018-01-16 03:43
2018-01-16 16:03
Canada Vcoss
2018-01-16 03:34
Belarus Starvoid
no shit sherlock
2018-01-16 03:34
North America Seasidee
Rely on draws.. SAD. Honestly tho, they worked hard for this, hope I get to keep seeing them develop :]
2018-01-16 03:34
At least he pretty much admits they got lucky and doesn't pretend they always knew they were going to make it, that's more than most players in shit teams do.
2018-01-16 16:00
At least he said truth. They could have no chance with most teams
2018-01-18 15:01
2 ez for kvik
2018-01-16 03:34
Australia kTw0
luckiest team ever lmao
2018-01-16 03:34
On the same level of Renegades, I wouldn't be muddy about that. Yours aren't even qualified yet.
2018-01-16 03:35
Australia kTw0
Pointless reply. All I am saying is they got lucky, which they did? Nothing to do with Renegades
2018-01-16 03:36
You said 'luckiest team ever', it's not quite the same to what you just said yourself. How can they be the luckiest team ever if they actually played those teams and played better? They're not responsible for draws and they didn't play the same team twice as it's written in the rules, so what's their luck? Keep shitting on CIS minors with solid arguments just like now.
2018-01-16 03:38
Smashed by Na'Vi and FaZe, barley won against Flash and just won against Envy because they needed to play with an emergency stand-in. They did not play one good game in the qualifier. They played a lot of Silver Style CSGO and it hurts to see them play. Not worthy of being called a Major Challenger. But teams like them are the real winner of Bo1 Swiss system
2018-01-16 03:55
They played just like anybody else, right for the skill ceiling. Still doing fine in the Major and got to qualify for it. With all my love and respect to nV, superior EU minor is as doomed as CIS, even though the second team from CIS minor still has a chance to qualify and will be 2/2 vs. 1/2. They play fine, they will improve in the process of gaining experience. It's the basis, hurts to read the text by a kid.
2018-01-16 03:57
Australia kTw0
relax mate, getting worked up because I said they got lucky, which they admitted themselves.
2018-01-16 04:05
I see, I didn't mean to offend anyone. Just the words may be sharp and you know the continuing. I just gathered up all the words by those who used to say and still saying that CIS minor should be removed completely while we see the clear improvement and blazing show they put up for us. What else do they need? They play as good as they can, complete newbies at this stage. They've got lucky of course but you said that in a bad manner!
2018-01-16 04:09
Australia kTw0
CIS as a region is probably stronger than NA. Has better players, who if given the same opportunity as NA players would be far better. NA players get more and do less it is pathetic. The fact that vega and qbf are doing well proves that.
2018-01-16 04:14
Also, don't want to bring it in but AVANGAR just won over Renegades. I'm just saying to add up to how CIS minor is going well, nothing else. I was rooting for nV the most of the time but also Vega is great too. Who could imagine this aftermath. I picked Renegades though so I hope they still have a chance, don't they?
2018-01-16 04:17
Australia kTw0
Nah Renegades are done. Jks and Azr should find another team together, NAF is on another level and Ustilo is usually deadweight
2018-01-16 04:21
There've been times when Renegades and Team Immunity looked like an elite teams, also I liked The Chiefs. But it's no crime to cheer for the team from another country, my favorite one is Team EnVyUs, sadly. All in all, glad we found the understanding. Have fun.
2018-01-16 04:29
the best team they beat was AVANGAR... If you make it into the major without beating an HLTV top 30 team, you're an incredibly lucky team.
2018-01-16 04:18
Everyone plays equally, if they got to get to the qualifier in the first place, they're already a top 30 team. NiP #4 somehow, couldn't deal with the qualifier for the qualifier of the qualifier. With the way they play, they could offer a fight to anyone except for G2 and FaZe. Don't you realise how it works in fact?
2018-01-16 04:15
They are not on the same level as c9, mouz, Na'vi, or vega squadron. Also making it to the qualifier doesn't make you top 30. QBFire got lucky because Vega, Gambit, Navi, and Flipsid3 weren't in their minor. If c9, Liquid, Misfits, and Renegades were in the qualifier/major, and 2 NA teams went to the qualifier (like CIS), then Rise Nation would probably have been in the qualifier. You can't tell me Rise Nation is a top 30 team...
2018-01-16 04:27
It can be so in the next one, Rise Nation, Splyce, anyone. They're still working, training and hoping together. Don't get me wrong but those pros aren't 'Gods', anyone from the FaceIt level above 8, could play like them for one day and then back to swamp. The real top teams are SK, Astralis, FaZe (doubtably). The rest are all on the same level and we see now AVANGAR and QBF slowly climbing upon this level, no need to cheer for them, but admit it.
2018-01-16 04:32
U just said luckiest, not lucky lmao
2018-01-16 21:09
NiKo | 
Lithuania r0uK
Where is your team? Oh.. wait u dont have a team
2018-01-16 12:16
and lucky you were... Liquid has the worst luck in cs
2018-01-16 03:34
liquid = chokers
2018-01-16 03:48
pretty much NA = chokers
2018-01-18 14:58
2018-01-16 03:34
United States Toxsick11
go avangar!
2018-01-16 03:35
Haters gonna hate
2018-01-16 03:35
2018-01-16 03:35
Turkey orox2
well at least they know they are lucky as fuck
2018-01-16 03:36
ez for litva
2018-01-16 03:39
2018-01-16 03:41
Well guess what
2018-01-16 03:43
Hungary subzera
atleast theyre honest
2018-01-16 03:44
easy for lietuva
2018-01-16 03:44
Brazil hugoooo
Great to see a player admitting this, while fanboys themselves aren't able to do this.
2018-01-16 03:45
Good to read they know they were just lucky
2018-01-16 03:54
fuck you eleague
2018-01-16 03:55
steel | 
Belarus Ruble
Just give less spots to na teams and more to eu teams in qualifier.
2018-01-16 03:55
Finland Smoonah
get lucked
2018-01-16 04:01
United Kingdom FEodAL
ez stickers ez life
2018-01-16 04:12
No luck, ALL skill. Way too easy for Quantum Bellator Fire.
2018-01-16 04:56
" Looking at the teams, there were eight teams we could beat and eight teams that would be hard to beat " As far as I know there are 16 teams in the qualifier, so did they think about.. beating themselves too ? :D
2018-01-16 05:44
Kvik knows quik maffs
2018-01-16 07:18
Well a lot of defeats are called like "they beat themselves" in sports, so maybe yeah :D
2018-01-16 07:20
Sweden Dino1
kvik maffs
2018-01-16 16:17
Yes you got fucking lucky. Thanx Valve for retarded rules of replacements and CIS + Asian minors, we got noobs in the major.
2018-01-16 07:23
QBF 16:13 VP mark my words. Lil russian who likes Mouz just becouse of ropz.
2018-01-16 21:17
Lithuania Woozylul
as well as Faze , Navi , Envyus , Flash and Avangar getting the worst team on paper :>
2018-01-17 01:55
Lithuania xeNNw0w
At least hes honest xd
2018-01-16 07:25
ez major .
2018-01-16 09:12
i dont know what QBF doing on the Major... they not deserved... just amazing luck that rpk not play that game.. otherwise it was 16:4 envyus easy win
2018-01-16 09:15
Lithuania Woozylul
They deserve it because they did beat the teams they have played and both Faze and Na'vi got lucky too getting qbf, as well as Envyus , Flash and Avangar are lucky that they got qbf who on paper should be the better teams but the better team won in the end , you can't blame qbf because rpk got sick its not their fault they have just used the opportunity they got to fullest and thats it
2018-01-17 01:53
the weakest team was flash... i dont say that they fault that rpk was sick.. i just say that they was so lucky that rpk was sick... if rpk playing then qbf dont have alotof chance to win them... Just luck... i know you are Lithuanian and support first Lithuanian player on major.
2018-01-17 11:11
"the Minors are built to get teams from other regions to the world" YES, thank you. Fucking retards on Reddit have no idea about the business side of things. CIS is the biggest region viewer-wise, lower amount of teams from that region would directly impact viewer count.
2018-01-16 09:40
Nope. NA is largest viewer base followed by CIS
2018-01-16 11:30
That's June 2016 numbers, maybe look at the website more recently. In the US more people own the game than in Russia. Based on looking at plenty of forum threads across multiple platforms I've seen a common trend that a lot of people who watch the major don't actually play the game as well but do own it. Russia might have the lead in percent who play at 11.37% to USA's 9.99% a difference of 1.38%. Based on current players in the last 2 weeks Russia only leads by about 141,000 But in terms of who owns the game the US leads 13.85% to 10.69% a difference of 3.16% An article from October 2016 placed the total ownership of the game at about 25,000,000. More people likely own the game now than back then so let's increase that to a fair 30,000,000. Now that 3.16% ownership difference equates to 948,000 more people owning the game.
2018-01-16 23:56
too ez for kvik
2018-01-16 10:09
"lucky" is an understatement. They literally played a team that didn't even belong at the major originally, a team that was missing it's star player, and another garbage team. That's not luck, that's eleague sucking their dicks dry
2018-01-16 11:29
the third one was seen as a 0-3 team lol all of them at the point they played were the worst team in the tournament except f3
2018-01-16 20:32
2018-01-17 00:07
avangar was seen as a team that will go 0-3 before the major
2018-01-17 00:08
Yeah I realize. That's why I said a garbage team. The difference here is QBF literally played the worst teams they could and got through. At least someone like a Vega beat Faze (even if it was a BO1 fluke)
2018-01-17 00:10
avangar is actually good tho
2018-01-17 00:10
They aren't Look at who they played. A trash 0-3 team, a trash 1-3 team and a trash 2-3 team
2018-01-17 00:11
you didnt watch them play then haha
2018-01-17 00:14
I did watch them play. It physically hurt my eyes to see the garbage tactics and aim
2018-01-17 00:16
the games they went close/ winning were games were they played well. I did bet on them against Liquid and I was never mad of them for doing any stupid mistakes.
2018-01-17 09:49
2018-01-16 11:45
2018-01-16 12:05
2018-01-16 12:20
Sweden 4Sweeeden
Lithuanian csgo scene is on its rise... Kappa
2018-01-16 16:01
I kinda like Qbf because they know they got lucky and they are gaining experience. Not like avangar. They have not said that they are here to win because gambit make that and they are 2nd gambit. Selfish way. But Qbf is nice :)
2018-01-16 21:36
Libya nanaichini
respect AVANGAR fvck QBfire
2018-01-17 04:12
Why fuck ?
2018-01-17 14:45
At least he is honest
2018-01-17 10:51
QBF lucky af
2018-01-17 11:18
Congrats Kvik , good luck , your team deserved
2018-01-17 14:22
2018-01-17 16:13
Estonia teremartin
ofc he got lucky inc qbf 0-3...oh wait...100% liquid 0-3
2018-01-17 18:44
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