MAJ3R: "The coordination and synergy are perfect between me and hardstyle"

In our next interview from the ELEAGUE Major, Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli gave us his thoughts on Space Soldiers' narrow loss to SK in the first round, as well as their win earlier today against Cloud9.

Space Soldiers are now 1-1, having lost their first match to SK following a nail-biting Mirage against the Brazilians yesterday before grabbing their first W, defeating Cloud9 in another close affair earlier today.

MAJ3R discussed Space Soldiers' two close affairs so far

We grabbed the in-game leader, Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli, to find out about his team's point of view of the two matches as well as his synergy with the coach, Canpolat "hardstyle" Yıldıran:

Let's go back to yesterday's match against SK - can you tell me about how the fact that they are playing with felps affected your preparation for the match? Was it an issue?

A little bit. I was planning to play Mirage, that was the first map I wanted to play and also them. I didn't know if they wanted to play Cache again, but I was confident about Mirage, so I prepared Mirage. I watched their last game with boltz, who is playing on A as a lurker in the default, and I was trying to be empathic and thought 'okay, with felps I think they will just use him in the same role as boltz' and I watched the demo. I didn't try to antistrat but I wanted to see what they do. I didn't do a lot of preparation to also focus on our game, that's all, but it wasn't the best preparation I could have, yeah.

I was aware of what they were doing, TACO AWPing B and FalleN AWPing at A, playing at firebox, CT, or contact ramp, I knew some of the details but I didn't really antistrat, it was kind of hard with their stand-in.

The last three rounds were very close and could have gone either way, though they went SK's way in the end, how did that go from your point of view, especially Calyx's 1v2 situation?

Well, I think they played well, we also played well, I think. The last round when Calyx shot FalleN to 1 HP - for me, it was the best move we could have made, I was connector, I failed my molotov, I think, because I thought it was planted for firebox, but it was on the left. Then I told Calyx to come T spawn and come to me, because I would die for him and he would clutch.

It was the perfect move for me, but TACO made a really good shot on Calyx. It was an important round because they forcebought in that round, had we won that round it would have looked better for us, but in the end, I think they played well, they are SK, they have more experience, and I hope that loss will give us more experience.

Against Cloud9 today, the first half went very well for you with 11 rounds on the T side, but it got very close in the second half when C9 came back from a 8-14 deficit to 13-14. Can you tell me about that part?

We did the best we could, we know we have a strong T side on Cobble. After that, we said 'guys, we need that pistol, we need that pistol', because we know when we lose that pistol on Cobble, the CT side gets complicated. When I researched the veto, I was kind of lost because I didn't know what map they would pick or what map we could play, so I watched all the possible maps, Train, Mirage, Overpass, Cobble, Inferno.

I watched them all for like two hours, Cobble was surprising, but we just decided to play Cobble in the end, I talked to my teammates and asked them what they were feeling like, because the map was not important, Cloud9 can play every map, they have a good map pool. On Cobble, the CT side was kind of hard, we need to work more on that.

Did the technical break at 15-13 affect the match, your or Cloud9's composure perhaps?

For them, maybe, in that situation we can't talk, TeamSpeak is muted and we can't take off the headphones, so we can't talk about strategy, just focus. I told my guys with my eyes like 'we need to focus, let's go, just don't lose your energy'. But I'm very glad paz finished that round.

Now that you've got a win on the board, are you confident that you can go to the playoffs? What will it take?

It was important, the game today, it was very important to get one victory. Now we're more safe, we're going to keep doing what we do, playing with what we have and let's see!

You mentioned that you go through demos in preparation, is that something that hardstyle helps you with? What is the synergy and chemistry between you and the coach?

The coach is perfect, he's like my big brother, we work together, we watch demos, we also do vetoes, he gives me his opinion on what we can do, what they can do, what we'll play.

He's in this team for a long time since its creation, so he knows the guys perfectly, so sometimes he also helps me - every person has his character, so the leader also needs to understand the character of his players to be a good leader. So he's helping me a lot about that as well, the coordination and synergy is perfect between us.

Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Turkey Canpolat 'hardstyle' Yıldıran
Canpolat 'hardstyle' Yıldıran
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.55
Maps played:
4
KPR:
0.35
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.07
#1
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United Arab Emirates TheLordAlpaca 
n
2018-01-20 20:03
#2
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United Kingdom Tendies 
nice, playing fucking sick
2018-01-20 20:04
#7
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Turkey dogboi2001 
ofc EZ legends for SS!
2018-01-20 20:04
Not EZ fakeflagger
2018-01-20 20:06
space soldiers
2018-01-20 20:03
#4
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
Please make legends
2018-01-20 20:04
#9
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Malaysia byaIi 
np
2018-01-20 20:04
#24
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Faroe Islands Jones123 
But seriously. If ss, qbf or both teams make playoffs i think it can be a start to something big. Out with the old (vp, na'vi, fnatic, north(?)), in with the new
2018-01-20 20:10
#28
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Malaysia byaIi 
if vp now gonna out, they wont quali again
2018-01-20 20:09
#32
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Finland Alko^ 
easy major for faze if that happens
2018-01-20 20:12
#55
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Turkey hxlo 
dont be a fangay ffs we all saw what ss do against sk,the score is 1-1 between sk and ss rn and the thing im trying to say is if ss can play that good against sk every team can beat faze.
2018-01-20 21:34
#57
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Turkey orox2 
that shows cs scene is getting bigger and bigger everyday and the gap between top teams and other teams gettin tight
2018-01-20 21:59
You are absolutely right bro
2018-01-20 23:47
5th
2018-01-20 20:04
#8
Latvia kjyy 
lol, gl kebabs
2018-01-20 20:04
NICE HAIR MAJER STYLING ON THEM
2018-01-20 20:04
nice nickname xd
2018-01-20 20:12
XD
2018-01-20 20:12
#47
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Europe _EpiC_ 
I like it too rotfl
2018-01-20 20:34
ez for ence
2018-01-20 20:04
#12
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Pakistan perth 
oh hardstyle is their coach I thought he was talking about music xd
2018-01-20 20:04
#25
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
and I thought he was talking about his hair style.
2018-01-20 20:09
#27
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Pakistan perth 
I think we both need some sleep xD
2018-01-20 20:09
and i thought he was talking about sex
2018-01-20 20:10
#37
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
+1 Sex position facts with MAJ3R!
2018-01-20 20:19
#58
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Slovakia itsab8 
same lmao
2018-01-20 22:02
#71
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Finland Robbs3n 
dont worry lol me too. i was like oh damn hardstyle on a hltv article but no :(
2018-01-21 19:17
#13
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Azerbaijan Talley 
well deserved win
2018-01-20 20:05
Im feeling thank you
2018-01-20 20:05
hardstyle best style
2018-01-20 20:06
Reverse base crew says hi
2018-01-20 20:25
Gotta love the reverse bass, best shit
2018-01-21 00:09
GOD <3
2018-01-20 20:06
#18
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World waltsuu 
is hardstyle that old looking guy ?
2018-01-20 20:06
Yes, he is coach of SS
2018-01-20 20:08
#19
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Greece knk74 
xanteres has a shit haircut
2018-01-20 20:06
#38
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
+1 But i'm sure that one of u guys will steal his hairstyle(again).
2018-01-20 20:20
#48
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Turkey War2Justice 
lol rekt
2018-01-20 20:35
#54
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Greece knk74 
what the footballer hairstyle oh please every dumb kid around the world has that hair cut since 2012
2018-01-20 21:17
damn MAJ3R is /fa/ af
2018-01-20 20:07
hardstyle good man
2018-01-20 20:08
#23
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Croatia nAmeless69 
hairstyle*
2018-01-20 20:08
Majers hair is gay af
2018-01-20 20:09
Looks like a skunk
2018-01-21 17:07
#30
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Yugoslavia bleaq 
baej3r
2018-01-20 20:10
#31
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Russia AyvaN 
NOICE!
2018-01-20 20:11
#35
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
Igl with golden hair. I love you Maj3r and we all need you <3
2018-01-20 20:14
#36
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Belgium BIG__DADDY 
DAT HAIR
2018-01-20 20:15
#39
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United States KylieJenner 
read it as "synergy between me and my hairstyle" LUL
2018-01-20 20:22
#40
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Brazil Gunzel 
LOL ss just barely won against shit team clown 9 and already become cocky wuahaha. 1-3 inc space kebab
2018-01-20 20:22
#50
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Morocco Shadowdances 
Hope we'll draw with gambit on inferno or mirage or cache or cobble :))
2018-01-20 20:43
#41
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Brazil marcovsk 
This guy talk soo much.
2018-01-20 20:23
#44
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France plagueis 
hahahahaahhahahahahahahahah hahahaha cuz igl hahahahaha
2018-01-20 20:25
#42
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Finland Smoonah 
ez win vs c9 plz don't be too cocky now
2018-01-20 20:24
As hardstyle genre fan tittle made me laugh
2018-01-20 20:25
#46
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Other Onizuka_go 
lul hardstyle
2018-01-20 20:26
Winter is coming
2018-01-20 20:36
I hope they go far in this tournament after making a name for themselves. They’ve definitely shown they’re capable, and Maj3r seems to be similar to Fallen in how they think about the game and their players. Definitely can’t wait to see what happens!
2018-01-20 20:52
god maj3r
2018-01-20 21:06
I've read hairstyle
2018-01-20 21:17
#56
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Turkey ManuFaruk 
maj3r 2000 IQ
2018-01-20 21:44
good luck maj3r and SS
2018-01-20 22:24
reverse bass ftw
2018-01-20 23:32
#61
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Sweden DrProblem 
I read it in this way: "... between me and hairstyle"
2018-01-20 23:34
Me too xd
2018-01-21 04:58
#65
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Turkey tekinalp 
be sure, us too xd
2018-01-21 09:52
hardbass
2018-01-21 10:46
#67
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Brazil Lemonitos 
Hope these guys make to Legends, great team and great attitude. Plus Xantares is a total beast.
2018-01-21 13:51
Finally I can have <3 hardstyle beside my name, that is fucking amazing
2018-01-21 16:00
i read this as "between me and my hairstyle" at first
2018-01-21 18:48
#73
World B-eZ 
me too xD
2018-01-21 20:19
hahahaha
2018-01-21 20:19
#75
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Czech Republic jETFly 
+1 m2 haha
2018-01-21 21:23
-ngiN +kennyS
2018-01-21 19:29
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