tarik: "I'm normally a level-headed player, but I was losing it [at the end of Inferno]"

We caught up with the HLTV MVP by Betway, Tarik "tarik" Celik in a live interview after Cloud9 clinched the trophy at the ELEAGUE Major, becoming the first North American team to win a Major championship.

The grand final started off on Mirage, where Cloud9 started very well but ended up losing the match 14-16 before the series went to Overpass. Despite the map being FaZe's pick, Cloud9 seemed comfortable and equalized the score to push the match to Inferno, the deciding map.

There, Cloud9 came back from a 11-15 deficit to force overtime, where they clinched three rounds in the first half. The Americans couldn't close out the match, however, as FaZe came back with three in a row on the CT side, but the second overtime saw Cloud9 grab two rounds on each side to clinch the ELEAGUE Major trophy.

After the match, we did a live interview with our Most Valuable Player, Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik, to get his thoughts on the series:

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United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
#1
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United States SWiFTzZzZz
First
2018-01-29 02:42
1 reply
You know who was really losing it on the last map? rain
2018-01-29 02:46
#3
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Bosnia and Herzegovina HAD1$hA
2nd
2018-01-29 02:42
3 replies
NIKO is the biggest CHOKER ever. This guy never show up against SK or in the most difficults matches. He will never be like Coldzera, a monster in every single grand final. And Coldzera has 200 IQ against 37 NIKO
2018-01-29 02:45
2 replies
#37
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France plagueis
jonathan please ban guy this +reported
2018-01-29 02:54
Niko atleast made it. I am not a fan of both, but you're eing a fag
2018-01-29 18:51
gg
2018-01-29 02:42
mega pochamp
2018-01-29 02:42
#6
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Brazil antunes16
Noice.
2018-01-29 02:42
#7
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United States Sheenaynay
He's insane that's it
2018-01-29 02:42
8 replies
#49
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Slovakia CRMN1
Damn, uberstrike?
2018-01-29 03:19
7 replies
#51
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United States Sheenaynay
...... Yes LMAO
2018-01-29 03:19
6 replies
#54
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Slovakia CRMN1
Is ST6IX still a thing after the shutdown?
2018-01-29 03:23
5 replies
#57
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United States Sheenaynay
I still frequently talk to a handful of the guys, and I like to keep in touch, but we've all just fallen into real life stuff ya know. Probably no video stuff on the way unless we get really inspired or get new computers lol. Who were you from Uber?
2018-01-29 03:26
4 replies
#67
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Slovakia CRMN1
Same here with CNX. Life got on the way and all its left for a few of us is get in touch here and there mostly, except for like 2 or 3 of us (out of 12) that play CS:GO together. Our social media is inactive and I'd say closed because it's really not a thing anymore. Sfsbeast / Motions / N!ghtwish, however you like (problems of having more than one name lol)
2018-01-29 03:59
#68
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Slovakia CRMN1
But won't lie it's nostalgic seeing people I used to play with (a few times, different timezones :v) 2 years ago...
2018-01-29 04:04
2 replies
#72
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United States Sheenaynay
Aye word I remember you thats lit. And yeah its hard to keep it together after the game shut down, but the nostalgia is very heartwarming every once in a while. It's hard to believe its been that long lol wow. I would be almost 5 years in ST6IX if the game was still around.... I still go back and watch old videos sometimes, and randomly members like Ploblitz, Tennis, Funk will do the same and hit me up. I'm still super tight w/ rich and Antony, we talk pretty regularly.
2018-01-29 04:16
1 reply
#76
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Slovakia CRMN1
I also watch a few videos every once in a while haha That's good you've managed to save some contacts dude, because Ubz sure shouldn't die inside us, we need something to remind us of it, for a few years at least x)
2018-01-29 04:28
Lul
2018-01-29 02:42
ok
2018-01-29 02:42
lol gj
2018-01-29 02:42
gj
2018-01-29 02:43
gj
2018-01-29 02:43
-ngin +tarik space top 1
2018-01-29 02:43
10 replies
He would never join that t7 team though
2018-01-29 03:49
6 replies
That team defeated c9 in group stage
2018-01-29 09:14
4 replies
#112
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Canada Sipr
in bo1 Lmao
2018-01-29 09:24
3 replies
bo1 does not give you magical powers to beat your enemy
2018-01-29 14:03
2 replies
#188
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Canada Sipr
It does, it’s a upset format. You just want Tarik to join your shitty Turkish team lol
2018-01-29 19:16
1 reply
Shitty? They were almost in the legends dude :)
2018-01-29 19:50
Noscener talks lul Have a black day ! -Very_Black_Guy
2018-01-29 10:30
Hahazahahahhahaha 0/8
2018-01-29 07:28
Tarik can't speak Turkish fluently, so he can't join Space Soldiers (tarik said that btw)
2018-01-29 15:35
1 reply
it was a joke obviously
2018-01-29 22:16
Maybe 9 but who knows Edit: fuck
2018-01-29 02:43
first
2018-01-29 02:43
who wouldnt
2018-01-29 02:43
First and last major u can win. Enjoy
2018-01-29 02:43
7 replies
So salt
2018-01-29 02:44
#33
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Netherlands EJVN
even with the best players in the world, you can't win it. how sad. i can taste your delicious, salty tears
2018-01-29 02:52
4 replies
Faze top 1, nt.
2018-01-29 02:52
3 replies
#36
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Netherlands EJVN
Since SK took a shit on you in a best of five, claiming you are number one is pretty dumb.
2018-01-29 02:53
2 replies
+1 this was their last chance to show whos #1 even though they had the easier bracket meanwhile c9 comes back from 0-2 and had the roughest opponents of the major
2018-01-29 03:26
1 reply
#113
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Canada Sipr
+1
2018-01-29 09:25
Cry is free.
2018-01-29 04:03
Turok got his computer smashed by his dad now hes a cs Legend
2018-01-29 02:43
3 replies
#61
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United Kingdom trtr098
My dad did the same to me but I’m only LE :(
2018-01-29 03:40
source or just meme ?
2018-01-29 04:39
1 reply
Thats true, watch tarik player profile in youtube
2018-01-29 05:11
peanut god
2018-01-29 02:44
3 replies
"I'm normally a peanut-brained individual but recently coconut has become my thing."
2018-01-29 06:12
2 replies
Hahaha
2018-01-29 11:32
LMAO
2018-01-29 12:52
#23
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Algeria Lurppis23
Respect
2018-01-29 02:44
#26
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New Zealand onelover11
where is notification ?
2018-01-29 02:45
#30
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Germany hatrez
Gj
2018-01-29 02:49
So many people were doubting the move to bring in Rush and Tarik too who would of thought Tarik would turn into a Top level IGL and not only that but the biggest fragging IGL in the world. I was even questioning it at first I always thought it was going to be a better pick up than keeping Shroud and Nothing but never seen this coming.
2018-01-29 02:51
7 replies
#38
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Australia StVincent
+1
2018-01-29 02:55
would have* ffs..... how does " would of " makes sense?
2018-01-29 03:07
1 reply
#48
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Australia Raychippy5
Lol
2018-01-29 03:18
nt but FalleN is the biggest fragging IGL
2018-01-29 04:49
3 replies
+1 tarik<gla1ve<shox
2018-01-29 06:35
2 replies
I agree shox is the best between these 3 but tarik>gla1ve imo
2018-01-29 13:57
1 reply
Maybe at this tournament but gla1ve is said to be best fragging IGL after shox since he jined astralis til today. But we'll see what happends in 2018 :D it just started
2018-01-29 18:36
congrats mr.tarik
2018-01-29 02:57
#42
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Vietnam Mr_Onion
god tarik
2018-01-29 03:10
igl and major mvp #respect
2018-01-29 03:11
ska - UK tarik - turkey rush - polska autimatic - hong kong stew - china valens - bangladesh here is the wonderful na team..
2018-01-29 03:12
4 replies
ska UK Lmao
2018-01-29 03:26
1 reply
its true
2018-01-29 18:28
Do you not understand how nationality works? Have you any idea the history of the United States? What a brain dead comment.
2018-01-29 03:34
#81
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Other flaky27
First life on earth; bacteria which originated from interstellar space. Every major winner ever are related. Here is the wonderful EU, NA, SA, + All regions around the world, team.
2018-01-29 04:45
#45
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United Kingdom wellhyper
C9 got lucky, SK were basically shit this tourney due to stand in and brazilianess, faze were just faze overhyped as usual and g2 are not a "superteam" Lol. C9 on home soil with the crowd to assist them when it mattered (which was a lot). SO enjoy, c9 will not win another major with this setup EVER again. Mark my words. (I'm a NIP fan, so no bias) JUST LOGIC> OOOOOSH.
2018-01-29 03:13
5 replies
Clou9 destroyed SK in Esl Final in Sao Paulo, Brasil. So... home crowd = win? facts say opposite . hltv.org/matches/2306241/sk-vs-cloud9-es..
2018-01-29 03:22
#52
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Australia Raychippy5
So? They still beat the top 3 teams to win the major. Absolutely amazing.
2018-01-29 03:20
By your logic SK the team you desire drew Navi days before a team switch Fnatic way after their prime and Team FLIPPING LIQUID in the Finals GTFO with your luck crap xD
2018-01-29 03:23
You sound ultra salty for no good reason.
2018-01-29 03:35
C9 had pretty much the hardest possible road leading up to the final.People are just trying to come up with excuses just like when gambit won.i love the fact that underdogs win.
2018-01-29 04:38
hi steel
2018-01-29 03:35
C9 got lucky has got to be the mosot hilarious thing I've read yet. You like watch any of the games previous to the Faze one? All C9 did was show they are a major force to be reckoned with going forward. There is a new super team in town. There's no way after this major you could rank them outside of the top 3 in the world. Absolutely no logical way.
2018-01-29 03:42
5 replies
#73
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United States Apokalypce
You didn't reply to him
2018-01-29 04:19
#86
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
The way you write it shows that you are either trolling or being a fangay
2018-01-29 05:10
3 replies
u just mad coz sk lost, how u can u undermine what c9 did... they beat the 3 best teams in cs go right now in bo3s.
2018-01-29 10:25
2 replies
#149
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
They will have to keep playing this good to be considered top3, otherwise it might be a gambit2
2018-01-29 13:59
1 reply
#187
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Canada Sipr
Ofc, it all depends on skadoodle
2018-01-29 19:12
From noshirttv to this. Pretty crazy when you think for a moment.
2018-01-29 03:52
1 reply
#87
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
+1 was going to write the exac same thing bro. Crazy cs world
2018-01-29 05:11
Tarik deserved
2018-01-29 03:54
#74
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New Zealand joshwaah
How is this interviewer so awkward?? Tarik whos profession is to play video games for a living is much less awkward and more comfortable in front of a camera. Where do you hire these kids lmao
2018-01-29 04:25
#80
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
Tarik is a tier1 player. Awkward to say, but true
2018-01-29 04:44
tarik-tatarik hahahahaja
2018-01-29 06:14
#100
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Netherlands Deji
Legend TUROK
2018-01-29 07:32
happy for my boi turok
2018-01-29 08:05
he had to put up with so much mocking and ridicule from everyone through this period. a true player, not like that kng dork and his (former lol) bogus "team"
2018-01-29 08:51
from peanut brain to MVP gj tarik
2018-01-29 09:04
Sweet, I read the whole text and it had almost nothing to do with the title.
2018-01-29 09:18
I had this in my bookmarks forever, i had to post it hahahahahaha oddshot.tv/s/2Z09av
2018-01-29 09:27
2 replies
:DD damn, talking about evolving as a player ??
2018-01-29 13:29
1 reply
IKR? xD
2018-01-29 15:29
Do I think C9 can win another major? No. But to say it was a fluke is BS. They played against the fourth best team in quarters, best team in semis, and second best team in finals. Yes, it was very, VERY momentum based and the home field advantage. But this was a truly deserved win by C9, and for their goal to be consistent top 4 in tourneys is realistic. If tarik would have said they would start winning every tournament, I could understand a backlash. But this was one helluva tournament from C9. I think Skadoodle should have gotten the MVP, but hey, they won. Who cares lol.
2018-01-29 09:50
hltv nice awareness 16-14 14-16 19-22 since when did cloud9 win second map 14-16?
2018-01-29 09:53
Why is everyone so pissed that they won ? Did you guys watch their games or what ? They were not lucky, they played amazingly well their teamplay was excellent, bait & switch setup, perfect timing when flashing for each others they just were on point. They reminded me of the old EnVyUs/LDLC with that constant-aggression when they all were on point, except that C9 had many tactics and didn't play all "into your face" counter-strike. I enjoyed watching them even though I didn't expect them to win I was not even cheering for them at the start but they were just better at this event and I am glad they won because they deserved it (strong fundamental CS + great individualities + good strats). I was rooting for SK but you could easily see that playing with felps made them breakable, they played below their standard. But they couldn't play with boltz, so get over it. It doesnt change the fact c9 played really well.
2018-01-29 09:54
2 replies
#144
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Brazil GuiHawk
Yes, these guys were beasts. If they keep this level of game i'm sure that more trophies are coming. But we have to consider the crowd too. They make a lot of difference.
2018-01-29 13:00
Idk man. They played like it was rank S instead of a professional tactical game of CS. Idk I still think they deserve it and I 100% see the similarity’s in Tarik and happy
2018-01-29 14:52
Gambit 2.0 clown9
2018-01-29 10:16
Okay tarik american ???? Hahah m.imgur.com/yCHaU13
2018-01-29 10:28
#140
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Denmark PeeedE
GZ!!!! Cloud9, you deserve it
2018-01-29 12:20
Why were they drinking RedBull if there is much better energy drink: interacting.jeunesseglobal.com/en-US/nev..
2018-01-29 12:27
Great interview. I dislike the gamestyle of this C9 roster but I'm still happy to see them play so well and win by sticking to it. Besides, the third map was extremely exciting to watch :) Faze just have to pick up the pieces, and try to learn from this defeat.
2018-01-29 12:33
1 reply
They played that final like a game of rank S
2018-01-29 14:51
#151
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Brazil davidzor
I'm happy that C9 and NA got their major, but I don't think they will be a top 1 contender. SK back with their full roster, Astralis back with Device 100%, G2 if they fix their mistakes Shox seems to be back and of course Faze. Anyway, very happy for them, it's good for the scene as a whole.
2018-01-29 14:34
1 reply
Don’t forget 100T + debateably SKs best player all tournament Felps
2018-01-29 14:51
we were all losing it
2018-01-29 16:47
1 reply
#201
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Cyprus Swishh_
+1
2018-01-30 21:40
road to final G2 SK FaZe all respect for C9 !!!
2018-02-02 13:57
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