NEO: "The change brought a lot of freshness and a boost of motivation"

We interviewed Filip "NEO" Kubski after Virtus.pro's hard-fought victory over MVP PK and heard about adding MICHU and the roles in the team.

Virtus.pro went 0-1 after the first day of StarSeries i-League Season 4, losing to mousesports in a three-map series. Today, the Poles secured their first LAN win with Michał "MICHU" Müller, edging out MVP PK.

Virtus.pro didn't expect a lot from MVP on Nuke

HLTV.org managed to get hold of Filip "NEO" Kubski who revealed that he is back to calling and that the AWP will be passed around between his teammates.

You added MICHU in place of TaZ, what's going on in terms of roles now? Are you back to calling, what's the situation with the AWP?

Yeah, I'm back to calling, but about the AWP I think we decided to do it like it was in the old days. We usually didn't really have a dedicated AWPer, we had a few guys that could pick it up, so that is what we did here. Of course, pasha is still the main AWPer but I can be an AWPer as well and Snax can do it, depending on positions. It's more of a loose style in the AWP case. About general roles, I think MICHU fits the team pretty well, it's still early to say, but of course, I think that the change brought, most of all, a lot of freshness and a boost of motivation.

MICHU played with you as a stand-in previously, a few times. Was picking him up already set in stone, something you had in mind as - if it's ever going to happen, it's going to be him? Did you even consider any other Polish players?

There are tons of good Polish players nowadays, but MICHU was probably the main option since we knew him, and snax and byali played with him back in the days. But yeah, he was the main pick for us for a longer period of time.

What are the goals and expectations like for you at this event?

It's great that this tournament has this format, Swiss with BO3 is probably the best you can have because it removes the randomness from the game since BO1 is a bit random. And the Swiss format is really nice. It's really nice for us before Katowice which is one of the main goals for our team every year. So we are here for more than 10 days, we have the practice rooms, we can practice and playing so many games helps us improve a lot. Obviously, you improve much more during the tests which are the games here, than in practice matches. That's why it's really great for us to have the opportunity to play here.

About goals, I'm always aiming to win the whole thing, but it's obviously a difficult task, but we are just taking it step-by-step and trying to improve every day.

You started the tournament with a game against mousesports. Mirage was the last map, you had the early lead but couldn't close it out. What do you remember about that matchup?

I think we made a lot of mistakes in that game. Obviously, both teams did, but we made more mistakes and that's why we lost. They were just better at the time. Like I said, there is still a lot of stuff, we have new strats, new roles, new positions for some people, so we learn from every game. We learned our lessons from that game and we are just waiting for the next one.

Playing against MVP, some people would say that you got a lucky draw, but the game ended up being pretty tough in the end. Tell me about the veto first, you let in Nuke which is practically a new map now with a lot of changes. What was the thinking there, are you confident on the new version?

Well, Nuke was our main map so we obviously had to work on it. Of course, we haven't played it so much and with the changes a couple of days ago it makes it even more difficult. But then, I think we felt confident with the map veto because we knew which maps to pick and we didn't expect them to know much about Nuke, but in the end, they had some pretty good stuff on it as well. It was a very intense game in the end.

Playing against them, an Asian team, is there something there was particularly hard to deal with for you?

Obviously, if a team is not playing tournaments with top teams so often, they bring some new stuff and they can surprise people. So sometimes we have underdogs doing well at a tournament, advancing to the playoffs, for example QB.Fire, but next time people are going to be ready for them, so it's going to be more difficult.

But yeah, Asians have their own style and solo is a great old-school player, we used to play against him like 10 years ago. He used to be great and he had a great game today. He is experienced enough to lead the team and it feels like they have a team with a potential to be really good, just like TyLoo. Watching their game against SK yesterday, they had the advantage at some point, so we knew that they are able to play really well and that it was not going to be easy, since we have a new lineup

Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1469
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
XANTARES | 
Turkey pardus 
good interview
2018-02-18 18:11
#8
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Russia band1 
no
2018-02-18 18:12
#19
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
Yes it was. NEO knows what's up, TaZ was making the team uncomfortable for a long time now.
2018-02-18 18:12
#22
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
sounds fine
2018-02-18 18:13
How so?
2018-02-19 11:38
#128
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Germany Fabbsen 
But Taz is not the Problem,the entire roster is Snax and Byali had problems with him but you can see that nothing has changed with michu
2018-03-01 14:33
#17
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Finland whiskey_csgo 
sup bitch
2018-02-18 18:12
too busy with being fast
2018-02-18 18:14
2nd oh... 3rd ;(
2018-02-18 18:12
#4
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United States Jrfaster 
2
2018-02-18 18:12
#7
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United States Jrfaster 
Shucks
2018-02-18 18:12
u wish boi
2018-02-18 18:32
#48
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United States Jrfaster 
#7
2018-02-18 18:33
#5
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
Yea we saw that
2018-02-18 18:12
#6
NBK- | 
Russia Shurnd 
gl NEO gl VP gl tenshixgod gl CH4REEZ
2018-02-18 18:12
#9
Poland MaYy 
ncie
2018-02-18 18:12
yea but -pasza +szpero
2018-02-18 18:12
#59
JD | 
Iceland loouur47 
yea but -neo +blowek
2018-02-18 19:15
who?
2018-02-18 19:17
#63
JD | 
Iceland loouur47 
making fun of you. btw biggest polish youtube-vloger idk he making videos for kids
2018-02-18 19:18
#11
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
NEO is the next one leaving. Save this post!
2018-02-18 18:12
pasha
2018-02-18 18:24
+1 neo can use his experience, pasha still makes a lot of stupid decisions
2018-02-18 19:26
kick neo - You lose your igl, pretty good at clutching kick pasha - what do you lose? nothing.
2018-02-18 19:12
#58
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Poland TheReaven 
Idk where do you see this clutching from Neo ... And second thing is if you kick any of them, who will you bring to team? There is no one good in Poland right now unforunately
2018-02-18 19:13
szpero
2018-02-18 19:17
#79
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Poland TheReaven 
Szpero HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHA
2018-02-18 20:20
szpero>pasza
2018-02-18 23:07
#111
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Poland TheReaven 
Szpero is old aswell and he had enough time to show that he's a good player and meanwhile he still plays in tier2-3
2018-02-19 06:20
maybe because you watch this game from 2016
2018-02-18 20:25
#94
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Poland TheReaven 
Now its 2018, idc about 2016
2018-02-18 21:53
I'm not here to teach you how cs works
2018-02-18 22:09
#113
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Poland TheReaven 
xD
2018-02-19 06:20
Pasha is brainless and easy replaceable, probably they keep him just because of the fan base
2018-02-18 20:37
#112
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Poland TheReaven 
Give me an example of polish player that could replace him
2018-02-19 06:20
anyone with brain and rating above 1.0
2018-02-19 11:17
#75
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Poland Rullerek 
maybe as a team u don't lose anything but organisation will lose their "face" Pasha is money-maker for VP.Personally i would see him as VP Streamer (like shroud for c9)
2018-02-18 19:36
#12
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North America xAriana 
Good
2018-02-18 18:12
dont say that
2018-02-18 18:12
go vp
2018-02-18 18:12
nice
2018-02-18 18:12
#16
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
Gotta tell it to manager
2018-02-18 18:12
traitor
2018-02-18 18:12
yeah sure bust your ass against MVP.PK LUL
2018-02-18 18:13
1.6 neo
2018-02-18 18:13
First lan match won in over 100 days, against a T4 Korean team, which they won on the last map at double over time. Definitely looking promising!
2018-02-18 18:13
Do you expect that they will win LAN after one change and practising for 2 weeks with new player? I am big fan of VP and i watch all vp's game and they play really well last two games. I can see that they want to improve and have motivation for playing. I think they need more time to reach top 10 again but i am sure that they will do it.
2018-02-18 18:32
#53
fer | 
Poland Saosinn 
SK have won the entire EPICENTER tournament with Boltz in the roster who they haven't played with before so yes, it is possible. Nonetheless i wish VP the very best in Katowice.
2018-02-18 18:53
They should still be able to breeze by T8 Korean bots
2018-02-18 20:29
Choked at game point lmao 1-0 to 2-1
2018-02-18 22:18
I said breeze, as in VP should've taken the series relatively easy. Learn English please.
2018-02-18 22:32
“They should be able to breeze” Hell fucking no, they are so bad right now and you still got this delusional view of them being able to win against Tier 3-99 teams. “Learn English please” You actually have autism.
2018-02-19 12:34
I'd still put any EU team > AS team
2018-02-19 19:21
Taz was too toxic and twofaced for legendary player like Neo, respect to Neo for kicking Taz
2018-02-18 18:13
#26
chucky | 
Brunei aspexo 
2 overtimes versus ching chongs LUL nice boost of motivation LUL
2018-02-18 18:13
#39
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Korea ferizy 
wow can brunei people play csgo? i thought all brueians are busy sucking their king's dick
2018-02-18 18:26
#41
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
triggered LUL
2018-02-18 18:30
#42
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Korea ecsta_s1 
LUL
2018-02-18 18:30
#83
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United Kingdom daneclaw 
Having a monarchy is great.
2018-02-18 20:37
#27
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Korea ferizy 
wp
2018-02-18 18:14
#28
allu | 
Germany s0rrYy 
You only won vs MVP, and that was not even easy for u.
2018-02-18 18:14
#36
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
what a stupid person lol
2018-02-18 18:22
#84
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United Kingdom daneclaw 
German talking LuL.
2018-02-18 20:38
#85
allu | 
Germany s0rrYy 
UK CS LUL?
2018-02-18 20:38
#87
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United Kingdom daneclaw 
You must honestly be retarded if you think I'm NA... EDIT: Seems like the retard edited the post to UK instead lol.
2018-02-18 20:40
#88
allu | 
Germany s0rrYy 
Sure, get a brain UK boy
2018-02-18 20:43
#127
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United Kingdom daneclaw 
Says the kraut who actually thought that I was from NA lul.
2018-02-21 03:19
damn neo doesent like taz anymore
2018-02-18 18:16
Until next game when they are gonna lose the next game and again get invites to all event despite being shit
2018-02-18 18:17
#47
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Would you mind translating it to English?
2018-02-18 18:32
Shouldnt you learn english in the first place?
2018-02-18 19:11
#57
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
My English skills are pretty decent, however you should learn punctuation, which is important part of grammar
2018-02-18 19:13
Well i honestly dont give a fuck i do realize after reading it again that its not that good a sentence but not bad enough to edit also "which is an important part of grammar"*
2018-02-18 19:16
happened allready got stomped by windigo xd
2018-02-18 23:45
" Obviously, both teams did, but we made more mistakes and that's why they lost. " ??? something went wrong here
2018-02-18 18:17
LOL'd
2018-02-18 18:18
#86
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United Kingdom daneclaw 
Is NEO fluent in English?
2018-02-18 20:38
it was hltv mistake probably
2018-02-18 21:40
#32
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Macau Bent0 
well it's a lot easier to play with 5 players for vp instead of 4 ;)
2018-02-18 18:18
#44
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
still shit, almost lost to fucking SOLO, i thought this guy retired like 10 years ago
2018-02-18 18:31
#34
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Portugal Jaxiie 
NEO traitor
2018-02-18 18:18
#35
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Brazil S3bjastjan 
NEO <3 Legends
2018-02-18 18:18
"we made more mistakes and that's why they lost" what is this logic?
2018-02-18 18:26
#101
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
lol
2018-02-18 22:56
rip taz
2018-02-18 18:28
#43
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Brazil MUUGZERA 
nice interview, vp with michu will be good?
2018-02-18 18:31
Neo "TwoFaced" Toiletto
2018-02-18 18:33
#50
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Poland kick_michu 
if VP finally kick Pashito who know maybe they back to TIER1 competition
2018-02-18 18:40
#51
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Greece knk74 
No Bring back taz
2018-02-18 18:44
#52
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Other VladimirLucas 
im glad the change did something positive, althought i feel that neo (and kuben) would still prefer to have taz in the team today in interview with kuben it was clear that he does not approve of benching taz, he didn't even want to talk about it when pala asked him how he feels that taz left
2018-02-18 18:54
He asked him like twice lol
2018-02-19 03:41
Still many things needed to be done if vp wants to come back to tier 1.
2018-02-18 19:10
#64
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Poland dziad5 
a jak ja mowilem ze zmiany potrzebne i trzeba wyjebac taza to mnie wysmiewaliscie. pierdoliliscie cos o rodzinie i ze taz jest motywatorem BUAHAHAHAHA
2018-02-18 19:18
ez report
2018-02-18 19:29
Neo = One <3
2018-02-18 19:19
Virtus pro and their lucky match up need to stop. Im not suprise if they get tyloo after this.
2018-02-18 19:21
+1
2018-02-18 19:25
>boost of motivation >barely win against tier 5 asian team LUL
2018-02-18 19:24
#69
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Poland mamba99999 
expected
2018-02-18 19:25
#73
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Europe Sceptill 
Go Neo!
2018-02-18 19:33
pasha from tier 1 player to gold nova 2
2018-02-18 19:35
#76
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Russia Tridoknait 
Ok
2018-02-18 19:39
it didnt. dont lie. u barely won against some asians
2018-02-18 20:01
#98
World B-eZ 
Thats why I regret reading HLTV comments
2018-02-18 22:10
just wait and see what they will do, same as nip, kick more and more untill they "magically" fix the team issue.
2018-02-18 23:05
kick pasha dumb
2018-02-18 20:08
#89
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Spain Brejo 
h a H A A Too much therapy. h a H A A
2018-02-18 20:46
#90
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Switzerland k0braCH 
Still bad. At this moment they loose to a tier100 team in MDL LUL
2018-02-18 20:52
LUL difficult won against MVP PK LUL
2018-02-18 20:57
16-4 Windigo.Nice fucking motivation.Inb4 team doesnt care about MDL,inb4 team played on laptops,inb4 team tired from that shit game earlier.
2018-02-18 21:01
Virtus.pro doesn't care about MDL man and they aren't in home right now so they play on laptops... which is obviously much harder. Not to mention VP played today hard lan match against MVP.PK, get all informations before you comment.
2018-02-18 21:56
VP is done now, it wasnt TAZ fault...They are all pretty low at this point...
2018-02-18 21:55
neo and pasha should retire too.Btw Filip "twofaced" TOLEDO
2018-02-18 23:27
toileto
2018-02-18 23:45
#107
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Poland KissMyAsthma 
i dont get it man. you have some problems with higiene or defecation? The most commonly used word by you is toilet. you must have a great, wonderful life if you have to value yurself by writing about poor polish toiletcleaners. gl in life
2018-02-18 23:53
clean my toilet toiletcleaning toileto
2018-02-18 23:56
#120
HOAR | 
Poland SZPERNi 
i can clean your toilet but then shit on your face coz toilet is too clean
2018-02-20 12:41
#110
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United States Rambeard 
I still think pasha needs to step down to bring in a younger player. Papa Neo is all they need.
2018-02-19 03:54
#118
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Poland Kuszotke 
-pasha +KABBE KUSZOBKE
2018-02-19 20:36
Riiiiight, it brought a lot of freshness and motivation, ahahahhahahhaa
2018-02-20 12:41
#121
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Luxembourg alex24 
9 rounds in 2 maps.. retire NEO.. its time now...
2018-02-20 12:42
Ahahahah
2018-02-20 14:05
ahhhhhhhhh freshness and a boost of motivation nothing better than 6-9x rounds in BO3 like old days with VP Taz in lineup
2018-02-20 14:11
sure xDDD
2018-02-20 14:12
yeah yeah we saw your fresshness and motivation no.bies. retire neo,snax and pasha. pasha go to gym and join little fitness competition. you all done.
2018-02-20 16:28
#126
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Russia Shokflow 
lmao
2018-02-20 16:40
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