mixwell: "I feel at full power, in and out of the game, and I can't wait to get back in the server."

February 22nd, 2018 21:00

We sat down with Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas to talk about his past, present, and future, as the Spanish player is on a short hiatus after having left OpTic, the organization that catapulted him into the upper echelons of CS.

Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas came seemingly out of nowhere at the ESL Expo in Barcelona to show the world he was a capable player. Not long after, OpTic, who were struggling for consistency in North America, decided to give him a shot and bring him on. After almost two years with the organization, mixwell left the team to explore new horizons as OpTic picked up a Danish/North American roster for the coming season. 

Sitting on a terrace in the Gràcia neighbourhood in Barcelona, mixwell reminisced about his time in OpTic, from landing in North America and being one of the hands shaping a team chock-full of potential to the downward spiral of being stuck alone in a house in the Chicago suburbs amidst the growing frustrations of a losing team.

mixwell is ready to explore new horizons after almost two years in OpTic

As the tolling of the square's belltower grew longer later in the afternoon, the conversation moved from past to present. Having talked about the struggles of a European lineup in which personalities and playstyles didn't mesh and no identity was established, ultimately dooming the team, mixwell revealed that he is now focused on trying to give the Spanish community wings as Wololos prepare to travel to China.

As far as the future goes, with English and Spanish in tow, and getting his French up to par, mixwell says that, after a long burnout, the current break he is on is giving him the motivation and hunger to get back in the server and show he can be at the top with a winning side once again. 

Let's start when you landed in the United States after travelling from Spain.

It was something very unexpected. The only achievement I had at the time was playing well against fnatic and dignitas during the ESL Expo in Barcelona. I had also been playing well with Epsilon, but that was just locally. I didn't know any of the OpTic players at the time, I had never seen them play before, so when they contacted me I stayed up at night during their match days to watch them. I was immediately impressed because I could see how talented they were.

I could see they needed a little something extra, I didn't know what it was at the time because I wasn't with them, but I knew that, with just a little nudge, a really good team could be created. There was no doubt in my mind that I had to take a chance and go to North America. I got a pay raise and, on top of that, I got to join a team with huge potential, it was a no-brainer.

That's something that not as many people as one could expect actually do, go and take the chance. You can see time and time again players not wanting to leave their comfort zone. Why do you think in CS, as opposed to, say, traditional sports, a lot of people aren't willing to take risks like that?

I think a big difference between CS and sports is that you play from home, so you're close to your family and you don't have to exert physical effort, but the most noticeable difference is that it is treated by many as a hobby instead of as work. A lot of people don't have the ambition to become the best, and are happy just making some money playing the game they want to play.

A lot of people also get lost along the way. For instance, witmer made an incredible twitlonger not long ago explaining how hard it is to become a professional, and how much he tried to practice, but in the end he thinks he doesn't have what it takes. You have to be strong and disciplined, and have all these characteristics as a person, and, just like in sports, a lot of people get left behind and end up being happy playing at lower tiers rather than giving it all to try and make it all the way to the top. It really depends on one’s ambition.

Did you have any doubts about joining OpTic?

Honestly, the second they asked me to join I said, "I'm dropping everything. I'm leaving my friends and my family, I don't care." I knew being by myself in a new country was going to be hard, but, above everything, absolutely everything, I want to become the best. I have had times in my life in which I couldn't play, so I'd go to the library to watch frag movies and featured matches on HLTV. I couldn't watch them at home, so I'd go there and watch these videos and matches all day because I wanted to be like those players and I wanted to play with them. I'd try to learn everything they were doing just by watching, and then I'd play against bots on an old laptop with 15 fps [in 1.6] when I didn't have internet.

I used to go to LANs without playing online, taking 18-hour-long bus rides to go all the way to the other side of the country. I always did everything I could to be able to play, and I think something that has always been ingrained in me is thinking that, without making sacrifices, one cannot make it anywhere, so it wasn't hard for me to make the decision. I've always been pretty independent, and I've always known what I want. 

So, when you got there you saw a team with a lot of talent, but perhaps they hadn't sacrificed enough?

Without a doubt. When I got there the main problem was a lack of attitude and ambition, so we got into a few arguments. For instance, NAF—a player I think is one of the five best in North America, and could become one of the three best, or even the best—and I had a problem right after the first tournament as I believed he had some attitude problems. I told him that if he kept down that path I wouldn't be able to play with him because I had left my home to play CS and wasn’t there to mess around. In a sense, I had to make them see that I was making a lot of sacrifices to get to the end goal and that they should make them as well because they are incredibly talented as they all had showed and are still showing.

The most important thing for me, and what I focused most on, was changing the team's mindset because the talent wasn't the problem—that wasn't what needed work. It was more about creating the right atmosphere, to instill some discipline and the belief that we could win. That we weren't just a low tiered North American team, that we weren't just a Top 20 team, but that we had players good enough to go out and win tournaments. The combination of instilling this mindset while at the same time getting good results was what made us see that, indeed, we could win.

And you did start to win...

I think it all started when we qualified for Cologne 2016, as some of the team's biggest mental block had come from dropping out of a Minor. When I joined, we beat the North American TSM lineup with Twistzz & co., and Tempo Storm's Brazilian lineup, which had the now-Não Tem Como core, won the Minor, and then made it through the Main Qualifier, 3-1, after beating HellRaisers. A huge weight was lifted and all of these mental issues and all of these barriers were suddenly gone. It was not only about believing we could make it but actually doing it, because you can believe in something all you want but if you never actually feel it you end up throwing the towel. That moment was incredibly important for the future of the team. On the other side of the same coin is what happened to the European OpTic, which is that not qualifying for the Major destroyed us.

As teammates, how was the atmosphere on that team?

First, I’ll talk about daps. He was very responsible and had very strong ideas about how everyone had to play, but he lacked a bit of raw talent. He was a very hard worker, but was just missing the X-factor the rest of the team had. When stanislaw became IGL and tarik joined the team, things changed because tarik was very sure of himself. He's a great teammate, a hard worker, and what he did was give us confidence, because the rest of us were all much more introverted. Having an extrovert like tarik, someone who always gives good vibes but is also demanding, really helped the team to reach the next level, and his skill helped just as much in that sense.

I think stanislaw didn't work out in Liquid because we knew and could understand what he wanted to do and we never went against him. We would take his ideas, and we would help to improve them, if possible. It was very important for him to feel like he had 100% trust from all of his teammates, because if that is not the case, he doesn’t play or lead as well as he normally would. He needs full confidence, and I don't think they gave him that in Liquid. In fact, when he left OpTic I thought that it would be very hard for things to go as well for him there as they had gone with us because we had adapted a lot to him.

Stan's exit was a bit controversial, as you had made Top 5 in the world ranking and were becoming a solid contender. How did it go down?

For me, it was an incredibly hard blow. It hurt all of us, really all of us. We had worked so hard, and he was such an important piece... in fact, you could have changed any one of us—and bouncing back would have been hard—, but he was the most important one. He had created our identity, how we played, and he was the one making decisions in-game. He had focused a lot on his task and we didn't have to worry, but when he left and that figure was missing—which we noticed early on when we brought in tarik for stanislaw before daps stepped down—we could never play as well. He had something that just made everyone else around him play better.

It felt like we had worked so hard and got so far, just to lose everything out of nowhere overnight. It destroyed me. Going to the US and giving up everything to be there and him leaving like that, making us start all over again from square one...

Well, that's exactly it. It didn't make much sense that he left at a point when you were reaping the rewards of the work put in and with a team that was doing quite well at the time.

I had some issues with my visa before the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta, and we went to it without even being able to practice. I had to go to Italy for my visa—where the application process was quicker than in Spain—, from where I flew to the United States; otherwise, I would have missed the Major. I think getting eliminated there was a turning point for him.

He also didn’t like some of the infrastructure, how things were run. OpTic didn't have the investment money yet, and it wasn't really being managed by a team. We won ELEAGUE and Northern Arena and were ranked #2 in the world without a coach or an analyst or anything. We were one of the only teams without that kind of support. I think he wanted a more professional atmosphere instead of such a homely one. There was also some friction between him and some of the players on the team, and without knowing this with certainty, I imagine those were the reasons for him to leave. From my point of view, though, it was a mistake.

You were living by yourself at the gaming house when that happened, which was kind of in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Chicago. How was that experience?

I think the worst part of that experience was that when the team contacted me I was told everyone would move into the house, but when I got to the US none of them joined me. I spent months in a house in the middle of the forest by myself. Hector came every once in a while, and was sort of a father figure, helping me get my paperwork done, going through bureaucratic processes with me, and so on. We shot some interviews at times, he took me out to lunch, got me out of the house and out of my routine here and there, but most of the time I was just there, alone. Luckily, I think I stuck it out pretty well, and in that sense I think I'm pretty strong mentally, because during the bad times, when there's no one around or anything to do, and the only thing you have is a computer, a pool, and loneliness, it’s easy to fall into despair. It's like a test, you know? It's like... if you let that get to you, you’ll play worse. On top of that, you're in another country, and they could even kick you out of the team...

And that happened during the post-stanislaw era, which was pretty dark in itself as you were constantly changing players and underperforming, right?

At some point, RUSH came to the house with me for a pretty long time, and that really helped. The team was doing so poorly and I was so alone that I was doubting if staying in OpTic was even worth it at that point. When he realized that, he came to keep me company, but the tension of not being able to play like we used to was becoming too much to handle. We had tasted victory but were now unable to keep evolving because we were missing an integral part of the team. What added to our frustrations was also that we couldn’t sign anyone because the organization couldn't pay the buyouts we wanted, there was a lack of in-game leaders in North America, Europeans didn’t want to come to North America, etc.

It created an anxious atmosphere in the team. Everyone got riled up very quickly because we felt impotent, not being able to play the way we did before. Many problems that never existed in the past started to pop up, and small issues turned into big problems just out of frustration. We felt like we were wasting our time, we weren’t competing to win. When you win, there aren’t any problems, but now we didn't have a fifth player and months were passing one after the other... [sighs] I was feeling depressed. No wonder my in-game level decreased, I didn't have the same motivation I had come with.

I was also forcing myself to stay in OpTic because they were the ones to give me my first opportunity. I never wanted to leave. I had offers coming my way every other week from different teams while we were struggling, but I always refused them because I wanted OpTic to go back to its former glory, so I could pay back all the love the organization had given me. I think, sadly, that was a mistake on my part.

Not having left before?

Yes. I'm sure it was a mistake, but hindsight is always 20/20.

Well, things could have also worked out differently...

Yeah, we could have found a fifth player and stayed the course, but we didn't. I tried to keep on going, but after all we had been struggling part of the team left. The moment the team was at its worst was at the PGL Krakow Major Qualifier in Bucharest. The team was completely dead then, and after we were eliminated I told them that I wanted to go home, that I didn't want to stay in North America. At that time, I didn't even want to play for any other North American team. I was so burnt out, and I had given up so much of my time, that I just wanted to be home and play in Europe.

I was still in contact with several European and North American teams, though. I was actually really close to signing for mousesports, which would have allowed me to move back and play from home, but I finally decided that I would remain loyal to OpTic and I felt we had a common project that I would rather stick with. When I got back the North America, though, RUSH and tarik went to Cloud9, so I found myself in the United States without a team and with a week to put something together if I wanted to play that season.

Walk me through that week, and putting the team together.

I talked to a lot of people, I’d say 15 or 20. Ultimately, what we decided to do, the organization and I, was to take the players that had experience and were, at least on paper, going to fill out the roles we needed. An AWPer in allu, we couldn't find an IGL but friberg said he would do it, Magisk to be a star player, me as second AWP or whatever was needed to fill the gaps—anything to adapt quickly and win—, and HS, who was a young talent. We didn't have many more options.

Online, we qualified for everything. There weren’t any problems, although traveling was a bit tedious, going back-and-forth between Europe and North America. In the end, not everyone was used to leaving home for so long, not everyone was willing to make the same sacrifices for the team. Some were more willing than others, but at least we had the talent to qualify for everything, make it out of groups, and so on. We didn’t have a team to win tournaments, though, I realized that quickly, because we had a lot of identity issues. Some players wanted to play one way, while others wanted to play another way... there wasn't much fellowship at all.

That's what I would jump straight at, it really seemed like the team was lacking chemistry. It seemed as if the team ended up being exactly what one could expect when five players that don't make much sense together are picked up last minute and thrown into a team.

There was no chemistry, and I think the problems that arose weren't dealt with properly, they weren't tackled as a team. People were made to be scapegoats, or problems were made where there weren't any problems. Conflicts eventually reached a point in which several groups were formed inside the team; one group here, another there, one person alone... that's not an atmosphere in which a team can grow.

It sounds like perhaps players were trying to make different projects, scheming to stay in the organization and create something else instead of focusing on what was there. Is that possible?

I'm not in other people's heads, so I can't know for sure, but that was the feeling, that people either wanted to make a different team in OpTic, or create problems just to see where that would lead, you know? There was no, "let's become better together" attitude, and it didn’t help that I was quite burnt out from the year before and didn’t have the strength I had when I got to North America. The strength to change the team’s mindset, to tackle problems head-on all the time, to spend a lot of energy thinking about how to make the team better. At that point I just became one more player, one who does his job, and that's it. It wasn't enough, and I should have done more, but that's also something the whole team has to want to do.

During your time in OpTic, both with the North American as well as with the European roster, you had a special relationship with AWPing. Tell me a bit about that.

The difference between the North American and the European teams is simple. On the American one, we had a style, while on the European one at times we had no clue what we were doing. Every match was different. It's really hard to play, when you're AWPing or when you're free to roam and make your own decisions, on a team if you don't know how your teammates are thinking, that's lacking leadership, on which people do what they want because they need to take initiative... Basically, it was chaotic, and we were constantly put in situations in which it all came down to winning duels, which will never make for a consistent team.

So when you were given the AWP in OpTic, in the European lineup, how did it sit?

The only reason for that happening, literally, was that the team needed initiative, and allu is a more passive AWPer. Chet [ImAPet] made the call because I’m more aggressive and he wanted to try and light a spark in the team’s play. That's all. It wasn't because I wanted to take the AWP away from allu or because I wanted to AWP at all. It was just what Chet thought was best for the team. It was quite hard for me to go back to the AWP, actually, because I had been rifling for months and the change came just days before going to a LAN.

Could you have stayed in OpTic after the team disbanded, and tried to make another project? How was your exit from the organization?

The organization wanted me to stay, but one of their requirements was to make the team in the United States and I had other things in mind. This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t play in North America, but if I go back I want it to be for a team aiming to win tournaments. I want to play with motivated people, where there can be proper cohesion towards a common goal. I wasn't ready to make another mix team with people I didn’t know, because there was the risk I could end up in a team I might not want to be in.

They tried to keep me, and just like I tried to do the best by them, they did the best by me, so it really hurt to leave. They're the organization that believed in me and thanks to them I'm on the map internationally, but I think it was necessary. I had a barrier in front of me that I just had to break because it would have been easy for me to stay and become stale. I need the chance to play on a team where I can just focus on playing, on becoming better, and where I don’t have to think about anything else.

Now you're on a semi-break, training with Wololos for WESG, which starts in a few weeks. Even though you're a mix team, you're practising every afternoon. How is it going?

WESG is the most important event in the history of Spanish Counter-Strike, because it's one of the few times we've ever gathered enough talent to show the whole Spanish-speaking community that we're capable of competing against the best. We have the power to show the people coming behind us that with hard work and effort they can go as far as they want. That's something lacking in Spain, we need to believe more in ourselves.

We've been talking a lot about making a Spanish team. We even talked about making it within the OpTic structure. I told them I wanted to make a Spanish team, but after losing so much with the European team I believed the fans deserved a team that would give them hope again, and I hadn't been able to rise to the occasion during the last few months. I also don't believe I was deserving of the power to make whichever team I wanted within the organization. I thought it was too risky for them to take us on, so when they had the option to make the international lineup I told them they should go for it because it would be better for the organization, which is something they agreed with.

I’m very excited to see what we can do in China because we've been preparing a lot. We practice every weekday, and I think we have a good chance to play well. While I think it's possible to make a Spanish team, eventually, I have to see it with my own eyes, first. I'm at a point in my career in which I can decide to keep playing internationally or to finally make the Spanish team I want, but I need proof first. I need to see how players develop, how much they really want this, how hard they'll work to get where I want to be. How much are they ready to sacrifice? What's their attitude? How do they play under pressure or in stressful situations? I want to know all of that.

And looking towards other horizons, you've started taking French classes, are you trying to widen the umbrella of teams that may be interested in you?

Yeah, having lived in the US and played in North America, I can now speak English quite well, so I could play on an international roster, but I French relatives I used to go to France with. I used to speak French as a kid, and I spoke it pretty well, but as years went by it has gotten rusty, so I started to take some intensive classes just to have the doors open to as many teams as possible. I know there are some French teams that need just a little nudge to make it to the next level, and I think I could possibly one day help them. This being said, I'm aware this could just as well not happen, but knowing languages is always a plus. I do it both to better myself as a person and to open doors for the future.

Other than French teams, or a Spanish team, what do you have your eyes set on?

I would play for English-speaking teams. I would have no issue playing in North America as long as the team is made to win and not to just make it to events or barely make it out of groups, I got a bit tired of that last year. I've had to go through everything I just explained in this interview to realize that I would rather wait for an opening in a functioning team than to start from scratch again. If I have to do that, I might as well just make the Spanish team and we can all start from square one, together.

If you were to make a Spanish team, do you think you could be that centerpiece that's needed, the way FalleN has been for the Brazilian scene? Someone to lead people from a fractured scene to create a team that has opportunities?

I would like to take some responsibility in helping put Spain on the map, because a figure like that is missing here. Someone who can earn the respect of his peers through his achievements and has experience playing internationally. I want to show a group of players that winning is possible, like the Brazilian team that came out of nowhere to become the best in the world.

A Spanish team isn’t there yet, but I think tournaments like WESG are very important because they’re a chance to show to the players within the team tangible results, that they don’t just have to rely on words. Anyone can appreciate results. As I said before, this will be the most important tournament for a Spanish team in the game’s history, and I’m ready to play my role in the team. I want to make my teammates better, to show them everything I know, so eventually they can become better than me.

Is there something we haven't touched that you'd like to address?

When I went to the US to play for the first time, I was incredibly motivated to jump into the international scene, and was able to help push my team to become a top contender. After a hard year and a half or so of bad results and turmoil, I got somewhat worn down. This break is giving me the chance to charge my batteries and get that motivation back. I feel like it’s the perfect moment to take on any project, be it joining a strong international side or taking on my personal project of putting Spain on the map. I feel at full power, in and out of the game, and I can't wait to get back in the server.

Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
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Spain creatorr 
<3 mix
2018-02-22 21:01
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Solid player , hopefully comes back to Europe
2018-02-22 21:04
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
Where else would he play
2018-02-22 21:06
Goodluck to Mixwell, deserves nothing but the best at csgo scene
2018-02-22 21:12
France Mevleffy 
2018-02-22 21:13
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
Lmao i wouldn't even be surprised
2018-02-22 21:19
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Well Spanish scene is dead so hes joining some English speaking team. NA will offer better contracts probably
2018-02-22 21:13
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
I don't think he'll be back in NA anytime soon, he wants to live at home
2018-02-22 21:18
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
I dont know about that... but he did live close to me Optic gaming house was in north west Chicago suburbs
2018-02-22 22:21
did you even read the view lol? he said he will join an NA team if it is a solid contender
2018-02-23 07:02
Indonesia Not_A_Carry 
If he got a chance to become the Spanish Godfather like fallen did to BR scene, it will be interesting to watch
2018-02-23 02:45
- ustillo + mixwell
2018-02-23 20:43
O-oooooooooo AAAAE-A-A-I-A-U- JO-oooooooooooo AAE-O-A-A-U-U-A- E-eee-ee-eee AAAAE-A-E-I-E-A-JO-ooo-oo-oo-oo EEEEO-A-AAA-AAAA
2018-02-22 21:04
rain | 
Norway odinsg 
2018-03-04 12:59
United States JermO 
-cajunB +mixwell the whole reason they got rid of rush and tarik are because of mix so the fact that he left just fucked all optic fans.
2018-02-23 19:35
2018-02-22 21:01
-KennyS +Mixwell and G2 wins next major
2018-02-22 21:01
Philippines zxcgoodshit 
2018-02-22 21:03
And then -hadjii +kennyS, happy used kennyS better anyway
2018-02-23 06:11
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France Exeys 
-shox +mixwell no?
2018-03-10 20:52
Europe selfmeister 
-styko +mixwell
2018-02-22 21:01
2018-02-22 21:01
Yes. Or Krimz
2018-02-22 21:02
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
No. mouz are good and the roles would make no sense
2018-02-22 21:17
Denmark JustYes 
2018-02-22 21:01
refrezh | 
Poland PSZ 
2018-02-22 21:01
2018-02-22 21:01
Jame | 
Portugal gazaev 
no sense
2018-02-23 01:42
Poland Tomasho 
G2 Mixwell?
2018-02-22 21:01
-bodyy +mixwell NBK support, mixwell secondary awp, that would be so sick EDIT : heyy ZywOo flair
2018-02-22 21:13
Poland Tomasho 
Hello ma boi, how to pronounce this nickname tho? [Zajwu]?
2018-02-22 21:30
Spain Arnau_Sil 
2018-02-22 21:32
Poland Tomasho 
Oh, ty buddy,
2018-02-22 21:35
United States PsychoLogical 
its supposed to be pronounced as Zai-wooo like saying WOOOO
2018-02-22 21:36
Poland Tomasho 
2018-02-22 21:37
United States PsychoLogical 
just like that :D
2018-02-22 21:39
Poland Tomasho 
I mean, you should have known this "Hiko, are u kidding me". Imagine that situation with ZAIWOOOOOOOO.
2018-02-22 21:40
Depends. If you pronounce it french style like most french casters, it's "zi-wo" If you pronounce it english style then it's "zai-woo"
2018-02-22 21:42
Poland Tomasho 
Very tough nickname :(
2018-02-22 21:43
France GenezizFR 
no, its zywo not zaiwoo stop say that omg x)
2018-02-22 21:54
2018-02-22 22:58
zee-wo with the "o" sounding more like in Soho is the way I've heard it pronounced by 99% of french players/casters. Could be pronounced Zee-who though, we'll have to ask the man directly on social networks :)
2018-02-23 00:21
Finland Smoonah 
2018-02-22 21:01
-Happy +mixwell enVy top 1
2018-02-22 21:02
Israel raaVz 
2018-02-22 21:04
World lalt 
One guy managed to ruin NA CS for almost a year XD
2018-02-23 00:13
And now he is playing in OpTic again... SwiftRage
2018-02-23 10:09
Lebanon RobloxPorn 
2018-02-22 21:04
Europe tidiese 
wtf 15 fps on 1.6 xD i want that computer
2018-02-22 21:05
France Mevleffy 
0.01 fps on csgo hue hue hue
2018-02-22 21:13
Malaysia byaIi 
i love him ;9
2018-02-22 21:06
France Mevleffy 
isn't being gay illegal in malaysia?
2018-02-22 21:14
Malaysia byaIi 
what if i am girl
2018-02-22 21:23
Spain creatorr 
what if mixwell is a girl
2018-02-22 21:35
Malaysia byaIi 
then i am his boy
2018-02-22 21:44
France Mevleffy 
what if he's a guy?
2018-02-22 22:46
He is polish. Look at his name
2018-02-23 02:26
Brazil digozamaral 
2018-02-22 21:07
Norway felt 
wasting such a long interview on a mediocre dude, here's hltv for ya: promoting mediocrity.
2018-02-22 21:08
we are not speaking about jkaem
2018-02-22 21:25
Norway felt 
jkaem dropped a 30 bomb to qualify his team, get your shit together mate.
2018-02-22 21:27
Nothing towards jkaem, but if you judge the class of a player by dropping 30 kills one time in his life then you wouldn't even be allowed to call mixwell mediocore. shoutout to the brainless kids on hltv
2018-02-22 23:20
mixwell | 
Spain loviac 
nt Rubino
2018-02-22 21:26
Why so mad ? Mixwell sounds like a great hard-working dude with a lot of raw talent.
2018-02-22 21:45
Norway felt 
baguette go tou ze fuking park plize
2018-02-22 21:53
if u only want to see the shit u like than go somewhere else
2018-02-22 22:18
Or take a deep look in the toilet
2018-02-23 08:03
2018-02-23 19:30
Denmark Twick_ 
Spanish scene > Norway trash
2018-02-22 22:12
Spain Pollete 
Couldn't be more agreed
2018-02-22 23:20
At least it was interesting and entertaining, he told us things we didnt know. It was good imo
2018-02-22 22:48
Canada flame7 
Great interview nonetheless, surprising coming from hltv
2018-02-23 07:16
Denmark Xipingu 
Spain > Norway, bb thnx OMEGALUL
2018-02-23 10:07
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2018-02-22 21:14
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
gl mixwell can't wait to watch you play again either also, lucas' articles are always extremely long haha
2018-02-22 21:18
World lalt 
thx, I'd not have noticed who wrote it. Nice interview indeed.
2018-02-23 00:15
tl; dr
2018-02-22 21:20
"out of the game" this guy fucks xD
2018-02-22 21:21
Spain Donra 
Make a spanish team plsssss!!
2018-02-22 21:23
Spain Nscop 
Is very difficult that spain teams can play on majors 1 of the best teams on spain is Movistar riders or giants and MR is The N51 of the world If u want a spanish team u can go xtence academy if u are good player, you could join the tournament on summer
2018-03-03 02:29
Slovakia ypsylonnn 
Wp admins deleting my comments once again Gl muxwill
2018-02-22 21:23
Spain ThePatron 
Beautiful, lovely, mixwell.
2018-02-22 21:23
He is such a great person and player, a clear example of true sportmanship hope the best for him, he really deserves a competitive team and all the best for his hard work
2018-02-22 21:24
Norway Hydropanic^ 
That dude lived alone in a gaming house for almost nine months?!?!
2018-02-22 21:31
He was the only CSGO player, but there were plenty of other people.
2018-02-22 23:48
Spain Markisio 
Wololos will get a good org. after WESG Finals for sure. Let's go guys!
2018-02-22 21:32
United States PsychoLogical 
how lovely, now the current question is where will mixwell end up in next?
2018-02-22 21:37
Germany Constikdw 
That is quite a good lineup that wololos have right there
2018-02-22 21:42
Mixwell <3 gl in the future to you and all my hermanos hope to see soon the spanish scene on the map
2018-02-22 21:50
Spain G3CK0 
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Spain Pollete 
2018-02-22 23:21
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2018-02-23 07:52
<3 but with a different flag
2018-02-23 10:02
Spain droh 
2018-02-23 16:23
this is actually a great interview. i recently said that thorins interview with autimatic (or others) are the only great content in that direction that we have in cs, but this is also pretty good. bravo hltv.
2018-02-22 21:53
I'll believe it when I see it He's looked dead in the eyes for the past year since Stan left optic
2018-02-22 21:57
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Sweden DiTzZ 
Why Kairi >_>
2018-02-22 22:01
Great interview. Mixwell has been so clear with his answers. But he should stick to awping more for his career, cuz every team needs a solid awper.
2018-02-22 22:03
Indonesia FinZzz 
I dont think he wants to be a primary awper. Him ,cajunb, simple, device are like hybrids. Occassionally they do pick it up but I dont think he suits as a primary awper.
2018-02-23 06:26
He was one of the best as awper at one point. Then he suddenly started to feel unconfident. Strange guy.
2018-02-23 07:54
Canada gritabit 
Good player. Deserves a good team
2018-02-22 22:07
Spain G3CK0 
Mixwell is a very hard-working person who has dedicated all to cs. Living alone for 9 months in a gaming house must be rough... I wish the best for him, I wanna see him triumph! Go wololos!
2018-02-22 22:10
Europe defirujaca 
Good luck, Mixwell <3
2018-02-22 22:11
faze mixwell
2018-02-22 22:11
2018-02-22 22:14
Brazil davidzor 
Huge props to this interviews
2018-02-22 22:14
Austria gex0r 
Mix and lowel deserve good teams again
2018-02-22 22:18
jOELZ | 
Europe P3rial 
Lowel is too bad. I mean mix obviously would give him a try but seriously, I don't think that lowel is as motivated as mixwell would it to be
2018-02-22 22:42
World nouman 
nah on hes best day hes as good as a player like Lekro
2018-02-22 22:23
France StickyRice 
Great player, smart guy, he deserves success.
2018-02-22 22:28
Spain all_in 
Thanks for this. I really hope for a spanish superteam! Let's see on China. WOLOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2018-02-22 22:30
Turkey rusty james 
this was hands down the best interview ive ever read on this site. hopefully he can create a spanish team that can make it to the top 10, if not i hope a mouz move wil occur. and i think that will work amazingly well.
2018-02-22 22:44
Spain Elkubero 
I agree with every single word you said. +1
2018-02-23 02:38
hopefully naf has changed his attitude hazed and now mixwell said he had attitude problems
2018-02-22 22:45
Mmm probably improved his ambition but obviously didn’t get on with the Renegades guys. Probably a bit selfish in a team environment.
2018-02-23 03:56
Probably will be better now in Liquid. Liquid are a huge fucking org from what I heard.
2018-02-23 04:19
Liquid are massive, yeah, been around for years in eSports. Some people never grow up though, just look at the number of professional athletes in clubs with huge support staff in any sport whether domestic or international who fail to make it even though they have the talent. It's fair to say NAF is past that stage - he's already made it - it's just whether or not he can ever find his place in a team and be truly respected by his teammates. Hopefully it works out for him. It just says so much that he refused to live in the team house with the Renegades guys when the other 4 were; imagine being offered a job (a good one that is) at 19 but knocking it back because you couldn't be bothered moving. Most people don't have that luxury. It was just a matter of time until he moved on at that point, I'm actually surprised that the Renegades didn't have a potential replacement already in mind, unless Azr's comments regarding how they selected Jkaem are misleading.
2018-02-23 08:26
Europe KittyChamp 
Judging by his in-game attitude towards steel at cs_summit. i don't think so.
2018-02-23 09:08
got any sauce on that
2018-02-23 09:08
MIXWEL TOP 1, LOVE YOU MAN, ALWAYS SUPPORTED YOU EVEN WITH THAT OPTIC SHIT. im so hyped for your return. Hands down mixwell top 20 players 2018 and in a top 10 team. Ez for best csgo spanish player ever.
2018-02-22 22:46
good job with the interview, hltv.
2018-02-22 22:46
pro cs players say the darndest things
2018-02-22 22:49
You can get back in the server allright. At HOME. ahahahahahaha
2018-02-22 22:59
Too much blabla for just a personal advertising to say "pick me up im clanless" :) Can i get a kappaPride chain? :*
2018-02-22 23:06
is someone forcing you to read this interview?
2018-02-22 23:46
No, but wasnt expecting it either.
2018-02-23 07:50
2018-02-22 23:15
it´s a good read so i recommend you read it tldr of it would be mixwell´s entire career summed up and what he intends to do in the future
2018-02-22 23:25
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
As has already been said repeatedly, great interview Lucas! HLTV needs more interviews like this! As for mixwell, you’ve gained a fan. This guy clearly has a lot of integrity and respect for those he works with. I can only imagine how tough it must have been when he was over in the US living by himself. Props to RUSH for stepping up but massive respect to mixwell for persevering and coming through what must have been a incredibly difficult time. Stick at it, your time is coming!
2018-02-22 23:23
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2018-02-23 02:31
Hes gonna be the new FalleN if he stays with spain he will make them a bit better atleast
2018-02-22 23:25
Did LucasAM go to his house in Barcelona or how did this interview take place?
2018-02-22 23:25
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Certainly reads that way - probably doesn’t live too far away?
2018-02-22 23:26
It could be the case, Barcelona is beautiful :>
2018-02-22 23:27
We both live in Barcelona!
2018-02-22 23:43
United Kingdom INGEMARSSON_ 
Great interview Lucas, more of this please!
2018-02-22 23:49
Thank you so much! It really depends on the willingness of the interviewee, but I do hope to make more :)
2018-02-23 00:05
Nice :D
2018-02-22 23:57
Felicidades por la entrevista Lucas !!!
2018-02-23 02:34
Indonesia Anklun 
Your interview it's really great read and well structure. I hope you can do a lot more interview with another CS:GO player.
2018-02-23 05:44
Great interview Lucas!
2018-02-23 07:54
good read. gl mixwell hoep you find a good team soon
2018-02-22 23:25
Chile nachooww 
great interview
2018-02-22 23:36
Finland Hunajaperse 
nice read, gl mixw.
2018-02-22 23:37
United States Will767 
Mix well lived by himself for a few years without anyone and didn’t throw any bangers or parties dang bruh I would have kept the house to myself. Plus it was cute that he said Rush moved in with him so he wouldn’t feel lonely +1 to Rush
2018-02-22 23:42
I would still love a roster like amanek devoduvek Ex6TenZ xms mixwell Not impossible, quality team, amanek top fragging, devoduvek opening zones, xms support, Ex6 IGL and mixwell awping
2018-02-22 23:46
actually a really insightful interview. thank you Lucas and Oscar
2018-02-22 23:55
Sweden Div-\ 
This is a great interview, and Mixwell proves that he's a very smart guy. I really hope things go well for him.
2018-02-23 00:21
i like that guy, respect for leaving europe for murica and make a great optic team back in the day hope he gets picked up by some top tier team soon.
2018-02-23 00:39
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Just finished reading the interview and it's the best I've read, thank you for making it.
2018-02-23 00:58
Very great interview. Good to hear the honesty and passion for the game. Best of luck finding / building a new team.
2018-02-23 01:00
United States Cario 
holy crap a long article/interview that nobody will actually read
2018-02-23 01:14
Colombia EigaFe90 
2018-02-23 01:16
We all have to respect Mixwell for what he's done to keep optic on the map. Huge player, wish to see more of him in the future.
2018-02-23 01:45
Europe xdavidlm 
Great Interview. Buen trabajo Lucas :D
2018-02-23 02:02
Mixwell es exactamente lo que necesita la escena española para abrirse paso, el punto de inicio perfecto. Inteligente, humilde y con mucha personalidad. Puede que se haya equivocado en alguna toma de decisiones, pero hace falta tocar fondo para volver con más hambre que nunca. ¡Nos vemos en China WOLOLOLOOOO! ¡Excelente entrevista, felicidades Lucas!
2018-02-23 02:43
This is an international site, please write your comment in English. Comments in another language will be deleted. Jk I'm sure what you said was nice <3
2018-02-23 04:28
Spain akproxx 
2018-02-23 02:51
Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
nice try blastinho
2018-02-23 03:48
Spain akproxx 
im better fak
2018-02-23 04:24
Denmark beastd 
2018-02-23 03:26
United States Rambeard 
Im hoping Wololos sticks together.
2018-02-23 03:50
Spain akproxx 
not with kairi in the team please
2018-02-23 04:24
It's a shame, but true...
2018-02-23 04:38
Amazing player and person! Definitely a guy you'd want to have in your organization. He deserves credit and recognition. Mixwell, I want to see you at the top so bad... As for Lucas, amazing job as always Cheers! <3
2018-02-23 04:01
Turkey Mustafa- 
mixwell is great player and kind person. i hope you will find great home
2018-02-23 04:08
good job, HLTV!!! this is a great interview <3 <3
2018-02-23 04:10
Mexico LEWORb 
Sad LEWORb. Miss you, Mix
2018-02-23 04:37
Mix to No Tenemos Nada the dream
2018-02-23 04:47
Luxembourg Hargreaves 
- styko + mixwell
2018-02-23 05:07
Spain StarkForce1 
GL Mix! Good Luck in China and Hope the best for you, in Spain or in an International team bro! Keep Working Hard!
2018-02-23 05:08
Turkey Yarrak 
2018-02-23 05:38
Envyus -hAdji +mixwell the role match is so fucking perfect
2018-02-23 06:08
2018-02-23 16:52
Indonesia FinZzz 
Its a shame he left optic. He is much much better than shazam and reunited again with stan would be awesome to see.
2018-02-23 06:20
What an interesting interview. He obviously knows what he wants, and has the ethic to work for it. it's too bad he broke out through the NA scene, because NA has struggled for years with having a solid mentality towards improving (minus a handful of players). Also, I can't believe he got stuck living by himself for a year. That actually sucks, because it's not like he was living in a place he was comfortable with. Kudos to RUSH moving in with him to help out. Hope he has more success moving forward, I've had a lot of respect for him as a player since he began playing for Optic.
2018-02-23 07:05
Canada flame7 
Excellent interview HLTV, hope this means you guys are raising your bar on that department
2018-02-23 07:17
ENVY | mixwell s00n :D
2018-02-23 07:22
Probably the best interview i've read. Mixwell is very good at telling the story of his time in optic, and how he felt about it.
2018-02-23 07:39
Spain JasonRacism 
Love you Mixwell <3
2018-02-23 07:48
Tunisia wotup_newfag 
wow, so much thoughts from him... I am really surprised, i was more optic anti-fan, but this guy deserve a respect for his loyalty. So much work he put into working for american org, dont have to talk about his high level of english and everything make so much sense from his point of view. GL to your future mixwell thanks mr lucasAM for this interview
2018-02-23 08:52
France yvo 
ENVY plz !
2018-02-23 09:38
One of my favourite players tbh. Very hard working and down to earth guy. Insanely skilled as well. I remember he used to drop 60 bombs in ESEA pugs back in the days. People were so sure that he cheated because he outclassed any pro (and everyone else) in the ranking. Haha. All the best to Mixwell!
2018-02-23 10:28
World _EpiC_ 
was he referring to ENVYUS ? lol
2018-02-24 11:51
no ones gonna read this xddd| : too long xdd
2018-02-25 12:42
World _EpiC_ 
2018-02-25 12:42
waj ju medd
2018-02-26 13:00
he has the same face like Tarik from C9 :D Looks like brother )
2018-02-27 15:46
Tiene la bandera de la Republica Española en el Banner, genial
2018-02-28 14:49
-aizy +mixwell
2018-02-28 14:54
so what team he goin to ?
2018-03-06 11:20
Portugal Mult9G2mer 
Maybe he will joins Kinguin
2018-03-06 18:48
Sweden akatsukina 
he very good guy and he deserve the good team, come back GODWELL
2018-03-07 21:59
United States iOnyx 
2018-03-09 05:39
Spain ezivnisi 
typical for Asperger "mixwell" Canovas..... this guy is so mental deficient trust me asperguer 100x100
2018-03-10 21:01
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