STYKO on closing games: "It's something you can't practice, it has to come with experience"

February 24th, 2018 00:15

Martin "STYKO" Styk went in detail about dennis rumors and the matchup against G2, after mousesports eliminated the French side and advanced to the semi-finals in Kiev.

The European mixture got their revenge on G2 today, after they dropped a massive lead in the match that the two teams played earlier in the tournament, in the group stage. This time around, mousesports won G2's map pick Inferno to start it off, and closed it out on their comfort pick Mirage.

STYKO believes that the luck will be on their side in the rematch against Liquid

We caught up with Martin "STYKO" Styk after the match, who talked about their issues in closing out matches, preparation and more.

What are your thoughts on the dennis to mousesports saga, obviously there were strong rumours about him replacing you in the team after the Major? It didn't end up happening in the end but how did it feel coming back into the team and playing after that?

There was a possibility after the Major that dennis was going to replace me in mousesports starting lineup, I would probably be benched it seems like, but in the end, the deal fell through for undisclosed reasons. Obviously, I didn't know about the change mousesports want to make. It came to me basically from the leaks, that was the first thing that I was uncomfortable with. But at the same time, I understand them, because I understand how dennis is as a player, I mean I have no hard feelings for anyone because he was probably the better player and obviously one of the best free agents available at that time.

How it affected me... it felt really bad at the beginning, but now I'm trying my best to prove to everyone that it was the right decision to keep me in the starting lineup and I kind of got over it. I feel like everything bad happens for a reason. So I even if it would've happened, it would be a new start for me, a new lesson, a new experience.

Does it feel kind of weird that this move almost happened considering where mousesports were as a team when you joined, and then after that, you made the playoffs of the Major, won Mykonos, placed second at ECS S4?

It definitely feels weird and this is something we all agreed on in this lineup, even the coach, all the five players, that it's weird for [mousesports] to want to make a change in the roster because we are the best lineup that they ever had. And we managed that in such a short period of time, half a year, we managed to rebuild everything completely.

Let's switch the focus to this tournament, you already played G2 here, did the preparation for the match involve anti-stratting, going back to the demos of matches that you played, or was it more just playing your game? What was the preparation like for this game?

We didn't watch any demos from the group stage match that we previously played, maybe our coach did just to get a groove on their game, but all in all we just prepared individually because we knew that if we prepared individually that the plan that we had before, in the groups, would work. We lost really close and we kind of threw away the Inferno game, we were leading 14-8 and then we end up losing that match.

We just kind of knew that if we stick to the plan and the maps are the same in the group stage, then we are eventually going to win. But, there was a really huge question mark which was will the maps be the same. We were thinking about different maps and I bet they were thinking about different maps as well. It's kind of expected that if you played that well on one map, like we did in the group stage on Mirage, 16-2, that it's insta-veto for them next time. But obviously they don't play Train and they can't gamble on that one. So we knew that Mirage was going to be in the pool and we knew that we played them well before, so it was a just confidence boost as soon as we won Inferno, we just realized: "Let's just repeat Mirage from the group stage and it's going to be 2-0."

Let's touch on Inferno, that you won in the end, but it all started with a good CT side, nine rounds. What were the key things that happened in that half?

I remember that we kind of experimented before the game, where someone came up with the idea to play two in pit more, with me and Robin (Robin "ropz" Kool). We realized that it might work and it actually did work, because as soon as Robin got traded in the pit, where he had a forward position, they didn't expect me, they didn't check me at all, they were spamming site - I remember that remotely during two or three rounds that we did it.

We had a good read on them, I think two times as soon as they executed A we were four on the site, ready to fight them. So it was all in all good preparation, we also know that they like to force-buy a lot, explode through the smokes a lot, but they kind of didn't do it on Inferno, so we knew something is probably off and then we realized they were doing heavy strats on A with a lot of smokes.

So that worked well for us, but they had good individual rounds on Inferno as well, which is hard to counter. When shox comes to B and one-deag's both of the players, it's hard. It's obviously a mistake by someone [to let that happen], I don't know who, we will have to rewatch the round for that, however, when someone is feeling on point it's hard to counter it with anything.

On Mirage, it was a classic mousesports thing, you go up 11-2 and then they started coming back. How does it happen all the time?

At 11-2 I think they had a Deagle round or something and won it. Then it was 11-4, we lost the pistol round, I think we missed a granade in the pistol round on short, I'm not sure but I heard it pop really early, earlier than it should've, so it's hard for me to comment before watching the game itself. But it all started from the pistol round where we failed the nade and the aim duels that we should've won, and that we usually win.

There was one round in which you put down the connector and stair smokes, but the stair smoke is deeper than usual, was that on purpose?

Yeah, it's a really hard smoke, I got an idea that was: "Why is everyone putting down the normal stairs smoke, which is kind of useless because it's helping CT's get into sandwich?" So I made up a smoke from B apps that smokes stairs deeper, but it was completely useless because the guy on short can hear it flying from B apps.

So then we found somewhere in a demo of Astralis that they are throwing this smoke, I checked their Mirage demo and I think gla1ve is throwing the smoke. Ironically, I saw s1mple throwing the smoke with exactly the same lineup as me, so he probably saw it from me as well. But the smoke is really good because you can jump onto stairs and see into the jungle. It's intentional, but you don't have to use it like that even, you can just spot it from ticket booth with an AWP, that's the easiest kill of an AWPer's life. It's kind of a good smoke but you have to be careful about what to do with it.

How do you comment all of these comebacks teams have been doing on you, losing massive leads. People say it's choking, is that how you feel it's happening?

No, not at all, we barely talk about it as choking when we are playing. When we hit 13, 14, sometimes 15 rounds, it just feels like one deciding bullet could change the match completely, and in our heads we are unlucky in those situations.

But at the same time, it's worth mentioning that opposition that we usually face is insanely good at this point, when they are really close to losing, they are playing really well. And it's hard on CT side as well, because Terrorists have nothing to lose when it's like 14-6 or whatever. Partially they are already in the second map in their brains or whatever. They are doing stupid moves that you are not expecting, pushing through the smokes, walking out of the smokes while you are holding a tight angle. It's really hard, but it's not really choking, we don't feel it like that, but it is obviously what the community loves to spam, so... (shrugs)

I guess closing games is an issue because it's something you can't practice, it has to come with experience and we feel like its getting better every tournament.

You got revenge on G2 and next is Liquid, who you also lost to in the group stage. Is another revenge coming up?

That's going to be a good matchup, I think we expect that the maps are going to be, like against G2, similar to what we had in the group stage. And we know, in our heads, that we were really off that day, for me especially and with our calls, we lost 2v5's, 3v5's continually on Inferno. So if we are going to play the same game, we are going to probably win those situations nine out of ten times. We used all of our bad luck in that match, so it's hopefully going to be all good.

Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
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Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
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2018-02-24 00:16
2018-02-24 00:15
Iceland yannay 
2018-02-24 00:16
Austria shaakeh 
2018-02-24 00:16
Buy the merch?
2018-02-24 13:27
no, but link in bio
2018-02-24 13:29
Sweden Rexz 
2018-02-24 00:15
Sweden larsbananas 
Nice what?
2018-02-24 01:49
2018-02-24 02:03
Sweden larsbananas 
Except I decide what's what.
2018-02-24 03:26
eZ 4 mouz
2018-02-24 00:15
United Kingdom Jet_ 
How about STYKO on getting frags?
2018-02-24 00:15
comes with experience too
2018-02-24 00:16
United Kingdom Jet_ 
ropz??? STYKO has been pro for years now and has really been pulling mouz down as far as I'm concerned, -STYKO +mir
2018-02-24 00:22
Germany GODsuNny 
comes with experience too
2018-02-24 00:28
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Choking comes with experience... VP NAVI GAMBIT
2018-02-24 00:31
Germany GODsuNny 
comes with experience too
2018-02-24 00:31
I disagree. You vouch for him to be replaced by random players in a higher stat tier. Face the fact that a high stat player is not necessarily going to bring up a team average stat when added. Styko take so many correct decisions during matches against tier1. Why you would every replace him, after a year of JUST progress is beyond me.. The grass is not always greener on the other side.
2018-02-24 01:14
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Sure, he has some good plays, but so does every player. He makes rookie mistakes versus all teams, losing duels and peaking when he really shouldn't. Sure he is a support role but even if a player have great info, the fact that he can't frag for himself and pull his OWN weight is an issue. Not only this but mir has shown himself to be a world class player versus tier 1
2018-02-24 01:17
Hold up, what are you on about STYKO not pulling his own weight? Are you even watching games, or just the match pages on HLTV? That argument makes no sense whatsoever... Okay, let's play it how you see it. Most of the games STYKO plays he has a positive K/D. The game against Liquid, is something that will happen to any pro. Being that practice or official. That is the only game where he has been performing below an acceptable par, and that happens.. If you think otherwise, you lack substance of perception.
2018-02-24 01:26
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Damn. Firstly, nice to see pro players have such a strong fanbase. Secondly if you fail to face facts that he has constantly performs poorly against top tier teams (which mouz is) then you lack substance of perception. Furthermore if you're unable to have an civilised discussion where you not only talk in an unbiased manner but respectfully then I don't really want to waste my time. Finally the matter of fact is that STYKO perfroms enough to get mouz to where they are but there are many players who can fill his role and do much more in terms of fragging and team play.
2018-02-24 01:32
Would bet my shit that you have never seen a mouz demo Not sure if you have ever checked, but you can see him playing with worst gun out of a roster, because why would yoy try to make plays when you have 3 top players in ur team Also styko has probably best aim in mouz
2018-02-24 10:40
D0cC | 
Netherlands Idioot 
2018-02-24 13:28
well, guess I overextended but surely he has better aim than oskar/ChrisJ
2018-02-24 13:29
D0cC | 
Netherlands Idioot 
Oskar awp Chris igl
2018-02-24 17:32
Slovakia SLAVak 
Would you kick TACO because he's the worst player of SK?
2018-02-24 11:26
United Kingdom Jet_ 
No because he still performs, makes smarter plays and there are no viable replacements for him in the Brazilian scene
2018-02-24 11:30
How does the word fanbase come to your mind, from reading my comment? I'm an Astralis fan if anyhthing.. You mention a civilised discussion in an unbiased manner. I fail to see whats not civilised or what is biased about the point I was making in my last comment? The recent results does nothing but back up what I told you. Listen to an old man :)
2018-03-05 10:07
STYKO lately very strong. Check again
2018-02-24 01:23
experience comes with experience
2018-02-24 10:31
suNny | 
Finland jakem0n 
He doesnt need to. He is full supporting player and without him ropz, oskar and sunny even chrisJ couldnt do so well and be a mad fragger. Styko is also maybe one of the sharpest aimers in the game... Hs% is fucking insane, almost like scream's when he was called headshot machine.
2018-02-24 00:37
+1 styko is one of the best in his role
2018-02-24 11:35
Styko is playing the shittiest roles in the team and supporting as much as he can, also his b devense on mirage isnt bad aswell. I hate comments like these.
2018-02-24 08:17
United States Ilike 
2018-02-24 11:22
Denmark JustYes 
2018-02-24 00:16
Argentina Zestv2 
2018-02-24 00:16
Brazil 16|0 
nt styko
2018-02-24 00:16
Czech Republic sponka 
EZ top 20
2018-02-24 00:17
Poland Ryunar 
2018-02-24 00:19
rain | 
Slovakia verg1ll 
he has been stepping it up lately
2018-02-24 00:38
stark | 
Poland Br00m 
Huge respect to this guy, managing to deal with the fact, that his team wanted to replace him without an agreement and improving since then.
2018-02-24 00:42
i could never understand why the fuck hltv don`t get a video interview ? who the fuck is gona read all this ?
2018-02-24 00:50
Guatemala feerzein21 
They used to but nobody actually watched them LOL I mean yeah people did but not as much you would expect
2018-02-24 00:54
A plethora of reasons for not doing video interviews, with the main ones being that there is a lack of press area to do them at the venue and that I'm sick, so I don't look like something you would want to see on camera. Thanks for the feedback though :)
2018-02-24 09:04
Takes 2 min to read that wtf is wrong with you?
2018-02-24 09:20
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
What about closing out on your time with mouz?
2018-02-24 00:56
Qatar kys_lvl99 
Styko is underrated. Maybe he is bottom fragging usually, but still he is very smart and good aimer. He is the one who plays with worst gun. He is the one who goes to site first. Very good clutcher also.
2018-02-24 01:01
Slovakia FirsTManiaC 
2018-02-24 01:05
nitr0 | 
Canada Surzz 
+1 most people don't understand that.
2018-02-24 02:21
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
true... imo its never works with 5 star players in the team somone must do dirty work :D
2018-02-24 06:10
chrisJ and ropz are not star players, STYKO can be replaced with a better fragger and ropz can do his job better
2018-02-24 08:48
Europe tweekzter 
I certainly count ropz to the stars of mouz. He is just very young still. chrisJ is no star, but extremely important as IGL and even more as mental foundation.
2018-02-24 09:19
imo ropz has a playstyle that would suit a "star support" if that makes sense. think like krimz or xyp9x, cerebral players with defensive playstyles, great clutchers. not aggressive stars like sunny or oskar. that's why I think he could play STYKOs spots but be more effective not saying ropz or chrisJ aren't important, just saying they could add another star aimer like dennis without losing anything important
2018-02-24 11:29
Europe tweekzter 
good argument But I'd compare ropz more to coldzera (not saying he has the class of a coldzera). But in general you are right. He doesn't have that explosive playstyle. He comes from behind and clutches out rounds - remember that nade on mirage that killed the defuser. :D Styko is mouz' Taco.
2018-02-24 11:41
Yeah he's a bit like coldzera in the way he plays but he isn't set up the same way as cold is, cause mouz are not as structured. Coldzera sees himself as a support too so it makes sense. I don't necessarily think mouz need a Taco type player. That role isn't as prevalent in mouz as it is in SK
2018-02-24 12:52
Europe tweekzter 
True. As mouz never gets tired to state, they are playing an aggressive style dependent on personal skill. From that perspective, dennis could fit in well.
2018-02-24 12:57
Yeah I agree Hope mouz can take Liquid later
2018-02-24 13:27
North America Arixx 
Every time people talk about replacing Styko, they bring up dennis. All are so keen on replacing him cause he's so bad, but they can only come up with one player? Also, dennis was offered a spot in mouz and had talks with Astralis but chose NiP over both of them, time to move past it or find someone else to spam -styko +whoever if it brings them joy
2018-02-24 14:01
Europe tweekzter 
Your effort is wasted here. We were just discussing hypothetically. I am not one of those 100% Styko must be romoved or dennis ftw guys.
2018-02-24 15:00
Tunisia wotup_newfag 
It really depends on the map, but its usually openning frags by sunny(mirage), ropz(cobble), oskar or chrisj(train)
2018-02-24 09:00
Qatar kys_lvl99 
Didn’t say he is entry fragging. I meant he is the one who dies first on site rushes so sunny etc. Knows where enemies are.
2018-02-24 12:28
Tunisia wotup_newfag 
i am not saying that styko is bad, dont get me wrong. But he's not that explosive like those four guys i mentioned above.. I would say he has kinda taco role and back in the days when oskar played in HR, this kinda role had Zero. The most important thing is how they feel like a team. And i feel like their team chemistry with chrisj as igl is greaat.. So i wouldnt change him in next couple months, mouz didnt reach their peak yet and i feel like they are best structurized team right now and they dont rely on their individual skills so much as other teams in top5
2018-02-24 13:06
who goes the site first? siriusli?
2018-02-24 13:12
Qatar kys_lvl99 
when there is late round site rush to site with 3-5 guy, styko is usually first who goes (and dies). Sunny spots where styko got killed and kills them.
2018-02-24 13:19
2018-02-24 13:20
Replacing STYKO? That decision must be founded in something outside the game. From a viewer perspective, not even judging frag stats, STYKO has been playing well. He makes alot of right decisions, why replace him so shortly? Give him, and the rest of the team a chance. It looks good, they play better cs than ever, and he hasn't played anywhere near below par...
2018-02-24 01:08
Europe defirujaca 
2018-02-24 01:18
Singapore Nephalith 
Too bad novas will never understand how team game works.
2018-02-24 01:29
Finland Smoonah 
stickos Lol
2018-02-24 01:19
2018-02-24 01:30
Lithuania Fitness 
bull shit
2018-02-24 01:49
-styko +stick-oh
2018-02-24 01:51
mouz has been performing better after adding styko for sure
2018-02-24 02:39
Europe tweekzter 
They added sunny and Styko for denis / lowel. A few months before they added ropz for Spiidi. It's not only Styko that brought the change.
2018-02-24 09:15
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
why interview styko when he get kicked when they find a better player? :)
2018-02-24 03:06
xd bot excuses
2018-02-24 04:56
they need to kick this low bot asap
2018-02-24 07:50
Finland t33mu 
2018-02-24 11:38
haha :D mad cause german cs is dead ?
2018-02-24 16:17
it's more alive than slovakian cs for sure 1 good player doesn't make a scene, sadly
2018-02-24 16:57
rain | 
Slovakia verg1ll 
frozen>>>germany cs combined
2018-02-24 17:33
i wanted dennis for styko rly bad, but if styko improves its ok
2018-02-24 08:30
Europe tweekzter 
dennis sounds great, but I am not sure, if he would've fit in the team.
2018-02-24 09:12
Europe RKC 
The best CS:GO lineup, that mouz ever had, he means hopefully.
2018-02-24 08:54
Yeah, CS:GO obviously, 1.6 is a different story alltogether
2018-02-24 09:06
World euqin 
Exactly what I wanted to say.. The best CSGO team, because they're not even close from what the 1.6 line-up archived.
2018-02-24 13:14
Europe tweekzter 
He seems like a nice guy, but some of those statements sound like convenient excuses. Closing out matches has to do with lack of experience instead of lack of preparation - how convenient. ;) I am sure their opponents trail not only to mouz. So why not study them to know what they like to do in those situations? The more you are prepared, the less you get surprised.
2018-02-24 09:08
Mouz vs Na`Vi ? Anyone agreed ? XD XD XD
2018-02-24 10:07
Russia iMAGiNE777 
STYKO is a nice guy
2018-02-24 11:18
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2018-02-24 15:46
Poland mamba99999 
2018-02-24 15:47
Europe LegacyMLG 
Wp legend :) U did it
2018-02-24 16:58
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