Furlan: "This time I want to win the tournament"

March 13th, 2018 08:46

We caught up with Damian "Furlan" Kislowski during the first day of the WESG 2017 World Finals and talked about AGO's development and the Polish scene.

AGO have kicked off WESG well, picking up two wins from two games and ensuring a place in the second group stage, with the final match against GODSENT only deciding the seeding.

Furlan feels like some Polish teams focus more on domestic rivals than competing internationally

Between their games against Swole Patrol and BOOT-d[S], we sat down with Damian "Furlan" Kislowski who finished second at WESG 2016, and heard about the organizational changes AGO went through after getting new investment, their online struggles and the competition in Poland.

Can you give me a short overview of the last LAN you attended, the Play2Live Cryptomasters? How did it go for you and how did it feel after the win?

It was a very nice feeling, it gives us a lot of confidence. The most important thing is that we are confident after the tournament and we start playing better because of that. Now we believe in ourselves, that we can achieve something in the global Counter-Strike scene.

You qualified for ESL Pro League which is big thing. How has it been going for you there, so far, especially facing high tier opposition and adapting to them?

It's a big learning step for us, we still see that there is a gap between tier one teams and our team, which we are trying to eliminate. There is a huge difference when you are playing against tier 1 teams and when you are playing against tier 2 or 3 teams. We are used to playing and we know how to play against tier 2-3 teams, we have a good style playing against them. When we are facing a tier 1 team, we are still looking for our style, we have to adapt to that level of play.

Comparing your online results and offline results: at the beginning of the year you qualified for EPL, that was on LAN, and now you won this tournament in Minsk. But you couldn't qualify for Katowice and you couldn't make it through to ECS. So is there an issue playing online compared to playing offline?

At first, we were a good online team and we were not so good at offline events. And then we changed it a little bit, changed our style, so we are now better offline. That is greatly thanks to our performance coach, who was hired at the beginning of January. He is with us at every event, he is trying to fix our diet, to fix our exercise, do physical and mental preparation for each game, so we have 100% focus and we are at our best when we have to play the game.

We got the huge investment two months ago and there are a lot of organizational changes in our team. Sometimes when we are playing the online games we are in a big rush, we are coming back from somewhere, going to another tournament the next day, we have photo sessions, special meetings with new sponsors... so sometimes we can't focus 100% on our game when we have online matches, that's the main reason why our online performance last month was a little bit worse. When we are playing offline events, we are fully focused on the tournament, we have a free mind and full determination to win each game.

You touched on it already, but I want to address it directly as well. The support network you have now in terms of coaching, how has that been, what's the biggest difference you've noticed so far?

Huge, huge changes have been implemented in the last couple of months, we have 360-degree support from the organization, we don't only have the performance coach who is with us at events, we also have a development coach working on individual skills of the players. We have a lot of training and workshops provided by our organization to help us change our lifestyle, to learn how to change our diet, when to go to sleep, how to change our habits essentially. We introduced physical exercises, we are going to the gym, all in all, it gives us a big boost.

The big thing is that we work on our daily routine, we do it every day, and it helps us give our maximum in games. If we achieve the maximum level of our performance we can be the best. That's the main thing the organization is looking after, they care about us, if we have any issue in our private life, they help out. When we had a problem here, in the hotel, it was fixed instantly and the organization moved us to another great hotel without asking WESG.

Two years ago, there was practically only Virtus.pro in the Polish scene, maybe you guys doing something under Vexed etc., but the scene seemed pretty non-existent. Now there are a lot of teams, AGO, Kinguin, Venatores.... What do you think about the Polish scene as it is now?

There are two main factors that influenced how the Polish scene developed in the last year, the first was introducing the Polish Pro League ([FPL-like hub for Polish players]), because now it's much easier to scout new talent, even for professional players and teams who are looking for new players, rookies.

The second thing is that there are a lot of organizations that have been founded in the last few years, which are growing, have more sponsors and can provide decent conditions to the players, so they can focus only on the game. If you look back two years, there was no organization in Poland that could provide a salary and support for the players. All professional Polish players were playing for foreign organizations, like Virtus.pro from Russia or AGG from the United States.

A few years ago it was quite easy to win Polish qualifiers to almost any tournament, now it's very tough, there are a lot of teams who are playing good Counter-Strike, and even if they are placed only in the top 50 or top 80 of the HLTV ranking, they can play very good against tier 2 or 3 teams.

However, there is still a barrier between the Polish scene and the international scene. There are only three or maybe four teams, if you include Pride, who can fight at the international level. There is still a lot of players in Poland who only play domestic events, they don't know how to play against international teams. Sometimes it seems like they spend the whole month to prepare for a domestic game against us.

You were here last year with Kinguin as well. How do you feel coming back, do you think you will achieve a big result again?

I don't want to achieve the same result as last year, this time I want to win the tournament. 

Poland Damian 'Furlan' Kislowski
Damian 'Furlan' Kislowski
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Good for him
2018-03-13 08:47
Austria shaakeh 
not gonna happen
2018-03-13 08:48
2018-03-13 08:48
Finland Lehtori 
even homesent has bigger change of winning than ago
2018-03-13 08:54
2018-03-13 08:57
Finland Lehtori 
hltv.org/results?team=8068 ago is going right down the shitter hltv.org/stats/teams/matches/6902/GODSEN.. godsent has been trying to get out of the shitter as of late
2018-03-13 09:00
online. id say ago is still better overall. they ve fallen off a bit. godsent results are not an indication imo tho.
2018-03-13 09:02
Finland Lehtori 
2018-03-13 12:00
Poland Coldharbour 
He beat virtus.pro in the semi final with kinguin last year. Both teams underperforming now.
2018-03-13 09:22
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byali | 
Poland BYALl 
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Malaysia byaIi 
2018-03-13 08:48
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
Ambitious, but that's needed to win any tournament. Good luck to the boys.
2018-03-13 08:48
Europe xdavidlm 
2018-03-13 08:48
Poland pathology 
spanish cs:go scene it is one big kappa
2018-03-14 09:05
2018-03-13 08:49
He's got a chance with all the favourites in a slump
2018-03-13 08:49
Ago has potential
2018-03-13 08:49
Poland Matxioo 
2018-03-13 08:50
Indonesia DezfanzeR 
Hell naw
2018-03-13 08:51
Poland qube1 
ago will win wesg mark my words
2018-03-13 08:53
2018-03-13 08:54
Denmark Morelelele 
gl but C9 vs SK final
2018-03-13 08:54
more like Wololos vs Swole Patrol
2018-03-13 09:06
2018-03-14 11:10
Denmark Morelelele 
ShokeK Gaming
2018-03-14 21:19
2018-03-13 08:56
Austria L1GHT_ 
keep dreaming
2018-03-13 08:57
NEO | 
Poland sedi 
Furli good man
2018-03-13 08:58
Denmark ghostan11 
lmfao they will be at max top 6 this tournament
2018-03-13 08:58
Xdddd kys
2018-03-13 09:00
Denmark ghostan11 
here we go again with polish fakeflagger. sup?
2018-03-13 09:01
Here we go again with a Danish retarded kid what's up? Have you already created a new thread about VP today?
2018-03-13 09:36
Denmark ghostan11 
says a fakeflagger who is sad that i say bad things about polish cs.who is retarded kid now?
2018-03-13 09:42
Who says I am fakeflagger, and who says I am sad about anything, I'm just amazed seeing what level of retardness you stepped into
2018-03-13 09:49
Denmark ghostan11 
its just funny how people are getting triggered. thought after few replies people wont be that stupid cuz polaks should know that vp and ago sucks , but still amount of people that got triggered is insane , including you :))
2018-03-13 09:50
Nice change of topic, Ghostan11 strikes again
2018-03-13 09:53
Denmark ghostan11 
you're sad cuz u always get triggered and reply me after u see me laughing about vp or shitgo. and why i think you are fakeflagging? cuz only polaks are getting triggered.
2018-03-13 09:57
Only polaks are getting triggered LUL Nt faggot, reported for racism
2018-03-13 10:07
Denmark ghostan11 
haha nice try. u think i am stupid? just change this flag already.
2018-03-13 10:09
Haha, yes I think you are trolling and you re a racist
2018-03-13 10:48
Denmark ghostan11 
shouldnt care unless you are a polak. thats why u got exposed
2018-03-13 10:48
Choose a number from 1 to 10
2018-03-13 10:50
Denmark ghostan11 
2018-03-13 10:50
Thats your IQ, enjoy your day
2018-03-13 10:50
Denmark ghostan11 
u know your iq? thats lower than 0 cuz u fakeflag.
2018-03-13 10:53
Hhahhahahahahahhahahahahah XDDDDD
2018-03-13 16:47
Poland kick_michu 
,,Huge, huge changes have been implemented in the last couple of months, we have 360-degree support from the organization,, 360 degree changes ? so you back to point where you start PS.and last year didnt play SK Fnatic C9 so what are you dreaming stupid Goodsent rape you in BO3
2018-03-13 09:01
Poland Malade33 
360 degree support not 360 degree changes
2018-03-13 09:05
2018-03-13 09:02
France NBKappaaa 
2018-03-13 09:06
Finals: Ago vs SS SS win the event You heard it first here.
2018-03-13 09:07
2018-03-13 09:09
Nt toilet cleaner not even in ur dreams
2018-03-13 09:09
Read intervew and read how "toilet cleaners" treat they players and gave shit amount of money. But i forgot you probalby cant read so wast of time me to writing...
2018-03-14 07:28
2018-03-14 09:21
Russia chexov 
2018-03-13 09:14
GL Furlan
2018-03-13 09:16
ZywOo | 
Poland EzzCSGO 
2018-03-13 09:35
France Mevleffy 
So he didn't want to win past tournaments?
2018-03-13 09:38
-byali -snax +furlan +gruby TOP ONE VP!!!!
2018-03-13 09:38
Faroe Islands xuan 
why would they do that are u stupid ago > vp by miles
2018-03-13 12:01
Poland Looopie 
Furlan good man
2018-03-13 09:39
you will lose to Godsent in 10 min, but ok
2018-03-13 09:50
Only if grand final is eat my chips vs ago
2018-03-13 10:14
2018-03-13 10:16
good guy
2018-03-13 10:29
Faroe Islands xuan 
2018-03-13 12:00
sure thing bro
2018-03-13 12:03
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
LMAO day dreaming...
2018-03-13 12:10
Snax | 
India editz10 
win 1st 2 match vs t3 teams and dreams <3
2018-03-13 12:43
lose to godsent lul
2018-03-13 15:04
tarik | 
Turkey razendd_ 
Ago is just good against SS, garbage against other teams but the SS is fighting against all teams AGO= SS Anti-strat team Ago "TwoFaced" Toledo For example, Eu minor optic tier 1 was not Optic-Ago losing 2x 16-2 SS-Optic 2-1
2018-03-13 17:11
Nice interview would be better as a video but still gr8 talk Furlan ! GL now and in future make Polish scene and organisations shine !
2018-03-14 07:20
Brazil Gunzel 
ofc he want to win fckn 800k.
2018-03-14 07:23
United States caliprep 
Lost to Godsent, they're not getting past Godsent I promise you this
2018-03-14 13:08
Bad luck cuz wololos will rekt you :/
2018-03-14 22:47
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