MAJ3R: "It was important to save some energy [in the group stage]"

We conducted a short interview with Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli after his team secured a spot in the grand final of the WESG 2017 World Finals, defeating Russia.

After placing top four in last year's edition of WESG, Space Soldiers have, at least, one-upped their result this year by making the grand final, where they will face fnatic tomorrow.

Space Soldiers were pacing themselves in the group stage

To get there, the Turkish side had to take out GODSENT and Russia in the playoffs today, and did that with 2-0 victories in both series.

In the group stage you played mostly underdogs and won almost all of the matches, but you weren't really dominant in the games. Can you tell me how you felt after the first two group stages and the matches you had?

We had a group that was very good for us, there were three underdog teams. But with the system, three BO2's, we knew it was going to be a long day, so the goal was to play seriously, but not give full energy on every match, to keep some energy. That's why sometimes the match was close, we of course gave everything we have to win, but it was important to save some energy for the next match.

We tried to apply the new rules we have about communication, to have it go more slowly, without stress, have it go easily. Because we were in the booths in the practice area, so it was easier. Like I said, when we saw the group, the goal was to be first, for sure, we did it and it's ok.

Coming into the playoffs, playing GODSENT this morning, did you then up the tempo, was there more pressure, more vigor?

Yeah, GODSENT is a good team, so we needed to start well. Unfortunately, we started very badly, on Mirage it was I think 5-0 or 6-0 for them, they beat us so hard that in six rounds I think we didn't get one kill, it was very hardcore.

After that we talked, tried to find some solution. "Guys, step-by-step, win some rounds on T and we will win on CT, we trust our CT". We won some clutches, the score was very close, we also got luck on our side, so today everything is good and on our side.

You continue your Cache streak, you are unbeaten for about 20 maps on LAN. Does that feel particularly well, especially with people still playing Cache against you?

I think we have two very strong maps, Cobble and Cache, so people try to chose between them. Some teams, like GODSENT, don't believe in their Cobble, they believe more in Cache so they banned Cobble. I think we have few strong maps, but in BO3's when we can only ban one map, we have some gaps, like today when we played Nuke. We train on Nuke a lot, but on LAN it's always different.

Now you won against Russia, you are in the grand final and $300,000 is the minimum that you can win, how does that feel?

It feels good. Well, we don't play for the money, of course, we need to do our job here. We came here as a team and there are a lot of mixes. fnatic is a team like us, so I think it will be a great final.

The objective is to win and after you did your job, the money will come. Doing your job is first, we don't think about the money, but of course, it is a good thing for us financially.

Ywah
2018-03-17 15:08
#5
China o_O 
ok
2018-03-17 15:08
#2
2018-03-17 15:09
#13
China o_O 
#5
2018-03-17 15:09
#12
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Europe _EpiC_ 
I like SS but I don't like Erdogan
2018-03-17 15:09
same
2018-03-17 15:10
+1
2018-03-17 15:15
#27
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Other Left_Eye 
The sentence like I like balloons but I don’t like camping. Ss has nothing relevant with erdogan. Also a lot of people in Turkey already dont like erdogan. Who cares about politics here? Especially like this areas. Get over it anymore, be human. Ps: I hate erdogan dude. It is more than dont like him
2018-03-17 15:18
#31
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Europe _EpiC_ 
Welcome to the biggest political forum HLTV.org Please have a sit and tell us your country of origin so we can all poke fun.
2018-03-17 15:18
#34
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Other Left_Eye 
I am from Turkey but I dont see the point of showing this. Who cares? I could born in any country.
2018-03-17 15:21
#36
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Europe _EpiC_ 
2018-03-17 15:23
stfu comar xD
2018-03-17 15:19
#35
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Other Left_Eye 
Reported ass licker.
2018-03-17 15:22
typic akp voter
2018-03-17 15:23
#40
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Other Left_Eye 
If ı would be akp voter ı would hang myself idiot. You just couldnt understand what I mean.
2018-03-17 15:25
ingilizce de ı yok mal xD
2018-03-17 15:26
#45
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Other Left_Eye 
Usendim yarragım. Mutlu musun
2018-03-17 15:29
comare
2018-03-17 15:30
#58
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Kuwait Yarrak 
Mal
2018-03-17 17:17
#29
swag | 
Turkey KeremHmz 
All Space Soldiers lover doesnt
2018-03-17 15:17
Who likes erdogan
2018-03-17 15:28
The ones can't speak English but Arabian only.
2018-03-17 18:15
The kurds
2018-03-18 01:39
+1
2018-03-17 20:39
Yeah*
2018-03-17 15:08
yobany haker
2018-03-17 15:26
What do you meeeeaaan
2018-03-17 15:27
Meh
2018-03-17 15:08
ez
2018-03-17 15:08
#6
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New Zealand onelover11 
god
2018-03-17 15:09
#8
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Estonia sux3ss 
k
2018-03-17 15:09
#9
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Macau fivemorning 
This team is solid top 5 this year no jokes
2018-03-17 15:10
solid top15* yet
2018-03-17 15:16
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Macau fivemorning 
I said they're gonna be top 5 I think they can do this until the end of the year
2018-03-17 15:17
i hope so
2018-03-17 15:17
No way , there are more good teams than ss (fnatic c9 liquid mouz navi astralis faze )
2018-03-17 15:33
Yeah C9 did so much better than SS this tournament. Oh wait
2018-03-17 16:45
Man ss is tier 2 , im waiting for ss to fluke a major or beat fnatic faze sk etc
2018-03-17 16:56
Me too.
2018-03-17 16:59
they wrecked g2, they won against sk or they played good but lost against them. FaZe and Astralis is in EPL so we'll see.
2018-03-17 18:17
They won't but top 15-10 may happen
2018-03-17 18:15
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Indonesia HearthBreak 
COOL
2018-03-17 15:09
#11
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Denmark danishwarrior 
gl
2018-03-17 15:09
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Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Party???
2018-03-17 15:12
MAJ3R: "FOR ME, [THE WIN OVER SK] IS NOT A SURPRISE, TO BE HONEST"
2018-03-17 15:10
I am feeling ty
2018-03-17 15:11
did that meme survive ? oh well then.
2018-03-17 20:40
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North America noahB_ 
Very happy for SS, hopefully they can upset fnatic. EZ for Godtares and PAZZERS
2018-03-17 15:11
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Snax | 
Asia editz| 
Gl
2018-03-17 15:11
#21
Ninjas | 
Luxembourg xdxdasd 
EZ 4 MAJ3R REİZ!
2018-03-17 15:12
2018-03-17 15:12
#23
juliano | 
Germany hatrez 
GJ
2018-03-17 15:15
Ez
2018-03-17 15:19
#38
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Maj3r saving strats again LUL
2018-03-17 15:23
lul
2018-03-17 15:48
#39
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Turkey Jarrod 
Good job
2018-03-17 15:25
#46
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Turkey boratkn 
GJ
2018-03-17 15:29
congrats
2018-03-17 15:47
They will be gangbanged in final btw lul
2018-03-17 15:58
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woxic | 
Turkey razendd_ 
2018-03-17 16:17
SS will win the title. See ya in the "SS beat fnatic to win WESG" post .
2018-03-17 16:24
If you want to save some energy, just finished it quickly..
2018-03-19 01:22
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