MAJ3R: "We thought about [skipping the event], but then we asked DESPE on the last day"

In our first interview from ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, we asked Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli about the visa issues that have plagued Space Soldiers, and their outlook at the $750,000 tournament.

Space Soldiers are at the ESL Pro League Finals with their backup player, Çağatay "DESPE" Sedef, instead of Buğra "Calyx" Arkın, who was denied entry to the United States shortly before the tournament.

MAJ3R talked about running into visa problems repeatedly

Nonetheless, the Turks got off to a good start in Dallas with a great Terrorist side on Inferno against Renegades, clinching a convincing 16-7 victory in the end. After the match, we caught up with the in-game leader, Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli, to ask about the visa issues and the Renegades matchup.

When did you first learn about Calyx not being able to make it here? Did you practice at all with DESPE or was it as last-minute as it looked?

Yeah, we knew on the last day, we waited until the last day for Calyx to get his visa. We hoped we could get his visa in time, but at the last moment, we learned that we were going to play with DESPE. At first, we thought about canceling it, but then we asked DESPE on the last day and he did everything he could to be here, so I want to thank him personally.

In terms of preparation, thanks to Na`Vi we played two maps (laughs), so it was good. But we already played with DESPE a long time ago, so it's not like it's new, but it's been a long time, the metagame also changed. We can practice today and let's see what we can do.

The visa issues have plagued you for a while now, recently you missed IEM Sydney as well, are there any steps you can take to prevent this in the future? Is there really anything you can do about it?

I was really optimistic before, 'OK, visa issues, let's do our best', but now it has become a little annoying. We try our best to be part of the best tournaments in CS:GO and sometimes visas are denied, it's very frustrating and annoying, but it's life, we need to deal with it.

I will not cry about the visa issues, we need to do our best, we came here and DESPE is a good player, he's been with us since the early beginnings, since the creation of the team, so we will do our best.

Has this in any way affected your goals for Pro League Finals?

We always aim for the playoffs, we always aim for the best we can. I tried to find some solutions about how to use DESPE in positive things, we thought about it a lot yesterday and two days ago in the plane, about how we can use him. We talked a lot with our manager and I think we found a solution, and the goal is obviously to go the furthest we can.

I'm sure you saw at least a little bit of Renegades' success at IEM Sydney, did you expect your first match against them to be this one-sided?

BO1 is always random, we started well, we won the pistol on the T side, we won some very important rounds, important clutches, so I don't think we are better than Renegades today, it was just a BO1, I'm pretty sure they will bounce back.

It was a good day for us, everything was in the green for us, but I know how BO1s are in CS, and I'm just happy that today we got to choose our side.

Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
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Turkey Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
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Poland HotMuslim 
2018-05-15 20:59
United Kingdom Dimwit 
2018-05-15 20:59
fox | 
Netherlands ohitsporto 
2018-05-15 21:00
2018-05-15 21:01
Turkey ao1 
god maj3r
2018-05-15 21:01
2018-05-15 21:01
Norway strifer- 
yo we have a 6th player in our roster which is better than ngin. cool, lets not think about using him for this big event, skip it and let ngin stay in the roster. ok
2018-05-15 21:04
Turkey 0vercast 
2018-05-15 22:05
he's not really better than ngin at best they are equal in terms of skill, but i noticed despe always has a honeymoon period sort of thing for a few matches when he stands in
2018-05-15 23:01
Germany Payynnkilla 
they are trying to give their best 10 times
2018-05-15 21:05
2018-05-15 21:20
Turkey GuardOfGondor 
2018-05-15 21:29
Visa Soldiers
2018-05-15 21:34
Turkey srtn16 
2018-05-15 21:49
So Calyx can't get a visa after long and careful planning but Despe can get it last minute? Why you dodging lans? Something fishy going on in turk cs?
2018-05-15 22:01
despe already had 10 year visa like other players except calyx
2018-05-15 22:05
eneshan | 
Turkey Cherub 
Lol despe already has a usa visa but calyx's passport is different he can only get 3 month visas that's why.
2018-05-15 22:07
how can a passport can be different
2018-05-15 22:12
eneshan | 
Turkey Cherub 
The passport is called the green passport in Turkey it is given to person's family who has a job that will give the green passport (idk which jobs) and calyx parents are working in one of that jobs so calyx and his family has that green passport
2018-05-15 22:20
green passports are given to families who work for state, so you can get visas easier with it but it will be shorter than the other types of passports.
2018-05-16 12:59
i think other players such as xantares,despe,paz and their coach has 10 year visas and ngin has german passport and maj3r has a french one if im not mistaken
2018-05-15 22:11
United Kingdom Denzinho 
why would they want to dodge lans? They are doing everything just to get a opportunity to pla at the big stage
2018-05-15 23:05
calyx has green passport so he can get visa every three months
2018-05-16 17:36
Isnt Despe has esl ban
2018-05-15 22:02
Sweden loveZET 
Captainnnnnnnn !
2018-05-15 22:19
hmmmmm cool
2018-05-15 22:35
Just do more CS GO events in France, at least we welcome everyone, no visa problem <3 Just kidding though, but man it's so much simpler when it's in Europe...
2018-05-15 23:46
what is this kind of header?? "we thought about", engrish foreal? if majer said that rip englando then and not the hltv admins.. should be we thought about IT, between brackets stating the obvious, but as it looks right now its mentally ill english xd FYI.
2018-05-16 13:05
IT = [SKIPPING THE EVENT] fucking retarded immigrant
2018-05-16 17:38
in case ur lacking grammar, thats exactly what i wrote, reread what i wrote kid, im stating they didnt use the word "IT", fuckin imbecile.
2018-05-16 17:58
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
The funniest part is that the point of this forum or post is not about language/grammar but giving news and info, Why would you care if MAJ3R's English is not the best or whatever? If he has 1 or 2 or 100 mistakes speaking or writing in English but people understand the idea, that's enough ..
2018-05-17 21:45
I believe its hltvs fault. Or do they copy paste exactly what players say cus then ye its majers fault.
2018-05-18 00:22
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
What's the problem if it's MAJ3R's fault? shouldn't change another person's dixit/quote ..
2018-05-18 16:27
Japan papa_smurf 
I think [they should have]
2018-05-18 12:04
Luxembourg alex24 
should have skipped... now they are certified as Online Soldiers
2018-05-18 12:48
Israel xpicyyy 
Wasted spot...
2018-05-18 17:57
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