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

Striker
May 15th, 2018 20:59

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
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
553
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Turkey Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
467
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
585
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
#1
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United States DonKing 
Cool
2018-05-15 20:59
#5
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Mongolia Tendies 
Really sucks that the boys suffer visas because of that asshat erdogan
2018-05-15 21:00
#6
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Austria shaakeh 
Oh expected
2018-05-15 21:00
Expected
2018-05-15 21:00
#23
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Europe Z4NY 
Expected.
2018-05-15 21:04
rExpected
2018-05-15 23:12
Finally
2018-05-18 12:50
#110
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Germany potatonita 
Expected
2018-05-18 12:56
#115
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Europe Z4NY 
Yep, expected
2018-05-18 20:42
its not even cause of erdogan wtf :D
2018-05-15 21:05
#35
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
Cuz of what? You comar
2018-05-15 21:15
Because of Trump's foreign policy toward Muslim countries? You ignorant left-wing idiot lol
2018-05-15 21:34
#80
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Trumps policy PLUS rte’ s radical insults to america
2018-05-16 00:08
Yes.
2018-05-16 03:02
No.
2018-05-18 12:58
Çomar dayının kardeşidir you idiot just think different
2018-05-15 21:35
#49
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
Dış politikamız niye böyle sanıyorsun , erdoganin her gecene meydan okuyor cunku amk zıpzıpı
2018-05-15 21:44
#118
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
d0ru
2018-05-19 20:05
Thank you for calling me a comar baby Others have visa issues with USA too, is it cause of erdog? And check calyxs twitter maybe
2018-05-15 21:45
#53
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Turkey Esporevi 
amk salağı Erdoğan ile ne alakası var calyx in vizesi 3 aylık çıkıyor o yüzden gidemedi
2018-05-15 21:52
Sus anasını siktgmn evladı comar diye yazınca kendini haklı mı hissediyorsn amk cahil köpeği
2018-05-15 21:54
#88
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Turkey Kumay 
^Çomar spotted
2018-05-16 07:51
#108
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Germany burzurs734 
ok
2018-05-18 12:53
Mallar bunlar aq yaşları 15 klavyeden atıyolar Çomar diye işsiz ibneler ülkenin eski halini bilmiyorlar at yarrakları
2018-05-16 16:44
#104
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Turkey Kumay 
"ülkenin eski hali"... hangi iktidarda kaç yaşındaydın amk çomarı? :DDDDDddDDDDDD
2018-05-18 02:49
Anana sor hangi iktidarda olduğumu, çomarda babandır a.q heykelcisi.
2018-05-18 19:09
#116
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Turkey Kumay 
güzel cevap liseli çomar.tek gördügü iktidar bu hırsızın iktidarı > bir de "ülkenin eski" hali diyor :DDDDDDDDD amına koydugumun sığırı
2018-05-19 01:46
At yarrağı bu iktidara 1 oy bile vermedim ve yaşım 31.Birkaç kelime öğrenmişsiniz bir fikiriniz bile yok sürekli herkesi eleştiriyorsunuz.Sizin gibi tipler çok tabi, klavyeden viteslisiniz.Çok biliyorsanız ülkeye hayrınız dokunsun birşeyler üretin a.q.
2018-05-22 15:12
#120
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Turkey Kumay 
??? neye oy verdin o zaman çomar kardeş :DDDDDDDDDD bir şey üretin diyor bir de aq çomarı. imam hatiplerle aya gittin sen degil mi? 31 yasındaymıs... siktir lan çomar sözde ahlaklı ama 2 kelimesinden 3 ü yalan
2018-05-23 04:28
Hiç oy kullanmadım heykeltraş.Düz lise mezunuyum imam hatip e gitmedim ve yaşım doğru.Lakin senin diyecek lafın yok çomardan başka çünkü liseli klavye oğlanlarındansın.Pc başında hükümet kurup yıkarsınız gevezelik etmekden başka bir yarrak yediğiniz yok.Ülkenin anasını siktiniz .Ot tayfadan beklenecek de budur, izinden gidin belki kalkar a.q.
2018-05-23 17:55
#122
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Turkey Kumay 
"hiç oy kullanmadım" xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD senin ben o küçük beyinini sikeyim amın oğlu çomar.oy kullanmamak iyi bir şeymiş gibi söylüyor bir de... oy kullanmıyorsan bu sikik hükümetten memnunsun demektir ve gayette çomarsın amın düdüğü. iziznden gidin? kimin? yaşadığın, bayrağını kullandığın ülkenin kurucusuna hakaret mi etmeye çalıştın anlamadım. öyle yaptım de de bir tur daha söveyim kerhane mahsülü seni
2018-05-23 18:52
pls ban this all turkish comments @jonathan-e
2018-05-23 18:55
#124
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Turkey Kumay 
we are having a very peaceful conversation.so, please step aside
2018-05-23 18:57
you guys are really weird prntscr.com/jlp2z3
2018-05-23 19:01
#97
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Turkey Opslake 
Aahahha makarna koktu
2018-05-16 15:50
#34
paz | 
Turkey Alptekin43 
+1
2018-05-15 21:15
It is not the country they leave fault but the country they go not delivering visa. So US and Australia assholes.
2018-05-16 12:57
#9
NiKo | 
Austria adse_ 
xpected
2018-05-15 21:00
#16
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Azerbaijan justkayra 
donhaci egsdee
2018-05-15 21:01
#70
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United States mers_cs 
turkoRage runaway
2018-05-15 22:29
#2
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Poland HotMuslim 
cool
2018-05-15 20:59
#3
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United Kingdom Dimwit 
n1
2018-05-15 20:59
#4
kennyS | 
United Kingdom TheWise 
how you got it so fast, fuck
2018-05-15 21:00
#10
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Netherlands ohitsporto 
wow
2018-05-15 21:00
same
2018-05-15 21:01
#12
Xyp9x | 
Turkey ao1 
god maj3r
2018-05-15 21:01
kk
2018-05-15 21:01
#19
REAL | 
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
#57
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Turkey 0vercast 
LUL
2018-05-15 22:05
#74
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Turkey Balbaros 
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
they are trying to give their best 10 times
2018-05-15 21:05
#36
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Denmark Crexe 
GL
2018-05-15 21:20
ezzzzzzz
2018-05-15 21:29
bi turnuvayi daha skip gecseniz aminiza koyacaktim
2018-05-15 21:34
#94
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Turkey pardus 
+1 simdi sikip gececekler ins
2018-05-16 12:57
#42
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Brazil applehack97 
Visa Soldiers
2018-05-15 21:34
XD
2018-05-15 22:10
#52
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Turkey srtn16 
nice
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
#60
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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
#67
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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
is green passport 3rd world passport
2018-05-15 23:14
#85
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Turkey Cherub 
(Yes)
2018-05-16 07:14
#109
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Japan Propagranda 
(No)
2018-05-18 12:55
#117
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Turkey Cherub 
(Ok)
2018-05-19 10:42
no it's the most advantageous of all passports in turkey, however usa only gives 3 month visas to green passport owners.
2018-05-16 08:40
#95
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Turkey pardus 
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
#75
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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
#99
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Turkey hesoyamx 
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
#66
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Sweden loveZET 
Captainnnnnnnn !
2018-05-15 22:19
hmmmmm cool
2018-05-15 22:35
#79
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France Jeeb183 
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
#102
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
#112
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
What's the problem if it's MAJ3R's fault? HLTV.org shouldn't change another person's dixit/quote ..
2018-05-18 16:27
I think [they should have]
2018-05-18 12:04
#106
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Luxembourg alex24 
should have skipped... now they are certified as Online Soldiers
2018-05-18 12:48
#113
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Israel Spicyyboi 
Wasted spot...
2018-05-18 17:57
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