MAJ3R: "Calyx has a very important support role in our game"

We sat down with Space Soldiers captain Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli after his team beat Rogue to lift the DreamHack Open Austin trophy.

Space Soldiers got off to a slow start in Austin and found themselves in their group's lower bracket after losing to Rogue in the winners' match.

Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's men went on to beat OpTic 2-1 in the decider match before moving past Heroic in the semi-finals. In the tournament decider, the Turkish side took revenge on Rogue and ran out 2-1 victors to be crowned champions, picking up their first offline title in 2018 after three runners-up finishes.

MAJ3R believes that Space Soldiers are "more autonomous with Calyx"

Read our interview below, conducted by' Collin "CarbonDogma" Davis, to get to know MAJ3R's view on his team's run in Austin, their results at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, and more.

I'd like to go through the tournament that you just had. In your group winners' match against Rogue, what do you think happened to let them win?

They played very well. We played Dust2 and they played very well. We did not work a lot of Dust2, it was our first time on LAN playing that map — against both compLexity and Rogue. We need to work on it. But they played well and congratulations to them.

Then, the OpTic game was fairly close but you ended up winning it, which is different from what had happened at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas. What do you think happened this time to get you to win?

In Dallas we played with DESPE, not with the full line-up, now we are playing with Calyx. We are more autonomous with Calyx because he has an important support role. OpTic are a strong team, and it was a good and exciting match. It would be a pleasure if we could play against them again in the future. But yes, the only thing that changed was Calyx for DESPE.

There you had some big losses in the group stage, so do you think that DESPE was the main reason for that to happen?

No, DESPE was not the main reason. It is a team game, so when you change one element, you need to adapt. We did not practice with DESPE at all because he only knew that he would come to the USA at the last second. We had not played with him in a long time, and it was difficult for him, it was not easy to come here and do his best. I think he did his job and played very well. I think he was the best player in our team, but the team work was not there because Calyx has a very important support role in our game.

Here in Austin, you won the grand final in three maps. Can you talk me through how do you think the final went?

The final was OK, I think we really deserved to win it because when we play against a team who plays Overpass and Nuke in a best-of-three, we can struggle because if I ban Nuke, they will pick Overpass and vice-versa. We are not that comfortable on those maps, so I think it was a good win.

They were ready to pull off a comeback in the series, but in the end we found a solution. To be honest, I think that we deserved that trophy. We did not steal it from Rogue, though they played very well. Congratulations to them, it was a great final.

After the Dallas event, there were some rumours after some of you removed your Space Soldiers pictures from Twitter and Steam, and there was also a rumour that the organisation wanted to remove ngiN from the line-up. Are you allowed to talk about any of these rumours?

There will always be rumours. I have nothing to say about that.

Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
khaos | 
Greece SneakPete 
Not expected North are bots
2018-06-05 17:12
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected North top 1
2018-06-05 17:12
calyx > onliner woxic
2018-06-05 17:13
India TYZ4 
CarbonDogma very expensive cycle.
2018-06-05 17:19
Finland nek32 
2018-06-05 18:09
shut up fakeflag, we support every player who represent us expected brain level from a fakeflagger
2018-06-05 18:56
he dont deserves our respect #gospacesgo
2018-06-05 18:57
^10iq fakeflag from argentina why he doesn't "deserve"? :DDDDDDDDDD
2018-06-05 18:58
argentina lmao go watch some anime you inbred nerd
2018-06-05 18:58
ok, now speak Turkish k? i aren think that :DDDDDDDDDD
2018-06-05 19:03
old screenshot but thanks for visit my profile fan
2018-06-05 19:04
i didn't,this was an old ss LMFAO rekted fakeflagger. i thought fakeflaggers should be at least bit little bit smart :D
2018-06-05 19:08
yes and it show ur name nt
2018-06-05 19:08
dumb fakeflag...i meant i didn't visit your profile again. that was ages ago expected answer tho. literally 10iq
2018-06-05 19:10
kurdish reading comprehension. expected
2018-06-05 19:11
if you are gonna fakeflag, at least know the people first lmfao. you are actually retarded
2018-06-05 19:12
nex | 
Germany Der_Pabst 
2018-06-05 18:40
2018-06-05 17:12
United Kingdom Dimwit 
2018-06-05 17:12
United Kingdom Dimwit 
2018-06-05 17:12
Poland cGev 
2018-06-05 17:12
Slovakia ypsylonnn 
rip ss
2018-06-05 17:12
Poland KasPro 
2018-06-05 17:13
Poland KasPro 
2018-06-05 17:13
Denmark VeryDanishGuy 
2018-06-05 17:13
2018-06-05 17:13
2018-06-05 17:13
2018-06-05 17:13
United States EmperorTrump 
And MAJ3R's role is being trash.
2018-06-05 17:13
-1 ... He is one of the best ingame leaders atm.
2018-06-05 19:12
hes decent but don't take it too far m8
2018-06-05 19:17
Syria bitbitter 
decent IGL but he frags very well for an IGL, one of the best igls in the fragging department.
2018-06-05 20:25
yes, frags pretty good.
2018-06-05 20:54
i didnt say that he was best tactical team leader but since he is on the team, spaces has started to shine. He adds worlds to the team. Thats why i think he is one of the best igl´s
2018-06-06 19:41
jks | 
Australia jsl54 
T2 tournament
2018-06-05 17:15
so what? they're invited and win it
2018-06-05 17:20
Turkey inmortial27 
Just 50K Tier 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9......999 it doesn't matter
2018-06-05 17:27
jks | 
Australia jsl54 
50k for beating rogue. not deserved
2018-06-05 17:37
Turkey tastemycobra 
And optic and heroic
2018-06-05 17:41
jks | 
Australia jsl54 
2018-06-05 17:45
Turkey tastemycobra 
Why you laughing?
2018-06-05 17:46
Laughing to the exp of Friberg etc? Who the fk you are, a nonamer?
2018-06-05 17:50
jks | 
Australia jsl54 
No im jsl54
2018-06-06 11:17
OK the great jsl54
2018-06-06 12:43
Support ? Calyx is always carrying at lan, only star player from turkey who has a brain, and massively underrated
2018-06-05 17:15
AM | 
he always stays behind the team and support from back. his role is staying alive mostly. people say its baiting but its not. its a style. like coldzera. but i think xantares&paz has more impact. especially xantares with the opening kills and high ADR.
2018-06-05 17:18
Calyx is underrated and has a massive skill and thats extremely true but the teams need a support instead of ngin as he is not comfortable and good in that position so that Paz became the fragger with Xantares. I come up with you in the point that he is super good to be the support (aiming etc.) but thats what the team needs and he does his job as a team player. Btw htc 2v2 can be showed as a proof.
2018-06-05 17:53
AM | 
gj bugra <3
2018-06-05 17:19
Turkey Realtyy 
Calyx >> xantares
2018-06-05 17:18
8/8 bait from MAJ3R
2018-06-05 17:20
Turkey darknight53 
He is support ?? wtf ? He is your one of the most important player with paz , maj3r .
2018-06-05 17:21
AM | 
coldzera is also support. turklerin ngin support, az kill aliyor diye support un degersiz bir olay oldugunu kafalarina kazimislar. yazik...
2018-06-05 17:23
720 | 
Turkey RF4_Kolta 
+9999 like my friends :(
2018-06-05 19:42
Turkey darknight53 
Coldzera is support with botlz right now because he is bad that's the truth .
2018-06-05 22:48
so support is unimportant role by your logic?
2018-06-05 18:05
Turkey darknight53 
Yes supports are generally unskilful peoples in teams . They can be good sometimes but they are generally unobtrusive players . Calyx is looks like beast he using awp , very good aim with all rifles . This making him a star player in my logic
2018-06-05 22:32
is being a bot called a "very important support role" these days?
2018-06-05 17:32
is dropping 30 bomb in almost every playoff match called being a bot these days?
2018-06-05 17:48
Calyx playing that sh.t
2018-06-05 17:33
Maybe thats why the team is so shit? Calyx is supossed to be the star/2nd star player but they are using him as support? The fuck
2018-06-05 17:35
Turkey tastemycobra 
Calyx always had a passive play style.
2018-06-05 17:43
he is always one of the best when he is in clutch situations, and he plays passively obv. so it's pretty normal he is in that role.
2018-06-06 03:24
Stop hiding and lying turks. U gonna disband soon even turkish news gave it away
2018-06-05 17:42
i dont know why people hates turkey usa and brazil fans in this forum.Prolly u are in europe with misirable salary and cheap home.This is so stupid. it means u guyz jealous thoose people no reason
2018-06-05 17:48
They think that they are gods LUL
2018-06-05 19:13
Are you mentally ill? Im just wondering why they are hiding the truth...its obvious yet they keep their stubbornness.
2018-06-05 19:19
please give source to "Turkish News", thanks.
2018-06-06 03:25
Someone here posted a "gazetesi" link with the explanation of the black profile pictures etc.. u didnt see?? Will try to find it gimme a moment..
2018-06-06 09:09
Brazil Fallenzera 
2018-06-05 17:43
ok then
2018-06-05 17:48
Nice interview striker
2018-06-05 17:49
United States CarbonDogma 
thx bb
2018-06-05 17:58
Ty professeur, so did i pass the exam?
2018-06-05 21:01
Turkey Sekolelele 
2018-06-05 17:57
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
what about ngin?
2018-06-05 17:58
who care
2018-06-05 17:59
Turkey dev0nnz 
"There will always be rumours. I have nothing to say about that." really engin?
2018-06-05 18:01
Turkey spaceSfanboi 
Cmon make a fucking statment about rumours!
2018-06-05 18:10
Armenia 1915 
Calyx Good Pick one
2018-06-05 18:11
-ngin +w0xic EZ TOP 4 - 5 TEAM
2018-06-05 18:23
Iran Xanbibi 
2018-06-05 18:41
Turkey nihat_7 
Definitly +1
2018-06-06 07:02
Iran Xanbibi 
Good Job to Space Soldiers, good teamwork and great Achievement, hope for great beginnings. This who are mad that calyx was defined as support is cause he is. Xantares went in first and Caylx supported him.
2018-06-05 18:43
2018-06-05 19:05
Finland ceresje 
T2 tournament
2018-06-05 19:44
ez 50k though, i'm happy for them since they are criminally underpaid.
2018-06-06 03:27
Poland kkkkkkkkkkkkk 
if calyx is support then who the fuck is ngin in this team
2018-06-05 20:02
Nobody knows, secret role sshhh
2018-06-05 21:02
Turkey tastemycobra 
What secret? He is the tea guy.
2018-06-06 07:10
"Rabbit blood tea" omg!! He is a creepy guy.
2018-06-06 08:09
Full focus bugraaa
2018-06-06 07:12
2018-06-06 07:22
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Very important supportive role of carrying ss...
2018-06-06 08:24
2018-06-06 13:10
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