woxic: "ANGE1 is one of the best captains in the world; I'm at this level because of him"

We managed to speak with HellRaisers' AWPer Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker and learn about the team's issues, his mentality, FPL and more.

Coming off of a second place finish at DreamHack Open Tours, HellRaisers didn't have the best of performances at StarSeries i-League S5. The international squad beat Renegades, but suffered defeats to NiP, North and finally NRG to finish the tournament with a 12-14th placing.

woxic didn't hide his frustrations about missing ESL Pro League Finals and ESL One Cologne

After the event, we got in touch with woxic to hear about what has been troubling the team. The Turkish AWPer revealed that the atmosphere in HellRaisers had deteriorated recently, with visa issues and a forfeit in the ESL One Cologne qualifier only adding more frustration.

woxic also gave some insight on the inner workings of the team, his relationship with Kirill "⁠ANGE1⁠" Karasiow and playing with a high sensitivity.

In an interview at StarSeries, bondik mentioned that you took a break from practice recently. What was the reason for the break, did you start getting burned out by practicing too much, were the relationships in the team become tough to handle?

In my opinion, you have to have fun while playing. And this isn't just about CS, it can apply to anything. When we have fun in the game we are playing better for sure. And most of the times I'm just saying some stupid things to have fun, I want to show my teammates that I'm ready, they can see I'm really confident when I can joke as well.

Those days we were having really bad practice games, maybe we played too much and got bored. We are also changing a lot of things and trying a lot of new different ideas, and this is can be hard sometimes. And for sure it felt like this there is no fun, the team atmosphere was really bad these days.

I'm not going to lie, I ruined some practices because I was not happy with the situation, I didn't really want to play. I was fine with playing individually until we get our old atmosphere in the team back, and I guess others agreed, so for a couple of days we practised only a bit and mostly played individually. Now, we are practising normally again.

Talk to me about the feelings after DreamHack Tours, which you attended instead of ESL Pro League Finals. How do you rate your performance in France, where you finished second?

Firstly, when I once again had visa issues, I was so tilted and, at the same time, I was so sad. Because, for an example, if I don't qualify or if I do not deserve to go a tournament, I will still be sad but not like this. I deserved it, my team deserved to go. We didn't attend because of me, it makes me so angry. And it was not the first time for us.

About Dreamhack Tours, we played very well, to be honest, and I liked our playstyle and the confidence we displayed. I was feeling that we were going to win this tournament, but North played better than us and they caught our mistakes. At this level, if you make mistakes your opponent will punish you, which is what they did.

HellRaisers lost the positive team atmosphere and decided to take a short break from practice

Just shortly after that, you managed to get far in the ESL One Cologne qualifier, but lost to North and then forfeited to Gambit because ANGE1 couldn't play. How did you feel about that, was it something that could've been avoided by submitting a backup player for that qualifier?

I'm still so angry about this decision, the tournament organizers told us about using a stand-in: "You have to tell us before, you can't pick a stand-in right now." And I was up to play with our coach, but someone, I will not say any names, didn't want to play with our coach.

Maybe this is their way of protesting, but, anyway, it was not acceptable. You're giving your spot for free, without a fight. In my "life book", there is no surrender. I'll never surrender, if it happens again I'll be ready to play 1v5 if no one else wants to play. Because I don't want to feel like that again. I want to be able to tell myself if I lose: "You gave your best, but your opponent was better than you this time. You are going to work and you will show them who's better".

Based on your recent tweets, some fans got a sense that you are frustrated by your team after the losses that you had. Do you think there is any truth to that?

Everything was about forfeiting the game vs Gambit. It was my protest just for what happened that day.

Did you have big hopes from StarSeries i-League S5? For a couple of your teammates, it's a tournament in their hometown, did that add additional pressure to perform?

Of course we had big hopes, I didn't expect to lose in the group stage. I didn't feel that our guys had any additional pressure, though.

Despite their issues, HellRaisers expected more from themselves at StarSeries

During his time in HellRaisers, ANGE1 has been getting players that no one else was ready to give a shot and made it work with them. s1mple, while he was ESL banned, was one of the first, then oskar, Zero and STYKO, now you and ISSAA. Is there something about ANGE1 that makes young players more confident, unlocks their potential? What has your experience with him been like?

In my opinion, he is one of the best captains in the world. That's because he knows everything about this game. For me, he saw my potential, he worked on it, he tried to improve me a lot. And it helped a lot.

Since the day I joined, I have felt that every day I'm playing with more confidence, playing better. And I can say that I'm at this level right now because of him.

How do you describe him as a leader? Does he excel more at controlling the emotions, motivating people in the team, or in tactics and strategy?

He's controlling everything like a dad. He is preparing tactics and motivating people in the team. And if you need, he's coming and talking to you one-on-one. When he says to me something along the lines of: "woxic, I need you in the game right now, not another time, but right now. Re-focus and help me.", I instantly feel so good.

And if I was mad or if I was feeling bad, he is also fixing this, not just for me, but for everyone. I can say that he is a good teacher and dad. (laughs)

You are a player with an extremely high sens-dpi combination, is it an issue for you at offline events when you are out of your comfort zone, when you get the LAN jitters? Do you prescribe to the idea that it's easier to be consistent with a lower sensitivity?

Nope. I don't want to change my sensitivity and I'm never thinking about this. I think I can control my screen more than anyone because of my sensitivity. A long time ago I tried to use a lower sens, but I saw that I could not play like that. Maybe sometime in the future I will try it again.

ANGE1 is 'like a dad' in the team, woxic says

Even though some people had noticed you back in DarkPassage, you really broke out through FPL. Do you still play FPL a lot, what are your thoughts on playing in the PUG environment now that you are a professional player?

In FPL you can improve yourself a lot playing with other pro players. And it's giving you more confidence because when you face pro players in official games, you will have already played against a lot of them in FPL. For me, it makes me feel so confident, I know them, it's not my first time to see these guys, I can be ready for what's coming. Also, a lot of the times pros are doing the same moves, using the same nades etc., that they do in official games.

A topic that often pops up is your relationship to the Turkish scene and the current Space Soldiers. You stated that you would not be interested in joining that team as it is right now, but would you be open to returning to your country's scene at all? If in an ideal scenario, after your time in HellRaisers, you were able to pick whichever Turkish players and play with them under any organization, would that be interesting to you?

Of course, one day, why not. It doesn't matter, I can't talk about future for the Turkish scene, if it is going to be like it is right now, I would probably decide to not play. Right now, I'm very happy to play on an international roster.

Would you consider moving to NA, have you received any offers from this region?

Yes, one day. Why not?. And yes, I got two or three offers before HellRaisers, but I declined because of my current team.

You got through the first part of making it to the Minor, getting three confident wins in the qualifier. Are you happy about it, or is the sense of uncertainty about the visas the feeling that prevails, especially considering your team's visa history?

Of course, I was happy because we are qualified, but at the same time, I was thinking about how I was going to get my visa for the Minor. I really hope this time I'll get it.

Doing well at the Minor is, of course, one of your big priorities, but do you have any other goals that you want to reach now, either as a team or a player? What do you aim for at Moche XL?

As a team, we have to improve our games before the Minor. And we want to win the Moche XL tournament, so it can help us to improve before the Minor, it would also give us more confidence.

Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
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Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
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Turkey darknight53
God woxic
2018-06-06 14:35
ryx | 
Venezuela gaditoh
-zeus +ange1
2018-06-06 15:31
what about edward?
2018-06-06 16:07
hate | 
Bangladesh drvken
-angel +edward?
2018-06-06 16:46
after their recent win i doubt they will kick zeus but they might kick edward. any ideas? which player in CIS is promising?
2018-06-06 18:17
2018-06-06 18:21
many moments when s1mple with ak/m4 much more useful
2018-06-06 18:22
- edward + Mir or hobbit
2018-06-07 16:05
mir and hobbit are tied to gambit. mir got signed only a week ago and hobbit got signed after the major i think. Gambit bouht hobbit out of his contract so there is little chance of him getting bought out by navi. mou would be interesting although i believe s1mple is the better awp but s1mple is the better rifle/awp regardless :D
2018-06-07 19:27
Hobbit is the main star of gambit and is a solid player For enough cash any org will toss a player Either way edward has to go He had some good games at starladder but he has been consistently shit up until then
2018-06-07 20:24
2018-06-08 10:09
Sweden MackiEz
Please no
2018-06-06 16:46
hate | 
Bangladesh drvken
hr fan? rly? why
2018-06-06 16:47
Altekz | 
Netherlands xielA
2018-06-06 14:35
Thx mom
2018-06-06 14:35
2018-06-06 14:35
thx mr faker
2018-06-06 14:36
Singapore HLTVNoob
2018-06-06 14:35
2018-06-06 14:35
nice down to earth guy xd
2018-06-06 14:35
woxic rly good player maaa frend
2018-06-06 14:35
2018-06-06 14:35
2018-06-06 14:36
2018-06-06 14:36
2018-06-06 14:36
-Zeus +ANGE1? kappa
2018-06-06 14:36
Russia undeadc00l
Zeus is better than ANGE1 kappa
2018-06-06 16:05
hate | 
Bangladesh drvken
not sure. angel never plays with 4 tier1 teammates
2018-06-06 16:48
2018-06-06 17:09
only 3 dosia sex god but not tier1 I guess. i would like to see how good angel can be with : electronic s1 mou adren/?
2018-06-06 17:34
Maybe because he never got the chance to play with 4 good players in csgo..
2018-06-06 17:39
yes maybe.
2018-06-06 17:58
I would say that Astana Dragons were definitely tier 1.
2018-06-06 19:56
He is more suitable in Gambit roster (-mir +ANGE1). NaVi unlikely kick Zeus.
2018-06-06 18:03
2018-06-06 20:29
I have never thought about ANGE1 going to Gambit. That's a great idea +1
2018-06-06 23:54
Germany ripseN
ANGE1 is too retarded to leave HR, that dude is already done for years ..
2018-06-07 09:20
2018-06-06 14:36
Why? Its common knowledge that ange1 is a great player and igl
2018-06-06 16:48
Not for the newbs.
2018-06-06 17:24
Yes, he is tier-2 just because of ANGE1. Without him, he would be tier-1.
2018-06-06 14:36
2018-06-06 14:37
without him he would be tier3 as he was before
2018-06-06 14:41
he was even tier4(5) playing for noname team
2018-06-06 15:51
What a dumb statement, do you imagine him in faze or mouz? 0/8 braindead ruski
2018-06-06 16:07
I imagine him in mouz.
2018-06-06 16:08
Instead of oskar? gj
2018-06-06 16:38
hate | 
Bangladesh drvken
oskar tier0, gonna be fixed
2018-06-06 16:50
Had I told you anything about oskar?
2018-06-06 16:50
-STYKO +woxic Double Awp, my friend. ChrisJ only supporting + IGLing. Ez Major
2018-06-06 17:23
hate | 
Bangladesh drvken
2018-06-06 16:49
woxic, blink twice if angel is holding a gun to your head.
2018-06-06 14:37
You cant tell if an asian man is blinking or not
2018-06-06 14:55
2018-06-06 15:33
lol why so rude bruh
2018-06-06 15:54
2018-06-06 17:26
hahaha, that was good :D
2018-06-06 17:44
Kazakhstan Mr_Ivan
That is RICEist
2018-06-06 18:34
2018-06-06 23:37
at what level? going out in groups at a tier 2 tournament? shut up kid, stop blowing your own horn
2018-06-06 14:39
2018-06-06 14:44
LUq | 
Poland rockens
Well woxic is actually very good and it's not even his final form
2018-06-06 15:41
2018-06-06 17:27
2018-06-06 17:32
Ultimate SSJ4 Perfect Woxic
2018-06-06 23:38
which level?
2018-06-06 14:39
what level? lel bro
2018-06-06 14:39
France potatomato
expected from toxic woxic
2018-06-06 14:40
Denmark Zorrondo
2018-06-06 14:43
Netherlands Deji
Respect woxic
2018-06-06 14:43
hye | 
Russia sosi
2018-06-06 14:43
CIS SelVoice
2018-06-06 14:46
2018-06-06 14:48
is he the only player playing with his left hand?
2018-06-06 14:49
shox | 
Estonia Hondas
He is really very good IGL. Atleast he's better than Zeus and Karrigan. If he played in Navi or in Faze, then these teams would be at the level of Astralis.
2018-06-06 14:52
Why you so delusional? ANGE1 is overrated piece of shit. If Karrigan joined HR they would be top 5 easily, but with shitgel they're barely top 20
2018-06-06 14:56
Lol hr top 5 your delusional
2018-06-06 15:13
shox | 
Estonia Hondas
Karrigan is most overrated and hyped pro player in my opinion. He did not achieve anything with Aizy. Faze was a tier 2 team at that time. Only when N1ko came to Faze , this team began to rise to tier 1 level. Also karrigan was kicked from Astralis, cuz with him Astralis was top 10-15, now with gla1ve Astralis is unstoppable. Karrigan is lucky shit, cuz he is playing with Stars like N1ko, Guardian, Rain and Olof (xizt). Everyone can play with such stars in one team and at the same time be on tier 1 level (even me and you). Angel in turn can create awesome players. Yes, he is playing on tier 2-3 lvl, but Angel is the reason why we know Oscar, Styko and Woxic. Now tell me whom we know thanks to Karrigan? karrigan couldn't create any cool player, all with whom he played already were well-known and strong players. (n1ko, guardian, olof, rain, dupreeh, dev1ce, cajunb, xizt ) That why Angel > Karrigan. Sry for my poor english btw Have a nice day
2018-06-06 15:51
Following your stupid logic same could be said about ange1 himself. I mean he also couldn't achieved anything with AdreN,Mou,Dosia, they were barely tier2 team.As only Zeus took lead on them they became tier1 immediately. Also wanted to mention that old HR trio (AdreN,Dosia,Mou) decided not to continue with ange1 but creating new team without him. They knew he wasn't that guy who could lead them to victory, so far they made right decision. ANGE1 is like a mentor, he can grow a good tier player ( like blad3 ), but he can't lead the team to victory. So, replacing Zeus with ANGE1 right now would be the worst decision ever, all they will able to do is getting quarter-finals at max.
2018-06-06 18:25
Switzerland Infi2k
what a ruski... Astralis top15 never happend wtf are you talking about... and karrigan is for sure one of the best igls ever. You cant just build a team with starplayers only think you win because of the firepower. There are alot of players on top level and you never win anything without the right tacs and calls. Best example is Scream...
2018-06-07 06:43
which level bro ? sadly you are tier3 player like all of Turkish players
2018-06-06 14:53
-zeus +angel confirmed
2018-06-06 14:53
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara
you want to say -ange1 +blad3
2018-06-06 15:07
"ANGE1 is one of the best captains in the world" laughed so hard
2018-06-06 14:54
0/10 "Pham is good baiter" - laughed so hard..Disabled child
2018-06-06 17:32
It wasn't a bait. It's just you delusional. Your best IGL angel haven't achieved a shit with 15 years playing cs.And don't cry like he never had good players around. (Adren,dosia,mou,s1mple,flamie,markeloff,edward now w0xic,bondik)
2018-06-06 17:37
Switzerland Alpollo
Yes but when most of those players joined HellRaisers they werent as good as they are now.
2018-06-06 18:42
This 'sh@$" IGL made all of them players and teached them to act more or less mature. You're the PATHETIC hater here , behind the keyboard and all you can do is hating on every respected person that achieved something in their life. Sad story , mate :)
2018-06-06 18:50
"I'll never surrender, if it happens again I'll be ready to play 1v5 if no one else wants to play." this is why I love w0xic. not because he's Turkish. his mentality is built for winners.
2018-06-06 14:55
2018-06-06 15:56
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo
Same with ISSAA, I like it.
2018-06-06 16:15
Thats what the fans expect from their idols, something that's being hard to see in most pros nowadays. Missing old Fer and old FalleN
2018-06-06 17:56
w0xic > xantares
2018-06-06 14:58
"I'm at this level" lol at what level?
2018-06-06 14:58
hey son! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-06-06 14:59
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara
LUL Best captain at tier3 level Ahahahah
2018-06-06 15:00
Ange1 is overrated, he had old VP-Astana Dragons and then Hellraisers likneup under his command God Dosia top 4 player 2013 God Adren and still won like 1 tier tournament (first Starladder against NiP) and few tier 2 events This is pathetic
2018-06-06 15:02
2018-06-06 15:15
Austria SplasJ
He would be a good Coach imo
2018-06-07 09:51
Turkey haram123
tier 4 HellRaisers
2018-06-06 15:02
ss tier5
2018-06-06 15:09
Turkey nice_try
2018-06-07 04:33
GJ WOxic! Respecting your IGL is what some people should learn from you! You gained my respect, don't listen to idiots and keep working hard! gl hf
2018-06-06 15:09
Poland PiterixXx
2018-06-06 15:11
an actual turkish player I respect, screw lan soldiers
2018-06-06 15:12
actually calyx and paz are playing the same on lan like they did online, xantares a bit onliner, +1 about woxic
2018-06-06 17:10
byali | 
Poland BYALl
FaZe ange1 or navi ange1?
2018-06-06 15:13
What level u think u are? Lol Turkey CS
2018-06-06 15:13
turkish cs is 10 times better than your country's cs lol flags check out
2018-06-07 01:00
Turkey Burak2
lol brezil cs 2-0
2018-06-13 23:48
Brazil hypermite
2018-06-06 15:13
Is he airline captain or only csgo captain or both?
2018-06-06 15:20
what level?
2018-06-06 15:27
tier 10 team
2018-06-06 18:07
stay away from SS, you are too good for them
2018-06-06 15:42
What level! Tier 4 team.. lel
2018-06-06 15:54
How about you
2018-06-06 17:58
what about me? what are you trying to say scrub :P
2018-06-06 22:14
Which tier do you belong, to be here making fun of pro players?
2018-06-07 19:59
that's the biggest bullshit argument that people can use. you dont tell a fan or an analyst in sports that he cant have critique towards a player or a team just because the individual doesn't play the sport! use your brain!
2018-06-08 04:05
"Analysts" are just a bunch of frustrated people who need to diminish pros to feel better. Just like you are doing. Fuck analysts and fuck you too.
2018-06-08 17:01
haha triggered kid.. shut up!
2018-06-08 17:02
Ez argument win Gg wp
2018-06-08 17:14
Its really a shame visa issues exist Its disappointing but its really bad they let it affect their team atmosphere
2018-06-06 15:54
Poland zJe
thats why u are in tier3 LUL
2018-06-06 15:56
-FNS +woxic NA style double awp set up confirmed
2018-06-06 16:00
I want ANGE1's graffiti in game! Give me! The Legend!
2018-06-06 16:16
woxic TaRiK XANTARES; paz calyX
2018-06-06 16:18
shox | 
Estonia Hondas
kek next major champions
2018-06-06 16:33
that looks like a national team actually
2018-06-06 17:11
tarik not turkish and woxic + calyx wont play together also calyx is a lot better and woxic onliner
2018-06-06 18:16
tarik just said on his stream that he is able to play for turkish national team, 2nd one is your decision so i can say nothing about it but if you u are not sure %100 about something u shouldnt dispute about it.
2018-06-06 21:28
woxic is onliner its not opinion its fact
2018-06-06 22:47
then prove it
2018-06-06 23:59
personal problems between woxic and calyx has been solved ages ago. Also Tarik is Turkish/American and he speaks Turkish, so what the hell you think about him not being able to play in a Turkish team ?
2018-06-07 19:32
he is damn right
2018-06-06 16:30
Latvia Xaity
ange1 to gambit plz
2018-06-06 16:44
Ukraine sir0zha
2018-06-06 17:08
dream is still alive
2018-06-06 17:09
Russia og_loc
omg, he has such a great personality, he is so modest, humble and loyal
2018-06-06 17:28
sry but this guy is INSANE!!! YOU ALL KNEW IT!!! a complete player! aim and movement...CRAZY!!!
2018-06-06 17:42
tier 10 team level LUL
2018-06-06 18:07
wow u are onliner because of angel in ur onliner team HR? gtfo
2018-06-06 18:16
Shut up you fucking fat old faggot
2018-06-08 01:50
Asia mocity123
ok and kick deadfox
2018-06-06 18:32
inb4 he joins SS. EZ for woxic "two-faced" toledo.
2018-06-06 18:34
he won't, i don't think he would leave HR for 400$ monthly salary lul
2018-06-07 19:33
its true ANGE1 is fucking godlike
2018-06-06 18:47
2018-06-06 19:08
Brazil AQueota
2018-06-06 19:25
hhahaha nice joke woxic :DD how you can say that if you dont play with another igl ? ? ?
2018-06-06 20:04
Very underrated igl for sure
2018-06-06 20:05
good player
2018-06-06 20:18
ange1 legend woxic becoming legend
2018-06-06 20:53
Armenia 1915
Who was it that didnt want to play with coach?
2018-06-06 21:17
2018-06-06 21:25
Armenia 1915
Ty for info
2018-06-07 00:54
2018-06-06 21:47
Who remembers that time when Ange1 captained the first team to beat NiP on LAN breaking their backs and setting NIP on their four year path to obscurity.
2018-06-06 23:45
"breaking their backs" lul didn't they win like 7 more LANs the same year after their streak was broken? and also a couple more tournaments including their first Major the year after? they were dominant for several more months after the loss against VP before they started declining
2018-06-08 15:41
2018-06-07 04:38
Turkey Mustafa-
W0xic is overrated trash player Any global can beat w0xic hes onliner no good stats from LAN
2018-06-07 04:58
woxic won s1mple 1 on 1. he will win major at least twice. #godwoxic
2018-06-07 14:51
well you can just not play on faceit turnaments
2018-06-07 08:56
Woxic have no idea who is the best or who is not, for the simple reason that he havent played with any good leaders yet. Enthusiasm and the will to win isnt enough to be one of the best leaders in the world. You need to be able to set the meta in the game you play, which this guy never will.
2018-06-07 14:57
I play 1v5 xd
2018-06-07 16:02
Keep sucking his Bennis xD #RemoveKebab btw
2018-06-09 02:24
no you are on this level cause of the privat cheat that you bought since you suck and still suck
2018-06-09 21:13
-ngiN +woxic space soldiers top 1
2018-06-13 18:22
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