MAJ3R: "I'm proud because we face a lot of problems and we always stick together, like a family"

June 13th, 2018 21:07

Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's Space Soldiers beat the local favorites, SK, in their opening match in Belo Horizonte. After the match, we sat down with the Turkish IGL to hear his thoughts.

Space Soldiers were able to start the tournament on the right foot, with a victory over SK, taking it in two maps, Cache and Inferno. Next, they will face one of the favorites to take the tournament, FaZe, for a spot in the playoffs.

MAJ3R wants his team to keep their feet on the ground

When we talked to MAJ3R, he opened up about his preparation against SK, what he thinks is needed for support players to receive more credit, and the team's ups and downs in the past months, among others.

DreamHack Austin was a good tournament for you and your team. There, you showed that you can beat mid-tier opposition and take the trophy. How are you facing this tournament, where the teams are better. Is the approach much different?

I think you need to step up your level against teams like SK. I'll be honest, I don't prepare the same way when I play against mid-tier teams than when I'm about to play SK. When I play SK, I prepare the match better. I'm still doing my job when I prepare against mid-tier teams, but when it's SK I'll tell my teammates: "You have to step up your game because it's not going to be easy. You need to have a winning mentality." Every top team in the world, SK, Astralis, FaZe... if you play them without this winning mentality, you won't win. When you go into the server and think "Wow, this is SK", then you already lost. You have to go in thinking "OK, they are human, I am human, they're playing well, but we can play well also." We need to trust ourselves.

You knew your first match was going to be against SK, was there anything special you looked at that gave you an advantage?

Yeah, of course, I prepared the match. I predicted Cache and Inferno and those were the maps we played, so I was happy about that. Yesterday, we watched their demo against HellRaisers on Cache, and I saw coldzera and Stewie2K defend on B. I noticed coldzera likes to play in the first corner a lot, so I made some changes and added a molotov there, especially for him, which worked really well. Maybe it wasn't the molo giving the win every time we hit B, but it worked. We played well, we played together, and it was a good win.

In the end, I think the whole team prepared well. It was the first time I talked to my teammates a lot. Before, I tried to do stuff alone. I didn't want to collapse them by calling "they're doing this, they're doing that" all the time. It was just in my mind and I would try to find good answers to what was happening. This time we played well and they played well. It was a difficult match and I'm happy that we were able to win.

What do you think it is that gave you that edge over SK, is it maybe something related to motivation?

Yeah, something like motivation, but not motivation. I think the difference between them and us today was our hunger. Maybe we wanted the win more than they did. They are a very great world-class team, so if we want to beat a team like that we need to play the best CS we have, and I think we did, especially on the T-sides. We didn't play as well Cache during the CT-side, because we had some difficulties with communication. In the end, I'm happy for the team, but it's just one match. We need to keep working. It's not like winning against SK means we won the tournament. We need to stay humble and keep our feet on the ground. We have two days to practice and work before we meet FaZe.

Talking about keeping your feet on the ground, what are your expectations of the match against FaZe?

When I say keep our feet on the ground, it means keeping that hunger. I don't care if it's SK, FaZe, or whatever opponent. We are going to prepare for FaZe like we do every match. They're playing with cromen, it's not their full lineup, so they'll also be hungry for the victory. I hope it'll be a great match.

You now have the longest standing roster in CS. How important is that for your development as a the team?

I think it's a good thing. I'm not the type of person who, when faced with a problem, wants to kick someone. That's not a solution. The solution is to fix the problem first, to give a chance to my players, and if I make mistakes that they do the same for me. It's a team, we need to work together. You can't win alone. I think it's a great thing that we've played together for a long time.

We have some plays on certain maps that just come automatically. Losing Cobble was bad for us, and we need to work on the map pool. If we fix the communication issue we have, I think we'll become better over time. We try to give everything we have every match, and today was a great win. We'll keep practicing and preparing for the upcoming match.

After WESG, where the team seemed to be going in an upward trajectory, you had a couple of months with ups and downs, and there were some visa issues and you had to play with stand-ins. Now that it's a bit more smooth in that sense, do you think you're back on track to maybe even break into the Top 10 or something along those lines?

We were in bad shape, then good shape, then bad shape... up and down, as you said. It's normal for teams to go through that, I think. I don't want to predict I'll be Top 10, I just want us to do as much as we can with what we have. It's not easy being Turkish players, with visa issues and everything. I'm proud of my teammates and my manager because we face a lot of problems and we always stick together, like a family, which is the most important thing. Today was a gift to us, a comeback gift, a great win against SK, whom we respect a lot. Now we need to keep working.

You said the team is kind of like a family. There have been some rumors about problems with the organization after you blacked out your Twitter pictures and banners. Has this affected you in-game, mentally, in any way?

I'm sorry to everybody, but I don't want to talk about this. It's a personal thing between Space Soldiers and the players. We'll just to keep going and we'll give the best we have, which is the most important. That's the only thing that matters, giving our best.

Personally, you're a big advocate of the importance of recognizing the efforts of support players and have mentioned how they're often not credited enough for what they do. How do you think they could be made more relevant in the eyes of spectators?

I think that in order to be aware that a support player is playing well for his team, you need to understand the game. If you understand the game, really, you can understand that some support players are very important. It's not always about the guy that's going to get 25 kills, because he's not playing a more sacrificed role. When I say the support player is a "shadow player", it means he needs to do a particular job, because we're five players in a team and not every player can shine. You cannot have five star players. You have two or maybe three stars, and two players playing for the stars. I'm okay with that, I can give all my light to XANTARES, paz, and Calyx. I know ngiN also has this same mentality. Every time we have an M4 or an AK we drop it to them, small details that give the stars confidence.

To answer your question, I think analysts and commentators have the key, which is showing and explaining that the player who killed two guys in a certain situation may have done it because the rivals were blind thanks to a well-timed flash. For example, XANTARES can have a good opportunity in a play and kill two players. Then people on HLTV go like "Oh, XANTARES killed two guys, he's so skilled", but beyond that, there is a tactic, there is work done behind-the-scenes, there is a call, there is a flash, there's everything, but people don't see it. Also, I don't want to take away from the star players, they are very skilled and play very well, but it's important to have synergy in a team. That's actually the most important thing, the synergy.

Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
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Maps played:
Germany zeolikk10years 
Halli hallo
2018-06-13 21:08
United Kingdom iMarbot 
2018-06-13 21:08
North America Tricerariel 
2018-06-13 21:10
2018-06-13 21:41
2018-06-13 21:07
Germany zeolikk10years 
2018-06-13 21:08
2018-06-13 21:41
2018-06-13 22:07
expected together forever
2018-06-13 21:08
homo never
2018-06-13 21:41
Germany zeolikk10years 
2018-06-13 21:08
2018-06-13 21:09
mr foküs
2018-06-13 21:09
like if SK is garbage
2018-06-13 21:09
Estonia RaimanS2k 
2018-06-13 22:33
2018-06-13 21:09
Nice, SS next VP confirmed
2018-06-13 21:09
Captain i trust u
2018-06-13 21:10
Europe havebadday 
SpaceSoldiers' manager wanted to kick ngiN, but the rest of team resisted and refused that. Then the action started between owners of team and players.
2018-06-13 21:12
Finland saunamdma 
That would explain it. Respect to SS for fighting back against the org and refusing to kick him.
2018-06-13 21:17
why would the org want to kick ngin if they can not get woxic tbh? ngiN is the best player out there except for woxic
2018-06-13 21:40
Europe havebadday 
maybe they found better support player than ngin and they should actually
2018-06-13 21:48
but there is no other pro who is better than ngiN (Don't know if it is not from turkey)
2018-06-13 21:50
Turkey orox2 
2018-06-13 21:12
2018-06-13 21:19
Turkey Shadowdances 
Seni unutmicam bilader azeri kardeslerimden deilsin, ermeni dölusun gozumde
2018-06-13 21:19
Turkey orox2 
Çox da sikimdedir. Bax azerbaycan dan gelib seni sikerem
2018-06-13 21:28
Turkey Shadowdances 
Beni israilli bi bebeye karsi kucuk dusurmeye calismistin bilader,azeri olma ihtimalin yok kusura bakma.
2018-06-13 21:29
Turkey aybars99 
orospu evladıymış amına soktuğum
2018-06-13 21:50
Turkey Shadowdances 
Azeriler kardesimizdir ama bu orox dölunun mesajlarina bak forumda paso turklere af atar avrupali tuvalet temizlikcilerine yaranmak icin
2018-06-13 22:00
Are you guys planning another Armenian Genocide?
2018-06-14 11:34
Turkey Shadowdances 
No we are just arguing each other, because he is fake flagger armenian Plus: you cant do another genocide, which is never happened before :)
2018-06-14 11:36
Yeah, well hopefully when the kurds will assassinate ur retard president you'll get buttfucked by Asia and Europe at the same time and we can pretend that never had happened.
2018-06-14 11:49
Turkey OguzJuan 
2018-06-13 21:55
2018-06-14 01:22
2018-06-13 21:20
Sweden Trkmag 
2018-06-13 23:06
why wouldn’t you just prepare the match the same way each time so you win more....?
2018-06-13 21:13
because more you prepare more you make your strats obvious,it gets more readable
2018-06-13 21:19
then come up with different plays for different tier teams? he just admitted to underestimating opponents which leads to a loss. Makes zero sense.
2018-06-13 21:46
its problaby more complicated than that apparently,most teams just play their own style it must have a reason behind it
2018-06-13 21:56
i don’t really understand how watching demos and realizing Fallen does the same thing almost every round on CT inferno when awping, is considered complicated...
2018-06-13 22:00
s1mple | 
World Stoos 
*pigeon meme* *looking at SS logo* "is this VP early 2016" too lazy to make memes so I write them
2018-06-13 21:15
why are these garbage countries always refering to each other like 'family'
2018-06-13 21:21
because family makes you stronger
2018-06-13 21:25
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
until you go out in groups for a year and decide you need to kill a family member and adopt a new one?
2018-06-13 21:33
2018-06-14 14:20
Turkey Purchase 
2018-06-13 21:31
Expected from BRA71L
2018-06-13 21:34
Brazil P4uloVisk 
you is fake, not from BRAZIL.
2018-06-13 21:48
First of all, u can't describe as garbage Turkey that has a giant history. In Turkey being family is a kind of blessed thing.
2018-06-13 21:51
Ahahha he is mad after the lose. Don't push him guys. LUL.
2018-06-13 23:01
not brazilian not sk fan definitly don't care about ss
2018-06-13 23:13
NT bud ^_^
2018-06-14 03:35
Turkey kochi3 
cry is free
2018-06-14 04:25
Hiko | 
Turkey vVoLF07 
2018-06-13 21:27
Other VladimirLucas 
we smart we loyal we space soldiers
2018-06-13 21:27
"You now have the longest standing roster in CS. How important is that for your development as a the team?" what about VP?
2018-06-13 21:38
2018-06-13 21:40
vp have the same 4 players for 5 years. dont you need to lose at least 3 of your players for a roster
2018-06-13 21:41
roster=/=major spot
2018-06-13 21:41
World _EpiC_ 
Majer is the nicest dude in cs I wish them well. I'm impressed with them since long time
2018-06-13 21:39
Nice mister
2018-06-13 21:40
- Boltz + Xantares Sk top 1 again :D
2018-06-13 21:49
"because we're five players in a team and not every player can shine. You cannot have five star players. You have two or maybe three stars, and two players playing for the stars." dissing to faze?
2018-06-13 21:49
Turkey pardus 
karrigan is not a star player
2018-06-13 21:55
Singapore Wadufuk 
If olof was playing for faze u will have 4 star players and 1 igl that play like a bot but have good strats,if cromen manage to prove himself that he can be a star player,faze will have 4 star players again
2018-06-14 04:37
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Who is despe then, the half retarded brother they are too embarrassed to bring to the table? Imo they should get rid of ngiN
2018-06-13 21:50
Lol, nice catch there
2018-06-13 21:53
wot m8
2018-06-13 22:50
Go SS, you can make this I believe in you! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-06-13 21:53
Sweden Trkmag 
Hello I wanna order 25 kilos for mr Jonty04l32
2018-06-13 23:08
I'm sorry, but we're getting a big demand lately, so we can only allow 10 kilos max per client
2018-06-14 01:01
Turkey aybars99 
thats very nice to see spaces is winning some important games !
2018-06-13 21:53
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
I love that they won, making my SS bet go home, but i hate that they won so big that my over 2.5 maps didnt go home! They are so damn hit and miss.
2018-06-13 21:57
Maj3r speaks about comms issues all the time. When will you guys fix your comms?
2018-06-13 22:01
ngin alamanci , has little turkish maj3r has not even little turkish xantares %50 of time you dont understand what hes saying calyx speaks the same amount of time as 2 years old baby paz i don't think this guy has a tongue
2018-06-13 22:21
Are these guys even Turkish? Or all live in Germany/France?
2018-06-14 00:45
ngin living in ger maj3r living in fra Rest tr
2018-06-14 00:50
2018-06-14 04:02
lmao that was funny tho if you have noticed, paz has been sitting in maj3rs usual place in the middle recently. I think he does a bit of the igl'ing from time to time.
2018-06-14 10:16
I can give all my light to XANTARES, paz, and Calyx. I know ngiN also has this same mentality. Impressive
2018-06-13 22:01
Meanwhile at Cloud9
2018-06-13 22:05
Nice guy
2018-06-13 22:05
Turkey Sekolelele 
2018-06-13 22:16
Russia xtkjdtr01 
I remembered al mualim from assassins creed for some reason
2018-06-13 22:17
Cuz it was a great game bro. So ahead of its time.
2018-06-13 22:31
Russia xtkjdtr01 
True, i finished it like 10 times and last one was in 2018
2018-06-14 10:29
Daddy MAJ3R <3
2018-06-13 22:27
Turkey Jarrod 
Very nice guy MaJ3R
2018-06-13 22:42
Canada TorontoSucks 
>Turks >Family mentality
2018-06-13 22:44
Turkey darknight53 
What the fuck ...?
2018-06-13 23:24
Turkey DebbSoray 
What's this about?
2018-06-14 10:19
tarik | 
Turkey SerqKan 
nice speech captaiinnnnn!!!
2018-06-13 22:56
Russia hesoyamx 
what do u expect from french
2018-06-13 23:09
"Like a family" that's a red flag.
2018-06-14 01:00
This team improved so much, they're gonna get a lot better
2018-06-14 01:39
United States Grabboid 
An inbred family
2018-06-14 05:39
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