STYKO: "Playing with n0thing is affecting us in a really positive way"

Our last interview of the day is with mousesports' Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk, who told us a little bit about the round-by-round approach his team is taking in Belo Horizonte after they beat Liquid 2-0.

mousesports won their group today after coming out on top in their clash with Liquid, a match that was more one-sided than expected as the European team, with a stand-in, won 2-0 without letting the North Americans reach 10 rounds on either map.

STYKO believes playing unpredictably was key to beating Liquid

STYKO talked to us about what mousesports, who don't usually travel to events with stand-ins, was expecting from the tournament in Brazil, and how actually playing with a stand-in has helped his team unlock another facet of their game.

Let's start with the team's expectations coming to Brazil, what is the goal mousesports has in Belo Horizonte?

We arrived here with zero expectations because we're missing our star player, oskar. We decided to go with Jordan (n0thing) as a stand-in, who doesn't AWP, which means we had to rebuild everything. So yeah, no expectations. Our main goal was to make it out of the groups, which luckily we managed to do in the quickest way possible by winning the group. Right now we have pretty much nothing to lose. I mean, we already had nothing to lose, but right now it's going to be zero pressure.

And you get to keep the playoffs streak going...

Yeah, exactly. It's perfect.

Was it beneficial for you to come with a stand-in, and how is n0thing working with the team?

When we were thinking about coming here with a stand-in, we didn't have the right mentality. Right now I can say that playing with Jordan is affecting us in a really positive way. We can play less structured CS and still beat some of the best teams in the world. Basically, we can implement this with our full roster in the future, as well, having everyone pick the guns they feel like playing, making the plays they feel are the right plays to make, etc. We're learning to not question ourselves. If someone wants to do something, just do it, don't overthink about how enemies will react to the play, just do it, and even if it's stupid and you do it with 100% confidence, it might work. It's Counter-Strike, you know? It's weird sometimes.

As far as bringing n0thing on, we had two options, putting him in oskar's positions and keeping everything the same, or just changing and swapping the roles a bit. We decided to go with the latter. We swapped pretty much everything, especially on T-side, and decided to play FPL-style.

Was n0thing the go-to guy since the beginning?

No, we were going to go with NBK-. We had everything prepared for him, but something came up last minute and he had to take care of some stuff regarding his own future as a player. It's a shame he couldn't come, but it's also great to be playing with n0thing because even though he hasn't played in a while when he gets in the server you can really tell he is very hungry to win, which is really nice to see.

We crossed each other this morning and you were telling me you were about to go back to bed and sleep because of the afternoon game and how jet-lag makes you and your teammates tired in the afternoon. How is the sleeping pattern distortion going?

I've been doing this, playing Counter-Strike professionally, for almost three years now, and I can say this is the toughest thing a player has to deal with while he's abroad, especially going to places like Sydney or North America or South America. You have to adjust your schedule to your match. Sometimes you have to go to sleep late to wake up late, whatever it takes to force your body to think you're still in your comfort zone in Europe playing four hours after you wake up.

It's really tough, and there's no real way to do it correctly. You just have to learn about how your body works. Some players like to wake up really early and work out at the gym before breakfast and then sleep for six more hours, for example. Late matches are the worst because it feels like you have energy, but your communications and your actions on the server reflect that you don't really have the energy you thought you had. We learned that yesterday when we had the mid-day match and we decided to practice, after. During practice, we were all yawning and we just wanted to get it over with and go to sleep.

So did you get your beauty sleep today?

Oh yeah, definitely. For like seven more hours after breakfast!

Let's touch on the map pool for a second. Your Mirage and Nuke have been slipping a bit, lately, and you're showing up on other maps. After StarSeries, did you make a conscious decision to mix it up?

We didn't play much after StarSeries, we took a couple days off. It's just the way it goes, you know? When you have a really strong map like our Mirage, no one wants to play it against you. Everyone is vetoing it and you don't practice it because you don't need to, so you focus on other maps. You eventually hit a point in which teams start to beat you on maps like that because you don't practice that much. Then you forget the right rotations, the little stuff... miscommunications appear, things that were perfect a month ago but that are now gone because you're not keeping them fresh on the practice server.

They get rusty...

Yeah, exactly. That's the thing with our Mirage and Nuke, I'd say. We've been playing them against really good teams, but in the practice server we're trying to focus on other maps that are standing out for us right now. Like Inferno, surprisingly. Even with a stand-in, we're playing a good Inferno. We were playing it well in practice and thought it was just luck because our individual skill was on point, but we showed today that we're capable of beating Liquid on it, a really strong Inferno team.

Actually, that's the perfect transition. You beat NTC, which was expected, even with a stand-in. However, Liquid have been in really good form, playing good CS, did you think you were going to be so dominant against them? I mean, I won't call it easy, but it could have been much more of a struggle, right?

I'm going to say one thing, which is what I said in the beginning. We came here with no expectations. Every match is the same for us. We know Liquid is the better team right now. It would be a close match even with our full roster. When we came with Jordan, we decided to just focus on the pistol rounds, then the ecos/anti-ecos, then on getting that first gun round... literally just going round-by-round.

We didn't create a gameplan for the whole side because we didn't even know how it was going to go. We were kind of just doing everything in the freeze time before each round. Jordan was helping a lot with that, suNny had a lot of impact before the rounds started, and chrisJ, our usual caller, also had a lot of ideas. We didn't even have to take that many timeouts!

Do you think this has given you some sort of advantage over your rivals, this certain unpredictability?

Definitely, being unpredictable and being eager to force fights that are considered stupid in Counter-Strike, but that because they're stupid and you're doing them confidently, they work. I remember multiple situations in which we took stupid fights that worked and won us rounds multiple times. I mean, pushing through smokes with a flash... basic things that don't work against the best teams when they are ready for it, but when they're playing against us, they are not ready for it that often. It's about being unpredictable and cocky in-game.

Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
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2018-06-15 00:54
14 replies
United Kingdom Tendies
2018-06-15 00:59
3 replies
Palestine zwe
expected from styko
2018-06-15 01:00
2 replies
2018-06-15 06:32
1 reply
Austria shaak!
2018-06-15 06:51
“And still best some of the BEST teams in the WORLD”, lol NTC, nice try STYKO(yeah liquid was a good win)
2018-06-15 01:45
9 replies
It's not like NTC are a silver team. Just because they aren't in like the top 15 doesn't mean their not a world class team. They got in the tournament in the first place so they are obviously pretty damn good.
2018-06-15 02:28
Give FNX squad 3 months, they are going to be top 10, if they aren’t, I’ll suck your ass.
2018-06-15 03:41
5 replies
ur fuckin delusional that team isn't going anywhere but the shitter
2018-06-15 05:42
2 replies
2018-06-15 07:06
Agreed, 3 months from now kNg will have caused a full team collapse and moved on to his next catastrophe.
2018-06-15 21:55
As a brazilian, that would be nice to see, but they were all tier 1 players at some point (with the exception of chelo), yet they played really poor CS. Therefore I doubt they will be top 10 within the next year.
2018-06-15 06:00
can you suck my ass instead?
2018-06-15 08:37
Fan of Ghosts - you want to talk about it buddy?
2018-06-15 08:17
1 reply
Ghosts had 2 stand-ins and played FaZe and SK? and I didn't say that they could do better, I just like NA steel so I am a fan, just sayin NTC are def not a super great team
2018-06-16 22:45
Armenia cGev
REALLY positive, uh baby
2018-06-15 00:54
nice man
2018-06-15 00:55
Ok seems legit
2018-06-15 00:56
2018-06-15 00:56
Spain loviac
god Martin "styko" Styk
2018-06-15 00:57
1 reply
Styk "styko" Styk
2018-06-15 08:37
2018-06-15 00:58
Norway tobroe
Gg well said
2018-06-15 01:00
2018-06-15 01:00
2018-06-15 01:01
so rip you and +n0thing when oskar comes back :>
2018-06-15 01:01
lets go Jordan <3
2018-06-15 01:01
stfu irrelevant guy i hope you get kicked
2018-06-15 01:03
3 replies
fan of mOE
2018-06-15 02:50
2 replies
allu | 
Canada Lokomo
2018-06-15 05:04
well played sir.
2018-06-16 03:24
United States Cherryyy
NBK doing something for his future as a player? New announcement coming soonish in the future? Maybe Cloud9? maybe EnVy?
2018-06-15 01:04
4 replies
North America MinoriAiko
Fuck NBK loser
2018-06-15 01:26
2 replies
Czech Republic efronek
2018-06-15 10:20
2018-06-15 01:29
-oskar incoming
2018-06-15 01:04
-Styko +n0thing basically
2018-06-15 01:04
1 reply
B1ad3 | 
United Kingdom duff3
I like your name. GG styko & co.
2018-06-15 01:23
inb4 -oskar :D
2018-06-15 01:07
Styko saying this cuz Oscar wants to kick him
2018-06-15 01:19
nothing is nothing Mousesports have been doing great even prior to this... His done nothing, they may not have won anything but the games that they've won you can see the other team crumble because they can even see it and can't even read the plays that mouse are doin. I personally am not a fan of mouse but I really do appreciate a good performance over fangay
2018-06-15 01:23
4 replies
n0thing is 100% better than Styko, and he's iconic even to people playing in EU scene. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Styko was kicked for n0thing.
2018-06-15 08:01
3 replies
>replaces Oskar ...your talking about Styko nice IQ
2018-06-15 10:08
1 reply
Is Oskar kicked, pretty sure he took time off for personal reasons. Nice IQ.
2018-06-16 18:39
2018-06-15 11:28
-STYKO +n0thing EZ major
2018-06-15 01:34
Finland Smoonah
stickos haha
2018-06-15 01:42
they have n0thing to lose
2018-06-15 01:55
1 reply
Armenia 1915
N 1
2018-06-15 01:59
2018-06-15 02:01
n0thing brings some love to the team.
2018-06-15 02:06
Honestly, STYKO gets so much shit he doesn’t deserve. I feel like his interviews actually have pep and personality, good to see they’re doing ok with n0thing back in the ring too. Good luck guys.
2018-06-15 02:22
7 replies
Latvia Cozt
Yeah totally. When nothing is outperforming styko while dropping guns to him and the team, playing with a cz himself. Totally gets a lot of undeserved shit. This tournament shows how shit styko really is and how he is just hiding behind that "support" cover.
2018-06-15 08:34
4 replies
n0thing 400iq move, giving himself the better gun
2018-06-15 15:48
Mouz tag doesn’t add up bud.
2018-06-16 13:40
2 replies
Latvia Cozt
How exactly is that? Just because I think styko needs to be kicked? Just because I'm a fan of a team, doesn't mean I have to be a fan of every player on the team. Styko isn't good enough for a top5 team and this is just another event that shows that.
2018-06-16 21:33
1 reply
Alright bud.
2018-06-17 09:22
I would guess styko is a really chill guy, easy to play and travel with and will take spots/roles no-one wants. Yet people will look at the stats and complain how bad he is. Sure hes not the best player in the world and mouz could possibly become a great team swapping him out with some godlike player but he definitely doesnt deserve to be constantly shit on.
2018-06-16 03:28
1 reply
He’s essentially mouz’s TACO, and without him I’m sure there’d be a lot less star player setups. It’s a shame because he used to be pretty damn solid way back when but I guess they need someone to take up the roles and he’s the only one nice enough to do it.
2018-06-16 13:42
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Greece 1926
one day styko will be on worlds best 30 players he's young and can do a lot
2018-06-15 02:26
Finland Sandels
Grand final mouz win faze 3-2
2018-06-15 02:27
playing without styko and +n0thing will be very affective aswell, so pls don't rekt ur teammates future by playing with them
2018-06-15 02:33
3 replies
stfu noob retard idiot you know nothing
2018-06-15 09:05
2 replies
stfu noob retard idiot you know nothing
2018-06-15 09:31
1 reply
stfu noob retard idiot you know nothing
2018-06-15 12:07
Martin "Twofaced" Toledo
2018-06-15 04:10
Glad to see Jordan playing well. He should flip this into a spot on NRG. You drop Fugly for Nothing and you have a serious fucking team.
2018-06-15 05:57
3 replies
United Kingdom cowbunga
Daaaamn, that's a team I wanna see, they'd contest Liquid for top1 NA
2018-06-15 08:35
2 replies
They'd be playing for a top 4 if not a win every tournament (barring Astralis existing). At least IMO. He would bring so many intangibles to that team as well + past success on the international stage. NRG fans don't seem to like my idea but Fugly is bad and Nothing at one point was a legit T1 player who's putting up good numbers for Mouz. Seems like it'd be a good match.
2018-06-15 17:07
1 reply
United Kingdom cowbunga
2018-06-15 18:06
Europe n0kay
“We have n0thing to lose” hehehe😂 to win!!😄 Jordan, my man🖤
2018-06-15 06:50
1 reply
Sweden xJokerN^^
Yeee xD Jordan is fanni, hope he gets to stay in the team, I dont like Oskar, he looks depressed everytime he plays
2018-06-15 06:57
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Estonia qoznyyy
"So did you get your beauty sleep today? Oh yeah, definitely. For like seven more hours after breakfast!"
2018-06-15 07:33
n0thing to mouz confirmed
2018-06-15 08:26
Styko TwoFaced Toledo -Oskar
2018-06-15 09:01
"Right now we have pretty much n0thing to lose." Wise Words.
2018-06-15 09:05
Poland SmartyyCS
And then -STYKO +n0thing XD
2018-06-15 09:26
To be fair playing without n0thing was going well for the rest of your team too
2018-06-15 10:32
I've been arguing that Oskar is the one that has to go and that n0thing would be a good fit. Looks like i was right.
2018-06-15 12:05
4 replies
-oskar r u retarded?
2018-06-15 12:09
Yep, I have had same thoughts about oskar. I dont think oskar has to go, but mouz are relying him too much. He is star player but not capable of being the main star of tier1 team consistently.
2018-06-15 12:41
2 replies
He didnt go here because of personal reasons, yet he is streaming FPL from home. He is not committed. I Don't think his attitude is healthy for the team.
2018-06-15 13:01
1 reply
he could be just taking days off, the law applies on pro players too you know
2018-06-15 20:21
I can only see that skill-level has way to go up. The more this becomes professional. I actually tought, professional level teams would have management to think about things like this. No wonder why Astralis might be really strong working with big staff all the time. Especially when talking about the stronger maps and not practising it. In other sports you have staff to tell you what to do 24hours / day at professional level. Seems like only Astralis is there right now on CS:GO.
2018-06-15 12:15
1 reply
A lot of teams have added work out regimens. That's a start and some teams need it desperately (hello Fnatic) Past that you are right though. Astralis is regimented and I don't just mean in their play. However it certainly shines through in their play.
2018-06-15 18:34
Albania pongosu
Vote Mouz -n0thing + No[O]ne . Liquid lose becuz they dont have Miracle.
2018-06-15 15:29
Czech Republic clayer
You said it yourself STYKO. -STYKO +n0thing
2018-06-15 18:05
1 reply
2018-06-15 18:34
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