TaZ: "I believe the thing that the Polish scene was missing, and still is, is ambition"

We sat down with Kinguin captain Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas after his team went through to the semi-finals at DreamHack Open Montreal and quizzed him on the team's journey in Canada so far and the recent moves in the Polish scene.

Kinguin booked passage to the event's last-four stage after beating Red Reserve 2-0 in Group A's elimination match, setting up an all-Polish showdown against AGO.

Should TaZ's men manage to prevail in the derby, they will have secured their second consecutive final appearance at an international tournament after also making it to the title decider at the ZOTAC Cup Masters Finals, where they lost to MIBR.

In this interview, conducted by Dust2.us' Danish "Nohte" Allana, the 32-year-old discusses in-game leading for Kinguin, the upcoming match-up against AGO and the current state of the Polish scene, among other things.

You just played against Red Reserve, things ended up going really well on Dust2 and you closed it out pretty quickly. Overpass was a little bit closer, they put up an 11-4 half against, but you gave up only one round on your T side before closing out the match. What was the mentality like in that sort of situation?

I believe that it's good that they're listening to me in the team, that we're listening to each other. It's helping during this event as the main thing we had to do was not get tilted because of our lost luggage. That's what I was asking the boys to do, just chill, fix everything, and not worry about anything, right? It's very easy to get angry, it's very easy to talk about bad things, it's very easy to tilt, so that was our main focus — to get everyone comfortable and just enjoy our games and enjoy talking and having fun with each other. I'm just proud of the guys, that they were able to have this mental strength and go through this adversity.

You're in-game leading for Kinguin, it's a role you previously picked up on occasion for Virtus.pro. What are the differences between leading for your team here versus back on Virtus.pro?

It's very hard for me to tell you, I don't even remember how it was on VP. I can only say about how it is in Kinguin. I think that I have really good guys who can call mid-round, but there's an agreement that I make the calls and most of the time that is what we are going to do. I really have this support and trust from the team, and I know that, even though I can call something badly and put us in really deep sh*t, we can always start the next round and nobody is angry at me. I am the only one who gets tilted about my calls, but the guys know that I'm still working, still thinking, they know that I trust their calls sometimes. They come up with some ideas and we always have Loord behind us, and he is always making calls and giving us advice in freeze time. We have a good bunch, and I'm just happy that they're trusting my leading.

Kinguin had SZPERO on the bench before he got picked up AGO, and you are up against them in the semi-finals. Will that be a bit of a grudge match, are you going to have more fun playing against some of your countrymen?

For me it'll be mostly fun. I'm happy that we managed to get through the adversity, get to the semifinals, and tomorrow we will just play a little less stressed because of the situation [with the luggage], so that's good. It's always good to start a day not thinking about everything bad around you. I'm excited about the domestic derby, it's going to be a fun game and I wish them good luck, let's show some good Counter-Strike!

I also talked to phr about the Polish scene being able to grow a bit more with the old guard moving into other Polish teams. He talked about how Polish teams were very aim-reliant beforehand and that now they're getting a little bit more experience trickled down. Is that something the Polish scene had been missing?

I believe the thing that the Polish scene was missing, and still is, is ambition. I think that the people in Poland, players in Poland, are not ambitious enough. They play to have fun, they play for a spot in the semi-finals, they play for the quarter-finals. They go to an event and they want to look around and go to parties and stuff like that. I believe that the only mentality that can win you tournaments in the future is thinking about winning, and everything less than that should be a disappointment. Everything besides that should be more work. Working is not only playing death match, aim-mapping; it's more about watching games, learning how to use nades, learning how to position oneself, learning how to help the team, you know? Because Polish players are extremely skilled when it comes to aim, but they lack the in-depth knowledge of Counter-Strike, of basic fundamentals of teamplay. And they also lack, like I said, ambition. I just hope that it will change. I'm just sad that it's only happening when VP started to split, and I'm sad that the greatest things that Poland has had to offer had to fall for other players to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think that it should have happened without it, but I believe that the future is very bright for Polish Counter-Strike.

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
TaZ will be the mvp of DH montreal easily
2018-09-09 14:02
0/8
2018-09-09 14:03
#9
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected/8
2018-09-09 14:03
#83
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Myanmar xdcc 
An old man with a shine on his forehead visits his psychologist Mathias Lundsen. "Mr. Wiktor, you're in great shape," says the Dane afterward. "How do you come back stronger every time?" "Well," says Mr. Wiktor once of VP, "I don't smoke, I drive Benz, and the good Loord looks out for me. Every time I go to take a leak he turns the light on for me." Interested of this tactic the psychologist finds Mrs. Wojtas in the waiting room and demands her to tell this tactic. "Kurwa, it does explain who's been peeing in the fridge."
2018-09-10 19:29
#7
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Nope
2018-09-09 14:03
stfu polonophobe
2018-09-09 14:09
#25
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Lithuania Tocha 
espiranTo will be..
2018-09-09 14:13
espiranto will loose to ence 100%
2018-09-09 14:15
#45
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Lithuania Tocha 
we will see :)
2018-09-09 14:20
#81
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
EZ4ENCE
2018-09-10 19:24
Nice
2018-09-09 14:35
#82
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Myanmar xdcc 
+1
2018-09-10 19:29
#2
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Sweden ALI_HUSSAIN 
Ez for best team in poland
2018-09-09 14:03
hi
2018-09-09 14:03
#5
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Finland EdiEz 
ok
2018-09-09 14:03
Rip
2018-09-09 14:03
Pick up Xaccurate and bntet
2018-09-09 14:03
#12
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Malaysia byaIi 
+2
2018-09-09 14:04
+3
2018-09-09 14:07
#39
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Sweden ALI_HUSSAIN 
+4
2018-09-09 14:16
#66
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World ZMDR 
+5
2018-09-09 14:54
#70
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Spain VIKTORAL 
+6
2018-09-09 14:57
+7
2018-09-09 15:15
-10 0/16
2018-09-09 17:29
#10
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Latvia s1^ 
+1
2018-09-09 14:03
#11
Twistzz | 
Poland XowXot 
TAZ <3
2018-09-09 14:04
#13
NEO | 
Pakistan LeGiT^ 
Ez mvp TaZ
2018-09-09 14:05
#14
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
How did they use their luggage
2018-09-09 14:06
3iq spotted
2018-09-09 14:07
Their peripherals were in their checked bags.
2018-09-09 14:14
#62
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Lose*
2018-09-09 14:42
Byali <> Taz Exchange would be great: just imagine, same situation like before byali and snax came to VP, they won a major almost right after.
2018-09-09 14:07
#18
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Poland Quenbonafide 
"Because Polish players are extremely skilled when it comes to aim, but they lack the in-depth knowledge of Counter-Strike, of basic fundamentals of teamplay." Literally described Virtus Pro.
2018-09-09 14:07
neo and pasha aim LUL
2018-09-09 14:10
+1
2018-09-09 14:11
#22
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Poland misterr_ 
emm, no?
2018-09-09 14:11
#23
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Poland Quenbonafide 
emm, yes? VP teamplay has disintegrated since Snax became an IGL.
2018-09-09 14:12
#26
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Poland misterr_ 
> extremely skilled when it comes to aim > Literally described Virtus Pro.
2018-09-09 14:13
#32
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Poland kick_michu 
everybody know Neo & Pasha are very skilled sick aimers like niko1 simple sunny ,,polish players are extreamly skilled,, i arent think that
2018-09-09 14:14
#33
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Poland Quenbonafide 
Michu? Snatchie? Byali? You're stupid with no cs knowledge. Max rank LE for you. Dumb shit.
2018-09-09 14:15
#47
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Poland misterr_ 
hltv.org/matches/2326366/north-vs-virtus.. hltv.org/matches/2326198/virtuspro-vs-ni.. ye ye vp aim stars extremely skilled E X T R E M E L Y in A I M
2018-09-09 14:21
#48
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Poland misterr_ 
+ match vs optic hltv.org/matches/2326357/optic-vs-virtus.. if i had time i would give you some clips with their E X T R E M E L Y good aim
2018-09-09 14:22
#49
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Poland Quenbonafide 
Ye you just confirmed your retardedness lmao. You literally just went through vp lost games where they got battered and posted it here. Go to any team and they have those games too. Fucking bimbo.
2018-09-09 14:22
#53
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Poland misterr_ 
if you think that im going to discuss with you or i will get mad because of your 'retardedness' then you are wrong. literally i have no time for that shit. if VP is extremely skilled in aim then what FaZe, Astralis etc? Are they aliens, out of the world? These words by taz aren't descirbing VP for SURE.
2018-09-09 14:26
#63
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Poland Quenbonafide 
No, you're just stupid
2018-09-09 14:51
#76
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Poland misterr_ 
answer needs to have an actuall content btw
2018-09-09 15:16
#58
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Poland kick_michu 
Byali? this isnt anymore 2014 Michu? polish answer to new young guns on internatoanl scene like s1mple niko sunny ropz sergiej etc.... sorry he isnt even on that 1% skilled like this much younger players Snatchie ? offcialy he play 4 matches for VP dont even look at his stats only in last match on major VP say him propably to play free style and do it what he want to do it so he made this 26 kills where others 4 teamtes shitti with 4-10 frags
2018-09-09 14:40
#60
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Poland misterr_ 
+1 but he won;t understand, he still lives in 2014 and thinks that vp is extremely skilled in aim
2018-09-09 14:36
#64
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Poland Quenbonafide 
your name explains it all.
2018-09-09 14:53
#72
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Poland kick_michu 
his performance say everything what a fucking pathethic trash stats from fucking ,,crazy aim from poland,, ENTRY MAIN RIFFLE ! hltv.org/stats/players/matches/7356/MICH.. numbers of games where this Michu had solid +10 K/D ratio vs TIER1 you can cunt on fingers one hand player what was supoosed to bring firepower to this team after kickign this trash TAZ now performing same or even more worts than TAZ in 2017
2018-09-09 15:06
#73
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Poland Quenbonafide 
yes but you have to take inconsideration that shit teamplay is also the reason of bad kd ratio
2018-09-09 15:05
Peek VP were aim stars
2018-09-09 14:15
#51
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Poland misterr_ 
when VP was on their peek csgo wasn't on that high level as today. same as in football, the level and skill is going up all the time. but yeah, they were good in aim, pasha and taz and neo werent 30 y/o tho
2018-09-09 14:23
+1, taz not too smart
2018-09-09 14:12
Vintage VP use to be able to outaim everyone in duels and push without consequences. Now that they lost their aim with age, they rely on systematic CS which they cant get a grasp on
2018-09-09 14:13
#36
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Poland kick_michu 
Byali & Snax this duo yes pasha neo taz nop
2018-09-09 14:15
yeah its certainly known that vintage neo, taz and pasha were never able to outaim their enemies omegalul
2018-09-09 14:23
#54
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World Vidua 
Literally described himself, except also lacking in aim. I don't know what's going on with VP guys but it's not lack of knowledge from old guys. Neo 2 years ago had the most clutches (1vX won) from any of Major players, including xyp9x. You can't lack fundamentals and clutch so many rounds. The game hasn't changed that much in 2 years either.
2018-09-09 14:30
#56
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Israel nukero 
neo's aim is not that bad he's doing great things sometimes he's just bad in his head, probably not enjoying game anymore after 20 years of playing. Pasha's is not bad aswell for tier 2 he's decent but he has bad movement and he's terrible in decision making why do complain about pro scene If you don't have a clue about it there is no big difference between neo and karrigan or for example byali or michu and niko pro cs is just mind game and tactics but actually expected that polish fan has no knowledge about this game when actually even pasha know nothing more
2018-09-09 14:31
Polish scene is dead.
2018-09-09 14:15
#43
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Poland KasPro 
not rly
2018-09-09 14:18
#55
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World Vidua 
Polish scene just started its new life you fool.
2018-09-09 14:31
Bntet just qualified to Major, so you're probably right.
2018-09-09 14:33
#41
juliano | 
Germany hatrez 
+1
2018-09-09 14:18
#42
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Poland KasPro 
TAZ <3
2018-09-09 14:18
Polish CS is missing their best player BnTet
2018-09-09 14:23
#69
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World ZMDR 
+1
2018-09-09 14:54
nickname checkout
2018-09-09 14:38
#84
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Myanmar xdcc 
yo les noobs
2018-09-10 19:35
well spoken, gl TaZ
2018-09-09 14:53
#67
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Netherlands RaVersoN 
Bullshit. All they´re missing is aim and brain. They keep playing like bots, movement and thinking from 2008, absolutely no teamwork and shitty coach.
2018-09-09 14:54
bntet and xcc already fix it
2018-09-09 14:54
GL Taz and f*ck backstabbers
2018-09-09 14:59
#74
NEO | 
Poland xFabio 
TaZ <3
2018-09-09 15:05
See... In real sports if u still play when ure old as fuck its impressive that u can keep up with the kids But the problem with esports is that the older u get... Its not more impressive, its just gets more pathetic
2018-09-09 20:37
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