We asked the British AWPer about the last match against OpTic, in which BIG ran out winners following a dominant Dust2 showing and a close Train, and his Twitter exchange with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke ahead of that encounter.
smooya also commented on becoming the second British player to make the top-16 of a Major, as well as on the competition in the next stage, where BIG will join the likes of FaZe, Natus Vincere, and mousesports.
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More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Challengers Stage:
captainMo: "The Major has been the main goal since we started playing CS:GO"
ShahZam: "I'm speechless, I can't believe it; I won't lie, I went outside and cried"
gob b: "I'm looking forward to the fifth round, now we can show we're a really good team in the BO3s"
bondik: "I enjoy when someone is showing emotions and I like to do the same"
xccurate: "We changed so much on the T side of Inferno [after playing OpTic]"
gla1ve: "[As an IGL,] cadiaN is really good at the same things as FalleN"
cajunb: "I really want to win a Major, that's when I can retire and be happy"
somedieyoung: "We pretty much knew everything North were going to do"
AdreN: "It's me and Hobbit who are trying to make the mid-round calls"
hutji: "During his 1v1, chopper said 'no worries, guys, I'm going to punch him'"
tiziaN: "I've actually practiced it 3 or 4 times, but I wasn't planning on doing that shot"
Twistzz: "We knew that bootcamping was the way better option"
BnTeT: "We're confident in our skill, but I'm not sure we're confident in our team play"
Lekr0: "I think I learned the most about [in-game leading] from pronax back in the day"
stanislaw: "We have all the pieces to really do some damage"
B1ad3: "We still haven't found the perfect in-game leader"
crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"
Hiko "American teams are dependent on the momentum they gain"
NEO: "byali wanted changes even before Snax told us [he was leaving]"
DavCost: "The main goal is to show who we are"