STYKO: "[My new role] feels like I'm going to school every day, trying to understand a new subject"

We had a chat with Martin "STYKO" Styk after Cloud9 barely survived elimination in round three of the New Legends stage, where Winstrike nearly came back from a 3-13 deficit on Inferno.

Cloud9's match in the 0-2 pool ended up going to overtime despite the North American side having a 13-3 lead at one point on the Terrorist side of Inferno, so we asked STYKO about their problems on the offense and how they managed to close it out after all.

"It feels like I know nothing about CS right now," says STYKO about learning his new role

We also went back to ask about the Slovakian's performance against HellRaisers, as well as his new play-making role in Cloud9 and how he is getting used to it:

As long as it's fresh in your mind, let's get into your match against Winstrike. You obviously should have closed that earlier, so what went wrong on the Terrorist side?

I obviously have to watch in replay and everything, but it feels like we were struggling with taking banana control as T side, whereas in practice we didn't really have that problem. We didn't know how to play exactly, but then when it came to the point where we were 14-14, we actually decided to take mid first instead of banana, and that was a clutch call because off of that we could split B or split A.

The first attempt at a B split didn't go well because I think they stacked B one round, where we just didn't expect them to be three B without putting any pressure. That was a pretty emo round, but in hindsight, it helped us because then they were really afraid of B splits and we took A pretty much easily, we wrapped the site really well. It just came to the point where we didn't really know what to do without banana control, but we figured it out before overtime started, luckily.

There was a lot of frustration during the last rounds and you guys did not look happy after the match whatsoever, what was the end of the match like in terms of morale, communication...?

Whenever you're winning 12-3 and the game ends up being in overtime, you're not really happy when you win because it's supposed to be much cleaner. Especially on T side we won the pistol round, as well, so we then just lost the eco...

That was the reason we were not really happy, and, obviously, we are here to make a stage appearance, but we're struggling in a 0-2 match, so this is not how we expected the tournament to go for us, that's why we maybe aren't looking that confident. But, in fact, we're still fighting and we don't give up.

Touching back on yesterday's match against HellRaisers and particularly your amazing performance there, was there any special feel to it? What made you go off like that?

HellRaisers made the mistake that they started on T side, they obviously didn't know we were prepared for them, we had a good game plan and we knew their tendencies on the map, what they like to do. Our coach and Golden did a really good job, giving information about what they like to do. On the CT side, we knew what counters them and I used Skadoodle on A to my advantage in basically every situation, I told him to hold certain spots where I was trying to make a play, and that's what Cloud9 wants me to do.

They give me space to make a play, so that's why I felt really confident on the CT side, and on the T side, I felt really on point that game. I was getting frags I probably shouldn't be getting, but that's Counter-Strike. Then it came to the point where I couldn't hit a shot and bondik had an insane 4K where I should have killed him in hindsight. It's Counter-Strike, every round is different, and I just felt on point yesterday.

Golden gives STYKO a lot of space to make plays

That sounds like a very different role compared to how you played in mousesports, how would you compare the two?

On certain, on certain spots, they give me so much space that I feel like a playmaker. And since I turned pro in CS, I have never been able to be in that role, so it's quite a learning process for me. I'm trying my best to copy playstyles of other players that are in the same spots as me.

It's really new, I sometimes don't communicate to my teammates what I want from them, that's why it feels like I'm doing some YOLO plays or whatever, but, in fact, I'm still learning. It's really hard for me to say if the role fits me better than the supportive role that I was doing in mousesports, but I'm just working hard on this new kind of playstyle.

Also, we are playing more Swedish Counter-Strike, which I have trouble getting into. I'm having one-on-one coaching sessions with Golden, with valens, they try to teach me stuff that is obvious to them but not for me. I'm on a completely different page when it comes to Counter-Strike right now. It's like every day I wake up and it feels like I'm going to school and I'm trying to understand a new subject, it's completely different.

What about the American players, how are they getting used to Golden and his playstyle?

It's mostly about playmakers getting used to this playstyle, which is me and autimatic. But autimatic really understand the game well, they feel the game the same way with Golden, autimatic is on the right path, learning this, but I'm not. I wasn't used to playing like this in my previous teams and I've been stuck on those teams for two years, or three years... That's why. It feels like I know nothing about Counter-Strike right now.

What do you think you will talk about later today and in preparation for tomorrow, what will be the focus?

The good thing is that we already figured out why our T side sucked, that we should switch the tempo between banana takes and mid takes. Other than that, we had some frustration going on with the communication.

We got unlucky - I feel like it was unlucky, but maybe when I watch the demo with the guys, it's going to be obvious why we lost the round, but I feel like we got caught in a couple of bad timings and there's not really much you can do. Sometimes it happens, but, obviously, we didn't play well. I would just say it's mostly communication that we should fix, and getting on the same page in clutch situations.

More interviews from the New Legends stage:

Day 2
Serbia YNk: "This game was just so hard because mousesports saved so much"
Ukraine Edward: "If you feel calm during the whole game, the comeback is real, always"
United States nitr0: "I'm hoping we get Astralis, we can definitely put up a good show and a good fight"
Sweden Xizt: "Every loss is going to take a toll on your confidence, we had to slowly build it up again"
Germany LEGIJA: "Before the Major, we said 'We will not practice to make Legends, we're here to f****** win'"

Day 1
Denmark Xyp9x: "Against Na`Vi and especially on Inferno, it's all mind games"
Sweden REZ: "Not playing the Minor means a lot to me, I have played so many"

Media Day
Sweden JW: "We considered twist after the early StarLadder exit; he wasn’t really interested"
Russia jmqa: "After the last Major, our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions"
Russia flamie: "We still want to play Dust2 because no one is playing it well"
France SmithZz: "We aren't completely ready at the moment, but we are getting there"
United States RUSH: "Hopefully, after the Major, our ranking will reflect how we actually are as a team"

Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2018-09-14 17:10
2018-09-14 17:10
Germany DrachenRainer 
Maybe the could take the whole roster and convert them into a Fortnite Squad
2018-09-14 17:14
Estonia E$t0 
Fortnite 2k18 LUL
2018-09-14 18:09
Maybe i could take your mother and convert her into a whore
2018-09-14 18:09
s1mple | 
Germany Loxatan 
Already done
2018-09-15 13:04
respect your mother?
2018-09-15 18:35
Canada YankeeM 
2018-09-14 17:16
2018-09-14 17:23
horvy | 
Brazil horvy 
2018-09-14 17:10
Germany volt =D 
2018-09-14 17:10
Belgium Chuckyyy 
Mouz's solution is styko
2018-09-14 17:10
he was fucking bot in Mouz bro
2018-09-14 17:54
Belgium Chuckyyy 
But surely not the problem
2018-09-14 17:58
That might have been caused by his role / playstyle in Mouz. I'm not saying that he can currently compare to players like NiKo, Coldzera, s1mple, etc. in term of raw skill, but giving him a chance to shine is surely a step in a right direction.
2018-09-14 18:18
no bro..with his shot naver be shine...
2018-09-14 19:09
Remember he was a rising star back in the days when he was playing with HellRaisers, but then he's been put into more supportive role which might have caused decline in his skill as a player.
2018-09-14 21:29
United States FrozenMachina 
2018-09-14 21:53
Vietnam BakaJ97 
2018-09-16 05:01
Germany cartii 
miss u :/
2018-09-14 17:11
Nice to see styko on a team where his talent is used instead of wasted in a butch role. Hes been dropping 20-30 bombs every game at the major and it's great to see. Hopefully thanks to this when he eventually moves to a new roster they will also give him a similar role. Sick of hearing bot styko just because he forced to play like a bitch. From this interview u see he has no idea what a playmaker does but he already does it so well. Promising future for the goat indeed
2018-09-14 17:28
Germany cartii 
2018-09-14 17:31
Slovakia Chaoooss 
2018-09-14 17:47
Sweden Zaser5 
2018-09-14 21:41
2018-09-14 17:11
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
chee da ?
2018-09-14 17:12
student LUL
2018-09-14 17:12
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
shkolnik axaxaxaxaxaxax
2018-09-14 17:12
Bangladesh thug_doctor 
what a title! XD
2018-09-14 17:13
ScreaM | 
Dominican Republic casxd 
u bad bru
2018-09-14 17:13
Mouz listened to dumb community and ruined the team by kicking styko and adding the polish deadweight snax who is a shitty team player.
2018-09-14 17:19
Slovakia AdorrioN 
+1 with STYKO they were actually winning tournaments
2018-09-14 17:38
+1 , now 0-3 in major xDDDD
2018-09-14 17:59
Xyp9x | 
Denmark greenhz 
+1 now Mouz won Airport Major ticket
2018-09-16 13:37
and still listening to community (-oskar +byali)
2018-09-14 17:44
Indeed they will get the most toxic polish players hahahaha
2018-09-14 17:50
2018-09-14 17:45
snax is fuxxing bot but still better than STYKO
2018-09-14 17:56
Individually maybe, but for mouz players styko is just way better than snax, they need a player like him. With styko as trash as he is (not my opinion), they were top 2/3, now they can barely win vs teams like gambit or HR.
2018-09-16 01:29
Cheater | 
Other wuF^ 
2018-09-14 17:16
United States McSkillet2k 
Hah schoolboy
2018-09-14 17:20
Italy CHEBBOxxx 
delusional blyat
2018-09-14 17:20
2018-09-14 17:21
Europe tweekzter 
That tells alot about how important tactics were at mousesports.
2018-09-14 17:23
device | 
Romania H4z0n 
2018-09-14 17:31
LMAO that headline xd
2018-09-14 17:28
jOELZ | 
Korea Hunyango 
When I saw the notification I thought styko will say "my new role, feels like im going to vomit just thinking I'm on this na team c9"
2018-09-14 17:28
oskar | 
Czech Republic reka20 
Tbh, i hate styko so much , but was better for the team than snax :'(
2018-09-14 17:31
2018-09-14 17:46
Really? is it really that foreign?
2018-09-14 17:52
jokes | 
Brazil on_you 
miss ya babe...
2018-09-14 17:55
Snax is so bad .. but STYKO was even worse in Mouz never miss STYKO
2018-09-14 17:58
Twistzz | 
Greece 1926 
ofc he was bad since he wasn't used the right way look at him now
2018-09-14 18:18
look what? he is always bad and just good yesterday and today so now he is good player?
2018-09-14 19:11
Twistzz | 
Greece 1926 
oh my God dude at least check your stats first...he's been rising ever since he joined c9 and was given a different role
2018-09-14 19:15
yeah . he can be right role in cloud "noob" 9.. but with his aim and shot he always have to be supporter in 1tire team. i am mouz fan so i was always see his play and i know definitely his level and limit
2018-09-14 19:21
2018-09-14 18:02
Jesus | 
United States BLNDSPT 
kick Styko make ska retire and all problems will be solved for C9 ez
2018-09-14 18:15
While being able to topfrag lul
2018-09-14 19:14
Australia Cleostar 
trash, please back to mouz pls
2018-09-14 19:26
Finland Smoonah 
newest role should be towel manager.
2018-09-14 19:31
Croatia Jack Russell 
2018-09-23 15:26
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