smooya: "I think that after the Major we all got egos, I did especially"

Owen "smooya" Butterfield spoke to following his team's victory over Gambit, opening up about his individual slump as well as team issues.

The German side started SuperNova CS:GO Malta with an upset-loss to TYLOO, falling to them on Overpass 16-14. On the second day, BIG recovered by beating Gambit 2-0, and will rematch against TYLOO, this time in a BO3, later today.

Getting emotional during a game is something that smooya still struggles with

In our interview with smooya, we learned about BIG's recent events, the 19-year-old's motivation issues and how much he prepared for the Major, where they reached the quarterfinals

I want to start with a short recap of you as a team, how are you feeling as a team coming to this event, considering the recent results?

Recently we've been playing pretty bad, I think, in Chicago we were super, super, super shit, we didn't prepare at all for cs_summit, we had two weeks for preparation and we were super lazy, didn't really care, it was super bad. I've been lacking a lot of motivation myself, which is really weird because I'm normally really motivated, I deathmatch all the time, I watch my demos and stuff, but I haven't been improving, I feel that, and that's why I fell into this lack of confidence and I'm super-tilt all the time. We let gob b do the strategies for this event, before that we let our coaches do it and it didn't go too well, so now gob is doing it and we are all comfortable again, we are all happy. So I'm feeling pretty confident for this event.

You said the coached did the strategies, for which events was this? How did it work out?

It was for cs_summit and Chicago, there was a two week period we practiced and we let our two coaches do it at the time, and it didn't go too well because no one did anything on the team, none of us really cared, it was really weird. It was almost like we felt that we proved ourselves without actually proving ourselves. Now we are all back on track properly.

I think that after the Major we all got egos, I did especially, I thought I was way better than I was. And then it hit me, the realization, so I just need to put in way more work than I ever have and hopefully get back to the level I want to be.

The motivation issues post-Major, a lot of people that did well at the Major, they often fall off. What is it that gets to your head that makes it feel like you are so good and that you don't need to put in the work?

I still kind of played the same amount I played before, but for the Major, we prepared so hard for every single game that I couldn't have failed, regardless of how badly I played, I couldn't have done bad. I knew much, we were too prepared in every scenario that it just made my game easy. That is what I tried to do here, this BO3 now I just watched demos and I knew how to counter them all from one granade. That is how I was playing at the Major so I'm going to try carry on doing that. It is just a personal thing, if I'm want it and I'm sick and tired of being bad then I'll put the effort in. And if I don't, then I suck, and you know why.

Looking at the scene in general, at the Major, where you played well, you said you were mega prepared, but you can't prepare to that level for every tournament. Does it feel like you have too many events to play and that you can't play the best CS that can be played with all of these events going on?

I guess so because, for me, that was my first Major and I definitely had something to prove, and we as a team had something to prove, because no one believed in us. So we went so hard, no way a team prepared more than us. I swear. We spent a minimum of six hours talking every day, for every opponent, apart from when we lost the first two games because we were like "we are going to smash them, these guys are shit", then we got destroyed and it was "oh fuck". I don't think there is too many events. I think that, if you pick the right events as Astralis do, there is no issue because you can dedicate the time you want to each event, and we definitely don't do that. We just turn up, "hey boys, let's play some fucking CS". And then we get smashed.

I can pick up on one more thing that you mentioned, that you "proved yourself". You got a good place in the rankings, how do you feel about yourself as a team right now? Are you a solid top 10 team?

We are definitely not, maybe we are a weak top10. High tier 2, very low tier 1. It is weird because if we play anyone below us, we play worse, we kind of play to their level because we give them way too much respect when we could just destroy most teams as we have done in the past. Or, if we play against better teams, like FaZe, Na`Vi (apart of the Major where we got destroyed) we always play to their level, because we are smarter than most teams.

I would say in understanding the game we are top 5, very easily, on a team basis, but sometimes we just overcomplicate things, I personally get really confused (laughs), because I've been a pro for only seven months, you have to think about that. What I have achieved so far is pretty cool I guess but it is nothing compared to what I want to achieve. I'm hoping that, in the next year, when we finally knuckle down and everything gets sorted, we will be back to maybe... top 5 consistently.

BIG's coaches, kakafu and LEGIJA, were "doing the strategies" for BIG at cs_summit and IEM Chicago

You mentioned the slump you are in, we saw tabseN picking up the AWP, even over you, more and more. How does that dynamic work? Is it because you have been playing worse individually or is there a different vibe to tabseN's AWPing?

Honestly, if I just say it exactly how it is, I'm just a huge child and I still haven't sorted my emotions out. When I'm in-game I get really frustrated, really upset over the stupidest things and then I say "I won't AWP, I don't need to AWP". And then I go 5K-20D and then go "fuck man, I probably need to AWP, I'm pretty shit". (laughs)

The game against TYLOO, I love every person on TYLOO so much, they are all really nice guys, everyone knows I like captainMo, we've all seen the videos, but that game... if we played them 20 times we beat them 18. I'm actually glad that game happened because we fixed a lot of stuff going into this game [against Gambit]. But yeah, just for the past two months I've been in my own head, saying I'm bad constantly, that I don't know what I'm doing and then because I say it so much, I start to believe it, you know? And I don't actually think I'm the stupidest person or that I'm the worst AWPer, I just say it because... whatever.

I'll touch on the Gambit game, Overpass was their pick but it was a straightforward win, but Dust2 ended up being much more strongly contested. Obviously, you picked it so you didn't expect it to be that tough of a match?

There is a reason why - I was 4K-12D or 13D in the first half and they came Mid-B a lot... and I'm the Mid-B player. That is the reason why it was really hard. We knew exactly what they were doing and I just couldn't stop it because I'm fucking dogshit, I'm just the worst AWPer in the world. They were just coming down fast suicide and I was meant to wait for the two flashes and then peek - and I would hear one and then peek, get full blind and say "fuck, they are up short I guess". (laughs)

I just played really bad. Then I went to the T side and I think I got nine entry frags in one half, I just started firstkilling everyone, it was like "I'm back brothers, I'm the best AWPer, let's go!". There is one round, actually, when I delay-peeked Long in a molotov because I know mou likes to hold the molly. But it wasn't "holding molly to kill the guy", you just scope to act like you are doing something. And I just peeked through the molly and killed him, and after the round, he typed "dude this isn't FPL, what are you doing you idiot" (laughs). I was like, "yeah, get outplayed dude".

The next game you are playing is against TYLOO, I don't know if I want to ask you about this...


Do you want to say anything?




Ok, that's it.



United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
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Understandable, playing in the major is always a boost for the ego... unless you lose 16-0 ofc xD
2018-11-30 18:05
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2018-11-30 18:04
CIS antishaakeh 
2018-11-30 18:06
2018-11-30 18:19
Germany Zockertropey 
2018-11-30 18:06
2018-11-30 18:07
Do you have any proof? Like matches they played against each other where mibr won or something?
2018-11-30 18:08
wtf dude baited easily
2018-11-30 18:08
Counter-baited easily
2018-11-30 18:08
nope, you lost
2018-11-30 18:09
nope, you lost
2018-11-30 18:09
MIBR top 1 goatzera top 1 MIBR_iS_UNDERRATED top 1
2018-11-30 18:09
2018-11-30 18:10
mad cuz mad cry is free
2018-11-30 18:10
nt baitzera
2018-11-30 18:10
nt big is trash kiddo
2018-11-30 18:20
2018-11-30 18:20
Panama Cyain10 
nt ENCE >>>>>> BIG
2018-11-30 18:49
2018-11-30 18:50
mibr < my pp size
2018-11-30 21:45
you and all of your alts are braindead, please, do the humanity a favor and stfu.
2018-11-30 19:18
I would report you but i see you dislike bolsonaro, so im going to give you another chance.
2018-11-30 19:25
LMAO. stop teasing and baiting MIBR's brazilian fans. Do it only to the bolsonaro's fascists supporters.
2018-11-30 19:43
90% of brazilian mibr fans are bolsonaro supporters, its working very well together xD
2018-11-30 19:45
United States jmarcelo 
“bolsonaro is a fascist” lookin ass. Gtfo sus boy
2018-11-30 19:59
yes, he is a fascist, you fucking braindead. And don't come with the argument that he is a liberal at economics, so he cannot be fascist.
2018-12-03 13:21
United States jmarcelo 
What? Idk wtf u r talking about lol he isnt a fascist at all, just because he isnt soft like every other president doesnt mean he is a fascist...
2018-12-03 19:14
Bosnia and Herzegovina VeryColdGuy 
where is the reformed
2018-11-30 19:50
Brit pig
2018-11-30 21:01
Expected from uk player
2018-12-01 10:22
2018-11-30 18:04
2018-11-30 18:05
India astaelian 
no shit smooya
2018-11-30 18:05
Sweden Unluko 
2018-11-30 18:05
United States IdolaMochi 
2018-11-30 18:05
gla1ve | 
China Jexel 
Thanks smooya
2018-11-30 18:06
Finland NeekeriPeek 
2018-11-30 18:06
The next game you are playing is against TYLOO, I don't know if I want to ask you about this... 2-0. Do you want to say anything? 2-0. 2-0? 2-0. Ok, that's it. ... 2-0.
2018-11-30 18:06
Germany Zockertropey 
2018-11-30 18:07
The God himself
2018-11-30 18:18
The walking braindead himself
2018-11-30 18:24
Let's be honest, it's funny to have a guy like him on pro scene. He is like a cheap bad fallen
2018-11-30 20:29
it would be funny if that guy has some charisma or some achievements behind him
2018-11-30 20:35
you are right m8 haha
2018-12-01 00:12
Germany 1112Leon 
He is 19, from England and play against teams like Astralis, NaVi, Mousesports. He has all chances to get a lot of achievements in his career.
2018-12-01 09:19
once i played against oskar, so i am successful in you point of view xd
2018-12-01 09:45
Denmark MeToxi 
He plays top 30 players on a regular basis. I bet you can't claim that.
2018-12-01 14:00
i am not playng against pro since 2008
2018-12-01 14:27
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
2018-12-01 00:20
2018-11-30 18:06
Edward | 
United Kingdom 0outof8 
2018-11-30 18:06
why is there only an uk flag on hltv?
2018-12-03 07:12
I don't know, an English flag would be nice though
2018-12-03 12:49
thats what im talking about, good old st georgs
2018-12-03 16:45
SM♿ ♿ ♿ YA
2018-11-30 18:06
cry is free
2018-11-30 18:07
nt jacob
2018-11-30 18:08
nt ENCE fan
2018-11-30 18:08
2018-11-30 18:08
nt mibr fan
2018-11-30 18:13
fan of au cs LUL
2018-11-30 18:14
Australia CaZeR01 
Netherlands cs LUL
2018-11-30 20:46
2018-11-30 22:02
The next game you are playing is against TYLOO, I don't know if I want to ask you about this... 2-0. Do you want to say anything? 2-0. 2-0? 2-0. Ok, that's it. ... 2-0.
2018-11-30 18:06
2-0 LUL
2018-11-30 18:07
Philippines itchybells 
here we go again BIG lmao. After getting a win they always telling something so annoying . like after getting a win they are going to post or saying that they are going to get the championship and then got eliminated. . Is it really hard to be a humble players ? You can get more fans by being humble put that in your minds. ty
2018-11-30 18:08
2018-11-30 18:13
World breezy0 
+1 having smooya in the team doesnt really help to get good PR either
2018-11-30 18:13
Philippines itchybells 
Smooya is good. The problem is BIG is always talking such thing after getting a win. Like they are really prepared they can win this tournament something like that. they always doing that and just end up getting eliminated..
2018-11-30 18:15
World breezy0 
Idk man, I know gob b in 1.6 had a whole different mentality. Back then mousesports always were dedicated and cool guys but nowadays he maybe has other people around him
2018-11-30 18:17
smooya is good OMEGALUL
2018-12-01 03:02
As if he didn't have an ego before.
2018-11-30 18:09
The next game you are playing is against TYLOO, I don't know if I want to ask you about this... 2-0. Do you want to say anything? 2-0. 2-0? 2-0. Ok, that's it. ... 2-0. SMOOOOOYA
2018-11-30 18:10
"I'm just a huge child and I still haven't sorted my emotions out."
2018-11-30 18:10
Europe martwica 
Best sniper atm
2018-11-30 18:11
''We are definitely not, maybe we are a weak top10. High tier 2, very low tier 1'' LUL tier 1
2018-11-30 18:12
Portugal ola2k17 
really honest interview.. imo
2018-11-30 18:15
NEO | 
Italy Vincenz0 
Isn't having a big ego based on nothing part of your DNA when you are born in England?
2018-11-30 18:20
2018-12-01 17:20
2018-11-30 18:20
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
The next game you are playing is against TYLOO, I don't know if I want to ask you about this... 2-0. Do you want to say anything? 2-0. 2-0? 2-0. Ok, that's it. ... 2-0.
2018-11-30 18:21
Finland M0nzaa 
Heh. He seems like a decent kid, but looks to be pretty hyperactive... :()
2018-11-30 18:22
Europe Skraj 
"in Chicago we were super, super, super shit, we didn't prepare at all for cs_summit, we had two weeks for preparation and we were super lazy, didn't really care, it was super bad." The org should've fined them 2 months worth of salary for this
2018-11-30 18:23
fer | 
Brazil HLTVmarker 
imo it should be 1 year disgusting work ethic, should be punished
2018-11-30 18:26
ye no joke. these people are fuckin pampered like toddlers and get paid for it.
2018-11-30 18:48
Just kid playing csgo
2018-11-30 18:25
i like how self-aware he is in these interviews. Though, i don't get why he's tilted to easily since it seems like he understands what his issues are. I reckon he'll figure it out eventually.
2018-11-30 18:25
Singapore Blloopy 
It’s like having a different personality when you play the game. Outside you may seem like a very cool and chill guy, but when you play CS, you can be a wild raging animal who keeps shouting at people for the smallest mistakes. Even if you are aware of this, it’s quite hard to fix it. I know this because this is me all the time XD.
2018-11-30 18:38
I guess while playing, people become "someone else" or just the worst version of themselves without realizing it. It's interesting. I was tilted super quick for a long time too and i had to take a break from cs to level my emotions during matches.
2018-11-30 19:27
2018-11-30 18:28
egos? after winning six bo1s?
2018-11-30 18:30
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
rofl so before he didn't have an ego? as in he was just subconsciously drifting through life without any agency?
2018-11-30 18:31
I love Smooya interviews, they are brutally honest.
2018-11-30 18:36
Germany GutenTag 
2018-11-30 18:39
2018-11-30 18:48
World memyselfandI 
Reading between the lines, I think that this is basically a praise to Gob B and his ability to motivate his team when needed. Great guy, very underappreciated by the community IMO.
2018-11-30 18:56
2018-11-30 19:11
I want to ask you about this... 2-0. Do you want to say anything? 2-0. 2-0? 2-0. Ok, that's it. ... 2-0. And then he talks about ego OMEGALUL
2018-11-30 19:00
0-2 incoming
2018-11-30 19:39
Smooya should work really hard on his mindset. I doubt that an s1mple has this kind of issues (he had a rough time in c9). He knows what he can do he knows what his team can do, so let's play. A Niko in another hand is may be talented as s1imple but is behind him cause of his attitude and his tilt mindset. In the game you never see an s1mple tilting outside yeah but in-game he gives 100%. Something Smooya could (i mean only give always 100% not playing like s1imple) also do but he is stuck in his head,
2018-11-30 19:40
United States jmarcelo 
S1mple never played for c9 wtf
2018-11-30 20:02
Upps sorry it was Liquid. For EU the NA rooster all the same sh1t
2018-11-30 20:05
United States jmarcelo 
Lol i think its just for u, bud
2018-11-30 20:29
No NA sucks so hard every team is the same for us EU people.
2018-11-30 20:55
Wow I’m offended
2018-11-30 22:49
Spain deBurrows 
"In the game you never see an s1mple tilting outside " LOL he smashes tables quite often.
2018-11-30 20:27
And? he still plays his game on the server. Is the table on the server?
2018-11-30 20:56
but he does tilt in game though even if it's not as often. They (NaVi guys) were apparently shouting at each other in the London Major final, according to the post-game interview.
2018-12-01 17:23
guess this is a csi regional Thing :D
2018-12-03 07:06
Nice, Now let's agree that BIG don't belong anywhere near the top. Hopefully they can start understanding this aswell in thje future.
2018-11-30 19:45
Lets agree you are talking sh1t. 2 times Major Legend.... this is something you don't get if you are not near the top. Mouz is top 5 and got a 0-3 at Major LUL... If you practice and work you deserve what you got, also the other way around.
2018-11-30 20:09
BIG have had solid results this year since adding smooya and tizian. Perhaps not spectacular like NaVi's but still pretty damn good. They have won a number of times against teams in "the top".
2018-12-01 17:25
Canada Surzz 
at least he accepted his ego. most people (especially online) wouldn't accept that they're ever wrong. respect!
2018-11-30 20:19
Smooya has an ego???? I would of never guessed it he seems pretty humble
2018-11-30 20:35
Namibia nawledge 
humble? l o l
2018-12-01 17:23
he's being sarcastic.... ofc everyone knows this guy has an ego the size of Jupiter
2018-12-01 17:26
Namibia nawledge 
thank fuck lol
2018-12-01 17:26
2018-11-30 21:10
Haha smooya interviews are always the best
2018-11-30 22:48
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
Smooya most overrated noob
2018-12-01 00:22
ez 2-0
2018-12-01 10:25
"We didnt prepare" "We had lack of motivation" "We were tired" EXCUSES Just admit u suck
2018-12-01 10:30
Smooyas face lul
2018-12-01 11:40
I’ll take an honest interview by Smooya over the average gibberish of other pros any day of the week and twice on Sunday
2018-12-01 12:01
Denmark 23_Savage__ 
Bro Smooya's ego is bigger than anyone else, even before the major.
2018-12-01 12:49
Namibia nawledge 
2018-12-01 17:24
Namibia nawledge 
it happens when you're too cocky, fucking idiot
2018-12-01 17:23
World Beard43 
It's good to see this kid being humble and honest, I hope he can find a solution and grow up.
2018-12-01 17:32
haha this kid with 100 interviews every month. ONLY because he is the only english player to ever make it past dmg
2018-12-01 20:31
2018-12-02 03:02
its fun how media makes or brakes talent, this one should have been broken long time ago
2018-12-02 03:04
2018-12-02 03:05
such a punchable face
2018-12-01 23:07
Denmark clutchkongen 
Getting an ego after placing 5th-8th I don’t know if I should laugh or cry... xD
2018-12-02 18:15
he never said what the ego was from?
2018-12-03 15:29
it's literally in the title
2018-12-07 10:00
are u stupid? title says they got ego after major, not ego from major
2018-12-07 15:01
Netherlands xEKOy 
after major because of major you -0.1 IQ c-3yt
2018-12-07 23:37
lmao, use brain pls before you start talking again
2018-12-10 14:41
s1mple | 
China fu22Y 
LMAO Tyloo's gonna punch you in your rat face next time
2018-12-06 07:52
Netherlands xEKOy 
2018-12-07 23:36
Fuckin chutia
2018-12-07 15:04
2018-12-08 16:30
"I think that after the Major we all got egos, I did especially, I thought I was way better than I was. And then it hit me, the realization, so I just need to put in way more work than I ever have and hopefully get back to the level I want to be" he had a high ego even when he was a fucking random
2018-12-09 19:04
Poland mamba99999 
2018-12-10 12:20
2018-12-12 12:59
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