tarik: "We have good results [against mousesports] and I think we have their number"

MIBR's Tarik "tarik" Celik sat down with HLTV.org after beating NRG in the Group B upper-bracket semi-final, which gave the American-Brazilian team a spot in the playoffs.

MIBR will face-off against mousesports in their group's upper bracket final for a spot in the semi-finals after beating Sharks and NRG in their first two matches at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals in Odense.

MIBR are confident after their final run at ECS

In the interview, tarik talks about their first steps in Odense, including trading each other's map picks with NRG, having to face mousesports to make it straight to the semi-finals, the small slump MIBR had, as well as what comes next.

You're through to the playoffs after your first two matches, beating Sharks and NRG. Did you see yourselves as the favorites going into it this last one?

In our eyes, we were the favorites, although we knew going into the game that we shouldn't underestimate them because they're a strong team and they have had good results against us in the past, like at IEM Chicago. Going into the match we tried to make sure we stuck to our game plan and didn't focus too much on how they played. We did have an idea about the setups they like to run and the spots they like to play as well as small little details, but our main focus was to play to our strengths and make sure that everyone was comfortable. I think that showed a lot in the first map...

Talking about the first map, you won each other's map picks, and both were won by quite large margins. How did that go down?

On Overpass our CT side was exceptionally strong compared to the past. Everything was going in our favor and we were getting really good reads throughout the whole first half. We had a good understanding of what we expected them to do and they sort of came into our game. We ended the first half 11-4, then we lost the pistol round, but the first half was just really strong by us, and they didn't expect it. It looked like they had a game plan, but we stopped it and just closed it out in the second half.

Going into Inferno, our CT side was actually way worse than it usually is. FalleN was having some problems on B and we didn't react or make adjustments to play heavier towards B. I think it was sort of a one-off for both teams, and the third map was really a toss-up, it was a really close game that we were able to bring back when they were up.

How about tomorrow? You play mousesports, how is that match-up for you guys? They're a team that can play really well but aren't completely solid. How do you feel you match up against them?

They played surprisingly well against Na`Vi, they shut that game out in very dominating fashion...

Yeah, 16-6 and 16-4...

That was totally unexpected, as far as us against them, we have good results and I think we have their number. It's one of those teams that's a great match-up for us in terms of map pool but also in terms of the match-up itself. Our results on Overpass against them have been good, but we don't want to let that get into our head. We want to make sure that we go into the game expecting everything and making sure that we're fully focused and that we can put our best foot forward.

I'd like to take a look at the macro view of the team. You didn't have a bad Major, but you slumped a bit in the mid-late part of the season, and are now coming back up. How have you lived that from the inside?

I think we're still in the process of building the team as strong as it could be. I don't think we're at the point where we can say that this is our best form, there's still more to come. IEM Chicago and BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen were results that definitely let us down, and that's why making the final at ECS and putting up a good fight against Astralis was really important. Our results at this event will also be very important because I think everyone on this team has expectations, and we want to meet them. Closing out the year on a good note will be very important for us.

How hard has it been on you guys to deal with some of the criticism? There are some pretty passionate fans from both North America and South America following you guys... Has it been wearing on you?

Yeah, there are expectations that these fans have of us, and they want to see us succeed. They are very critical when we do bad, and even when we do well they want to see us do better. I totally understand their perspective, and it can add a bit of pressure, but I think we've been doing a good job of focusing on ourselves and growing at the pace that we believe is necessary. But we do appreciate the support.

As you said, Copenhagen and Chicago were rough, so did the run at ECS help you believe more in yourselves? Make you feel that you're a title contender?

It definitely gave us more motivation and it showed us that we have a good team and that there are small details that are costing us championships. Astralis really pushed us to our limits, and we really did to them as well. That final could have gone either way, similar to Blast Pro Series Istanbul. It's important for us to have these close scorelines, especially against Astralis, because it gives us more motivation and inspiration. Now we know that we can do it and that there are just a few things that have to be fixed.

You're going to Blast Pro Series Lisbon next, but you're taking swag who will be standing in for fer. Are you taking it as a bit more of a fun event, since you won't have your full lineup?

It's going to be tough for sure because we won't have any practice at all with swag, but regardless of that we're not going there to have fun, we're going there to win. We're going to put Brax [swag] in the positions we think make the most sense and give him some good game plans and try to play maps that will be easier for us. Our goal is to do our best and win the event, and it does suck that fer is going to miss the last event of the year, but it's something he held off for a long time and he just has to take care of it.

How did Brax come up?

The way we looked at picking Brax up was searching for someone who didn't have any contract issues and who spoke English. We all agreed that he's a great player, we all thought it would be a good idea, and he was available during the dates of the tournaments.

United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2018-12-06 02:53
Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Tarik: I think we have their number 555-0123 Call me baby ;) - Oskar xoxo
2018-12-06 03:10
India akashp1997 
2018-12-06 10:12
Netherlands jonsve 
2018-12-06 10:59
Sweden Unluko 
Nice username
2018-12-06 09:50
Just the truth tho
2018-12-06 13:25
Sweden Unluko 
2018-12-06 13:27
of course, cus Tarik played a shit ton of EU FPL with ropz
2018-12-06 14:27
Singapore Wadufuk 
0-5 in grp stage again?
2018-12-06 02:54
Other EaSync 
fan of faze
2018-12-06 02:54
Singapore Wadufuk 
At least faze wont get 0-5 in grp stage and 0-16 in major oops
2018-12-06 02:57
Other EaSync 
niko 0 majors
2018-12-06 02:58
Singapore Wadufuk 
Niko and niko are 2 different people newfag , and gambit and cloud 9 won a major, look how shit they are performing right now? In 2018 mibr only won a tier 3 tourament
2018-12-06 03:00
Other EaSync 
0 majors
2018-12-06 03:04
Singapore Wadufuk 
Understand english?? "Gambit and cloud 9 won a major look how shit they are" and sk won 2 major,mibr 0 major :)
2018-12-06 03:06
Other EaSync 
SK >> other line 0 majors
2018-12-06 03:08
Singapore Wadufuk 
Astralis 2 major, still dominating till now unlike mibr, mibr lose to cloud 9 with coach,that must be a joke, pronax 3major>cold zera 2
2018-12-06 03:12
dude, your team sucks ass
2018-12-06 03:31
Singapore Wadufuk 
#4 in team ranking, 30-6-21 against astralis , 3-0 against astralis in bo5,even tho i like astralis as well, won 3 championship,didnt know a suckass team will be able to achieve that much and is still a suckass, mibr 1 tier 3 event,mibr fans-> mibr ez top 1
2018-12-06 03:40
North America best_lul 
3-0d astralis before their dominance lmao nothing to be proud of now that u cant beat them u will cry that they are using exploits
2018-12-06 04:55
Singapore Wadufuk 
None of faze fans did,beating 3-0 when faze was underdog at iem sydney, beating them 2-0 at iem chicago??? Get some knowledge newfag
2018-12-06 07:28
+1 FaZe is a good team but they are hella struggling, cus they didn't get to segment their dominant era in late 2017
2018-12-06 14:58
Singapore Wadufuk 
Not really a era for faze but ez4ence <3
2018-12-06 15:04
Other Fookin_Legend 
O majors
2018-12-06 04:58
NiKo | 
Poland Kocykeee 
2018-12-06 07:18
Coldzera 2 major mvp, 2 #1. Faze chove clan? Do u remember last Esl final? :)
2018-12-06 03:31
Singapore Wadufuk 
Chove?? 2 major mvp 2 #1 thx to baiting taco everytime,when taco left, cold zera is bottom frag lmao, do u rmb the last event u won :) which tier was it
2018-12-06 03:38
gabs | 
Faroe Islands DiaRhea 
lol u need IQ increasing pills please visit a doctor and not waste your and everyone else's time
2018-12-06 04:56
Singapore Wadufuk 
Sorry mibr fans,i just triggered the whole bunch of mibr kids just with one sentence , cyka blyat
2018-12-06 07:27
Brazil P4uloVisk 
expected from singapore ! no scene
2018-12-06 15:59
Singapore Wadufuk 
Sorry at least we are not third world and corrupted country
2018-12-06 16:11
Brazil P4uloVisk 
I'm sorry but your country is not relevant on the world stage! Brazil is a country of 1 world, we have the 5 largest GDP and the 5 largest population. Of course, with the left-wing government, Brazil lost a lot, but Bolsonaro <3 is there to save us! Singapore has corruption but it is so well done that nobody knows, but its taxes go to the politicians, sorry to open your eyes, but your country is not holy.
2018-12-06 17:33
Singapore Wadufuk 
Do u know what is third world country lmao?? >Singapore first world country >have the best airport for 5 straight years >top 3 best airline for a few years straight >top best airline in 2018 >rated to be one of the most hardworking in the whole world >rated to have one of the best education >uni top 7 in world ranking >one of the country with the best economy as well >world most powerful passport >corrupted brazil Choose one :) For your info, singapore have 0.1% corruption as all corrupted politians or police force are all punished severely,and i didnt know topping in so many stuff in the world and having the most powerful passport in the world= not relevant on world stage,most prob kids tat haven gain enough knowledge about all the countries yet,and lastly i didnt know kim jong un and donald trump will come to singapore to hold their summit if singapore is not at world stage:)))
2018-12-06 17:41
Brazil Vitor_IS 
yea, 2 major mvp and 2 #1 because of "b a i t i n g T A C O" these stats????? baiting taco OBVIOUSLY prntscr.com/lrhl0r prntscr.com/lrhlgo you must have some mental problem
2018-12-06 13:39
Singapore Wadufuk 
Your point??u dont understand english?? Does brazil really have 0 iq?
2018-12-06 14:04
Brazil Vitor_IS 
????????? are u actually retarded? btw ur english is terrible, dude. you said "major mvp 2 #1 thx to baiting taco everytime"
2018-12-06 14:45
Singapore Wadufuk 
If my english is terrible,what about third world country like brazil,think abt it,by looking at those stats,it wont be able to prove that cold is not baiting taco
2018-12-06 15:03
Brazil Vitor_IS 
yes, it DOES prove that he wasn't baiting taco are u even able read ? autistic kid. yes, your english is terrible. singapore? that irrelevant thing that is barely a country lol
2018-12-06 16:33
Singapore Wadufuk 
>Singapore first world country >have the best airport for 5 straight years >top 3 best airline for a few years straight >top best airline in 2018 >rated to be one of the most hardworking in the whole world >rated to have one of the best education >uni top 7 in world ranking >one of the country with the best economy as well >world most powerful passport >corrupted brazil Choose one :)
2018-12-06 16:36
FalleN | 
Brazil ex1is 
pronax 3 major > coldzera 2 major > Niko 0 major
2018-12-06 03:40
Singapore Wadufuk 
Pronax 3 major > device 2 major/olof 2 major > coldzera 2 major Amount of Device/simple mvp> Niko mvp > coldzera mvp in 2018
2018-12-06 03:46
Brazil P4uloVisk 
singapore 0 major
2018-12-06 20:58
Singapore Wadufuk 
>country that is corrupted af with 2 majors >country that is top for alot of stuff in the world with 0 major
2018-12-06 23:17
Portugal RKO23 
you're such a naab xd, 3 players of sk are on mibr.
2018-12-06 04:05
Singapore Wadufuk 
And mibr how many events and major won? 0
2018-12-06 07:26
attended 1 major, and hoping they won 2 majors? stupid faggot
2018-12-06 08:50
Singapore Wadufuk 
Ermm from all the comments to my comments ,including those mibr fans, clearly no one said any team attend one major and they won 2 major , newfag and from third world country with 0 iq and poor education,please learn how to read before commenting
2018-12-06 09:09
Portugal RKO23 
you really have issues understanding my point.
2018-12-06 10:53
Singapore Wadufuk 
You really have issues replying to the correct comment,3 players on sk are in mibr doesnt mean mibr win 2 major lmao
2018-12-06 13:04
Portugal RKO23 
enlight me on how i have issues ;)
2018-12-06 19:29
Lets calm down guys wtf are you hating each other right now. This guy just loves to trigger some of you just ignore that. By the way good luck Wadufuk to your team at Lisbon :)
2018-12-06 15:48
And actually MiBR have a chance to get to semis and even finals. The Ecs Finals were actually close so they can redeem themselves right now. I think Faze will be good if they actually change their situation of iGLing. Niko is a frag machine his IGLing wont help him in tier 1 events for sure. Thats just my opinion.
2018-12-06 15:58
Singapore Wadufuk 
Yep finally the second/third normalperson i met on my comment secion,u could just see mibr fans(most prob kids,due to me meeting a few mature mibr fans) raging at my comments,and yep karrigan should be igl tho,and i guess mibr could make it to semi if fallen and cold fer do what they used to back in sk
2018-12-06 16:10
yeah you're right i would like a full brazil team for mibr but if we look at the situation there's no way and yeah if those 3 guys are on point they win of course. If you check the finals of ECS i can say that tarik and stew impressed me a lot. They helped the team there. And here it's really important if at least 3 members from mibr are feeling the game they can beat powerful teams. But yeah as i said it depends a lot. Good luck to Faze anyways :DDD
2018-12-06 17:24
Singapore Wadufuk 
Gl to mibr too ,hoping to see mibr and faze in grand finals amd blast lisbon
2018-12-06 17:37
hahaha i predicted this too man. OMG reading my mind. :D Maybe Faze finals of major again?
2018-12-06 18:16
Sweden Unluko 
FaZe 0-3 in PGL krakow Btw its NiKo and not Niko if you want to be correct
2018-12-06 09:51
Singapore Wadufuk 
Still living in 2017?? At least they dont get 0-16 at major lmao, sry faze hater
2018-12-06 10:10
Sweden Unluko 
So? You randomly brought up 0-5 in blast
2018-12-06 11:15
Singapore Wadufuk 
Brought up a 2018 event, carry on living in 2017
2018-12-06 13:01
Sometimes, the worst of results leads to the best of futures.
2018-12-06 03:45
Other Fookin_Legend 
Astralis going out in groups at Boston...
2018-12-06 04:59
Luminosity getting 16-0ed by fnatic after adding FNX and TACO
2018-12-06 05:06
Other Fookin_Legend 
2018-12-06 05:24
Faze 16-1 to VP in 2018 VP IN 2018 LUL VP #33 LUL
2018-12-06 06:19
Singapore Wadufuk 
At least they didnt got 0-16 in major LOLLL,third world country fucking 0 iq and eq HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-12-06 07:30
after 16-0 Mibr 2-1 astralis mibr 0 - 2 astralis with 2 close maps... all saying shit things
2018-12-06 14:14
Russia KS_areztiab 
talking about online matches in 2018 lol typical m16r fan
2018-12-06 08:10
still vp, still trash team tier 100
2018-12-07 23:56
Russia KS_areztiab 
ok and mibr lose to C9 with coach and stand-in on LAN AXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2018-12-08 02:53
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
2018-12-06 08:24
Brazil kaiteN 
ez for sharks
2018-12-06 02:54
Jinxed :(
2018-12-06 02:54
people called jinxed = counter jinxed so MIBR 2-0 tomorrow
2018-12-06 03:09
Other Fookin_Legend 
You saying peoole called jinx = counter jinx is a counter jinx to the counter jinx wich means Mous 2-0 tomorrow
2018-12-06 05:01
United States Doge14 
What you said plus 1 more counter jinx now
2018-12-06 06:22
Panama cyain2029 
2018-12-06 02:55
+1 Mibr to take 5-6th
2018-12-06 02:56
Myanmar xdcc 
no he plays in 3DMAX
2018-12-06 03:22
MIBR 2-0 Mouz 16-2 Train 16-13 Mirage
2018-12-06 02:56
frozen | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Did you see that stomp on train by Mouz against NaVi?
2018-12-06 05:37
Other Fookin_Legend 
Na'vi is trash xaxaxaxa
2018-12-06 14:07
mouz 2-0 mibr
2018-12-06 02:58
If you have their number just ask them out lmao.
2018-12-06 03:01
Myanmar xdcc 
who dis new phone
2018-12-06 03:20
toruk too shy maybe? 🤒
2018-12-06 03:23
Brazil igortob 
Mibr win ez ez everyone know that 😂😂.
2018-12-06 03:09
United States Raptorial 
2018-12-06 03:10
gogogo it's gonna be a good match
2018-12-06 03:22
2018-12-06 03:27
rain | 
Mexico Brayam7u7 
Mibr bout to get their shit slap by the winning team of this tournament mousesports
2018-12-06 04:07
tarik has mousesports number? hmmmmmmmmm
2018-12-06 04:12
2018-12-06 04:27
rank 4 vs rank 5 lets see it.
2018-12-06 04:30
Germany cartii 
2018-12-06 05:34
Russia KS_areztiab 
famous last words
2018-12-06 07:40
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Turok LUL I hope that mosesports will shut them down today. #VAMOUZ
2018-12-06 07:48
2018-12-06 08:37
Czech Republic milan1322 
Ez for mouz
2018-12-06 08:49
Ez tutorial.
2018-12-06 08:55
Just vamous
2018-12-06 09:31
You are literally the worst player in mibr
2018-12-06 09:52
Germany alspex 
mouz 2 - 0
2018-12-06 10:42
Famous last words
2018-12-06 10:43
Easy win for Mouz
2018-12-06 11:15
Mibr Top 1
2018-12-06 14:37
2018-12-06 14:41
Lies sunny carries 2-0 tarik delusional
2018-12-06 11:16
"Our results on Overpass against them have been good, but we don't want to let that get into our head" Mouz doesn't even play Overpass and they've never actually played it in an official against each other, so that makes no sense for me... maybe he meant Mirage?
2018-12-06 11:22
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
he has peanut brain, what would you expect ?
2018-12-06 13:11
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
+ idk why ppl are surprised or taking this interview seriously
2018-12-06 13:44
2018-12-06 11:55
chrisJ | 
Hungary Drae 
Mouz 2-0 easily
2018-12-06 13:16
Snax mousesports =/= styko mousesports
2018-12-06 13:41
no shit sherlock
2018-12-06 14:41
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