seized: "Training a lot because I need to grind to make up for lost time"

Aleksei_L
January 13th, 2019 14:00

Denis "seized" Kostin shares his thoughts on Runtime's short-term goals, Gambit's roster moves, his time with Natus Vincere and personal ambitions for 2019.

Kostin represented the starting roster of Natus Vincere for over four years, assisting the organisation in achieving an array of playoff finishes and victories at international LAN events, the most outstanding of which being the second place at the MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016 and the victory at ESL One: New York 2016.

seized is determined to get back to his old individual level

Since his departure from Na`Vi in November 2017, seized has moved on to play for various organisations. In 2018, the 24-year-old had brief spells in CIS-based organisations FlipSid3 (on loan) and Gambit before founding his own team in UnderPressure.

In this team, he linked up with other two CIS veterans, Sergey "starix" Ischuk and Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, as well as young guns Alexander "scoobyxie" Marynych and Nikolaj "kalinka" Rysakov. After two months of playing alongside one another, the mix was signed to represent Runtime at the imminent CIS Minor, one of the regional precursors to the upcoming IEM Katowice 2019 Major.

Prior to the CIS Minor kicking off, on January 16, we spoke with seized to discuss the team's ambitions going into the event, his time on Na'Vi, Gambit's recent roster adjustments and his personal ambitions for 2019:

UnderPressure existed for just two months prior to being signed by Runtime - considering the comparatively short period of play you’ve had with one another, with what expectations are you going into the CIS Minor?

It’s true that our roster hasn’t existed for long, but this doesn’t change anything - we have a single goal, much like all teams, and that’s to make it to the Major. Any result outside of this would be unsatisfactory.

While predominantly featuring veterans, the roster also has relative newcomers in scoobyxie and kalinka. What served as the main deciding factors behind getting the two players on the roster?

The roster was assembled in a way where myself, starix and hooch decided to get together and see what we could do. When we discussed who else to take on-board, starix suggested we recruit two guys from his old team, k1ck, and that’s how we came to the existing roster.

Personally I was impressed by how well scoobyxie plays - over the course of a year, maybe two, he will definitely be one of the best players in the CIS region.

Runtime have an array of players who have experience in-game leading in yourself, hooch and starix. Who will be the main shotcaller on the roster going into the CIS Minor? Is this dynamic, or is there a set player who holds the leadership role?

When we assembled the team, we decided right off the bat that starix would be the in-game leader, seeing as I definitely didn’t want to do it at this period in time. Hooch and I assist him where we can. Every single player on the team can offer an idea here and there, but as with all things, this has both its pros and cons.

Delving into the past slightly, for over four years you were part of the Natus Vincere core. Since then you have played under the banners of FlipSid3, Gambit and, now, Runtime. What would you say are the main takeaways from your time with Na’Vi? How have you applied them in your subsequent rosters?

During my time with Na’Vi I went through it all, seeing as it was my first ever professional team where I learned about everything, both inside the game and out. I am very grateful to everyone I played and worked alongside, because thanks to them I became who I am. Any experience, good or bad, helps you in the future so the answer is clear.

Your stint with Gambit Esports was a short one, spanning just under four months total. Do you feel that with time the roster could have achieved results, or was it fairly obvious that the misalignment was too drastic for the team to work out in the long term?

As I said in the past, I was 100% certain that if we hadn’t come across laziness and ego issues, then Gambit would have worked out and we would have been a strong team. The funniest part is that over the course of my stay in the team, while only preparing for a single tournament under my leadership over a week, in time for DreamHack Marseille, we were 3rd-4th, which was the best result we achieved with that specific roster. I won’t go public with the reasons behind why it happened to be that way, but what happened, happened.

In any case, while the stay might have been brief, it was great - the atmosphere in the team, up to a certain point, was the best I had ever experienced playing in a team, and I’d like to thank them for that.

Gambit recently lost both HObbit and AdreN, two players who were widely considered to be star players on the roster. As a former player, would you say you expected this to happen? What issues may have led to their departure?

If I’m honest, when I was removed from the roster I knew 100% that it would turn out this way, seeing as the team would not be able to remain whole in light of what was happening internally. Publically, everyone always parts ways amicably, all love and wishing each other the best of luck, but very often this isn’t the case, so this was obvious to me.

Looking slightly ahead - you are part of the Team Russia mix represented at the WESG 2018 Global Finals. Last year the team experienced roster issues going into the event - how has the roster prepared to avoid this going into the Global finals? What results do you expect to achieve in China?

Funny thing - this time around we once again won’t be able to travel as the initially proposed roster - because of Na’Vi’s stacked schedule, neither flamie nor electronic will be able to participate. Despite this, we won’t lose confidence and will do our best to represent our country at WESG.

For 2019, what main goals have you outlined from both a personal perspective and with Runtime as a unit?

Personally, I’ve set the large and important goal of returning to my former individual level, one that I had prior to joining Na’Vi in the capacity of an in-game leader. I’m training a lot because I understand that I need to grind in order to make up for lost time. I’m sure that in time this will yield results and all will be well.

As a team we haven’t set any goals outside of the CIS Minor - for now this is our only goal, and our thoughts are aimed at it solely. As for the rest - time will tell.

Lithuania Nikolaj 'kalinka' Rysakov
Nikolaj 'kalinka' Rysakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
365
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Alexander 'scoobyxie' Marynych
Alexander 'scoobyxie' Marynych
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
103
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
541
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
GL to minors!
2019-01-13 14:00
#11
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Turkey justkayra 
they cant get out of the groups
2019-01-13 14:02
#27
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Ukraine dieded_inside 
They can't get out of homes
2019-01-13 14:14
#130
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Bulgaria diyvof 
+1
2019-01-13 20:19
#115
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United States Samsquanch_ 
LUL
2019-01-13 17:56
#123
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Russia infernal1 
+1, not fun, just good luck
2019-01-13 18:44
LEGEND!
2019-01-13 14:00
#3
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Nice Oh damn
2019-01-13 14:00
#129
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Bulgaria diyvof 
seized in 2019 hahaha
2019-01-13 20:19
#144
s1mple | 
Italy Laxity 
he good
2019-01-15 22:00
make up)) KappaPride, lgbt love wins forever homo ahhh
2019-01-13 14:00
Reported
2019-01-13 14:07
#63
gAuLeS | 
Liechtenstein KotoPRO 
Reported
2019-01-13 16:00
#86
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Russia GramDEL 
Lmao is it even b8 or you just don't know such phrasal verb as make?
2019-01-13 16:28
Yeah
2019-01-13 14:01
#6
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India Mr_Lonely 
ok
2019-01-13 14:01
#7
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Spain xHipeRzZ14 
Seized back to Navi when Zeus retire
2019-01-13 14:02
#21
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Germany rama1000 
please no
2019-01-13 14:07
#87
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Russia GramDEL 
+1
2019-01-13 16:29
#98
apEX | 
Russia runaway^ 
+1
2019-01-13 16:50
#41
Thorin | 
Sweden ezwuo 
+1
2019-01-13 14:39
#49
woxic | 
Turkey cemc_ 
-1
2019-01-13 15:24
And NaVi go back to tier 3
2019-01-13 15:57
#88
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Russia GramDEL 
+1
2019-01-13 16:29
#100
apEX | 
Russia runaway^ 
xd +1
2019-01-13 16:56
#133
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Finland Smoonah 
seized should be the one to just retire already.
2019-01-13 21:28
#135
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Spain xHipeRzZ14 
zeus and edward too
2019-01-13 23:51
#8
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Iraq unluko_maluko 
Who?
2019-01-13 14:01
#39
seized | 
Russia duxhux 
seized the best player of russia.
2019-01-13 14:37
#40
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Iraq unluko_maluko 
ok
2019-01-13 14:37
best joke ever omegalul
2019-01-13 15:01
Russia in CS lel
2019-01-13 15:58
#66
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Kazakhstan sk1talec 
lul russian stack can beat ucrainian stack
2019-01-13 16:00
electronic Fatmie decoy iDISCHEATER XGod Nice stack
2019-01-13 16:05
#99
TACO | 
Brazil user2740 
decoy?
2019-01-13 16:53
#102
apEX | 
Russia runaway^ 
Seized names "decoy" in CIS community)
2019-01-13 16:58
#103
TACO | 
Brazil user2740 
ah ok
2019-01-13 16:59
#105
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Kazakhstan sk1talec 
Jame Chopper electronic flamie n0rb3r7
2019-01-13 17:03
#9
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Poland Guareen 
AXAXA RIP NAVI PLAYER.
2019-01-13 14:01
Seized<333
2019-01-13 14:02
Decoy))
2019-01-13 14:02
#13
suNny | 
India S1ayR 
lol
2019-01-13 14:03
secret Gambit drama
2019-01-13 14:03
good guy seized deserves a good team
2019-01-13 14:03
#140
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Russia fl3x3r 
Same as Scream - was playing in t1 team, then lost his form, but still underrated
2019-01-14 21:35
#16
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China randomnolife 
decoy top 5 2019
2019-01-13 14:03
#17
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Ukraine unbxrn 
Decoy top 1
2019-01-13 14:04
DEnis KOYstin
2019-01-13 15:58
wait he’s on a team?
2019-01-13 14:05
#22
s1 | 
Ukraine mple 
wait n0thing won a major? (obviously not in csgo)
2019-01-13 14:08
of course nothing won a major, what a question
2019-01-13 14:20
#35
s1 | 
Ukraine mple 
n0thing_nothing_majors
2019-01-13 14:23
yup
2019-01-13 14:14
#19
s1 | 
Ukraine mple 
Zeus: "I'm gonna retire in 2019" seized:
2019-01-13 14:06
+1
2019-01-13 14:15
#23
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Switzerland hanniba1fade 
this sounds nice and all he's a cool guy but when i watch his stream it looks like mg1 player
2019-01-13 14:09
He is a 0 IQ guy, actually
2019-01-13 15:59
#112
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Kazakhstan sundby 
he is a selfish backstabber
2019-01-13 17:32
#24
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Russia skipster 
rip team russia w/o electronic and flamie its pizdec
2019-01-13 14:10
#25
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Germany s1mplyclever 
xaxaxa
2019-01-13 14:11
#26
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Russia OlegShev 
Lul it's real pizdec
2019-01-13 14:12
#32
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Dosian rulezz
2019-01-13 14:18
Your whole country is a big pizdec itself
2019-01-13 15:59
I think our country is not any better at the moment. So maybe you will stop your shit politics influence here on HLTV.org? CIS community = brothers and Russia = our brothers too. It's Cybersport, not f*cking politics / war etc.
2019-01-13 16:26
Cybersport is a sh*t for kids
2019-01-13 16:36
So what are you doing here then? Do you consider yourself as a kid who likes "shit" like Cybersport?
2019-01-13 16:39
#97
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Russia skipster 
are you mentally damaged or something? i just surfed ur hltv profile and almost all of your comments are about politics(anti-russian propaganda)
2019-01-13 16:47
Maybe gtfo of our country, no?
2019-01-13 17:58
#124
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Russia skipster 
i did nothing to your country
2019-01-13 18:52
You support Pussyn
2019-01-13 19:31
tbh ukrainians are artificial nation which doesnt deserve to live in our lands as ukraine was always our south lands, you should gtfo by urself or it will be fixed
2019-01-14 08:33
+1
2019-01-13 16:27
Dosia vse razrulit v solo
2019-01-13 16:33
hooch starix seized expect 600iq plays on the major
2019-01-13 14:15
decoy has negative IQ score...
2019-01-13 16:00
#31
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Why flamie and elec wont go to WESG?? Fck
2019-01-13 14:17
#33
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Spain elskio 
seized on 2019 omegalol
2019-01-13 14:21
seized in every year omegalul
2019-01-13 16:00
#138
Bewgz | 
Australia g00sey 
As if. Before s1mple joined na'vi he was one of the best supports in the game
2019-01-14 08:11
seized is back
2019-01-13 14:28
seized is bot
2019-01-13 16:00
stfu
2019-01-13 16:39
#37
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Latvia Tibro 
-decoy +seized
2019-01-13 14:33
-seized +seized smart
2019-01-13 16:00
Noob
2019-01-13 14:34
Exactly
2019-01-13 16:01
seized A.K.A. Human Decoy
2019-01-13 14:47
Decoy aka grenade seized
2019-01-13 16:01
gl seized
2019-01-13 15:10
#47
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Ukraine Najara 
Denis Decoy Kostin
2019-01-13 15:16
DEnis KOYstin
2019-01-13 16:01
Decoy
2019-01-13 15:23
#50
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CIS sergioff 
I was dont know this details. axaxa GL seized <3
2019-01-13 15:26
LUL
2019-01-13 15:43
I love see seized playing on 2015-2016 with Navi, was a really good time with the Navi org. Good bless him to shine again
2019-01-13 15:48
Decoy is shining permanently
2019-01-13 16:02
probably most hated pro atm for no reason
2019-01-13 15:50
for no reason? hated? pro???
2019-01-13 16:02
Expected from ua hater :>
2019-01-13 17:00
He is hated for his downgrade in his CS:GO-form. +some shit memes by some shit casters. Can't say that it's "no reason", but it's still unfair to him I think. He has potential to bounce back to the top, even with Na`Vi.
2019-01-13 16:40
Caster is not shit, he said truth
2019-01-13 17:58
#119
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Israel TimeDani 
I hate him because he was the main reason they kicked Zeus we could’ve haved a team guardian s1mple electronic Edward and a decent igl
2019-01-13 18:04
decoy 2.0
2019-01-13 15:56
this guy has probably the lowest level of confidence. he needs a mental reset, back to 2015
2019-01-13 16:01
He needs to go play tetris
2019-01-13 16:02
maybe, he doesnt have much time left to prove that he can bounce back.
2019-01-13 16:03
He has never been a smart player anyway. And who cares about low IQs like seized and Zeus?
2019-01-13 16:04
i didnt say he is smart. i agree with you, imo he is quite braindead. my point is that his fragging was better and he is still young enough to get back to that level. tier 3 possibly
2019-01-13 16:06
There are a lot of cheating players in Russia aimbotting much better (like iDisbalance or Elian) seized is irrelevant
2019-01-13 16:08
yeah, but they are braindead and never make it to a decent level. idc about seized, im just saying he can do better than tier 5
2019-01-13 16:09
Hope dies last
2019-01-13 16:10
SeiOMEGALULzed
2019-01-13 16:04
Wish all the best to you, Seized! :) Glad to see how you grew up as a personality. And now you understand more things. Don't panic man, soon you gonna find your place. Maybe even back on top to your home (Na`Vi!).
2019-01-13 16:22
<3
2019-01-13 16:35
<3 !
2019-01-13 16:35
Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets Um ba ba be Um ba ba be De day da Ee day da, that's okay
2019-01-13 16:43
vsego lish slova, pokajet result vot togda i interview pust' daet.
2019-01-13 16:58
who cares about this guy, hes shit now lol
2019-01-13 17:04
great
2019-01-13 17:09
#108
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Brazil cadik 
just reminder: s2mple ruined his career
2019-01-13 17:15
#109
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Turkey Thunderball 
decoy
2019-01-13 17:22
2020 -Zeus +seized check
2019-01-13 17:22
who? up and coming russian talent?
2019-01-13 17:30
training to slice melons
2019-01-13 17:42
Gl seized!
2019-01-13 17:48
I think that he has the potential to go far
2019-01-13 18:03
Gl seized
2019-01-13 18:24
Who?
2019-01-13 18:32
seized XD
2019-01-13 18:39
Seized god is back!!1! LOL
2019-01-13 19:07
This interview was refreshingly frank Seized certainly has the skill for t2, and could be a valuable piece for any up and coming CIS teams
2019-01-13 19:07
gl seized :>
2019-01-13 20:08
Funny how people forget what seized beat was during a lineup with guardian. I hated this guy so much for doing absolutly everything possible and carryng that time NaVi. I hated him so much for being so good lol. I hope he finds hes motivation and wish him best. People trashtalk alot of pros i dont understand why would they care about hltv opinions lmao
2019-01-13 20:52
guess g2 should get smithzz, and liquid should get hiko
2019-01-15 07:28
#134
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Mongolia dnkkk 
his skill is tier 2 compared to players at high level csgo scene. even if he practices, he can’t be tier 1 player again. because other tier 1 players are still working hard to achieve an infinity goals
2019-01-13 22:11
+1
2019-01-15 07:28
lmao
2019-01-14 07:11
decoy will never be the 2015 player
2019-01-15 07:15
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