Kvik: "We didn't really practice Train a lot, we didn't think our Train was that good to play here"

We interviewed Aurimas "Kvik" Kvakšys after Winstrike picked up their second upset victory in a row with two wins on Train over fnatic and NiP to go 2-1 so far in the New Challengers Stage.

The CIS-based team who advanced to the Major via the newly introduced Minor Play-In stage have been seeded in 15th place by the other teams, but despite an opening loss to NRG, they have surprised with two Train victories in a row over fnatic and NiP on the back of dominant CT sides.

Kvik isn't afraid of the best-of-three series

After Winstrike's third match in the New Challengers Stage, which put them into the 2-1 pool, one best-of-three win away from advancing, Kvik spoke to us about the team's strenghts on Train and discussed their map pool going into the series.

Your team was seeded as the 15th team here by your peers, what did you think about that, was that a fair assessment?

I guess it's fair because our results weren't that good and we are brand new team, so certainly the seed is okay, I guess. We expected to be from 10th to 13th, I guess, but 15th is okay, it's fair.

What did you make of the format that ESL introduced at this Major, as a team that is viewed as quite a heavy underdog by most?

I think the format is good. The Major is a big tournament where there should be the best teams in the playoffs, so if the underdogs are good, they are going to beat the good teams and go to the playoffs. The format is really good, I like it, I have no complaints about it.

Speaking of underdogs beating the good teams, after an opening loss to NRG you have upset the two Swedish teams with quite convincing wins on Train. What is it about your team and Train at Majors?

I laughed about it before, QB Fire's Train was good and me and Boombl4 are from there, so we kind of like this map. We didn't really practice this a lot, we didn't really expect to play it at the Major. We have it in our map pool, but we didn't think our Train was that good to play here. I don't know, everything is working for us, the T side is a little bit sloppy, I guess, but we are getting better every day. We just analyzed our mistakes against fnatic and played better today. Train is good for us, I don't know what everyone else is thinking about it.

Kvik and Boombl4 come from the same Quantum Bellator Fire team that went 14-1 on the CT side of Train to beat mousesports at the ELEAGUE Major last year

You put up two big CT halves in those two wins, what do you think makes your CT side on Train so strong?

Everyone is just hitting their shots, playing their roles to perfection, just doing their stuff. We have a lot of combinations on our CT side and we try to vary them when we play, we try to keep changing it, we don't stay in one position for a long time, we just try to read the enemies, try to retake one spot and... everything just seems to be working. fnatic and NiP usually went to the site where we stacked, so we get the feeling of how we read the opponents, I guess, we just stack the site and that's it.

I know you have prepared a lot, even before the Minors, does that make you confident with your map pool now that you are going into the best-of-three portion of this stage?

Yeah, we have a good map pool and I think we even have better chances in BO3. We don't fear the BO3 format - again, the teams are really strong, so I guess it's going to be harder than a BO1, but I feel confident going into the BO3s.

Lithuania Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Aurimas 'Kvik' Kvakšys
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
750
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
#1
fnx | 
Sweden Blueface 
Nice
2019-02-14 15:40
omg you beat me
2019-02-14 15:40
#10
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-02-14 15:41
#16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
F5
2019-02-14 15:42
Yeah, that was kvik
2019-02-14 15:42
#8
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice!
2019-02-14 15:41
nice
2019-02-14 15:40
Nice
2019-02-14 15:40
#5
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Austria itsdavvid 
nice
2019-02-14 15:40
#6
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Spain Dicraftio 
Ecks dee
2019-02-14 15:41
nice
2019-02-14 15:41
#9
nEGRo | 
South Africa NIGGGAA 
ok
2019-02-14 15:41
#11
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Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Kvik to main stage again 👍
2019-02-14 15:41
nice mens))
2019-02-14 15:42
#14
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France StickyRice 
Polite way to say that NiP was trash
2019-02-14 15:42
#24
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Myanmar xdcc 
Mind games to get train banned. In one of the majors kvik said their map pool was a lot stronger than people expected and it wasn't.
2019-02-14 16:02
#15
OK | 
Maldives Boomers 
noobs
2019-02-14 15:42
#17
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Poland Oleczeq 
uģly player
2019-02-14 15:45
#23
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Ukraine ksay 
:0 no u
2019-02-14 16:00
#18
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Ukraine keonazer 
ez4Winstrike
2019-02-14 15:43
Kvakshis
2019-02-14 15:43
this gotta be a bait
2019-02-14 15:45
Yeah, sure, u didn't even practice on Train XDDDDD We all remember that game against Mouz on TRAIN. This is your BEST map, don't lie to me.
2019-02-14 15:47
their train isnt that good, but enough for tier 4 teams like fnatic and nip
2019-02-14 15:50
0/8
2019-02-14 16:27
#36
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Europe andyy_ 
cry is free
2019-02-14 16:45
#25
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United States JacobSick954 
Salt on the wound.
2019-02-14 16:03
To all the experts saying why play Train vs Winstrike. They werent doing amazing stuff, they were just outaiming teams with their augs and their teamplay. NiP and FNC were just bad.
2019-02-14 16:03
SHAME ON NIP AND FNATIC
2019-02-14 16:03
#29
LeX | 
Russia AlexDude 
savage
2019-02-14 16:10
#30
walle | 
World zhandri 
70% win rate on train for winstrike. press X to doubt
2019-02-14 16:16
#31
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CIS Venom1783 
ruusski gogo!1 vpered
2019-02-14 16:26
#33
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Belarus andryxa1337 
GJ winstrike
2019-02-14 16:29
QBF are doing it again !
2019-02-14 16:32
#35
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Europe andyy_ 
GOD <3
2019-02-14 16:35
#38
gob b | 
Germany Dubster 
0/8
2019-02-14 17:16
#39
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
gogo we believe
2019-02-14 17:24
#40
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Iceland caverat 
ohhhh they dont have time guys ;---;
2019-02-14 17:37
wait, didn't qbf comeback on mirage?
2019-02-14 17:46
#42
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Sweden Iekr0 
Gratz winstrike!
2019-02-14 20:04
#43
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Europe andyy_ 
they're talking about the ct side. They won 14 rounds on ct side and only lost one. 16:14 (T - 2:13; CT- 14:1)
2019-02-14 20:01
#44
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Europe andyy_ 
At first I missunderstood this as well though :D
2019-02-14 20:02
#45
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Sweden Iekr0 
my miss
2019-02-14 20:04
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