arch: "[The group stage] was not easy because it's 2019 and it seems like everyone can show good CS"

HLTV.org chatted with Ukrainian player Vladyslav "arch" Svistov after the first day of matches to hear about the team navigating through Group G, which they topped.

The first day of competition for Ukraine went well, as the mix team were able to top Group G with victories over TNC and ENZO and a tie against 5POWER. Next up for them will be AGO, who they will face in the tournament's Round of 16.

arch enjoyed playing against teams from other regions

In the interview, arch runs through the mix team's creation, qualifying for the event in China, their first day at the event and topping their group, and ended by giving some personal thoughts about the event and how it is improving year after year.

You played your first day, you had one of the easier groups, but you're telling me it wasn't that easy, so how did you go through it?

Yeah, it was not easy because it's 2019 and it seems like everyone can show good CS. We won the first game against TNC, these guys are pretty good aimers, I would say, and I know they practiced against several teams here who also said they are pretty good, so we didn't underestimate them and did our best. We didn't expect we would play Cache because they had played it 0 times on HLTV, so when they picked it we were surprised, but we had a good flow and did a pretty good comeback.

After that, we played 5POWER, we played Mirage really horribly. We didn't communicate properly, and as mix team, if we want to win, we need to communicate well. So they destroyed us on Mirage but then on Dust2, our map pick, we showed good CS. The last game was against WingHei "Freeman" Cheung and his team and we beat them for first place.

So yeah, you're a mix team, so tell me a bit about how the team came together.

Four of us played in k1ck together like half a year ago. When the WESG qualifiers came out like half a year ago I was sure I'd play them with Sergey "smike" Sklyarenko, then we decided it would be cool to play with Alexander "scoobyxie" Marynych and Sergey "starix" Ischuk as well. We had to find a fifth player, it was going to be Dima "def" Lemeshchuk from pro100. We played the first qualifier with him and lost it, then after that, he went to Thailand to play the Toyota Masters and so we asked Artur "DarkS1DE" Kravchenko because he's a good player and, actually, he fits perfectly. We played the Ukrainian finals and lost to the Vega Squadron and Spirit mix team but then we won everything through the losers' bracket.

Did you practice at all before coming?

We actually didn't, we just decided that everyone should practice individually a lot because starix, scoobyxie and DarkS1DE have their teams so they had to practice with them. We just played individually and now we're playing like we did in the qualifiers.

So what were the expectations or the goals for the team here?

Actually, our goal is to just go as far as we can. Mine, personally, was top 8, but I will do my best to go as far as I can, as I said.

Last year the Ukraine team that was going to come was Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk, Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko, etc. but they ended up not coming. What was up with that?

I actually don't know because I wasn't a part of that, but from what I know s1mple was really tired because of the schedule so they pulled out, which was really unfortunate because some other players, like me for example, would have liked to go.

Yeah, that's what I was going to say, I remember them going to the qualifier in Barcelona, which they won, but then they didn't go to the event. Did you play the qualifier?

No, I played the first WESG in 2016.

What do you think of events like this, in general?

I like Chinese culture, and I see that they try to do the best that they can, but they have some organizational problems because of communication, and also the monitors are still 144hz which I don't think is acceptable in 2019, but it's still fine. I think PCs are pretty good, and the hotel is insane, so yeah, I think they're improving year by year and I hope they'll do even better in the future.

It's also cool as a place for mix teams like yours to come, right? Like there aren't that many events with this vibe...

Yeah, it's pretty fun, actually. Of course, teams that have five players from the same country have an advantage, but it's still fun. It reminds me of WCG in 1.6, which was my favorite tournament to watch, it's pretty fun to play against teams from all regions.

What's going on in your life? I remember you were studying for a while and so on, were you playing much CS?

Actually, I was active the whole time, I was just playing and studying at the same time. Studying wasn't a problem for me, I made some mistakes but always did my best. I'm going to play as much as I can to get a team after WESG because right now I don't have a team. So yeah, just trying to play some CS, I'm free now to give my all.

That's all from me unless you'd like to add anything...

Thanks to everyone who supports me and my team while we're here, and thanks to our sponsors for this event, GG.BET and HyperX, and thank you for the interview.

Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchuk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1171
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Artur 'DarkS1DE' Kravchenko
Artur 'DarkS1DE' Kravchenko
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
217
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Dima 'def' Lemeshchuk
Dima 'def' Lemeshchuk
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
602
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Hong Kong WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
WingHei 'Freeman' Cheung
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
627
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Vladyslav 'arch' Svistov
Vladyslav 'arch' Svistov
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Alexander 'scoobyxie' Marynych
Alexander 'scoobyxie' Marynych
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
195
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Sergey 'smike' Sklyarenko
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
462
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.10
Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
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Denmark BRCSLUL 
True!!!! still ez for astralis 🤣🤣🤣
2019-03-12 21:45
#3
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-03-12 21:45
#6
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Denmark BRCSLUL 
so mad go cry
2019-03-12 21:46
#7
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Sweden Unluko 
LOL SO MAD
2019-03-12 21:46
#10
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Denmark BRCSLUL 
Your face right now -> i.gyazo.com/f1d7317001d3e884c165d867f3a9.. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂
2019-03-12 21:47
#15
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Sweden Unluko 
2019-03-12 21:50
#35
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United States DV19 
Unluko the Team Liquid of HLTV, always 2nd
2019-03-13 03:39
#40
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Sweden Unluko 
Reminds me of FaZe lol
2019-03-13 07:00
#4
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Turkey LULTARES 
Yes
2019-03-12 21:45
#5
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
ez with smokebug abuse
2019-03-12 21:45
#34
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Europe rafaumarcisz 
Won major without smoke bug dropping only one map in overtime
2019-03-13 03:38
#9
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Poland F5_detector 
That f5 kid...
2019-03-12 21:47
#2
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Switzerland Odesza 
Good muck
2019-03-12 21:45
everyone is playing with aug
2019-03-12 21:46
Not Faze
2019-03-13 06:50
#11
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France Sylr 
Re
2019-03-12 21:47
#12
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Switzerland TyRRRR 
nah ur just an under average pro player m8
2019-03-12 21:48
The cheats are spreading at the same pace (or faster) as the money increases in the game. Ofcourse everyone all of a sudden is showing ”good cs .....”
2019-03-12 21:48
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Austria frazn 
so development is not possible or what
2019-03-12 22:12
Ofcourse but everyone is coming from nowhere. This scene is just toooo sketchy nowadays. These ”proof” nowadays would be insta-bans in 1.6. Now everyone is defending obvious cheating and trying to find explanations for everything instead of looking at stuff for what it is.
2019-03-12 22:38
#23
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Austria frazn 
i mean...ure somehow right but I've never heard of teams like tnc or enzo maybe theyre not that bad but never had the opportunity to really show everyone how good they are
2019-03-12 22:54
Sorry that I’m being unclear here. I didnt mean specific teams in what i wrote, just the scene in general. Wasnt really replying to the interview, just to the specific statement :)
2019-03-12 23:37
They are still way behind from ther teams like Tyloo, Renegades, Grayhound, Vici. Teams that wins qualifiers for asia. Which is why they cant really show their potential. Unless Valve adds a southeast asian quali which is good for them so they will be expose in more competitions. Just like SEA dotes. Gradually improving year by year.
2019-03-12 23:41
0/8 Conspiracy theorist spotted
2019-03-12 23:51
or the total oposite. Sad that there's sooo many brainwashed kids like you nowadays.
2019-03-12 23:52
#36
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Europe rafaumarcisz 
and braindeads like you, go watch some flat earth content
2019-03-13 03:40
#14
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Russia hanzjosha 
no shit sherlock
2019-03-12 21:49
#16
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New Zealand Drag0n_ 
"and also the monitors are still 144hz which I don't think is acceptable in 2019". Really wtf.
2019-03-12 21:55
#17
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Finland Smoonah 
CS in 2019 haha
2019-03-12 21:57
people in 2009 were more educated more skilled more fair than u r, all of u "csgo players". Because proffesional skill is 50% nowadays, thats why everyone can show good cs. Game is eazy, doesnt acquire much skill. run & shoot & good day.
2019-03-12 21:59
‘run and shoot’ so you haven’t watched it heatd about any pro cs.
2019-03-13 08:47
r u sure?
2019-03-13 17:32
When do you ever see pros hold w and mouse1
2019-03-13 17:43
u dont understand some things brother :)
2019-03-13 18:28
also the monitors are still 144hz which I don't think is acceptable in 2019, lul wut?
2019-03-12 22:08
just a PC master race thing
2019-03-12 23:28
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Italy HeSY 
Ex 4 arch cause he played Italy team
2019-03-12 22:09
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Sweden b0denmaster 
Biggest ret4rd in esport HA :p
2019-03-12 23:15
that what they say evry year
2019-03-12 23:18
mens))))😎😎😎😎
2019-03-12 23:28
#32
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Brazil fallenzer@ 
ok
2019-03-12 23:57
#33
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Denmark Matchfix 
No your team just sucks
2019-03-13 03:29
No your team without s1mple just bad
2019-03-13 04:39
#38
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Iceland caverat 
no i cant show good cs
2019-03-13 06:24
#41
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United States Freakmode 
Actually it was easy because it’s a shit tournament
2019-03-13 07:30
#42
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Italy HeSY 
IT'S 2019 AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE CAN SHOW GOOD CS Italian team where are you??
2019-03-13 07:40
Lose to ago lmfao What a shame
2019-03-13 14:19
lol nice
2019-03-13 20:40
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