poizon: "I don't think anyone can kill my confidence"

We sat down with Valentin "poizon" Vasilev ahead of Windigo's WESG 2018 World Finals semi-final match, which pits them agains the French side, G2.

Windigo were able to defeat the tournament favorites MIBR in the quarter-finals, taking two maps in the three map series, with poizon finishing the match with a team-high 1.16 rating. Now, the Bulgarians will go on to face G2 in the tournament's semi-finals in Chongqing.

Windigo will face G2 in their semi-final match in China

poizon talked about defeating MIBR, hoping to go on to play fnatic, the match against G2, the importance of confidence, his aggressiveness with the AWP, and adapting to Windigo, among other topics.

Let's start off with MIBR. When you found out you had to play against them, how were you feeling?

Like bubble said, we were a bit... not scared, but we didn't want to face them. We just watched some demos and prepared, our coach and bubble did all of the preparation, I don't know the process, but when he talked to us he told us everything we needed to know. The anti-strats, the maps, we knew everything about them.

Did you think they'd leave Overpass through, you didn't think they would leave Inferno for the decider?

We thought that they could pick Inferno, but they didn't, so we didn't know if they'd end up leaving Overpass.

Tell me a bit about the match. You won Dust2 with a big margin. Did you think it would go that well for you?

We thought it would be close, but we managed to go crazy, not only lucky, but it was crazy, it's like everything went our way, I don't know what to say. We were just so confident about it.

On Overpass you started really well, then you switched and they started to come back. Were you getting afraid at any point?

Not afraid, but we were doing a lot of stuff that they might not know about, which we had prepared for an hour, and it didn't work...

It seemed like some of the faster rounds you were playing kind of worked better.

Yeah, those are our rounds, and that's what was working.

You're a fairly aggressive guy with the AWP, no respect even against MIBR...

I'm just playing the game. I just have the confidence to play the AWP aggressively. I don't think anyone can kill my confidence, I'll always be aggressive.

No matter who's in front.

No matter who, no matter what.

What about when teams start to study you?

I'll change my playstyle. Easy.

Your name is starting to pop up places, people are noticing you more and more, especially when Windigo get a good result. Do you feel any added pressure?

No, no. Not really.

It's been five months since you've been with Windigo now, how have you developed in that time?

I've had to adapt to their playstyle because I've never played like this before, with all of the nades and fakes and stuff, so I had to adapt a lot to the team. It was a bit of a hard time for me in the beginning, but it's fine, it has been okay after that.

When I spoke to bubble he was talking about how the team kind of follows you when you go aggressive... do they ever tell you to calm down?

No, never. I'm not aggressive all of the time, but when I feel it I just go for it.

Now that you beat MIBR, do you think you can go all of the way?

Of course, I want to play fnatic so much in the final.


I don't know, I just want to face them. It's a big name, you know, like MIBR...

You want to beat the old legends, become the new legend?

Exactly, exactly. I was a big fan of fnatic, so maybe that's why.

First you have G2, how are you feeling about that match-up?

Again, really confident. We'll be prepared against them, we'll do like we did against MIBR. Maybe anti-strat, maybe some mind games, we don't know...

They've struggled a bit as of late, but they also have some good players, what do you think of them?

Well, when they bring on AmaNEk I think they're going to be at least top 6. There's no way they don't become top 6. That guy's insane, so... But yeah, I'm looking forward to playing against them.

What goals did you have with Windigo when you joined the team?

From the beginning we had some goals we achieved like qualifying for the Minor, staying in Pro League, and maybe making it to the finals, although we didn't manage to do that... Right now the goals are pretty much to make it to the top 15.

How about for you individually, what do you want the most?

I don't know... I pretty much have everything I want, for now, just to keep improving individually and as a team.

Do you have anything coming up when you get back home? I know you have a Pinnacle Cup match left...

We have ESL Pro League and United Masters League.

Oh, the LAN finals in Germany, right?

Yeah. And some online leagues, but that's it.

Do you feel confident going into Pro League?

Yeah, always. That's the key. Confidence is the key.

Do you think Windigo can become a top team in Europe?

We'll see in the future... [smiles] But I think that yeah.

Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
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Poland nclme1ster 
2019-03-15 16:47
China lxxl 
Yeah, it was pretty EZ beating MIBR, their baits didn't work this time.
2019-03-15 16:48
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Denmark Xipingu 
Wonder who Cold will blame this time :D
2019-03-15 23:06
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M | 
Sweden Unluko 
2019-03-15 17:07
expected from windigo to ne top10 soon
2019-03-15 16:47
Germany HLTVRealGerman 
never played vs real enemys talks like he can beat s1mple dev1ce all day long
2019-03-15 16:47
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Or coldzera
2019-03-15 17:08
Bulgaria 16|14 
He can
2019-03-15 18:47
Brazil Collee 
2019-03-16 06:16
Bulgaria 16|14 
"????? idiot or wat
2019-03-20 22:58
Okay, so?
2019-03-15 16:47
cadiaN | 
Singapore Kerk 
He doesnt know that I can kill it
2019-03-15 16:55
United States Jrfaster 
2019-03-15 16:47
they had 16-14 and 16-13 vs them?
2019-03-15 21:04
Sweden Tomperstomper 
poizon knoob hah! got him 😎😎😎
2019-03-15 16:48
China lxxl 
Just got banned on Reddit didn't you?
2019-03-15 16:52
Sweden Tomperstomper 
ofc not im invincible! poizon is god sry
2019-03-15 16:53
Poland SebaRost 
2019-03-15 16:48
5. MIBR removed Inferno
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
I love your name lol
2019-03-16 06:42
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2019-03-16 17:42
This dude is a beast though
2019-03-15 16:48
France MIK120 
is it because he's from BULGARIA?
2019-03-15 16:49
2019-03-15 16:49
Based god
2019-03-15 16:49
SS | 
France ponche 
Bulgarian superteam when?
2019-03-15 16:52
Myanmar xdcc 
Who's out there besides cerq?
2019-03-15 16:53
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France ponche 
cerq is a big missing piece if you see what I mean... in all seriousness I don't watch Windigo too often to know who cerq would replace.
2019-03-15 16:55
vic7or maybe and poizon does his roles assuming bubble is igl
2019-03-15 21:07
dreamer but he is banned on majord
2019-03-15 17:02
cerq and poizon are the only ones with tier1 potential imo
2019-03-15 17:15
Bulgaria 16|14 
I drugite mogat stiga nashte da igraqt kato otbor nqma tavan za tqh
2019-03-15 18:49
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
2019-03-15 19:25
Da SHiPera v momenta e v super forms, a e Sami na 18 godini. I toi shte ima mnogo svetlo badeshte v igrata.
2019-03-15 22:18
do u trmember gplay and dreame3r ? good old times
2019-03-15 17:01
North America Slye 
poizon vs cerq poizon better player poizon not fat poizon 10/10
2019-03-15 16:53
Really good player, very short in words but amazing on server, this guy is a CS future! :) Nice interview.
2019-03-15 16:53
Cocky af
2019-03-15 16:55
Tunisia darkoplax 
"Well, when they bring on AmaNEk I think they're going to be at least top 6. There's no way they don't become top 6. That guy's insane, so... Yeah, I'm looking forward to playing against them." I'm excited to see AmaNEk then
2019-03-15 17:00
You don't know? AmaNEk can rifle,awp,IGL. He has many clutches against tier 2,3 teams for LDLC. Quite good aim but a bit bad spray compared to average t1 pros.
2019-03-15 19:36
Tunisia darkoplax 
I would actually say he had a bad aim tho, really bad HS% ... But he has fast reactions and decent spray and good positining most importanly that's why i'm curious to see how he fare up
2019-03-16 18:14
Look at you........... youtu.be/gjS3hhf8NLA?t=15
2019-03-15 17:01
Russia chexov 
2019-03-15 17:03
Sounds like a challenge. And surely HLTV'ers will take it.
2019-03-15 17:04
Russia Men))) 
3rd s1mple after Zywoo
2019-03-15 17:04
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United States Venom_ 
Inb4 g2 32-0
2019-03-15 17:04
2019-03-15 17:07
Pretty good player to watch
2019-03-15 17:11
United States DervGuy 
This guy is insane, he's gonna do great things
2019-03-15 17:13
is this happens to us cuz we are from bulgaria??!?!?!
2019-03-15 17:14
No , this is because you are from KOREA :((
2019-03-15 19:16
Israel ZiinTotH 
Cool interview, good to see the bulgarian scene getting stronger.
2019-03-15 17:14
Bulgaria 16|14 
thank brother
2019-03-15 18:50
What about when teams start to study you? - I'll change my playstyle. Easy. lmao Most naive answer I've read in an interview here
2019-03-15 17:27
Btw i honestly dont understand how scouts or managers of teams working, because this guy should be in T1(2) team while ago.
2019-03-15 17:31
France Gugus_Patacus 
There is a chance that he turned out offers from teams like HR or so. It's still super early in his career and switching to an english speaking team that early might be tough
2019-03-15 17:45
Indonesia Exodd 
That’s the right mentality, let’s see if he can cooe with his own statement
2019-03-15 17:44
2019-03-15 18:05
God himself
2019-03-15 18:09
Hey poizon you are preety trash , that outa do it
2019-03-15 18:32
Bulgaria 16|14 
Fyrom talking omegalul
2019-03-15 18:50
Bulgaria karucar 
brainwashed brother* :(
2019-03-15 19:11
Excuse me Mr Kai3221, but i've never heard about Macedonian scene!!! Maybe you are just tilted ?
2019-03-15 19:20
makedonsko devoiche tihooo ! Makedonia IS BULGARIA
2019-03-15 19:22
k gypsy
2019-03-15 20:01
Domb ass hungarian
2019-03-15 19:15
2019-03-15 19:29
lmao nt
2019-03-19 10:15
United States darkun 
dudes has a champion mindset. thats why half or more of you nerds dont like his answers because you dont know how it feels to think that way cause your too snowflake.
2019-03-15 19:19
CeRq | 
Bulgaria And1n1 
2019-03-15 21:58
Bulgaria Ju7y 
He signed my profile <3
2019-03-15 19:28
Brazil bandicoot 
loool u just got lucky bro
2019-03-15 23:12
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
2019-03-16 02:53
I can kill you though :)
2019-03-16 06:30
I guess he was the only one awake for giving an interview...
2019-03-16 09:39
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