woxic: "I want to add a lot of titles to my career"

We caught up with Özgür "woxic" Eker ahead of his mousesports LAN debut at ESL Pro League to discuss his time at HellRaisers and what the future holds with his new team.

The 20-year-old Turkish player joined mousesports in March following a 19-month stint with HellRaisers. He will make his first LAN appearance with the team this weekend, in the first stage of ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe, in Leicester.

mouz will be in action this weekend

We interviewed woxic to ask him about his transfer, what it's like to play under Finn "karrigan" Andersen, his team's Pro League group opponents, ex-Space Soldiers, North and OpTic, and more.

You played for HellRaisers for more than one and a half years in what was your first adventure outside Turkey. Can you talk about the impact of this period in your personal and professional life?

First of all, sharing the server with the HellRaisers players in a good few events was a big opportunity for me to improve. I can say that it was a good test to my abilities at the start of my journey, to see what I could do and at which level I could compete.

The approach to the game is completely different than in Turkey, so transitioning from that to the European level, especially as I had to communicate in English, both scared and excited me. I really couldn't predict what would happen if I were successful. But instead of wasting time, I focused on my game and my English to get to the highest level I could. Now, after my transfer to mousesports, I want to add a lot of titles to my career. My hunger and enthusiasm for the game are at an all-time high.

Did you get offers before mousesports approached you? Why did you decide to go to mouz in the end?

Yes, there were other interested parties, but because I had another year in my contract, they didn't want to pay the buyout fee (expensive kebab). I didn't think I could reach my goals in those teams anyways.

I have had a big brother, little brother relationship with karrigan for a long while. When he became the mousesports captain and said he wanted me in the team I got really excited. I thought that maybe the team that I could win titles with was suddenly ahead of me. Also, because mouz is a storied organization, I could guess how professional they would be on their side. Based on my experience so far, I can say that both the players and the organization are very professional.

You have been playing with karrigan for a while now. Can you talk about his approach to the game?

I can say that he is a legendary player and leader. I'm really happy to get to play with him before he ends his career. I know that I will improve alongside a smart leader. He knows how to utilize me in the best way possible. I feel at ease and secure when I'm under his leadership.

Did you set a personal goal going into this new chapter in your career?

As everybody can guess, I want to win the Major one day and get a good placement in the Top 20 players of the year list.

The new roster will make its LAN debut at ESL Pro League Europe on April 12. You are in the same group as your fellow countrymen from ex-Space Soldiers. Have you got anything to say about their current situation?

As you know, ex-SS lost a lot of firepower after XANTERES left. imoRR took his place, and even though he is of course not as experienced as XANTARES, he has the potential to reach a similar level with hard work. We haven't had a practice game with them so I don't know how much work they've been putting in or how much synergy they have with the new roster.

The other teams in your group are OpTic and North. What are your chances in Leicester this weekend?

I think we will make it out of the group stage. OpTic has some new players but I think they will be ready, just like North. Let the best team win!

What are your thoughts on the Pro League's transition to LAN?

The old format, with long league weeks, instead of LAN groups, required a lot of extra work. I think that going to LAN with preparation is much better than playing online every week.

Even though Vertigo won't be used here, it will soon replace Cache in almost all tournaments. What do you think about the new map and have you started practicing it?

It was a confusing map at first, but you get used to it in time. We have already started practicing it as a team.

Last but not least, have you discussed your long-term goals with the team? Have you set a goal to get into the Top 5 or Top 10?

Of course, our main goals are to get into the top 5 and qualify for the Major.

Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#2
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Canada YankeeM 
Nice
2019-04-10 15:23
#9
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Sweden Unluko 
Nice
2019-04-10 15:24
He will!!!!
2019-04-10 15:33
+1 I wish for him. GL!
2019-04-10 15:41
#64
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Turkey Mustafa- 
woxic is overrated trash player imo
2019-04-10 15:46
Nt, you turk.
2019-04-10 15:47
#75
EliGE | 
Turkey kuzani4 
Hes fakeflagger
2019-04-10 15:52
Nt Ikea
2019-04-10 18:56
GODXIC
2019-04-10 15:23
Same selfie
2019-04-10 15:25
#5
sasha | 
Germany zoieN 
Noise
2019-04-10 15:23
What a dumb title
2019-04-10 15:23
#8
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France J0riS 
K
2019-04-10 15:23
Well not on this roster you won't LUL
2019-04-10 15:24
#52
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Turkey b130610016 
So -guardian +Woxic ?
2019-04-10 15:41
#62
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Europe Kermac 
-Adren +Woxic
2019-04-10 15:46
#68
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Turkey b130610016 
Why woxic without awp ?
2019-04-10 15:47
#92
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Europe Kermac 
Because guardian is way better. If you want a switch it should be adren.
2019-04-10 16:15
flair and flag checks out
2019-04-10 18:04
#115
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Europe Kermac 
Nice try sir
2019-04-10 18:05
Bad Try, Sir.
2019-04-10 18:06
#120
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Europe Kermac 
k
2019-04-10 18:43
#11
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
VAMOUZZZ
2019-04-10 15:24
#12
kissmyass | 
Belgium Zehc 
He won nothing in his csgo career.. Starter from Jan 2016
2019-04-10 15:24
Cause he started at tier30 Turkish team and Space Soldiers dominates them.
2019-04-10 15:28
#45
kissmyass | 
Belgium Zehc 
in his first 2 teams, he never played against space soldiers
2019-04-10 15:36
2019-04-10 15:46
And check this highbrow youtu.be/POee8RUiuUA
2019-04-10 15:49
#76
s1mple | 
Turkey huberez 
You know nothing brother
2019-04-10 15:53
and who are u lol
2019-04-10 17:41
#154
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Turkey Rjea 
She is Ygritte
2019-04-11 11:06
#170
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Turkey hxlo 
someone that knows more than you,nt belgium
2019-04-13 20:12
dont explode
2019-04-13 20:13
#13
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Sri Lanka kvezee 
In mouz?
2019-04-10 15:24
#55
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Turkey b130610016 
I think the key player is frozen for mouz success
2019-04-10 15:42
xaxaxxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-04-10 15:24
Ok so start participate tier 2+ events you might have a shot
2019-04-10 15:24
try it at the "Turkey East Championship" or some small $5 tournaments if you're for real.
2019-04-10 15:24
"at the" nice English fakeflagger, try and change it to a country that doesn't speak English maybe you won't get caught
2019-04-14 22:18
I actually read titties
2019-04-10 15:24
#19
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Spain elskio 
nt but NoChance
2019-04-10 15:25
If only you were magisk but u'r not
2019-04-10 15:25
LOL magisk is in the best team in the world, its not too hard to win trophies!
2019-04-10 17:26
#139
Xyp9x | 
Denmark MAMS 
It was after Magisk joined they reached the finals of every tournament they participated in :)
2019-04-10 22:20
Magisk is goat, dont humble a goat. "Xantares" hahaha xantares is a joke compared tu Magisk
2019-04-11 10:59
Just think about the fact north disband happened just after they kicked him
2019-04-16 12:08
#22
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Netherlands jonsve 
Yes, there were other interested parties, but because I had another year in my contract, they didn't want to pay the buyout fee (expensive kebab) lmao wot
2019-04-10 15:25
>mousesports >titles pick one
2019-04-10 15:26
#30
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
mousesports better than any brazilian team
2019-04-10 15:28
OMEGALOL
2019-04-10 15:45
#61
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
name better brazilian team GAMMALUL
2019-04-10 15:46
MIBR LG FURIA INTZ DETONA W7M SHARK G3X IMPERIAL all these times are better than mouz
2019-04-10 15:50
#74
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
ALPHALUL
2019-04-10 15:50
Wake up to life, mouz, it's trash.
2019-04-10 15:56
#79
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
theyve only played 2 games what are you talking about haha
2019-04-10 15:56
+1 these brazilians need to start using there brains
2019-04-10 15:58
and...???
2019-04-10 16:03
#86
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
so you make your decisions 1 week after they made the team??
2019-04-10 16:03
MIBR just created the new team and everyone already criticizes, I have to do the same to keep the patterns of the users of HTLV
2019-04-10 16:07
#88
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Estonia ropz_bestest 
mibr changed 1 player, player who had previously already been on the team, not so much of a change if you ask me. on the other hand, mouz has changed 3 players including and IGL, so they have to build a new team from the start pretty much
2019-04-10 16:09
This is an excuse to lose. mouz continues untitled
2019-04-10 16:18
#99
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Sweden Bangs 
untitled? they won more relevant titles than mibr last year lmao
2019-04-10 16:52
nip fan OMEGALUL nip is the same trash than mouz
2019-04-10 16:56
#103
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Sweden Bangs 
Last time nip won a t1 title: 2017 Last time sk/mibr won a t1 title: 2017 Last time mouz won a t1 title: 2018
2019-04-10 16:59
congratz for them, but still mouz is a trash team
2019-04-10 17:03
#122
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
nt braziliano
2019-04-10 19:14
nt prokda
2019-04-10 19:42
+51612
2019-04-10 18:39
>MIBR >Top team
2019-04-10 15:31
Mibr/sk/lg top 10 since 2015
2019-04-10 15:48
404 brazillian scene not found
2019-04-10 18:06
i really found
2019-04-10 19:45
you’re a liar you have 0 ethic and this topic is dead for me Cheers my friend, to us both.
2019-04-10 20:03
we've a full team of brazilians Canada haven't
2019-04-10 20:14
:0
2019-04-10 20:21
xD
2019-04-10 20:56
"Expensive kebab" jsksjsjsjsjsj
2019-04-10 15:26
#26
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Other ichiran 
Where did my comment go?
2019-04-10 15:26
nt
2019-04-10 15:27
#28
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Denmark Matchfix 
Better start cheating harder then
2019-04-10 15:27
#31
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Czech Republic TR3JBY 
Expensive kebab
2019-04-10 15:29
Lets go !
2019-04-10 15:29
And you will
2019-04-10 15:30
#34
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Then become liquids main awper scrub.
2019-04-10 15:31
#46
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
wtf liquid dont want him
2019-04-10 15:37
#49
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Germany rema1 
liquid ahahahaha
2019-04-10 15:38
kick stew ffs
2019-04-10 17:16
#108
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United States Trump2020KAG 
I like stew but I’d take wox over him ezzzzz
2019-04-10 17:17
woxic isnt enough for Liquid go s1mple for stew
2019-04-10 17:18
its funny that they were top 4 with old roster but now their goal is top 5
2019-04-10 15:32
New roster retard. Give your head a shake.
2019-04-10 16:26
#37
shox | 
India iejesus 
then you gotta attend the tier 2 events
2019-04-10 15:32
turk titles pick one
2019-04-10 15:32
Germany Doesnt have a 5th to make team without Turks XDD
2019-04-10 15:39
You rekte'd him hard
2019-04-10 15:42
#89
flusha | 
Europe detr0 
OOOOOOOOOOOOOF
2019-04-10 16:10
#94
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Turkey watzeN 
Brutal, Savage, Rekt
2019-04-10 16:20
#113
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
ooof kardesim you rekt him hard
2019-04-10 17:50
#123
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Turkey trouble91 
TheMachine wins FATALITY
2019-04-10 19:16
ofc they do but nobody wants to play in turkey org with turk B and his friends in Berlin cuz it's turkey dirty city and nobody wants go to there. fun fact: nobody likes turks here in germany
2019-04-11 12:58
You already lost the fight. Can you stop trying say something to rekt me?
2019-04-11 13:29
well I think you lost all fights thats why you went back from middle of europe to your cave in turkey where you belong lol
2019-04-11 14:32
Answered me after a day. probably you tried to learn history about us lol. You are talking about 1600s but im talking about this situation, dont try to rekt me with history because we both know if we start talk about that you will lose again. "Cave" Turkey is better than your whole country.
2019-04-11 15:20
hahaahahahahahahaha dear god you still cant access google I guess. blocked by erdogan?
2019-04-11 15:24
Probably locked by Merkel, you answered me after a day not me lmao. Maybe stop using explorer or say Merkel to stop blocking xD
2019-04-11 15:26
#40
flusha | 
Europe detr0 
I don't get why woxic gets so much hate on this website.
2019-04-10 15:34
#41
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Canada LARRATT 
toxic
2019-04-10 15:35
They dont hate woxic, they hate Turks
2019-04-10 15:36
#42
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Australia MikeOxmauI 
"look at his fing sens wtf!"
2019-04-10 15:36
This is just as bull crap as angel saying he wanted to make a huge impact on the scene. Don't we all. And, truth be told, him and voxic both suck
2019-04-10 15:38
#137
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
nice use of vocabulary , but it doesnt really make u any smarter
2019-04-10 21:30
#167
alfa | 
Italy Brera 
nice nickname
2019-04-12 09:57
#51
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Turkey jackAE 
Lets go mouz..
2019-04-10 15:40
#54
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Denmark potatomato 
yeah nah
2019-04-10 15:42
Good job Niko, now mouz will be way better than faze
2019-04-10 15:42
Lower your sens pls
2019-04-10 15:43
xD xaxaxa
2019-04-10 15:46
Not with Karrigan dude. Axaxa.
2019-04-10 15:46
#140
Xyp9x | 
Denmark MAMS 
He might be a bit weak on fragging side, but a great IGL.
2019-04-10 22:25
Add? More to his currently 0 titles?
2019-04-10 15:48
#135
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
where did he use the word "more" maybe u didnt go to school but x + 0 = x
2019-04-10 21:28
#71
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United Kingdom szkk 
I wish the best for them
2019-04-10 15:49
#77
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Europe TheSench 
Nice
2019-04-10 15:55
Good luck woxic! good player
2019-04-10 15:57
Wow, a professional esports players wants to win titles. Who would’ve thought.
2019-04-10 15:57
#82
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Other Onizuka_go 
Woxic Toxic WalkyTalky
2019-04-10 15:58
#84
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Asia maybes4 
Join astralis now!
2019-04-10 16:00
#90
FalleN | 
Brazil Feio91 
good luck, you gonna need it
2019-04-10 16:10
#91
gla1ve | 
Turkey kaan8b 
Overrated woxic Calyx>woxic
2019-04-10 16:11
#95
Edward | 
Ethiopia aro420 
Expensive kebab
2019-04-10 16:24
Expensive kebab :ddddddddddd
2019-04-10 16:33
#98
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Turkey Arten000 
best kebab in cs history
2019-04-10 16:33
imo, he has talent. but nothing special. what said lot experienced?
2019-04-10 16:53
#143
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France Naka68 
Nothing special? He eats the 80% of the tier 1 players. He just needs a good team and time
2019-04-11 01:07
lets see next major
2019-04-11 12:44
#104
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United States @FyreCS 
Goat is back!
2019-04-10 16:59
#107
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Turkey Slapdash 
Expensive kebab
2019-04-10 17:17
gl bro
2019-04-10 18:34
#124
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Turkey trouble91 
The best kebab with yogurt
2019-04-10 19:19
#125
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Turkey Ofpa 
Woxic is going to give them the pleasure of the good KEBAB.
2019-04-10 19:29
#126
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Turkey anliyorum 
Best Turkish player atm. I wish the best for him.
2019-04-10 19:37
godxic
2019-04-10 20:55
#134
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
a unique ambition
2019-04-10 21:26
congratulations woxic on winning the noxfire league season 27
2019-04-10 21:29
#138
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Turkey Holly_Holm 
inş kocum
2019-04-10 22:10
Good luck! He's a really nice guy and a very good player
2019-04-10 22:26
#142
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Germany Montanablack 
ok
2019-04-11 01:01
#144
shox | 
Slovakia TreeMan 
has hunger. pls donate kebab
2019-04-11 08:35
#145
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Turkey tastemycobra 
(expensive kebab) ???? lmao
2019-04-11 08:36
Best 3 awper of Europe
2019-04-11 08:41
Not yet, but he has the potential
2019-04-11 10:42
#147
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Russia parovozik 
nt lol
2019-04-11 09:27
he's a very talented awper. watched some recent streams from bootcamp, pretty sure he'll be in top20 this year if he doesn't choke on lan and team attends enough events.
2019-04-11 09:38
exited to see this kebab on mousesports.
2019-04-11 09:43
Such as
2019-04-11 10:08
#151
s1mple | 
Turkey Duff1N 
Good luck my brother
2019-04-11 10:19
#158
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Chile strong221 
then just play better 4Head
2019-04-11 14:09
A turk being delusional as always LUL
2019-04-11 15:39
U want just money from bookies fck twat
2019-04-11 21:49
woxic|toxic
2019-04-12 10:24
#169
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Montenegro Jimase 
toxic, shit overrated player, gl
2019-04-12 15:58
#173
Brazil fzl 
me too, good luck
2019-04-14 23:58
wtf
2019-04-16 23:31
#176
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Turkey LULTARES 
kebabxic
2019-04-18 22:17
#177
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
well, that's too bad...
2019-04-20 01:39
#178
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United States Dengar95 
I think Woxic is a good pickup for the team
2019-04-20 23:32
He will add titles in hes dreams only
2019-04-21 13:39
me2 dude me2 :(
2019-04-22 09:19
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