gob b: "For us, the most important time is now; this is the time we need to be on point"

We sat down with Fatih "gob b" Dayik during the Moche XL Esports media day to discuss BIG's latest results, the recent role swaps and his expectations for the coming months.

BIG will have at Moche XL Esports their second LAN event since bringing in Denis "denis" Howell to replace Johannes "nex" Maget, who is taking a break from competitive gaming due to his persistent wrist issues.

gob b says he wants BIG to have another great summer run

The 24-year-old recently took up the AWP, giving Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz more freedom to shine, and he acquitted himself well in this first tournament in his new role as he helped the team to qualify for the upcoming Europe Minor with a 1.02 rating.

Read on as gob b shares his thoughts on BIG's current moment, denis' adaptation to his new role, Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş's progression, and more.

You come into this event on the back of a successful qualification campaign for the Europe Minor. Were you relieved to be able to qualify?

It was a relief not just because we made it, but also because it gives us more time. I do not even want to consider the days before the Pro League Finals, they were so chaotic, we just had like two or three days and it did not work at all. We started working really hard ten days ago, and we had a really good plan to follow, we worked our asses off 12 hours a day. If we keep working like this, then maybe we will be able to show what we can really do. It was more of a relief for me because now we have a little bit more time to be on point and probably surprise people at the Minor.

Since you did not have that much time before the second Pro League group stage, can we expect to see a better prepared BIG team at this event?

Yes, for sure. This year has been total chaos. There were visa issues, sometimes we could not practice... Now it feels like that we can really practice. I felt really good before Sydney, like we were having close games and we were getting better, but then we had visa issues and XANTARES could not fly with us, and then we had the nex situation in which he could not play because of the pain. There was always something blocking us, and now, at the moment, we changed tabseN's role a little bit again, denis has taken over the AWP. It is getting a little bit like the old days, tabseN is making room for us again, he is very important for our game. Everyone is working really hard, so you can expect us to at least play better at the next events.

How is denis' adaptation to an AWP role going, and what was the decision-making process behind that change like?

I was really happy with how tabseN played with the AWP, the problem was that we were missing someone that could fill his role. denis is a really experienced player, he is really smart and is getting better and better and learning, but of course that he needs some time. If tabseN makes a call mid-round, I can evaluate and coordinate everyone else. That always worked for us in the past, but we did not have the chance to play like that with the other lineup, we kind of forced him to keep the AWP and accepted that. Now we had the chance to change it, we tried it and it felt really well and natural.

gob b believes that XANTARES still has not found "the right path in the system"

smooya recently wrote that he felt it was a mistake to leave the team. Did you ever consider bringing him back?

I will speak for myself, we did not have a team discussion about it. I was always against him leaving or getting benched because I always felt good playing with him, but the problem was that he was not happy and we were not happy, and at the time it felt that maybe that was the right thing to do for him and for us. I thought it could be good if we brought him back because I think he is a really talented player and I have always loved playing with him, even though he is sometimes crazy [laughs]. I thought about it, but it is not like there was a team discussion or anything.

How is the communication in the team at the moment?

We still communicate in English, but XANTARES is taking German lessons. He is really good at it and learning really quickly. The plan is to switch to German in the future, I hope it will work out. I also think that, at the moment, communication is at its best for this team, because XANTARES is getting used to English, and we are working really hard, writing everything down, and everyone is doing it, not just the coach. We try to talk as much as possible outside of the game and the in-game communication gets easier. At the moment I cannot complain about communication.

What is the coaching situation like at the moment? There was a time when it was kakafu coaching the team, now it's LEGIJA doing it but he will be here because he has surgery. How are the two of them working with the team?

They have good chemistry. Alex [kakafu] is doing most of the time the analysis of the other teams and is looking at what we are doing right and wrong. Sometimes I say, 'hey we need this kind of strategy, can you draft it for us?', because we have other stuff to do, and they will both draft it. Niko [LEGIJA] is more of a motivational coach at the moment, but he is also really smart in-game. Alex is more of a preparation guy, 10-15 minutes before the games he tells us the smallest but still important things so we can have a good balance. Niko has some health issues so he needs to take care of them first. It is good to have two coaches so that one can also stand in for the other. It is not like which of the two has more to say, Niko is simply a better motivational coach, that is why he is most of the time behind us at tournaments. Both are really important for us, and I would recommend every organisation to have at least two coaches.

A lot of people perhaps expected XANTARES to play a bit differently than he has for your team because he has not been putting in the same kind of numbers that he did in Space Soldiers. Is it because of his role in the team, the fact that he may not be 100 percent adapted to it just yet, or is it the system in place that is the issue?

It was hard to say at the beginning. We tried to use him as an entry, but people also need to understand that the meta has changed a lot. Back in the day when he played for Space Soldiers, he was also the AWP player, his AK was his AWP, you could tell him to go hunt somewhere and he would kill people there. At the moment, there is the AUG and he just cannot go where he wants because he will just lose the duel as the AUG is too strong. This is also a factor that you need to consider because if the meta changes like that you need to adapt, you need to be smarter and you cannot take every duel. He is the most aggressive player I know, he always wants every kill on the map. We want our system to fit him and he tries to fit into the system. I talk to him about what he wants to do and we try to help each other out. For sure, we have not found the right system and he has not found the right path in the system. We are trying to work on that, it is a work in progress, and when our communication improves he will understand things a little better, like in hectic situations. I know there have been times in which we needed him to have a big game and that did not happen, but, overall, I am really satisfied with how he has been doing, he is working really hard to be a part of the system. Once we get more time, he will start getting those numbers again.

What are your expectations for Moche? How far do you think that you can go?

I would definitely like to go to the final, that is for sure. I know there is Windigo waiting if we beat VP. We will take every small motivation boost that we can get, so I think it is important that we do not underestimate anyone, and we won't. We will go step by step, and I would like to face FURIA in the final if we make it.

Your team tends to disappear for certain periods then come back with a bang. Last year, ESL One Cologne was a great event for you. Is that your main goal again?

We cannot deny that Cologne is special, but we obviously try our best at every tournament. Sometimes it is hard for teams to understand how to use their energy well. For us, the most important time is now, this is the time we need to be on point. It would have been great if we had played well a few months ago because of the rankings, but it would be worse if we played well then and poorly now. You need to try to have the right use of your energy, and for the last two years we have had good runs in the summer. I hope this year it will be the same.

Were you surprised to see Sprout qualify for the Minor, especially after you recruited denis, one of their most valuable players?

No, not at all. I knew how important denis was for them, but I felt like this was an opportunity for the other players to step up, and I felt like they have done it, at least Spiidi and mirbit. They have taken more responsibilities, and k1to is playing really well for them. I am really happy that they have made it. When we got them in the first round, I said that this was the best team out of the eight coming from the open qualifiers. They had played some really good games before, so they had a lot of motivation going into the qualifier, and they deserved to make it through.

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
945
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1210
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1209
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
961
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
yes
2019-06-14 19:37
legend, unfortunately i think its time to become a coach
2019-06-14 19:43
#14
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Austria shaakeh 
Sprout soon to be better than BIG?
2019-06-14 19:42
#12
Khaos | 
Sweden Unluko 
Big > FaZe
2019-06-14 19:41
#48
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Estonia autistik 
in your dreams
2019-06-14 20:17
No, in reality. BIG always beat Faze.
2019-06-14 22:34
Only in cologne
2019-06-15 00:06
#2
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Germany Hennex1337 
no
2019-06-14 19:37
legend
2019-06-14 19:37
#4
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Malaysia ez4harimaumuda 
LETS GO LANTARES
2019-06-14 19:37
Bot b
2019-06-14 19:38
#42
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United Kingdom riiN^ 
god d
2019-06-14 20:13
+1
2019-06-15 07:08
#6
PAINT | 
United States _BoBRoss_ 
TY FOR CARRY MR XANTARES
2019-06-14 19:38
#7
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
ONLINETARES LUL
2019-06-14 19:38
#8
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
I cant forgive you for Knocking out VP but I wish you the best in the major Gob!
2019-06-14 19:39
#47
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Estonia autistik 
nt polak fakeflag
2019-06-14 20:17
#9
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United Kingdom alcaz4r_ 
cool
2019-06-14 19:39
who?
2019-06-14 19:40
just one of the best igl in counter strike history
2019-06-14 19:50
#31
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Brazil stewArt1 
So why is gob b speaking instead of pronax
2019-06-14 20:04
Not only did I say "one of the" but also "Counter Strike" NOT CSGO
2019-06-14 20:07
#58
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Germany XorroX 
+1
2019-06-14 21:26
Even if u had said the best in csgo, pronax defnitely aint the best in csgo or anything. Jesus that guy was struggling to achieve anything in tier 3 tier 2 for years only to quit competing years after. For the fangays saying he won majors, yes he did but that was when the game itself wasnt good like it is nowadays. Theres a reason why he became dogshit after all the needed updates. He never adopted and changed his igl style. While gob is constantly evolving on an individual level as well as on a strategical level. Hands down.
2019-06-14 22:40
#13
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Portugal v1centeF 
EZ4GIANTS
2019-06-14 19:41
#15
s1mple | 
Turkey tugi 
Aug meta destroyed XANTARES
2019-06-14 19:44
#28
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Turkey 0vercast 
+1
2019-06-14 20:02
#33
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Germany Bestgerman69 
just another kennys
2019-06-14 20:05
Meh, he'll eventually adopt and continue destroying heads :D
2019-06-14 22:42
Should’ve kept smooya in the team
2019-06-14 19:48
well he didn't want to, what can they do
2019-06-14 19:51
And now smooya cant find a decent team and thinks back to the good ol times lel.
2019-06-14 22:44
#91
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Europe tweekzter 
need AWP +denis
2019-06-15 11:43
#19
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Germany v0l1t 
I really hope BIG or sprout make it to the stage in cologne but im not overly confident
2019-06-14 19:48
yh me neither, that would be a massive surprise, especially because liquid is going to qualify aswell. (at least very likely) And the 8 strongest teams from the rankings are all very strong now with the astralis domination ended even more.
2019-06-14 19:52
#32
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Germany Malodroit$ 
Yes its going to be really hard for BIG or even Sprout , last year there were less teams that played that good , but now with ENCE or Renegades , two teams who really weren´t there at all (in this level) last year it gonna be hard for the germans Teams!
2019-06-14 20:04
I'd rank BIG at 13 at best (from teams participating)
2019-06-14 20:09
BIGs gonna make it dont worry.
2019-06-14 22:46
"The most important time is now" - tier322 tournament is important for big?
2019-06-14 19:54
#30
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Russia Vad97oRRR 
a pochemy net?)) Etot tyrnir predast im yverennosti
2019-06-14 20:04
Etot turnir pokajet chto pora dizband
2019-06-14 20:10
#41
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Russia Vad97oRRR 
OMG YDACHI
2019-06-14 20:10
Lol idyet
2019-06-14 22:46
#25
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Turkey 1g_police 
why are you excited mr.gob? :) no tier1 team in this tournament already and maybe you can be a good igl but you are bad fragger.you needs to retire
2019-06-14 19:57
#29
flusha | 
Romania kr1tex 
You needs to learn english
2019-06-14 20:02
#43
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Turkey 1g_police 
whats wrong gipsey
2019-06-14 20:14
#44
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Estonia autistik 
lmao
2019-06-14 20:15
#78
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Turkey Xetax 
You need to*
2019-06-14 22:56
Lol
2019-06-14 22:48
fun article, but in which world would they lose this tournament?
2019-06-14 19:59
#35
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Germany Malodroit$ 
They gonna lose it for sure , 2-0 against VP 2-1 against Windigo but 0-2 in final against Furia
2019-06-14 20:06
stfu.
2019-06-14 20:07
I see an expert on the results
2019-06-14 20:19
No way are they gonna lose against Furia. Yes they beat Astralis but seems like Astralis lost some drive. Maybe winning too much too quick wasnt good after all?
2019-06-14 22:49
#86
Fluyr | 
Brazil Toxic_BR 
Ur saying big>astralis ? Wtf
2019-06-15 03:16
xantares has not yet learned german? LUL
2019-06-14 20:00
german is harder than english lol, how do you expect him to learn german in 5-6 months
2019-06-14 20:29
if you know english;you can also speak german
2019-06-14 21:16
It doesnt work like this bro comeon
2019-06-14 21:31
Thats like saying: if u speak chinese u can speak japanese. Utter bs.
2019-06-14 22:51
Xantares <3
2019-06-14 20:05
#36
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Germany Malodroit$ 
If BIG dont get Quarterfinal in Cologne AND no legends spot in the major they need to -someone +smooya
2019-06-14 20:07
#46
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Estonia autistik 
who cares bug haha german cs like a trash
2019-06-14 20:16
GamerLegion huehuehuehuehe sorry that was mean. Huehuehuehuehuehue
2019-06-14 22:52
#89
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Germany Malodroit$ 
GL lost to VP LUL
2019-06-15 09:19
#45
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United Kingdom riiN^ 
-xan +k1to -denis +Rische
2019-06-14 20:16
#51
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World breezy0 
Please stop destroying Sprout, they are a really nice team right now
2019-06-14 20:21
It is like Dortmund and Bayern. BIG will buy players from Sprout if they want to.
2019-06-14 20:48
+1
2019-06-14 20:55
#80
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United Kingdom riiN^ 
i agree, but i just like the idea of a "german superteam" i feel like this team could be top 10 without a doubt
2019-06-14 23:34
#81
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World breezy0 
But not with gobb as igl, as coach maybe
2019-06-14 23:45
Gob b we love you but plz do a favor for the big fans and leave. Its not about "Xantares finding the right path" its about you killing the team with bad tactics and rusty performance. Please leave IF You care
2019-06-14 21:04
h@H@H@H@H@H
2019-06-14 21:52
#62
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Germany PeKay 
had to be said
2019-06-14 21:53
#82
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World breezy0 
+1 Gobb as coach = win As player = loose
2019-06-14 23:46
#63
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Turkey MusTRelax 
SpaceS Xantares was better, i think. (0/8, check flag xd)
2019-06-14 22:02
Big became Smol
2019-06-14 22:10
How Can he even be a Pro with such shit stats Unbelievable
2019-06-14 22:38
#68
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Germany Shackrag 
tbh it feels like big has become unrelevant
2019-06-14 22:40
Imagine think that this guy is a legend in CS:GO OMEGALUL
2019-06-14 23:15
#83
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World breezy0 
A legend in 1.6 but his time in csgo is long overdue, should make room for younger players
2019-06-14 23:47
#84
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
Furia x BIG ?
2019-06-14 23:58
#88
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
The most important thing for you guys are not to be kicked for being bots, you are lucky that big keep paying you. 1 major fluke with bug abuse and people overrate you, then you kicked one of the 2 players who could perform on your team, smooya. Joke team
2019-06-15 07:17
#90
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
NO BUG NO SMOOYA
2019-06-15 09:25
well
2019-06-15 18:11
#93
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United States v1bezzz 
mens)))on point yes yes me
2019-06-15 19:47
this aged well
2019-06-15 21:10
#95
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Netherlands Sem0733 
Lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!
2019-06-16 04:16
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