snatchie: "Slowly, everything is going better"

Ahead of Moche XL Esports, we had a chat with Michał "snatchie" Rudzki to discuss Virtus.pro's struggles, the recent improvements, and the goals for the rest of the year.

Virtus.pro head into Moche XL Esports looking to build on their recent results, after finishing in second place at the ESL Polish Championship, where they beat AGO and x-kom en route to the final against Aristocracy, and reaching the closed qualifier for the Europe Minor.

snatchie believes that team has been improving

In this interview, conducted during the media day of Moche XL Esports, snatchie opens up about the negative comments his team has faced, the recent improvements and his expectations for the Portuguese LAN, among other topics.

Your team seems to be showing some improvements of late. Do you agree with this?

I think that the recent tournaments went better, we advanced to the closed qualifier for the Minor and finished second at the ESL Polish Championship. We have started playing better with our new communication system, I think that was our biggest issue. We have made some improvements, changed our play style and Snax took the in-game leader role. Slowly, everything is going better.

What are the key differences between the way that the team is playing right now and the way that you played under TOAO?

It is hard to explain. Snax has some fresh ideas, we started playing more of a free style, based on communication. If we have a day when our communication is bad, we can lose to anyone, but I believe we are a good team if we are communicating at our best.

This will be your second LAN event with the current roster, and it will also be OKOLICIOUZ's first international tournament on LAN. Taking all of this into consideration, what are your expectations?

We want to take our revenge against BIG because we lost to them in the closed qualifier for the Minor. It is hard to talk about our expectations because we are the worst team at the event based on the HLTV.org rankings so we need to approach every match like it is a final. We will see what happens in the match against BIG, then we can think about the rest.

Vegi and OKOLICIOUZ are the newest and least experienced players in the team. What is your opinion about them and the way that they have been playing?

They are both good players, I have been impressed with Vegi's aim, he is looking good at entry fragging. About OKOLICIOUZ, I can say that he is really good in clutch situations. Since he joined our team, we have been winning more clutch rounds, so that is a big improvement for us.

What happened in the online match against BIG?

I think we were prepared for them, but our shots were not hitting. There were some rounds that we could have won but we did not. Maybe we were a bit nervous. If we play against them like we did against GamerLegion, I think we can take one map or even win the match. As I said, one day we're good, the next day we're not.

You have been with Virtus.pro for some months now, and things have not been easy at all. Has it been hard for the players to deal with the criticism and the negative comments?

For me, it is not hard to take the criticism, but it is hard that we do not have the results that I expected. I played in a top 30 team for a while, then I joined Virtus.pro and I had the expectation that we would be a top 10 team, and everyone knows what has happened. It is hard for me, but, after the last month, things have been a bit easier.

Talking about the Virtus.pro organisation, do they put some pressure on the team to get back up there or are they understanding of the process that the team is going through?

Every organisation puts pressure, and Virtus.pro is no exception, but I think that it is not that high. We just need to get some wins and start to show good CS and then everything will be okay.

What goals have you set out for the rest of the year?

My personal goal is to go back to my old style with the AWP. In terms of team goals, we need to start playing tier-one tournaments, getting back to the Pro League. We need to try to get some good results in those tournaments and then we can think about the next steps.

Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
#1
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Russia Hainz 
sure?
2019-06-15 10:44
#10
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Myanmar xdcc 
yes almost made to EU Minor!
2019-06-15 10:46
#15
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Russia Hainz 
>Virtus.pro >almost EU Minor And if really, then maybe next major will be in main qualifier (ofc if they will make more work)
2019-06-15 10:50
#85
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Poland LiquidWater 
what do you mean almost eu minor? They were 1 win away you dumb cunt.
2019-06-15 13:28
#94
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Russia Hainz 
Ohh VP fan Hey but "almost EU minor" wasn't me other guy said that.
2019-06-16 03:41
#160
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India TYZ4 
0-18 vs fucking Nemiga
2019-06-26 21:19
#19
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Denmark Twick_ 
¿Que?
2019-06-15 10:56
#20
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Myanmar xdcc 
¿donde esta la biblioteca?
2019-06-15 10:57
#34
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Denmark Twick_ 
Si que?
2019-06-15 11:23
Cry
2019-06-15 11:02
#43
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Sweden Unluko 
Plow
2019-06-15 11:46
#2
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Hungary mEZENCEphalon 
wow
2019-06-15 10:44
kk
2019-06-15 10:45
i aren't think that
2019-06-15 10:45
fake news
2019-06-15 10:45
+1 ahhahahahahhahaha
2019-06-15 12:39
lul
2019-06-15 10:45
#7
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Italy Fil0Nerd 
i don't think so lul
2019-06-15 10:45
#8
aizy | 
Denmark FrankOcean 
kick okoliciouz and will be better
2019-06-15 10:45
#36
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Finland burrit0 
-1
2019-06-15 11:25
Stop writing idiot comments... Oko helps so much Snach with all the tactics etc... You know nothing about the current roster as I can see so shut your mouth little kid.
2019-06-15 11:25
??? I know a lot because I watch matches. Okolicouz helps snax? maybe, but his skill and gamesense is a tier 5 level or worse. He plays poorly and isn't even a IGL. It is useless af. if VALVE didn't improve AUG he would have less than 10 frags in each match
2019-06-15 11:42
#60
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Poland gr0za 
Valve didn't improve AUG, shit bait
2019-06-15 12:21
so why everyone is playing with AUG?
2019-06-15 12:25
Became cheaper for a while, ppl learned spray pattern, and they liked it :)
2019-06-15 13:02
#78
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Austria ElGerda 
They made it cheaper because no one was using it. But after it got cheaper many people noticed how underrated that gun was.
2019-06-15 13:05
#79
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Poland Master2235 
because cost have change a little bit.
2019-06-15 13:05
#89
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Denmark pistolen 
Cringe
2019-06-15 14:59
"Snax took the IGL role" Well gl bud
2019-06-15 10:45
#12
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India TYZ4 
Pls disband
2019-06-15 10:46
#27
Duki | 
Argentina QuiCkFuSe 
FlipSide in 2k19 lul
2019-06-15 11:06
flipside ever lul
2019-06-15 12:14
RIP Markleoff, forever in the Flipsid3 purgatory.
2019-06-15 13:12
Wow flipside fans, so rare
2019-06-15 12:55
#13
chrisJ | 
United States gizzle 
uhhh i dont think so, nt though
2019-06-15 10:47
Not really
2019-06-15 10:48
Makes sense... On a good day they can beat top teams, on a bad one they just get blown out by crappy teams... I really hope they can get back to the top cause the team has the the talent and it would be a huge waist... :(
2019-06-15 10:51
#23
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Germany FaNoK 
1+
2019-06-15 11:01
#38
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Poland aLEKAYYY 
Snatchie and Snax do have a huge waist, that's true
2019-06-15 11:28
I like what you did there *insert lenny face here* +1
2019-06-15 12:14
#17
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Poland Lukovsky 
going out at 5-6th
2019-06-15 10:53
vp <3
2019-06-15 10:55
tier 10 poland no one cares
2019-06-15 10:59
GERMAN,GERRMAN
2019-06-15 11:03
2 German teams in the EU minor, Poland teams=????
2019-06-15 11:40
#46
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Poland ZimnaFryta 
Poland have VP, AGO Aricstocracy, what about slovenia?
2019-06-15 11:52
We arent talking about Slovenia but Germany
2019-06-15 11:59
#61
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Poland gr0za 
Of course Slovenian is on the side of a German
2019-06-15 12:22
Im in nobodys side but the guy was trying to laugh at German CS when they're doing better than Poland.
2019-06-15 12:24
#64
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Poland gr0za 
I was just kidding, chill Plus you're right, sadly
2019-06-15 12:24
Looove is in ze air
2019-06-15 13:04
#82
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Poland gr0za 
I aren't zink zat
2019-06-15 13:13
"I was the IGL in a top 30 team for a while, then I joined Virtus.pro and I had the expectation that we would be a top 10 team" XD
2019-06-15 11:01
#25
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Germany FaNoK 
Well V.P has been playing better lately but they lack consistency as snatchie has stated. I hope they'll fix thier issues and get back into the top again!
2019-06-15 11:03
#28
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World Notb8ing 
very slowly
2019-06-15 11:08
Overrated snatchie :)
2019-06-15 11:13
i dont think so, he is very good, but there is no psyche, just like draken sad but true
2019-06-15 11:57
roman & anton you better end this clown fiesta and find better players
2019-06-15 11:15
#31
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China serdim 
disband is better
2019-06-15 11:20
#32
Zero | 
Poland Zer0Kurw0 
So why you play game based on communication if you suck on it?XD
2019-06-15 11:22
#33
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
I mean it can't get much worse
2019-06-15 11:23
xaxaxaxax
2019-06-15 11:24
"SLOWLY, EVERYTHING IS GOING BETTER" I agree, they were #51 after they started and now, only half a year later they're at #50. Only 25 more years and VP will be at the top! #ToTheTrash
2019-06-15 11:32
XD
2019-06-15 12:17
#76
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Poland L3VI2 
Why did u hate that much VP
2019-06-15 13:04
Why not? The burden of proof lies on those who support this dead team
2019-06-15 13:18
#87
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Poland L3VI2 
With VP to the grave ♥️
2019-06-15 13:57
Just kick that two faced rat snax and I will support them again.
2019-06-15 14:42
#41
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World WestSideDude 
must be too slowly so people can't even notice how slow is it going "better"... virtus.throw Rip
2019-06-15 11:41
0:2 with bug inc
2019-06-15 11:48
#45
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United States stephcurry30 
that means hes next to get kicked
2019-06-15 11:51
Guys VP make progress, from tier 7-8, to tier 4 (maybe 3). I think this team is on good way. Sry for my papa london scholl
2019-06-15 12:00
#50
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Poland KasPro 
aa
2019-06-15 12:01
VP <3
2019-06-15 12:03
I wish them the best
2019-06-15 12:10
#53
jOELZ | 
Faroe Islands staxus 
slowly, we are coming to disband
2019-06-15 12:11
#57
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United Kingdom KieranFR 
Yes, very slowly
2019-06-15 12:17
#95
NEO | 
Europe IFlorek 
xD
2019-06-16 12:30
stop pierdoling
2019-06-15 12:20
yep thats pretty fucking slow my man!
2019-06-15 12:24
Lol, no.
2019-06-15 12:25
Snatchie need to add S to his keyboard first
2019-06-15 12:34
#69
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Finland Polki 
Pls, this team is so dead. Maybe disband those noobs.
2019-06-15 12:47
#71
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Poland L3VI2 
Give them 2 months and u will see
2019-06-15 12:52
Nt, thrower talking about progress
2019-06-15 12:48
#80
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World LeviathaNz 
Well if that's the way they are going to play... It won't bring them consistency. Playing a freestyle game without any other plans will always require them to hit their shots, have perfect timings, and that's not how you will be consistent. However if they can mix it with strats and playing with their utilities decently when executing, they will be more consistent. At the moment I only see them going for duels everywhere.
2019-06-15 13:05
At least VP can actually make the minor closed qualifier. Call it "progress" if you will, but we've got one washed up major champion, two wasted potentials and two unknowns, I honestly can't see them making it into the top 30 anytime soon. Maybe they should start slamming the Polish rosters of X-Kom, Aristocracy, AGO and VP together over and over until something sticks.
2019-06-15 13:17
#86
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Spain GamerGuillem 
40 yo slowly virtus slow very slow
2019-06-15 13:30
#90
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United States Frostycow4 
Let's go VP!
2019-06-15 15:07
k
2019-06-15 19:08
#92
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Greece anwteros 
slowly in 1 year cs go is gonna be history
2019-06-15 20:26
Vp starting to look strong, good to see.
2019-06-15 21:28
#161
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
0-18
2019-06-26 23:54
#162
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India TYZ4 
0-18
2019-06-27 00:17
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