bubble: "By the end of the year we want to be a top 10 team, that is our main goal"

We had a quick chat with Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov during the first day of Moche XL Esports to discuss Windigo's recent dip in form and the goals for the rest of the year.

The Bulgarian team raised eyebrows earlier in the year when they reached the 13th spot in the rankings after winning the WESG Finals, but they have struggled to find the same form since then.

After going out of the ESL Pro League in the first group stage, Windigo had to attend DreamHack Masters Dallas with a stand-in, Buğra "Calyx" Arkın, and were eliminated from the tournament following defeats to FaZe and North. The team then took another heavy blow when it failed to qualify for the Europe Minor after being outdone by Ancient and NoChance in the closed qualifier.

bubbles says that the team needs to learn from its recent mistakes

With the memory of the Minor qualifier still fresh, we quizzed bubble on Windigo's struggles in the last few months, his expectations for Moche XL Esports and Valentin "poizon" Vasilev's impact since joining the team.

You are one of the two high seeds for this tournament along with FURIA. What are your expectations for this tournament?

We want to play the final, probably against FURIA because they are here to win, for sure. Hopefully, we will win our match.

How are things looking right now? You had an amazing run earlier in the year, when you won the WESG Finals, but things seemed to have slowed a bit since then. What is going on?

Like you said, we had a pretty good run at WESG. It was an amazing experience for us and we wanted to use that experience in the Pro League and in other tournaments. But in the Pro League we missed some things, we did not work on our anti-eco rounds and I think that was our biggest mistake. That is why we lost two of the matches, in my opinion. At DreamHack Masters Dallas we were missing blocker, we had only three days to practice with Calyx and we played more like a mix.

What happened in the Minor qualifier?

We wanted to go to the Minor to be able to get to the Major. Our preparation was good, we tried to use what we did in practice in the official matches but it did not work. Something went wrong, we lost our comfort zone and it was like a snowball after that. We have analyzed everything. We saw that we played really fast, that was probably one of the mistakes that I made in some of my calls. We also lost eco rounds after winning pistols and it created a snowball effect. Besides, our individual game was not on point. It was a bunch of things.

What kind of impact will this have on the team?

I would say that, right now, we are going to work on our mistakes, the ones we made not just in in the qualifier but in the last three tournaments. By the end of the year, we want to be a top 10 team, that is our main goal. We need to learn from our mistakes.

Do you think, since you played so well at the WESG Finals, that other teams are becoming more wary of your team and are starting to analyse you more?

I think so. Before that, everyone watching us thought we were underdogs, but after we won WESG people saw that we were better than they initially expected. They are probably preparing more when they have to face us.

poizon has been playing at a very high level for your team. Are you impressed with the way that he has been performing? Do you think it will be hard to keep a player like him if some big teams try to get him?

I do not know, you probably have to ask him that, but what I see is that he keeps showing amazing individual performances, and I would not be surprised if some of the best teams contacted him. I do not know if he would leave or continue to play with us.

Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
617
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
711
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1495
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
yea
2019-06-16 01:29
Wtf man how so fast
2019-06-16 01:29
yeah
2019-06-16 01:30
Nt bubble
2019-06-16 02:04
oh
2019-06-16 02:05
omegaBubble
2019-06-16 11:25
#9
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nice team!
2019-06-16 01:31
lets go team
2019-06-16 01:31
#46
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United States Frotha 
Still better than Faze
2019-06-16 03:14
#2
forget | 
Brazil _7x1_ 
good for them
2019-06-16 01:29
+1
2019-06-17 14:00
Ok
2019-06-16 01:29
maybe
2019-06-16 01:30
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA Just quit that, there's 0 chance of that happening lmao
2019-06-16 01:30
#26
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Turkey Ata66kan2 
TRUEE LULW
2019-06-16 01:54
"Vitality won't be top 10" "Furia won't be top 10" ... "Windigo won't be top 10" ?
2019-06-16 10:35
I've never said that, and that would be fucking retarded to say It would be weird to say vitality with zywoo WONT be top 10. An for Furia I've been believing in them for a while, so them being top 10 is not much of a surprise.
2019-06-16 11:21
they have shipz and poizon u mongoloid
2019-06-16 13:08
#7
FalleN | 
Colombia ksebas96 
Hahahahaha nt
2019-06-16 01:30
good luck
2019-06-16 01:31
#11
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Europe CantGetMeNow 
k
2019-06-16 01:31
#13
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Germany 1112Leon 
Maybe top 15, but 10? Holy
2019-06-16 01:32
Why not?
2019-06-16 15:58
#14
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United States k3ar 
LULW
2019-06-16 01:33
All respect to the players but judging by their recent results chances are that this interview will become a meme just like twitter.com/MSLcsgo/status/1131704365549..
2019-06-16 01:34
#87
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
or Sound: "We're not just an easy team" this was funny cuz they got demolished following games xD
2019-06-16 10:42
HAHAHAHAHA. >Top 10 >Being Eliminated in the first round of EU Minor Closed Quals LULW
2019-06-16 01:35
#20
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United States Bochanka 
+1
2019-06-16 01:41
Bro they have been going to minors the past few years as 1,2 team with weaker line-up. Now they have the best roster till now, but don't know what is happening. They might still be happy from the WESG victory and their good results from the past months.
2019-06-16 16:01
Top 15 seems more reasonable. Good luck anyway
2019-06-16 01:36
#18
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Portugal S0ME_DIE_0LD 
This is a joke. Windigo is known for throwing. Try to change my mind
2019-06-16 01:37
#21
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United States Bochanka 
they also cheated for wesg this year
2019-06-16 01:41
#61
ropz | 
Bulgaria JoeHard 
Cheated? Beating MIBR is considered cheating?
2019-06-16 07:55
#69
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Bulgaria doge_one 
I mean mibr sucks anyways
2019-06-16 08:57
A lot of people say they suck. OK, but they are also beating good teams sometimes and we managed to beat them so, we are a really good team.
2019-06-16 16:02
XD! VP managed to beat faze clan, are they a good team too? I kinda doubt that. Mibr have been underperforming for some time now, beating them is not a big achievement tbh :))
2019-06-17 15:54
#19
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United States Bochanka 
what a fking joke, you win WESG then drop off the face of the earth and say this cocky shit? now i see why you guys blow fr
2019-06-16 01:41
#22
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United States fraus 
i can see that happening IF they capitalize off the mistakes they are making. I've seen very little change in their play style and im hoping the last 3 tournaments is a good wake up call for windigo
2019-06-16 01:42
Top10 Windigo Pick one :)
2019-06-16 01:48
jeez how do they want to get top 10? last 3 matches are so fucked up, windigo can only do something on lan, so random
2019-06-16 01:52
this guy is delusional, reminds me of spyleader LULW
2019-06-16 01:52
Good luck with that. If mousesports,g2,Avangar and NiP can't make it to top 10 what makes you think that you have a chance?
2019-06-16 01:54
#79
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Delusionism Or Optimism Depending how you look at it lul
2019-06-16 10:12
#28
cu | 
Brazil Portl4nd 
Sorry, no.
2019-06-16 01:56
top10 for real ? Windigo has no discipline in the game, they doing stupid plays like push smoke, rushing 1 plant 5 times in a row, their yolo playstyle so predictable if team watched atleast few their demos. Dont think that they has potential for top10, probably they will fall apart, and Poizon will go to some international lineup
2019-06-16 01:58
good joke
2019-06-16 01:59
OMEGALUL try not to get disband should be your goal
2019-06-16 02:04
Hahahajajajahjajajajajajajjajajajajajajajahah
2019-06-16 02:10
#36
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Brazil WARHiDE 
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-06-16 02:23
Good to be ambitious and have a goal but let focus on the grinding and getting a good result. Teams with big mouth talking are often failing miserably...
2019-06-16 02:29
#42
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
+1 Don't think they'll end up in top10 but we'll see. :)
2019-06-16 02:55
#38
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Spain NkdKMS 
Clown fiesta
2019-06-16 02:34
Ye ye and VP will be top1 in 2020 X D
2019-06-16 02:47
#82
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
If they sign ENCE, FURIA, Astralis or whatever, maybe
2019-06-16 10:13
FuRiA xDDxdddxdDDD
2019-06-18 01:48
#126
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Ok, true they went back to sucking
2019-06-18 07:30
#43
riv | 
Taiwan idoleat 
There are more than 10 teams say they want to be top 10 on hltv hahahahahahaha
2019-06-16 02:55
#81
Anarchy | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Which is why you should be like NA steel or MSL and say you want top5
2019-06-16 10:13
ez moche 4 windigo
2019-06-16 02:59
#48
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
LOL WINDIGO(2K19)>ALL KAKAKAKA
2019-06-16 03:22
unlikely lul
2019-06-16 03:32
Top10 in bulgaria
2019-06-16 04:06
+1 lul
2019-06-16 04:58
#62
ropz | 
Bulgaria JoeHard 
We don't have that many teams btw. We have 3 teams - Bpro Fate and Windigo.
2019-06-16 08:01
#67
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
It was a joke, calm down
2019-06-16 08:32
Nt
2019-06-16 05:02
#53
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
With their recent results, it would surprise me if they manage to stay in the top20, let alone the top10... After their win at WESG, I was like "this is it, this is finally it, they are gonna qualify for the major" - oh boy, was I wrong... Hopefully after the fail at the minor qualifier they had a wake up call and will step up their game - not only on words, but in actions also.
2019-06-16 05:15
Really big words to say. Gonna be hard to make it, and I think you made a big mistake with this statement, HUNDEN meme is coming up because people will always remember your words and will make fun of that, especially if you won't prove them. Good luck though!
2019-06-16 05:45
#56
s1mple | 
India KNOX23 
Lol
2019-06-16 06:38
#57
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Croatia Netkov 
Good luck.
2019-06-16 07:16
#58
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
If you are lucky you will still be top 30 by the end of the year
2019-06-16 07:24
#73
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Switzerland x676 
+1000000000000
2019-06-16 09:26
#59
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India Hafnex 
Delusion! I am sorry. Not possible.
2019-06-16 07:31
#60
KRIMZ | 
Sweden Censor93 
Hahaha GL XD
2019-06-16 07:41
HAHAHA OMEGALUL
2019-06-16 08:23
stop matchfixing then helps the wallet but not the ranking.
2019-06-16 08:29
#77
Anarchy | 
Myanmar xdcc 
And if they aren't match fixing then 0 chance to get top 10.
2019-06-16 10:11
#86
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
gplay never changes. shame cuz they have good players
2019-06-16 10:41
#65
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China teguP 
lmao same
2019-06-16 08:31
#66
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
You've got a lot of work to do buddy lol
2019-06-16 08:31
Too bad it ain't happening.
2019-06-16 09:00
#72
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Switzerland x676 
Rofl, right now you can pray to stay in top30
2019-06-16 09:26
probably wont happen. they aren't playing bad and they are a good upset team but for top10 they are missing the extra something
2019-06-16 09:27
#84
draken | 
Sweden rawrxdd 
WindiWHO?
2019-06-16 10:34
Lol, but they are getting worse and worse, so how they want to be top10 lmao
2019-06-16 10:43
nice wish
2019-06-16 10:51
hold your horses, pal
2019-06-16 10:58
#91
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Bulgaria R34 
A dano stiskame palci
2019-06-16 11:01
no fking way
2019-06-16 11:23
OMEGALUL
2019-06-16 11:24
#96
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India Bhookhiatma 
Something tells me he's definitely living inside a bubble
2019-06-16 11:25
#97
NBK- | 
France Azowel 
nt
2019-06-16 11:47
I believe in you, bubble!
2019-06-16 11:51
#99
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North America potatomato 
disband is more likely.
2019-06-16 12:01
#100
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Germany PeKay 
Top 10 u are not even top 30 u bots
2019-06-16 12:13
they're ranked #19? lol
2019-06-16 12:47
#107
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Finland Finlanders 
But it was not they real rank they are really fucking bots
2019-06-16 12:50
#109
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Germany PeKay 
The Team reached their peak they get worse and worse and this bot wants to be top 30?
2019-06-16 12:54
WESG boosted their hltv rank a lot, just wait till the points they got from winning WESG get knocked off because its almost been three months now
2019-06-16 13:11
good team only problem - win WESG then trow games vs weaker opponent.
2019-06-16 12:12
yeah we will see
2019-06-16 12:23
#103
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India Mafiaisreal 
15-10 to 15-19 lmao
2019-06-16 12:42
8-14
2019-06-16 12:55
keep drraming throwing gypsies
2019-06-16 12:46
#108
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Finland Finlanders 
This is the reason why i trust only sprout
2019-06-16 12:51
#105
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Poland Z3iTH 
Not real LOL
2019-06-16 12:47
#111
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Poland Szuster 
LMAO
2019-06-16 12:59
#112
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Weak team, WESG was an unexpected result that's it.
2019-06-16 13:02
all retards laugh,bur what do you want them to say ? irs called confidence. who tought vitality ence or furia will be top 5?
2019-06-16 13:07
#116
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
LMaoo
2019-06-16 13:31
BY THE END OF THE YEAR YOU WILL BE ORGLESS
2019-06-16 14:19
Top 10 seriousy ? Nice joke
2019-06-16 15:52
great joke indeed
2019-06-17 06:39
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