STYKO: "The difference between dealing with issues in mouz and in C9 was like night and day"

Following Martin "STYKO" Styk's official departure from mousesports, we caught up with the Slovakian to hear about closing that chapter of his career and starting a new one with NoChance.

In the two years spent representing the German organization, STYKO attended 20 LAN tournaments, playing a part in mousesports' most fruitful period in CS:GO to date. He last represented the team at the IEM Katowice Minor, since then standing-in for Cloud9 and teaming up with NoChance.

STYKO is focused on improving in different aspects of the game and becoming a more complete player

To hear what caused the end of the mousesports team that was a consistent force in 2018, what he learned in Cloud9, and how things are progressing with NoChance, we talked to STYKO during the player break.

The mousesports lineup you were a part of in 2018 was a strong team, spending most of the year within the top 6. From the outside, it seems like that roster imploded because of the failure at the Minor, so the tournament is worth revisiting. Why did mousesports flop at the Europe Minor before Katowice?

It is true that minor was the last straw for this lineup but it is also worth mentioning that despite getting deep into tournaments and hitting playoffs during my time in the team we were not winning any trophies and that was also very bitter to deal with. The guys have won New York with Snax but it felt like with me being brought back into lineup we became more consistent and I didn't feel neglected. In some way, as Snax tried to be more active and do aggressive plays in my positions on maps, the rest of the team got used to it and when I came back I had more freedom and I got to use my players for plays I wanted to do.

The Minor failure was hard but, to be honest, with the preparation we put in before the Minor we deserved that result. We canceled the bootcamp last minute because of various reasons that, in my opinion, should not interfere with the team's work ethic. But I am in no place to discuss these matters, it is done and dusted.

Can you shine a bit more light on what happened in the aftermath of the disappointing result with you personally? How did you end up leaving the active roster shortly after being recalled from the bench?

So, right after the elimination we as a team had a talk. I can not remember 100% what everyone said at the time so I am not going to put any words into their mouths, but I just said that it is impossible to continue like this. We were disconnected outside of the game and the difference between dealing with issues in mousesports and in Cloud9 was like night and day. In Cloud9 we talked about every issue, game-related or not and tried to find a good solution for everyone involved whereas in mousesports we lacked this approach. I also stated some terms under which I would continue playing in this lineup, they were not met so the only natural move was to bench me, which I agreed to. It was a good decision for me.

There were quite a few downs for you in mousesports as you were first almost replaced with dennis, then later benched for Snax. Do you think things like that affected your confidence or performance in the game? Did it spark any self-doubt, or lack of trust in your teammates?

No, I did not feel any pressure nor self-doubt during those times. I was only sad how the news got to me. The dennis affair was first brought to my attention via a podcast with Richard Lewis and I told myself "LOL". But then when I asked about this jokingly in the team I wasn't LOLing so much - as they confirmed it. Me being benched for Snax came as a surprise after a successful run in Belo Horizonte with n0thing. I arrived home and apparently some player(s) wanted me to get replaced and after some team talks which I was never part of, funnily enough, I got a message from the manager that I am moved to the bench. Just sad I was never being told face to face. I forgave them nonetheless and we became teammates again a few months later.

On the other hand, you also had your most fruitful period as a player representing the German organization, so what do you cherish the most from that time?

I will skip out on the cliche saying I cherish the victories the most. Truly what I cherished is the competition within the top-level, pushing best players and teams in the world to the limit and traveling around the world because of the job I love. Those things will never be taken away from me and I will do anything to get to that level again. It is one of my next personal goals.

Despite mousesports' success, STYKO thought Cloud9 has a much better way of dealing with issues

You spent quite a bit of time on the bench of mouz over the two stints as a backup. Were there any offers that came in during that time that were enticing, came close to being realized, but fell through in the end? How does it feel to be a player in those situations, sitting on the sidelines while organizations are trying to strike a deal?

It is good sometimes to take a deep breath and rethink what is your next step. Being on the bench just might give you some fresh air, I took the best out of the bad situation. As soon as I got in talks with C9 I flew to LA, I was insanely happy. That is probably the highlight of 2018 for me. I went to NA where I had virtually no family or friends and for the first time in my life, I was literally just eating, sleeping and grinding CS, individually and in a team. I bloomed as a player.

I got to try new roles, managed to find new friends, learned a new work ethic, worked with a psychologist and got out of my comfort zone. I can not thank them enough for this chance. We were far from a top team but it was necessary for me to undergo such a change to become a better human and player. As for the offers while on the bench - yes I received some, EU region was mostly interested but also certain NA and CIS offers arrived. Mostly nothing too serious but it always feels good someone finds you good enough to join their ranks.

Something that was talked about a couple of years ago was the possibility of a Czech-Slovak team assembling. You and GuardiaN teaming up, frozen and oskar were also free agents at one point. Is a strong CZ-SK team something that could happen any time soon?

Hard to say… GuardiaN really wants that Major and FaZe is his best shot. Frozen will stay on an international level for a long time looking at his great start in mousesports. Therefore we would have to land a big investor to buy both out and convince them to try it or we will be left with building a team without them, which is not impossible but highly improbable. Luckily we have rather young players in our scene, so we have plenty of room to develop.

mousesports broke up their roster after the failure at the IEM Katowice Europe Minor

After moving to NoChance, you have been one of the standout players for the team, transitioning from a pure support player in mouz to one of the stars of NoChance. What is the process like, is there a mental switch that you had to flick? How much of it is impacted by the roles and positions on the map?

The truth is I do not even try to be a standout player. It kind of felt right to put me into certain positions and with the help of a new individual practice routine and learning process, I am managing to find my place in spots and roles I had never played before. I am trying my best to be better in all aspects of the game. Another one of my personal goals is to become the most complete player I can be. I already understand the elements of being a support player and in my opinion, it is the hardest role to perfect. You either have it in your "esport genes” or you don't and you have to gain immense experience to become truly great support.

Other elements I want to implement is to be a hybrid player, be able to pick up the AWP or rifle and have good impact with it if the team needs me to do so. The least progress I am making on is my IGL skills as it is very hard with my personality to lead someone, to order somebody. I am therefore just trying to give input and become a secondary or reactive in-game leader, telling people what to do in rather chaotic situations to maximize our win potential. I am familiarizing myself with the lurk role which I really like, it is a true chess match with mind games involved. To sum this up, I think I idolized autimatic a bit from my time in Cloud9 as he truly knew what to do, how to react, how to give vital information to the team in whatever role or situation he was being put in. He is easily the most game-changing player I have ever played with, although only for a short period of time, unfortunately.

What is the most frustrating part of playing against opposition you face now online, after being used to facing off against the best on LAN in mousesports almost every weekend? How did you adapt to the difference at first?

Very good question and there is a very simple answer to that. Online, expect the unexpected because there is a good chance your opponent will do just that. It truly is frustrating when you die by an enemy walkpushing a smoke, but if you die, you literally have no one else to blame than yourself because you gave the opponent a chance and he took it.

NoChance was reported to be in deep talks with Heretics ahead of the Minor, who ended up signing FrenchFrogs. Did the deal not happening have something to do with you still being tied to mousesports at the time? Would it be different now?

I would not call it "deep talks" but yes, we were in talks with them and many more [interested sides]. My buyout was one of the issues, not going to lie, although it was a very reasonable sum of money, in my eyes. Issue is, we were very deep in the rankings and we did not feel it was a justified place. We asked for certain conditions which were too demanding for few organizations as they saw us as just a "TOP50" team in the world. We skipped most of the online leagues to practice for the Minor so our rankings were stagnating, naturally.

Does anything change for you personally now that you are no longer tied to mouz? What is your next step as a player?

As I said above, becoming a more complete player is a priority for me now. Hypothetically speaking, If somewhere down the line I receive an offer from a tier 1 team and they want me to be the AWPer, I want to be familiarized with that role as much as I can so I bring impact into the team the moment I join. The same goes for any role. Need a support player? No problem, I played that most of my career. Need a lurker and anchor? No worries, I feel confident in those spots, etc. I don't want to seem cocky saying I can do anything, but this way I will always see what I need to work on the most to be more annoying to play against and more enjoyable to play with.

NoChance showed some good things at the Minor, but hasn't been able to even get into the top 30 as of late. What does the team need to reach the next step? What are you aiming to do next as a unit?

Farming the points in any online qualifiers and tournaments is the first step to get rankings, and that is the first step to being signed for an organization. After that we will be finally ready to ignore the thing that everyone hates to deal with in any profession - we are not receiving any money, any salaries, so there are thoughts about what we will do if it continues like this… When we put this behind us and we will be supported financially I am certain our place will be on the verge of top20 in the world, if not better.

Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
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Maps played:
Germany Oberleutnant 
Top20 player in 2020 for sure!!!
2019-08-18 22:46
Sweden Unluko 
2019-08-18 22:47
very good player!
2019-08-18 23:01
STYKO, my man! greetings from @spinava__dusa
2019-08-19 08:09
Brazil arturfelipe 
2019-08-18 22:49
Styko Cold Sunny Golden Free Agent FREEstyko
2019-08-19 01:12
Brazil arturfelipe 
Golden, Styko LUL
2019-08-19 01:55
sunny replaces aleksib after major, mark my words
2019-08-19 10:41
frozen | 
Czech Republic Cuki_ 
That's not your words man. You saw the text about that
2019-08-19 11:43
what text? rly? wtf xdd i was joking , where i can find it?
2019-08-19 14:09
aleksib is IGL lol
2019-08-19 18:16
Allu is going to take over igl.
2019-08-21 11:37
2019-08-23 16:27
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
calling mousesports toxic. he wants to sabotage sunny for ez top20 for sure
2019-08-18 23:01
Well, he played in Mouse. You didn't. I'll take his word over yours anytime.
2019-08-19 09:54
ahaha no
2019-08-20 07:01
TenZ | 
United States traviticus 
2019-08-18 22:46
Germany Oberleutnant 
sorry mens((
2019-08-18 22:46
TenZ | 
United States traviticus 
Forever #2....... For women, hltv comments, NA. :(
2019-08-18 22:47
Even for TenZ men :(
2019-08-19 10:28
daps | 
Brazil yesyesyis 
2019-08-18 22:46
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puget1 
2019-08-18 22:46
Czech Republic Noxar 
tfw Cloud 9 not worse at something Weird mens
2019-08-18 22:48
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
NA & complaining all the time )
2019-08-18 23:02
Europe Nomarosa 
na hater found
2019-08-19 00:04
Czech Republic Noxar 
Nah, not really. Current Cloud 9 looks fantastic actually, wanna see more of them.
2019-08-19 03:47
Korea Damianlee 
Another proof that Kio is an absolute toxic whining shithead
2019-08-18 22:51
United States B0b3rT 
How is this proof kio is toxic?
2019-08-18 23:05
Korea Damianlee 
Cause I say so
2019-08-18 23:11
United States B0b3rT 
Hmmmm I aren’t think that but you do you #kioisnottheproblem
2019-08-18 23:45
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
Kio is the solution to many teams rn
2019-08-18 23:58
Reunion rolezK1 
He is already making a team with ex6tenz xd
2019-08-19 09:26
Europe Nomarosa 
Another proof you aren't smart
2019-08-19 00:04
Korea Damianlee 
Kept acting like the victim when he obviously was the problem
2019-08-19 10:05
United States Tom_D_Cat 
2019-08-18 22:52
2019-08-19 09:10
2019-08-18 22:55
United States burzeus 
2019-08-18 22:57
Qatar amega 
Great 👍 Martin
2019-08-18 22:59
cR4zY | 
Myanmar xdcc 
🚜 styko 🚜
2019-08-18 23:03
Norway AdNiB 
STYKO 2 stronk
2019-08-18 23:04
nt Local Weather.
2019-08-18 23:10
Europe Nomarosa 
2019-08-19 00:05
Ao now he starts shittalking his ex org, stanislaw has a new bro , nice
2019-08-18 23:11
why lie
2019-08-18 23:25
2019-08-19 02:58
hes just saying the truth
2019-08-19 11:35
Europe Earpiece 
2019-08-19 11:50
He aint shit talking , just said there were quite a few problems, tbh Chrisj was the only one who got remotely hyped on the old lineup, rest are just stone cold tbh
2019-08-19 03:09
i mean as long as it's honest and real, then it's good
2019-08-19 03:17
2019-08-18 23:13
wise styko, good interview, very insightful.
2019-08-18 23:14
2019-08-18 23:15
Poland Krzych0a 
Very Good STYKO !
2019-08-18 23:18
Slovakia veeellys 
nice advert
2019-08-18 23:21
Europe Nomarosa 
2019-08-19 00:05
Czech Republic nenz 
Wow, such a good interview
2019-08-18 23:27
Styko played worse than ever in c9 . What is this all about? he major played badly, with KD in a single match 0.13. Stop sucking up Styko , you still will not take back to c9
2019-08-18 23:34
He was only in c9 for two months or something, not a lot of time in a new country with people you've never played with before and a different personality of a team
2019-08-19 03:10
2019-08-19 09:22
If you are looking for balanced and objective analysis on performances in CS GO you are clearly in the wrong forum. Welcome to HLTV!
2019-08-19 09:58
But you can assume not every player would play so bad in such circumstances
2019-08-19 11:08
i mean its quite a jump, he aint s1mple, and he was put into a position he wasnt familiar with
2019-08-19 16:18
god styko
2019-08-18 23:38
EU players too special needs to talk to each other? :^) NA wins again
2019-08-19 00:14
And yet woxic gave a pep talk to the team when they were 12-3 down Vs sprout and look where they are now
2019-08-19 03:11
2019-08-19 02:31
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
im thinking of a number...
2019-08-19 13:19
wish the best to good guy styko
2019-08-19 03:13
United States lybrel 
good guy why
2019-08-19 09:29
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
very good interview
2019-08-19 03:17
Morocco de_cpl_mill 
2019-08-19 06:53
2019-08-19 09:12
🚜 tractor gang.. btw gr8 interview
2019-08-19 09:22
United States lybrel 
more like snitchyo snake emoji here
2019-08-19 09:29
Argentina jturi 
I think styko has his feet on the ground, transparent person and always trying to learn helping others. Not trying to shine or be "the start player". A focus person. Imo, he will be one of the best coachs in the future.
2019-08-19 09:46
Spain deBurrows 
I honestly think Styko did a huge improvement the moment he was benched in mousesports for the 1st time. He stopped limiting himself as a pure support player and started playing more for himself, being a carry player during his time in C9. In addition of being a more complete player, he also seems a really cool guy to be around with, so he could fit really well in some top10 teams in my opinion. Very underrated atm being in an orglesss team.
2019-08-19 10:07
Norway AdNiB 
He even looked better after returning to Mousesports from C9 because he got some more freedom. I think he would perform extremely well if he just game himself a bit more freedom (as he basically has at NoChance)
2019-08-19 10:08
Europe Earpiece 
2019-08-19 11:50
I guess it shows a lot of trust when the whole team decline a offer cuz one have a buyout. I mean they earn nothing except private sponsors and streaming. I would say it is a rough time.
2019-08-19 11:12
Slovakia FlyingButter 
Yeah ...great personalities...Hopefully they Can get org now
2019-08-19 15:02
frozen | 
Czech Republic Cuki_ 
Styko has great personality. I like that guy.
2019-08-19 11:48
Germany MackyGee 
2019-08-19 13:22
underperforming for months and no progress in his game, but shit talking the org and the players who boosted him to the only successes he had in his whole life. what a clown. hf in t3 competition with nochance. thats where you belong.
2019-08-19 13:27
Nice interview, grat Nd underated player
2019-08-19 14:07
STYKO! The best personality in the whole scene. Very kind and honest guy. I love you man!
2019-08-19 16:13
SS | 
Austria WaffelnSS 
expected from mouz
2019-08-19 17:26
Mongolia dennek 
mouz is so much different now since karrigan’s arrival
2019-08-19 17:53
Europe Nrii 
Sunny Is replacing Xseven Btw!!!
2019-08-19 22:53
Peru AgentLF 
I love how he wants to adapt to any role if the team needs to. It shows how Styko really is a team player
2019-08-20 00:09
Poland dyzio65 
cuz in mouz there were too many stars, sorry players who thought there are stars.... any team who want to be top1 should have 1 star (like vp, it was neo) and others who support themself... it was the best solution in cs squads and the best all the time.... what is more every changes all the time in teams make me laugh.. vp was the best team, the best solution and it will never be the same AgAIN
2019-08-23 00:46
ZywOo | 
Canada pain^ 
snax was the star player in vp tho
2019-08-29 15:57
nicely written . Will Major end and will there be big changes?
2019-08-25 12:08
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