woxic: "The main goal was to win this tournament and finish the year in the top five of the rankings"

After mousesports were crowned champions of CAC 2019, we sat down with the tournament MVP, Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker, who broke down the nail-biting semi-final against TYLOO, explained the team's new seating arrangement and briefly spoke on the grand final.

mousesports were crowned champions of the CS:GO Asia Championships 2019 after defeating Finnish side ENCE in a 2-0 affair, with woxic receiving his first-ever MVP medal for his impact in his team's victories throughout the event, which he ended with a 1.17 rating.

woxic was crowned MVP of the CS:GO Asia Championships 2019

In this interview with the Turkish AWPer, we discussed the team's ambitions going into the event, seating adjustments and the reasons behind them, the semi-final series against TYLOO, the grand final and the near future.

This is your first large LAN trophy with mousesports, and to add, you secured your first MVP medal in the process. What's going through your mind right now?

I can say that I'm really happy because we have been working hard. We were failing in a lot of important tournaments before, and having played together for around eight months we didn't really achieve something as big as this. I'm really happy with the work we've done. We secured the trophy, and now it looks like we're in a good way; we were not doing something for nothing.

About the MVP, I've been playing well at tournaments and big events, but when you're eliminated in the quarter-finals or group stage you aren't in the race for it. Here, we made it to the final and I had the feeling that I would get it.

Coming into CAC, you had the long flight to China, factors like jetlag play a significant role, the toll the travel takes, recent results had not been amazing - with all this in mind, what expectations did the team come into the tournament with?

When you're coming in from a flight that's more than 10 hours you want to win, you don't want to go back home empty-handed. That's why we did our best here; in our practice room we would analyse our games, our coach also helped us a lot. I'd also like to say that Finn (karrigan) is a really hard worker, I had never seen an in-game leader that is this hard-working. He was analysing opponents and creating new ideas for the next day, and in the morning before our games, he would point things out to us that we had not seen before. This is why we expected to win this tournament. The main goal was to win this tournament and finish the year in the top five of the rankings, so that next year we can receive direct invites to events.

At this event the team changed seating arrangements, where you're in the middle while karrigan is to your right. What is the reason behind this?

The reason is because Finn (karrigan) started playing with frozen in sites, for example, B on Inferno. They want to see each others' monitors better, because when he was next to me he wouldn't be able to see his (frozen's) monitor. If I sit in the middle as the AWPer, and if I play in Mid on Inferno, I have the guys on B located to my right, and the guys on A located to my left both in real life and in-game.

Basically, it's a perfect fit for us right now, because I can see everyone's monitor. Also, AWPers are usually supporting, so it means that I can see their positions and I can easily flash for them. It's better, because chrisJ is not playing too far away from me, and on Dust2 I'm playing with Finn (karrigan), and he's next to me now. This is the first time we tried this setup at a tournament, and I think it worked really well.

We can't discuss this tournament without going over the nailbiter semi-final series against TYLOO. After Overpass went 6-16, and Inferno had you up against the wall, it seemed like it was all over. How did you manage to come back on Inferno and subsequently take Dust2 to ensure a spot in the grand final?

We didn't expect to lose Overpass like that, somehow we couldn't get our heads in the server, neither brain, mentality or aim. They were making moves, and we were just taking it. We forfeited, basically. On Inferno, we were doing the same things we had done against ENCE, but they were not working against TYLOO, because sometimes they would go for really different pushes or throw unexpected nades. We were getting outplayed and screwed on economy because of those kills.

As for the clutch round, it was 8-15 and when I picked up the AWP off the ground, I knew that I could clutch it. I have been in that scenario in practice and FPL so many times, so I approached it the same way, I just stayed calm. It didn't matter if people were cheering for them, I was focused on winning the round and getting the comeback. After I won the clutch, everyone was super hyped and I said: "Guys, we can do it now. Let's go now, time to do it now. I cannot win like this every round." I didn't mean it in a bad way, I just wanted to give them extra power with that clutch and my words. I think it worked, so we went to overtime and won in the end.

After we won Inferno, I knew that we would win the last map because that was their last performance. When we broke them on Inferno, in my opinion, they started thinking: 'Guys, we shouldn't have given that map away. When we are 15-8 up things like this can't happen.' Some of them were probably still thinking about that game when they were losing rounds, and they might have thought: 'Man, if we had not lost that round' or 'if we had won against him in that 2v1, we would be in the grand final'. This is my opinion, maybe it didn't happen, maybe there were very calm and it was our playstyle that won against them.

The grand final was a 2-0 series, where you had a convincing showing on both Train and Inferno. Let's briefly talk about the veto - you adjusted slightly from your group stage match against ENCE, where you banned Mirage, leaving Train for them to pick, which is a comfortable map for them. Could you give some insight into this decision?

I had a great series against TYLOO, and my AWPing was really on point in that series. Maybe karrigan also thought that we could do much better with a double AWP setup on Train.

Additionally, we are quite ready on all maps - we don't feel any extra pressure on a specific map. We wanted to ban Mirage because we had lost the previous time against them, and didn't want to give them another chance.

Lastly, the team now has a little over a week before ESL Pro League Season 10 kicks off - what do you have planned for this period?

Firstly, we need some rest, then tomorrow we will be traveling home. We will keep playing, but we won't bootcamp before EPL because we prepared for both this tournament and EPL together. We're just going to keep to our normal routine, and go into EPL with this championship title.

Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
751
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
lol
2019-11-25 00:48
Xdddd
2019-11-25 00:48
ooof top5 haha
2019-11-25 00:49
9 replies
Just won some random teams btw xd
2019-11-25 00:54
8 replies
kk
2019-11-25 05:50
#50
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Andorra szkk
They ll be like top6-5 today
2019-11-25 06:51
1 reply
8-9 perhaps.
2019-11-25 06:55
Still same? Lmao
2019-12-08 17:14
4 replies
U rly searched for this comment just for this?
2019-12-08 20:36
And yeah, I assume, that mouz did great on EPL Finals, but I commented on CAC, and not on EPL, so your comment has no point
2019-12-08 20:43
2 replies
You just said that against the woxic's sentence and that was "THE MAIN GOAL WAS TO WIN THIS TOURNAMENT AND FINISH THE YEAR IN THE TOP FIVE OF THE RANKINGS". So yeah, there is definitly a point lmao
2019-12-08 22:56
1 reply
My comment consists of pretty easy-to-understand words, I dunno why u can’t get it. I pointed that they won some random teams on CAC, and u replyed me after the EPL event
2019-12-09 01:33
#9
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Brazil aNaDoRR
Nice man
2019-11-25 00:49
Top 5 2020
2019-11-25 00:56
n1
2019-11-25 00:58
#17
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Turkey gozgoz43
aslanım benim be
2019-11-25 01:01
5 replies
Nt kebab
2019-11-25 01:11
2 replies
nt too
2019-12-09 19:22
1 reply
Stfu botxic
2019-12-10 13:52
Nt
2019-11-25 01:18
1 reply
nt
2019-12-09 19:22
Botxic. Undeserved
2019-11-25 01:11
3 replies
Nt olofmeister
2019-11-25 08:17
Nt
2019-11-25 08:25
nt baiter
2019-11-25 11:55
EPL determines the top 5 but hey atleast mouz got the ez group so they should be fine
2019-11-25 01:12
1 reply
#67
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Germany mainak90
Easy? They are pitted against liquid and astralis, if they win the first bo1, the next map is probably with liquid and if they manage it through then i guess astralis on the road to semis in the upper bracket final
2019-11-25 08:05
#21
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Poland Hanse
Lmao try next year buddy
2019-11-25 01:12
2 replies
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2019-12-09 19:26
Well you look like a doofus now
2019-12-18 13:29
Nt
2019-11-25 01:15
#23
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Australia Raychippy
Top 5???? U reaching
2019-11-25 01:18
Lmao, top5? hahah
2019-11-25 01:18
3 replies
At least better than Big
2019-11-25 05:42
#51
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Andorra szkk
Its not unreal lmao
2019-11-25 06:52
1 reply
Possible but not probable.
2019-11-25 06:54
w0xic totally won this semis against Tyloo with multiple 1v3 clutches
2019-11-25 01:20
#27
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Russia ToughGuy
Ahahahahahahahhahahahaha
2019-11-25 01:44
2 replies
Navi top 15 confirmed
2019-11-25 01:59
1 reply
#62
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Russia ToughGuy
Cya after our victory in Epl
2019-11-25 07:38
deserved
2019-11-25 01:47
ENCE main goal was to have fun
2019-11-25 01:54
3 replies
Same with EG
2019-11-25 02:03
1 reply
Lmao rekt
2019-11-25 03:10
#66
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Europe tweekzter
I hope they had fun then.
2019-11-25 07:56
missed the main goal then
2019-11-25 03:21
legit would have to win epl to get top 5 at this point
2019-11-25 03:42
1 reply
Well at least he is confident in his teams abilities
2019-11-25 07:37
WOXIC AS DELUSIONAL AS MSLUL LMFAO WHY SO COCKY AFTER WINNING TIER 3 EVENT? MOUZ LUCKY TO BE TOP 10 BY THE END OF THIS YEAR
2019-11-25 03:49
3 replies
the caps-lock guy is back
2019-11-25 06:30
+1
2019-11-25 06:53
Are you still there ? =)
2019-12-08 17:12
GODXIC
2019-11-25 03:53
stfu damn turkey bastard
2019-11-25 05:57
4 replies
TyLUL mad.
2019-11-25 06:56
Haha tyloo biggest choke ever. Tier 4 team
2019-11-25 08:20
stop eating dog meats
2019-11-25 13:28
Imagine losing from 15_8 lead xD
2019-11-26 18:50
GG Woxic, well played, keep going
2019-11-25 06:30
#46
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Turkey trouble91
The Adanali Beast
2019-11-25 06:32
7 replies
Hes kurd bro
2019-11-25 06:51
3 replies
woxic kürt mü aqq
2019-11-25 14:33
2 replies
Hakkarili teröristlerin t spawnı olan yerden kürt hemde
2019-11-25 18:32
1 reply
he yarak
2019-11-25 20:44
Diyarbakir origin
2019-11-25 08:05
2 replies
Nt heval
2019-11-26 18:54
1 reply
Nt kardaş
2019-11-26 18:59
top 5 lul good luck
2019-11-25 06:49
LUL at being in the top5. LUL
2019-11-25 06:49
3 replies
Let the boy enjoy his dream before cruel reality crushes it.
2019-11-25 06:58
2 replies
imagine being these two peanut brains
2019-12-09 19:31
1 reply
Chances were pretty low, the fact that they did it doesn't change it. Simple math.
2019-12-10 04:44
ahahahahahahahah delusional
2019-11-25 06:54
chill out bruuh
2019-11-25 07:01
Good Luck moving forward. Good team.
2019-11-25 07:07
Top 5 lul
2019-11-25 07:45
My Maingoal is to blow up and act like i dont know no body xaxaxax
2019-11-25 07:47
1 reply
+1
2019-11-25 11:22
Imagine getting a MVP for a 1,17 rating lul
2019-11-25 07:50
3 replies
Then what is your thoughts about the mvp award that coldzera get with 1.19 rating at Dreamhack open summer 2017 menn))
2019-11-26 15:18
2 replies
Which is better than 1,17 but okay
2019-11-26 19:04
1 reply
1.17 can be a low rating for mvp and i am okay with that. But there was no one deserving more than woxic in that tournement
2019-11-27 11:56
#69
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Ukraine Hierophant
And lose to VP Kkkkkkkk
2019-11-25 08:10
#73
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Denmark zorglubx
This Woxic dude is really cool, I like he's attitude and he seem like a really nice person. Congrats on finally winning! Back when they first got together in this line up, I was certain it would have happened sooner, but great to finally get a title!
2019-11-25 08:32
Well if you want to be top 5 by the end of the year, you'd better do incredibly well as esl proleague, because it's not gonna happen otherwise
2019-11-25 08:39
3 replies
+1
2019-11-25 10:36
dude wtff
2019-12-09 21:32
1 reply
Ikr ?! They definitely read this !
2019-12-09 22:02
#75
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Europe Skraj
Is he saying that the previous tournaments they attended they didn't have the goal to win them?
2019-11-25 08:46
Main goal - win tier3 event :)))
2019-11-25 08:57
2 replies
tier3:D
2019-11-25 12:06
500k event tier3?
2019-11-26 18:59
#78
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Ukraine martnlo1
Who 🚗🚗🚗 abot hltv rankings?
2019-11-25 09:17
1 reply
If you have good hltv ranking that means youve placed well in many tournaments
2019-11-25 09:42
Mouz top5 lololol Back to 2014 with a real lineup 😍
2019-11-25 09:17
1 reply
I lol u
2019-12-09 21:33
I dont understand why ppl call this T3 tournament. mouz has beaten 3 of the hottest teams 2k19. they still are inconsistent, I dont say they win everything now. But you can see that the work pays off. they grinded the exp. the young additions need and they solved a major mouz-probleme over the last months: they have no bad maps anymore. for a long time in mouz csgo history, the mouz teams were known for having at least 2 maps they cant play. many times, they were already beaten after the veto.
2019-11-25 09:54
How top 5?
2019-11-25 09:57
1 reply
Did u get it
2019-12-09 21:33
Wat??😂😂Its december. U are nr12 atm. From 12 > 5 in 4 weeks??? I’ll have what hes been taking hahahhaa #thisboyonsterroids♿️
2019-11-25 10:13
2 replies
lol_n00bs
2019-12-09 21:33
well well well. 12-4 in 2 weeks uh oh and still time to get into top 3 even
2019-12-18 13:30
MSL said that he is "sure" that they will be in top 5. Woxic said their "goal" is to be in top5. There is difference. Also, top5 is very hard for mouz cuz they will need to win or at least get to to finals in epl but after all, it is their goal and it is not silly to have a big goal.
2019-11-25 10:35
1 reply
yeah, gonna be hard cuz there are ECS/Blast Finals & EPICCENTER in december
2019-11-25 13:03
2019-11-25 11:27
3 replies
Wtf is this
2019-11-25 14:35
2 replies
virus dont click
2019-11-25 16:00
1 reply
Too late kardesh. I did it
2019-11-25 16:45
#96
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Spain elskio
-Astralis -liquid -EG -vitality -faze -fnatic -mouz close
2019-11-25 12:25
cocky af
2019-11-25 12:51
Mouse are shit, they will never be top 5. This was a tier 2 tournament, the only team who are supposed to be good are EG but they are literally the most inconsistant bot team of all time, so yeah. This was a shitty tier 2-3 tournament with no top 5 teams attending.
2019-11-25 13:48
2 replies
xaxaxaxa
2019-12-08 20:46
LULL
2019-12-09 20:46
Top 5 nice joke LuL
2019-11-25 14:08
3 replies
lul
2019-12-08 17:08
xaxaxa
2019-12-08 20:48
Say again lultic fan
2019-12-09 20:34
It is too hard to get to top 5 in the ranking
2019-11-26 05:16
1 reply
What did u say ?
2019-12-09 20:34
Xantarestop1lenmq
2019-11-26 15:25
close close, nt dude
2019-11-26 22:28
ez4mouz
2019-12-08 17:10
Cool
2019-12-09 20:32
you did it men)))
2019-12-09 20:34
actually if faze wins blast and they get last on summit they probably wont be in top5
2019-12-09 22:04
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