mantuu on joining OG: "It relit the fire inside me and gave me the opportunity I always wanted"

We had a chat with Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski ahead of his debut with OG at cs_summit 5 to discuss his expectations for this new challenge, adapting to a different role and the first weeks of practice.

The 22-year-old enters cs_summit 5 hoping to prove his doubters wrong, with his arrival in OG representing the biggest challenge of his career. The British AWPer, who made a name for himself in PANTHERS and ALTERNATE aTTaX, will make his debut for the team at 18:00 against a woxic-less MOUZ side.

mantuu believes OG can be a top-five team next year

In this interview, mantuu talks about his feelings on joining such a veteran squad, plays down community pressure and says that the team can dream big next year. If you want to know more about his career up to this point, you can read our feature article with insight shared by ALTERNATE aTTaX's Dustin "⁠DuDe⁠" Großmann and by former coach Niclas "⁠enkay J⁠" Krumhorn.

This is undoubtedly the biggest challenge of your career. What were your initial thoughts when you were approached by an organisation like OG to play alongside some big-name players, including a two-time Major champion?

I was honestly surprised when the offer came around and NBK told me to try out in OG. Towards the end of the year in ALTERNATE aTTaX I was slowly losing motivation and enjoyment for the game. I had won the German National Championship three times and always wanted to go further in the CS scene. When the team and OG agreed on signing me I felt like it relit the fire inside me and gave me the opportunity I always wanted in my career. Right now we are super excited and extremely motivated to improve individually and as a group.

This will be a considerable step up from the teams where you played before. Did you have any reservations?

I had no reservations when it came to joining OG. The team is made up of talented and passionate players. I believe this is a perfect playground for me to develop as a player while I have such experienced players teaching me along the way. When I have an opportunity like this in front of me, I will always face it head-on and give it my everything even if some people don't believe in me.

Throughout your career you’ve played multiple roles, from entry fragger to hybrid AWPer. Could you expand a little bit on your role in the new team and how things have been going for you in terms of adapting to a new system and a new role?

I am the designated AWPer for OG. I always wanted to play the main AWP role during my career but I always ended up being the hybrid AWPer for my past teams. The adaptation period these couple of weeks has been really fun and I am learning a lot the more we play. I have players in my team who have played with the best AWPers in the world and they are helping me in every step along the way.

As the newcomer in the team and the one to fulfill the key AWP role, you will have a lot of eyes on you. How do you think that you will be able to handle the pressure?

My teammates believe in me and are giving me the confidence to set the pressure aspect aside. I also have a lot of fans from across the world who have followed me in my career and believe in my skillset and what I have to offer to the team. With these factors, I am confident in myself and the team that we will perform well and that we will gradually improve as we keep playing.

To those who don’t know you or your trajectory thus far, what can you say about your style? What can people expect from you?

I would say I have an aggressive playstyle where I will always search for the fight first. With the help of Aleksib and NBK I am developing the best playstyle for myself where I can balance being aggressive and passive as the rounds go along.

What has it been like to work alongside such renowned players? What has the team been focused on since you got together?

It has been a great privilege to work alongside such experienced players. We are all extremely motivated and we have been practicing really hard these past weeks. We have a good team environment and because of this our practice has been really beneficial. We are focusing on perfecting the basics and making sure we are all on the same page. The chemistry is already naturally there as we are all getting along, so we are quickly improving on the server.

I imagine that there is a look to take in at this stage, especially for you. What goals have you and the team set out for 2020? How much time do you think that it will take for the team to be at 100%?

Being a top-five team in the upcoming year is a rational goal. We are improving really quickly as we have really experienced players in the team, who are motivated to perfect everything. I believe in the upcoming months we will truly show our skill case individually and as a team.

Germany Dustin 'DuDe' Großmann
Dustin 'DuDe' Großmann
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
0.78
Maps played:
293
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.70
Poland Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
286
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
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OGod
2019-12-12 14:31
8 replies
'NBK told me to try out in OG' hopefully NBK doesn't get kicked out of the team too soon that he built with a new org in CS once again
2019-12-12 14:35
7 replies
two months until he tries to get the igl role
2019-12-12 14:38
6 replies
He was kinda forced to do it, right now he has dedicated IGL so he doesn't need to
2019-12-12 14:45
4 replies
wasnt alex a dedicated igl?
2019-12-12 16:18
3 replies
#54
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North America Straf3R
They didn't start the lineup with Alex.
2019-12-12 16:40
2 replies
but he was the igl. its obvious that nbk wasnt happy with how the he was leading. same as allu with aleksib
2019-12-12 16:41
1 reply
when NBK was IGL-ing on CT and ALEX on T, there were matches where the CT side was super dominant (e.g 12-3) and the T side was nothing but a big disappointment and vice-versa. It's a shitty system and I don't doubt they argued because of this, losing matches when one's leadership on their side was flawless.
2019-12-12 17:21
We're talking about nbk and og here, not vitality and shox
2019-12-12 15:12
#DreamOG
2019-12-12 14:31
pog
2019-12-12 14:31
#4
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Canada U_S_of_Gay
Good Luck
2019-12-12 14:31
#5
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Qatar amega
Nice
2019-12-12 14:32
epic
2019-12-12 14:33
GL Mantuu
2019-12-12 14:33
3 replies
why tf did i get a notification for this message. said u replied to me?
2019-12-12 15:15
2 replies
hltv broken website
2019-12-12 15:17
1 reply
stop replying to me
2019-12-12 16:17
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Germany Trax_
Not really deserved imo.
2019-12-12 14:34
"The British AWPer" You mean the Polish AWPer...
2019-12-12 14:34
5 replies
*german awper
2019-12-12 14:37
HLTV asked him about the British thing and said he didn’t mind, get over it
2019-12-12 14:38
3 replies
Where did you read that?
2019-12-12 14:50
2 replies
Comment made by Miraa, if I find i will comment again
2019-12-12 14:57
Check
2019-12-12 14:58
"I also have a lot of fans from across the world who have followed me in my career and believe in my skillset and what I have to offer to the team" Bro i dont think so..
2019-12-12 14:34
last place at summit 3
2019-12-12 14:35
Best of luck, yung talent <3
2019-12-12 14:35
Lit
2019-12-12 14:37
#24
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France StickyRice
EZ for OpTicGaming
2019-12-12 14:38
So glad he finally get's out of every two months shuffeling german scene. Will boost him a lot to finally play international in a solid team
2019-12-12 14:40
#28
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Europe Skraj
Man with these headlines you could think this guy is some former top player
2019-12-12 14:40
#33
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Poland J__ac_pis
Best polish-british-german player by far
2019-12-12 14:50
1 reply
True
2019-12-12 15:04
We will see today :)
2019-12-12 14:58
top 5 KEK
2019-12-12 15:01
#43
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Brunei cyLoL
Who car you don’t deserve it
2019-12-12 15:14
poland is not proud of him
2019-12-12 15:37
Hyped to see og toniight
2019-12-12 15:46
btw no offense but who is mantuu never heard or see this guy before
2019-12-12 16:15
#56
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Sweden sezgi
wont even be a top 30 team tbh, garbage
2019-12-12 16:41
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