oskar: "I was considering whether it was still worth it to keep playing, but I decided I wouldn't give up that easily"

We sat down with Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný to discuss his move to Sprout and reflect on the turn in the Czech's career in 2019.

The AWPer was recently announced as a new addition to Sprout, as the German organization has returned to an English-speaking lineup for 2020 after parting ways with Florian "syrsoN" Rische and Nils "k1to" Gruhne in December.

oskar looks back at how 2019 went after his departure from mouz

In our interview with him, oskar talked about the offers he received since his stint with HellRaisers ended in October, revealing that a move to North America is not an option for him, and explained what helped him make the decision to join up with Sprout.

The 28-year-old also touched on the topic of his poor reputation, which became a point of discussion in the post-StarLadder Major period, and reflected on how his decision to leave mousesports at the beginning of the year affected his career.

Can you first talk about what has been up with you since the end of your stint with HellRaisers? Were you looking to get another break before deciding on your future or did you plan on getting back in the saddle as soon as possible?

I'm not going to lie, I immediately wanted to return and play, but I didn't play as much CS as I would have imagined, I'd be surprised if I played more than 30 hours after the Major. It was a tough period, I even had a plan that took a surprising turn, and that took away a lot of my motivation to come back. I was considering whether it was still worth it to keep playing, but I decided I wouldn't give up that easily. I still like to play and I want to give it my all. Worst case scenario, I was thinking about putting together a Czech-Slovakian team, but I'll have to put that off for now.

Can you tell us about the offers you received after you became a free agent? Was a move to a different region (North America, Asia) a possibility at all?

I can't talk about specifics, but I think I had two offers to go to North America and that was it. I've said it before, I can't go to North America and I don't want to. If I were 20 and if I had no roots, I'd go immediately.

What did you see in the Sprout team that helped you make the decision to join up with them?

As I said, I wanted to play, and creating a local team was the last resort. When Sprout came with the offer, I considered it for about a day. I just wanted to play and Sprout are in the top 30 at the moment, and I think we have what it takes to reach the top 20 and slowly start threatening some of the better teams. I'm not going to lie, I'm really happy about the opportunity to play with the guys, there's an experienced coach here, the talented faveN, and two legends from mousesports. I think it's going to be a good experience for everyone and I'm looking forward to getting it on the road.

oskar reunites with two of his former mousesports teammates in Sprout

How is communication going in this short amount of time you have spent together?

Actually, I'd say communication has been on a surprisingly good level, people give quick info and react in time, all of that has been there from the start and that's important. It'll take some time to sync up and perfect communication, but, all in all, I was positively surprised.

Karrigan recently said in an interview with Rivalry that you, ropz, and suNny didn't want to play with him when he got benched in FaZe. Why not? Is there a sense of "what if…" when you think back to that period? How would you reflect on 2019 as a whole for you and how your decision to leave mousesports at the beginning affected it?

That's true. I think we had different ideas about the team at the time, plus we already had two other names in mind. That's life, people unfortunately make wrong decisions and you can't take them back. I was thinking if I had played with ropz, suNny, and karrigan, how it could have worked or might not have worked, but I think it just had to be and I'm glad that ropz, chrisJ, and frozen are doing well. It wasn't the greatest period for me, I was just trying to stay in shape, I really wanted to take a break but then HellRaisers came with the offer, so I squeezed out what I had left and wanted to do well at the Major, which unfortunately didn't work out. 2019 didn't go very well for me, but I'm thinking positively and I hope 2020 will be a lot better. To be honest, I think my decision to quit mousesports really affected my career, but, as I said, everything has its reasons and people just sometimes make bad decisions.

Your reputation for being a bad teammate became a hot topic around the second post-Major shuffle period, which caused some of your former teammates to come to your defense on Twitter. What do you have to say on the subject of your reputation and motivation?

I think I know how and where it came from, but I'm not going to air it or go over it. A lot of things are said and they aren't always necessarily true, few people know me well enough to say that I'm a bad teammate. I don't let everyone close, I don't open up to everyone, and someone probably didn't like that, which caused all the drama. I'm just tired of it, so I'll leave it be and focus on my next team and the people in it. I just want to say that no one is perfect and I'm not either, but I always treat people with respect and humility, which some people might not realize.

A lot of attention is also directed at your age, do you believe you can compete at the top level at 28 years old in the same way you did in previous years?

Age is just a number. If I play as much as I used to I definitely believe I can and maybe I could even get better than that with all the experience I gathered.

Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1114
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.12
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
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Spain Granjero 
Cool interview 😎 German cs top1 soon
2020-01-03 15:30
ok
2020-01-03 15:30
GOAT PLAYER BACK AT TOPTIER CS
2020-01-03 15:32
It seems like Germans wanna make their CS great again. Old mousesports / ALTERNATE aTTaX times from 1.6 were amazing for German CS.
2020-01-03 16:16
Well, that's sorta mouz nowadays too. Minus the BIG split.
2020-01-04 12:37
#63
Other F5! 
Farmer5
2020-01-03 17:42
#3
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United States M4_1_Tapper 
Godskar
2020-01-03 15:30
#57
NiKo | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Flippee 
Best 40+ year old
2020-01-03 17:08
Best boomer CS player
2020-01-03 21:52
Ok
2020-01-03 15:30
#5
JoJo | 
Spain Dicraftio 
Hmm
2020-01-03 15:31
#6
HUNDEN | 
Denmark SpayZeh 
Wasted talent
2020-01-03 15:30
Totally
2020-01-04 15:36
#7
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Europe Vegiboy 
sure
2020-01-03 15:30
#8
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Russia Everlife^ 
lets go daddy^
2020-01-03 15:31
#9
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Australia JingleBells 
LOL
2020-01-03 15:31
#10
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Sweden meistr0 
Who is the 5th though?
2020-01-03 15:31
#11
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Spain Granjero 
Dycha
2020-01-03 15:31
#19
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Finland niklaSjj 
dycha
2020-01-03 15:36
Dycha or nex
2020-01-03 16:18
Nex ofc. U suckers know shit 😂😂
2020-01-03 17:37
#77
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Sweden nowyouseemee 
source?
2020-01-03 18:54
#65
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
Zero
2020-01-03 17:48
#78
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Sweden nowyouseemee 
source?
2020-01-03 18:54
#79
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
Me
2020-01-03 18:56
#80
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Sweden nowyouseemee 
based on?
2020-01-03 18:57
#81
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
They are probably still looking for last, Oskar joins, and contact Zero cuz he knows, he left BP5. Germany is not that far, so there wouldn't be problem for Zero + he said he has time to play in team even while he is on university
2020-01-03 19:01
ye but he has time to play in way lower scene than top 30 he said on stream the other day
2020-01-03 19:06
#86
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Slovakia MirkeeS 
+1 na 100% Zero nepôjde do sproudu
2020-01-03 19:41
#96
oskar | 
Europe Adisk1 
true
2020-01-03 20:31
tiež si myslím, že sa ešte nevráti k CSku, keď študuje
2020-01-03 20:35
:( would be cool tho
2020-01-03 19:05
ryann
2020-01-03 17:55
GODSKAR
2020-01-03 15:32
I think my decision to quit mousesports really affected my career, but, as I said, everything has its reasons and people just sometimes make bad decisions. nt oskar you got kicked stop baiting. 0/8
2020-01-03 15:32
lul considering the original kick was chris but for "some" reason oskar decied to leave instead, i think chris just went to ceo and convinced him
2020-01-03 15:39
i arent thinkz that
2020-01-03 15:39
+1 how can you even say no to chrisj
2020-01-03 17:56
#27
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Netherlands itsm 
+2
2020-01-03 15:45
#37
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Czech Republic Cuki_ 
0/8
2020-01-03 15:55
#74
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Learn to read, he left by himself.
2020-01-03 18:44
#104
nEGRo | 
Finland Tuqe_ 
I think you should learn to comprehend what you read...
2020-01-04 01:05
godskar
2020-01-03 15:32
GRANDPAS STILL PLAYING CS 😂😂😂
2020-01-03 15:33
#18
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Spain Granjero 
Age is just a number
2020-01-03 15:35
#42
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Turkey nghtmr_71 
Not just a number. Have you ever seen like human anatomy ?
2020-01-03 16:02
What about human psychology ?? :)
2020-01-04 13:27
#17
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Russia ToughGuy 
well.. soon u will change ur mind
2020-01-03 15:33
Wowowwoooouuuw tough guy huh I am Very scared, will u plz kiss me and hug me and tell. Me to be ya babbbbabyyyy oh yeah
2020-01-03 16:17
#48
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Russia ToughGuy 
dont fuckin make me angry
2020-01-03 16:20
#22
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Poland BAN_ANIME 
gl oskar
2020-01-03 15:41
oskar the ass rekter
2020-01-03 15:42
#24
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
oaskar is just a beast. one of my fav awpers.
2020-01-03 15:43
True, I don't think he's done yet.
2020-01-03 15:48
#35
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
he would have been a good replacement for guardian in FaZe..
2020-01-03 15:52
Yeah I feel like that could've worked out, he might've been more motivated to practice again.
2020-01-03 17:19
"Age is just a number." XAXAAXAXXAXAXAXAXAXAXAAXXAXA
2020-01-03 15:43
#30
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Myanmar xdcc 
is 28 not number? clearly not letter
2020-01-03 15:47
Are you unfamiliar with memes?
2020-01-03 15:51
#34
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Myanmar xdcc 
sooner or later EU will ban memes prepare for it
2020-01-03 15:52
They've already done it and I haven't felt it at all.
2020-01-03 15:53
#38
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Czech Republic Cuki_ 
Because they have not made the law about it yet
2020-01-03 15:56
#128
czech | 
Spain Miki2K 
Don’t spread bullshit
2020-01-04 15:42
#33
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
55 and still playing cs, respect
2020-01-03 15:51
#26
b0RUP | 
Belarus b0ROV 
omagad nice rekt navi
2020-01-03 15:44
#28
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Sweden Trkmag 
God oskar
2020-01-03 15:46
"I think we had different ideas about the team at the time, plus we already had two other names in mind." Fuck, i want to know. My bet is nexa & hunTer
2020-01-03 15:46
#39
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Finland Emvi 
great pick up for sprout, gl to to them. good to see oskar back
2020-01-03 15:59
ok I love you oskar but who in their right mind would ever use names denis and Spiidi and legends in one sentence, like holy fuck
2020-01-03 15:59
#101
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
Mousesports legends not cs legends obviously
2020-01-03 22:18
#105
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Germany bVicious 
+1
2020-01-04 01:06
oh yeah, mousesports legends from the time where 1 serbian guy was carrying the whole team with these 2 bots in it right
2020-01-04 12:55
#129
czech | 
Spain Miki2K 
U kno they were playin cs before that?
2020-01-04 15:43
Propably ment that they got to major playoffs
2020-01-04 02:34
Oskar. You're very talented player. It seems like age doesn't really matter for you that much. But you should focus on your weak qualities! Just sit with a cup of tea and think about your Strong qualities and your Weak qualities. And try to work on Weak ones and think how you can better use your Strong ones. From the viewers' point of view, you're amazing player in terms of skill, you have amazing aim and you're the most useful type of a player nowadays - Hybrid. But you have lack of good communication. Also, as I see, you are giving up too early in the match. You might disagree with me on some points, but anyway, work on these things and everything gonna be amazing for you!!! It's not the end of your career brother. Another advice: Watch Astralis games and learn all flashes and tricks. Just write all of these tricks and flashes for every map. And try to analyze which strategies and defaults they use, when and why.
2020-01-03 16:11
#44
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Germany Brate 
+1
2020-01-03 16:10
U almost lost me then that one sentence Hybrid, u so mysterious u remind me of a time things weren't so complicated, I had to keep reading, but normal for me this was a typical tldr, but for once in my life,I got hit by a A sensible approach to developing oneself, to sit down and work with its qualities and values, to take its content and prepare and improve it to the 100% you have to give so when you are in that situation you will notice a thought tell you i have done my best and no matter the outcome i am proud of it! I have experienced this feeling once before long ago before the year 2007 the same year I gave up on humanity, great to see it lives on,
2020-01-03 16:28
#43
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Sweden Onkov 
Good interview!
2020-01-03 16:08
#49
rain | 
Slovakia timky 
In other words: They offered good money and there is nothing else I can do in real life apart from holding mouse so imma take it
2020-01-03 16:26
exactly that
2020-01-03 16:30
#75
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
lol, he was working in a factory before playing cs for money...
2020-01-03 18:48
#103
rain | 
Slovakia timky 
What position ? Because if he was basic worker for minimal wage, then you just confirmed what ive said :)
2020-01-03 22:41
basic worker i guess
2020-01-04 11:58
#130
czech | 
Spain Miki2K 
nobody said shit against ur point lol, he just added more details lol
2020-01-04 15:47
#50
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Switzerland x676 
yeah you can still farm few paychecks and then retire
2020-01-03 16:26
In real words: if I don't keep earning undue paychecks playing sh#t level CS there's nothing else I can do for a living
2020-01-03 16:31
#121
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
nothing else he can do to make a living? theres plenty of opportunities for anybody... btw FURIA is pretty much shit level cs aswell
2020-01-04 15:08
oof
2020-01-05 09:36
ez for a new juggernaut
2020-01-03 16:35
USA denied his visa application and that's why he can't go to NA, LuL
2020-01-03 16:36
#122
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
source?
2020-01-04 15:08
Trust me bro
2020-01-04 15:13
Hahahaha "worth playing".. guy needs solid income otherwise he can go and work in mc'donalds.
2020-01-03 16:50
#123
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
so apparently its worth playing for him?.. ur sentence doesnt make any sense
2020-01-04 15:12
30 hours of cs after the major is a sign that his time to retire is coming but at the end i really hope he does not end like Guardian...i hope he does well but i think this is his last chance.
2020-01-03 17:11
i guess he means 30 hours/2 weeks but obviously we can't know for sure
2020-01-03 17:46
#60
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Poland pawbeast 
2 legends of mousesports XDDDD actually 2 bots who where dead weight for mousesports team when niko was playing. Imagine calling those bots spidi and denis legends
2020-01-03 17:22
#76
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1
2020-01-03 18:49
they were actually good players back in gob, chris, nex, denis and spiidi lineup
2020-01-03 20:03
gl with bot denis and superbot spidiii LUL
2020-01-03 17:30
thank you Mr. Stastny
2020-01-03 17:50
#67
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
Zero 5th I'm sure
2020-01-03 17:51
#71
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Slovakia GTRPRO 
prove ?
2020-01-03 18:15
#72
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
I'm proof. Like they are probably looking for last, Oskar joins, and contact Zero cuz he knows, he left BP5. Germany is not too far, so there wouldn't be problem for Zero probably. It makes sense
2020-01-03 18:25
Zero is studying!
2020-01-03 20:24
#95
HenkkyG | 
Czech Republic cortan 
As i said. He had time to play with BH5, so i guess he can even play with Sprout, it isnt that much different. + Germany is not that far, i guess it wouldnt be problem for him, if he would be interested in
2020-01-03 20:25
#112
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Mongolia Sythapilla 
what is BH5?
2020-01-04 12:00
Budapest 5
2020-01-04 12:45
#68
flusha | 
Bulgaria WEEDY1 
paycheck stealer
2020-01-03 17:52
#73
ropz | 
Argentina rawe1337 
oskar <3
2020-01-03 18:31
#82
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Poland pawbeast 
this team will be worse than hellraisers XDDDDD
2020-01-03 19:02
#83
oskar | 
Czech Republic Vald0o 
I love that he knows where he is going and isn't saying blank phrases like: "we are going to be top 5 at the end of the summer" and shit like that. He knows what kinda team he is joining and says that they are able to crack top20 and move from there. That's one of signs that you gained enough experience and grew as a person and player that you know what to expect. Not like some 18 yo boy joining T3 team saying we are going to be top10 next month, then they won't do shit for month and he's depressed and what not and soon leaves the team. Let's go Tommy, hope you do well buddy.
2020-01-03 19:03
#87
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Czech Republic DemoroCZ 
+1
2020-01-03 19:45
+1 he smart
2020-01-03 20:04
+1
2020-01-03 20:22
#98
oskar | 
Europe Adisk1 
+1
2020-01-03 20:37
#102
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Poland Viefer 
+1
2020-01-03 22:22
+1000
2020-01-04 15:34
BAD IDEA
2020-01-03 19:56
PogChamp Let's hope #DDPC is back.
2020-01-03 20:22
Oskar, too many problems man. Focus on you for a while because not only you do bad to yourself but you hurt the teams you participating also if you are not "feeling" to play all the time. You are not feeling it once , twice .. now it is the third or fourth time ? That is mental issue and fix it before you play again please or retire and focus on you alone and get better.
2020-01-03 21:27
#107
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United States Rakitic 
Lets go Oskar!
2020-01-04 05:39
#108
CeRq | 
Bulgaria Ramky 
don''t give up Oskar we want you in the scene by at least your late 50's
2020-01-04 09:57
Yeah his other option is to work in a czech factory for 300euro. Now atleast he will have money for drinkin again
2020-01-04 11:56
#132
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Czech Republic VeryCzechGuy 
more like 1300 euro but yeah
2020-01-05 21:28
#110
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Turkey nicemilitant 
King. I respect that.
2020-01-04 11:58
#113
flusha | 
Japan DvKDvK 
Respect for the honesty! Good luck I think he can be the steady factor so that Sprout can settle in the top 20 for a long period.
2020-01-04 12:07
yes
2020-01-20 10:39
lets go
2020-01-04 12:58
#120
oskar | 
Czech Republic Olaxen 
Let's go Oskar!!
2020-01-04 13:37
GOD #1
2020-01-04 15:33
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