Maikelele: "Every event we get invited to is like a dream come true, especially when we've been fighting so hard"

We spoke to Mikail "Maikelele" Bill after GODSENT's series against ENCE to discuss late 2019 results and the team's showings at ICE Challenge so far.

GODSENT advanced to the single-elimination bracket in London after finishing third in Group B following a close loss to Natus Vincere and a 2-0 thrashing of ENCE, who mustered only 11 rounds in the series.

Maikelele thinks the match-up against Virtus.pro is a comfortable one

In a post-match interview with Maikelele, we learned about the team's success in the final quarter of 2019 and their preparation heading into this event. We also discussed the two matches that the team played in the group stage and if he felt that the series against ENCE was as one-sided as it seemed.

Before the player break, you had some solid results at DreamHack Winter and DreamHack Sevilla. How did the team pick up the pace towards the end of the year?

I think when we created the team and brought in our last player, Maden, the atmosphere became really good. That's the biggest reason why we're trying to improve and we've been playing well. We traveled to the tournament in Kiev (WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 2), where we won our first LAN together. We didn't lose a single map, which felt awesome. After that, we got a higher world ranking and were invited to those DreamHack Open tournaments, which was amazing. Unfortunately, we couldn't win either, but I think we got a pretty decent result by getting to the playoffs.

You had a two-week bootcamp coming into ICE. What did the team work on in this time?

Yeah, we had a two-week bootcamp after the Christmas break. We had no practice together before that, so we decided to have the bootcamp to prepare for this event. It was mostly focused on improving our individual level after the break, but we also worked on our weakness, which has been anti-ecos. We're trying to work on them, and I think we have been doing a pretty good job, but time will tell if it's perfect now or not.

Do you feel that there are still gaps that need filling in order for the team to play at an optimal level?

Yes, we are still a pretty new team I would say, even though we've been together for quite a while now. There are always things you can work on as a team, and we're trying to find solutions to all of our problems, which is hard. We're just taking it step by step.

Devilwalk has been coaching the team for quite a while now. His achievements in-game and the experience he gained over the years must be quite impactful. How has he helped the team to evolve?

I think Devilkwalk is our pillar. He's the guy who's behind everyone, he's supporting everyone and trying to help us grow as players, especially when it comes to a newer player like Maden. kRYSTAL and I have been here since the beginning, and we've been saying ever since that if Devilwalk weren't here then we probably wouldn't have the team we have right now, we would've split up a long time ago. He has been helping us a lot, and, yes, his experience is helping us for sure. We have some players with a lot of experience in me and STYKO, kRYSTAL and zehN have some experience as well, so we have an understanding of the game. He's more of a match-changer, he can call something mid-game and change the game plan, so he's one of the biggest pillars we have in the team.

ICE Challenge is a great opportunity for the team to face opponents from the higher echelons of Counter-Strike, such as mousesports and Na`Vi. How important do you feel the experience from a tournament like this is for the team?

It means the world to us, to be honest. Every event we get invited to is like a dream come true for everyone, especially when we had to fight so hard without an organisation, without salaries, without any support really. Getting invited to this sort of tournaments, and this is the largest we've attended recently, is an amazing opportunity for us as a team. We know it's going to be hard to win the event, even though we are aiming for it, just like everyone else. It means a lot to us, and we can actually see our potential from a different view.

In your opening series against Na`Vi, you really pushed them to the limits on three maps. On Train, in particular, it seemed like you had a strong idea of their CT-side positioning, which was apparent from your utility usage. Did you prepare in any special way against them?

Na`Vi being Na`Vi, they have great individual players. We know that they tend to play aggressively individually, so we were trying to figure out a way to play in their faces instead of giving them the opportunity to make individual plays. I think we followed it through very well at the beginning of the T side, but then, when we started to win a lot of rounds, we felt like we could chill out and play more relaxed and more as a team. Then we started to lose instead.

We have an idea as to how to play the game against different types of teams, and we are all in it together and we all open up and talk about scenarios and situations that can happen. Everyone has an understanding of our opponents, which is really good. We are talking a lot before the games and we decide before them what our approach should be. Later on, we might change the game plan, and that's where Devilwalk comes in.

In your match against ENCE, on paper, they were the favourites for the match-up, but you ended up defeating them in a very convincing fashion. Did you feel like the series against them was a complete rollover?

Yeah, in a way we felt that. We kind of knew that they would be afraid of playing against us because we are this underdog team and you never want to end up losing to an underdog team, so you might play a little bit differently. We knew that they would be like this, and then zehN stepped up a lot in the game as well. He's Finnish, so he pretty much knows everything about the players, so he was communicating really well during the game, and he was helping the team understand the situations that were happening.

We felt it was a rollover, and we pretty much felt that we smacked them, and it was fair and square, I think. Props to them, they're a good team, and it's hard to lose in the group stage like this.

You'll be facing Virtus.pro in the quarter-finals. They've been shaky in the recent past, and from what we learned in a recent interview, they're going through some internal issues. With this in mind, how do you feel you stack up against them?

I think we are pretty comfortable against them. They used to be AVANGAR, and they were playing a lot of online tournaments like the LOOT.BET tournaments, and we would play them as well. We have faced them a couple of times already, and sure, it was before they transferred, but we still have a relatively good understanding of how to play against them. I think it's a good match-up for us, and I think it's going to be a close game. Hopefully, we will win it.

Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
#1
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North America FutureOfNA 
EZ for Maikelele
2020-02-04 14:21
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Germany AdiZen 
deserved they suck individually but they beat teams by teamwork and great leadership
2020-02-04 14:28
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Slovakia Pokz628 
wdym they suck individually? they got great IGL two young and great players and two bit older experienced players
2020-02-04 14:39
#23
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Germany AdiZen 
maikelele krystal maden is good but only because of the tactics zehn is stable but not also a god or smth styko overperforming alot lately
2020-02-04 15:22
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Latvia Dettheroc 
Styko started fragging when he was in C9. And seems he just rolls with it
2020-02-05 00:18
maden zehn and even styko looked quite good imo
2020-02-04 14:44
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Germany AdiZen 
like i said they heavily rely on their teamwork to perform its not like they are crazy good aimers
2020-02-04 17:18
maden has good aim
2020-02-04 17:22
Wow interesting
2020-02-04 14:21
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Russia N1kDaN 
ok
2020-02-04 14:21
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France Aladdin70 
ESL rigged giving godsend spot in EPL
2020-02-04 14:21
<3
2020-02-04 14:22
This reminds me of the good old days at DreamHack winter 2014 where maikelele was popping off too bad they lost to ldlc who ultimately didn’t deserve to make it past the quarterfinals
2020-02-04 14:25
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Yugoslavia tomasev1c 
except hes like the worst player in the team
2020-02-04 14:28
No he was popping off something fifflaren couldn’t
2020-02-04 14:39
some1s ass?
2020-02-04 14:44
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Yugoslavia tomasev1c 
I mean rn
2020-02-04 14:48
#36
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France LeDiplomate 
Who ultimately won the Major*
2020-02-04 17:47
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Qatar Number2awper 
Maikelele desperate
2020-02-04 14:27
been watching the team grow since they had nukkye, gl maikalele!
2020-02-04 14:29
LELELELELELELEE gg hope u win vs virtus.noob
2020-02-04 14:30
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Netherlands davin 
nice read ty
2020-02-04 14:31
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Taiwan Mafuuyu 
BEAT VIRTUS.FLUKE
2020-02-04 14:35
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Germany FluMMzz 
ok but why is he still a flat earther
2020-02-04 14:37
#32
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Germany OfficialKown 
well he isnt. I mean im not supporting some of his stupid statements but he never said that the earth is flat
2020-02-04 17:24
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United Kingdom ShreN 
No idea where people get this shit from, he said he doesn't believe that the NASA moon landings or the black hole photo is real. He never said he thinks the earth is flat
2020-02-04 19:38
He is still stupid, then.
2020-02-04 19:40
gl for godsent
2020-02-04 14:44
maikelele goat
2020-02-04 14:55
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World Beard43 
I think it's bizarre and ridiculous that they were considered underdogs against ENCE. ENCE being terrible aside, Godsent have been impressive and I've really been looking forward to today's match up because I think VP will be a tougher opponent. GLHF Maikelelelelelele
2020-02-04 14:58
The real OG maikelele
2020-02-04 15:47
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Finland Smoonah 
didn’t even know you were still playing the game a top level tbh
2020-02-04 15:48
and yet they beat your flair team
2020-02-04 15:53
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Finland Smoonah 
didn’t even know was still playing at a top level tbh
2020-02-04 15:55
and yet they beat your flair team
2020-02-04 17:52
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Finland Smoonah 
calm down Engine, not really an accomplishment
2020-02-04 18:14
#43
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United Kingdom ShreN 
and yet they beat your flair team
2020-02-04 19:50
#44
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Finland Smoonah 
oi Thomas would ye like sum spotted dick before we off to see the Zedbras at the Zedoo?
2020-02-04 19:53
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Europe Telsek 
and yet they beat your flair team
2020-02-05 20:26
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Finland Smoonah 
thanks for letting me know, since I never watch any of the cs games it's nice to have someone do it for you
2020-02-05 21:24
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Portugal YANRAZA 
Who?
2020-02-04 15:58
Godsent have been impressive and I've really been looking forward
2020-02-04 16:45
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Spain juanma03 
Good performance overall
2020-02-04 17:27
Maden was the missing piece in this team, he brought the needed firepower.
2020-02-04 17:30
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United Kingdom Kaiiid 
i still feel with Krystal being a bot, more firepower needs to come either by getting a different igl who can frag more or trading maikelele or someone else for someone with more firepower.
2020-02-04 18:01
They probably have room to improve, I wouldn't change now, since they are still getting acquainted and growing their map pool. They can be top 10-15 with this roster.
2020-02-04 19:39
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Indonesia Exodd 
Lelelele
2020-02-04 17:45
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Korea thr33o 
Flashback to them NoChance days. Really glad to see how far they've progressed!
2020-02-05 02:44
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