snatchie: "Struggles in Virtus.pro affected me a lot last year - I didn’t progress individually, my motivation level dropped"

Upon parting ways with the ex-Virtus.pro core and becoming a free agent, Michał "snatchie" Rudzki opened up on the good and bad of his stay with the Polish team.

While admitting that his motivation levels dropped in the last year with the Polish side as they struggled for results, the 22-year-old AWPer said that joining the team was a "dream come true" and that playing alongside the likes of Filip "NEO" Kubski and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski gave him "invaluable" experience.

Some good LAN showings weren't enough to balance out the online struggles of Virtus.pro

Moving forward, snatchie is ready to join a strong domestic lineup or go international, following in the steps of Michał "MICHU" Müller, Sebastian "NEEX" Trela, and Paweł "dycha" Dycha. However, at this point, he is still exploring his options.

You made the jump from AGO to Virtus.pro at the time when AGO was challenging for the title of the best team in Poland. What was your approach to that decision back in August of 2018? Which things ended up being different than you expected?

Virtus.pro was a dream for every Polish player back then and at that time I thought it was the normal next step in my career. It was a big pleasure to play with living legends but of course, every one of us was hoping for better results. There were some things that didn’t work and we tried many solutions, none of them worked.

How did the struggles in Virtus.pro affect you individually? Did your motivation drop, do you think your progression as a CS player has been slowed down because of it?

Struggles in Virtus.pro affected me a lot last year. I didn’t progress individually, and due to constantly making the same mistakes as a team, my motivation level dropped. You know, we were not a bad team on LANs and we were always able to show our power. However, situations such as the ESL Polish Championships or the struggle to maintain our spot in ESEA MDL mean that you are starting to seriously wonder what is the cause of those failures and whether you are pulling your team down. It was extremely hard because, on the one hand, we were able to win against FaZe or mousesports, and on the other, we lost to mix teams.

Do you think your career would've been in a better place if you didn't join Virtus.pro, either by staying in AGO or joining a different team?

I think that the experience gained in Virtus.pro is invaluable. I had a chance to work with some great professionals. Despite the results and many rumors about the entire composition - I had the opportunity to train with the world's best players. They taught me many things that I didn't even pay attention to. I can't assume what would have happened if I stayed at AGO or went to a different team. Every Polish player will tell you that being a part of Virtus.pro at this time was a dream and I made this dream come true.

Your time in Virtus.pro and with that core of players has come to an end. Looking at the positives, what is your favorite memory from your time with the team?

My favorite memory? I'd say it was V4 Future Sports Festival in Budapest. We performed really well there against good teams and it allowed us to rank up in the HLTV ranking.

Playing alongside Snax helped him develop as an AWPer, Snatchie says

Now that you are not playing in a team, what does your day-to-day regiment look like? How are you keeping in form or developing your game?

I try to do what every professional player should do while being a free agent. I devote a little more time to other activities, although I still spend a lot of time on the server, whether it’s playing qualifications with some mixes or on FPL. I also started streaming. On the matter of looking for a team, together with my agent we are looking for the best option and I hope soon you will see me on the server with a new team.

Your "stock" on the CS:GO market has dropped in recent times as other teams and players rose to prominence. How do you view that issue as a free agent? What do you bring to a team that would make you worth picking up, that perhaps isn't apparent?

In a way, everyone knows what I'm capable of. I believe I'm already recognizable for, in a way, a very aggressive playstyle, which sometimes might be too aggressive. I'm working on it and I learnt that sometimes it's worth to retreat to your position and by that win a round. Working with the players from former Virtus.pro also taught me a lot. After all, Snax was considered one of the best snipers in the world at one point in his career. I gained some skills and behaviors from each of them that will allow me to become a better player.

On the other hand, what are you looking for in a team that you would join? Are you looking to move if necessary and ready to communicate in English in an international team?

At this point, I'm considering several options. There are currently a lot of very good players on the Polish scene and if there will be an option to build a perspective and ambitious team - I'm open to it. Of course, the second option is to play in an international team. I am open to any proposal. Poland has many talented players such as MICHU, NEEX, or dycha who will have a chance to prove themselves in an international teams.

Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
224
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1703
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1643
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1504
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Sebastian 'NEEX' Trela
Sebastian 'NEEX' Trela
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
415
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.09
Very cool interview!
2020-02-10 16:20
I didn't read because snatchie was, is and always will be bot
2020-02-10 16:37
#34
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India TYZ4 
NEO TAZ SNATCHIE +++ +++ EDIT: That reminds me, @Proffeseur (Hope I spelled your name right), could you please do an interview with either Neo or Taz asking about their progress on a new team, and them mising the major qualifiers, and no polish teams makin it to the minors even.
2020-02-10 16:52
I don't know what kind of shit youre talking about but stop it
2020-02-10 18:00
#64
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Poland DrPoolittle 
+1
2020-02-10 20:50
India #1
2020-02-11 00:37
Nice. Good luck
2020-02-10 16:21
#3
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Poland Axer85 
nice
2020-02-10 16:20
I'm not surprised. Vp is trash
2020-02-10 16:20
Car
2020-02-10 16:21
washed up bot just like rest of poland scene
2020-02-10 16:21
MICHU and dycha seems to be pretty good
2020-02-10 16:22
Yeah they're only promising players
2020-02-10 18:18
Playing in such a shitty team would psychologically affect anyone tbh
2020-02-10 16:21
+1
2020-02-10 16:43
Not to mention the psychological burden of being a shit player
2020-02-10 18:38
SNATCHIE: "STRUGGLES IN VIRTUS.THROW AFFECTED ME A LOT..."
2020-02-10 16:21
#10
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Russia ToughGuy 
Who cars
2020-02-10 16:22
#11
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Latvia Phenomennn 
VP are f*cking n00bs. what do you expect?
2020-02-10 16:22
#12
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Poland Julka 
Actually pretty cool interview
2020-02-10 16:24
ok boomer
2020-02-10 16:25
gl snatchie, the best AWP player in Poland for sure
2020-02-10 16:26
EWW GN3 LVL SHIT
2020-02-11 00:30
#73
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
lol GN3 would hit at least 1 of these
2020-02-11 08:49
he did kill 1 so...
2020-02-11 08:51
#75
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic sujkic 
you mean the one on long? I meant the 3 miss shots at players between A site and toilets
2020-02-11 08:57
#15
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World Vidua 
I swear CS:GO players are the biggest snowflakes. The truth is Snatchie's stupid plays have been one of things keeping ex-VP squad from achieving anything.
2020-02-10 16:26
true that
2020-02-10 16:43
#49
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Germany grabke 
+1 yes laughable its never the player himself always this or that. Playing like shit and now the other guys who can't say anything here are the reason.
2020-02-10 17:49
one of the dumbest players in the scene, this dude always overpeeks and has terrible decision making
2020-02-10 16:27
#17
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Libya green_wizard 
cry is free beta male xd
2020-02-10 16:30
#18
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Kazakhstan Trapptrapp 
VP with any roster is tier8 team. Current one is the worst
2020-02-10 16:30
#19
draken | 
Romania Obuz8 
Wasted talent
2020-02-10 16:32
blame VP for ur personal fails.
2020-02-10 16:34
#28
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Poland FREDDY_KRUGER 
well, VP is shitty cursed org. expected!
2020-02-10 16:42
Sure because they take players like snatchie. it is a circle.
2020-02-10 16:43
#37
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
+1 the moment they kicked taz and when neo left to join faze i knew that its end of virtus pro
2020-02-10 16:55
#22
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Vietnam LilTed 
VP OMEGA LUL
2020-02-10 16:35
snatchie was actually pretty good when VP picked him up.. this ain't good
2020-02-10 16:41
he missed some important shots I remember that, but of course he was a talent and he managed to put out some good moments aswell
2020-02-10 16:43
Virtus.Pro is cursed since 2018 whoever joins this org gets cursed forever in CS life
2020-02-10 16:42
#26
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United States EmperorTrump 
VP org is cursed
2020-02-10 16:42
Good player
2020-02-10 16:44
ok
2020-02-10 16:52
#36
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World WestSideDude 
VP cursed noobs
2020-02-10 16:52
#39
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Poland morosek 
- I had the opportunity to train with the world's best players When? Lul
2020-02-10 16:58
#48
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Libya green_wizard 
in his dreams
2020-02-10 17:43
i think they played pcw against astralis and other top teams
2020-02-10 18:23
Deserved for playing in shitus pro
2020-02-10 16:59
#42
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Albania resick 
feel free to retire then!
2020-02-10 17:07
#43
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United States xiquo 
vp is cursed org for cs now.
2020-02-10 17:12
#44
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Poland PanArek 
vERY NICE INTERVIEW
2020-02-10 17:15
#46
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Finland Miroyev 
Good luck with taz and neo, am i right?
2020-02-10 17:28
#51
MICHU | 
Poland Jancz1 
illuminar
2020-02-10 18:00
He lost motivation because he was paid too much money
2020-02-10 18:01
Ok
2020-02-10 18:09
who neex
2020-02-10 18:13
#56
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Denmark Zorrondo 
who ??
2020-02-10 18:17
overrated overhyped BOT with negative IQ and zero impact how Pasha die for this
2020-02-10 19:24
since when'd you care about Pasha? (in a positive way)
2020-02-10 22:12
not sure if this will help
2020-02-10 21:53
I mean if you think about it
2020-02-10 21:59
I didn't know bout that
2020-02-10 22:45
You joined for the money though, no? Your previous team was in better shape than VP even at that time. Very unlucky for real polish talents being wasted
2020-02-11 00:25
good headline to sell yourself to a team
2020-02-11 01:48
#76
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Brazil Fauchard 
LOL what a EXCUSE to not evolve profissional.....
2020-02-11 12:07
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