steel: "Beating mousesports opened the eyes of my players and allowed them to understand how good they are"

We caught up with Lucas "⁠steel⁠" Lopes ahead of Sunday's ESL One: Road to Rio match against c0ntact to discuss Movistar Riders' recent victory over mousesports and his first six months on the Spanish roster.

Movistar Riders got their ESL One: Road to Rio campaign off to a dream start as they stunned world No 4 mousesports in a two-map series in what was one of the biggest results for the Spanish team since steel took over as in-game leader, in October.

steel says the team are working to make communication more clear

In this interview, the Brazilian player revealed that the initial disappointment for the cancellation of the Europe Minor quickly gave way to excitement and said that the team have been working hard to find the consistency needed to become a top side. He also admitted that his confidence is at an all-time high, praising Movistar Riders for giving the team the conditions to focus on the game and to forget the coronavirus outbreak that is ravaging the world and has already infected almost 60,000 people in his native country.

What was the team's initial reaction when you learned that the Europe Minor, for which you had qualified, would not take place after all?

We were kind of disappointed at first, because it was already really hard to reach the LAN phase through those qualifiers and now we had to play more tournaments that were going to be even harder. It wasn't the best news, but, personally, I was happy to have the chance to play the best teams in the world once again. The mental reset was actually quick and we started focusing on Road to Rio.

The team ended 2019 barely inside the top 30 and with some results that weren’t the best. Was that normal, given that you had just taken over as in-game leader and were still trying to adapt to the language, and the players were getting acquainted with your system?

We ended 2019 in a good way in my opinion. I had joined the team almost in November and we had been playing teams that were already hot from the season. We were a team with two new players, including an IGL who didn't speak the language and was new to the region, so I was happy with what we did in the last two months of 2019.

What is communication inside the team like? How comfortable do you feel now when talking to the players in high-pressure situations?

Communication is one aspect that we need to improve, not because of the language barrier but because we need to be more clear and calm during these high-pressure situations, where you need to have a clear mind to understand what's going on and what to do next.

How confident did you feel, heading into the Europe Minor qualifier? Did something change in the team, for you to be able to beat a team like BIG, who were at the time 20 places above you in the rankings?

I'm in the best moment of my career, confidence-wise. I have learned so much with my European teammates, my coach, and my opponents since I joined Movistar Riders, and this has led me to being super confident in my role as a captain and in my calls. Plus, I've been doing a lot of work with my psychologist. Talking about our opponents in the qualifier, we played three tough teams: Dignitas, SMASH, and BIG. Dignitas was the hardest match because of mental reasons, in my opinion, it was the first match in a closer Minor qualifier for a Spanish roster that had never reached this stage before. Facing players like f0rest and GeT_RiGhT, emotions got to us. I was pretty confident for the other two matches, we weren't affected mentally for them.

You’ve already shown that you have a high ceiling, but the team still hasn’t been able to find the consistency necessary to be able to return to the top 30. How do you tackle an issue like that, and why do you think that you're still struggling against teams that, on paper, you should be beating?

I think it's part of the process of a team that is improving. Anyone can beat anyone, so it's normal in this process that we are going to lose matches that in theory we are supposed to win. This doesn't bother me at all. I understand the level of competition that CS has right now, and we are on the right path.

What was the secret to beating mousesports, the world No 4, with that amazing comeback on Inferno and the victory on Train, one of their best maps?

There was no secret, we made a plan for the match and I felt that mousesports played the exact same way that we had observed in their demos, so we were aware of their individual moves and strats. I'm not going to lie: I'm super happy about this win.

What are your goals for this Road to Rio and for the rest of the year?

My goals are to play quality CS in this Road to Rio and in the rest of the year. We are on the right path and It's just a matter of time before we reach the consistency that we've talked about. Beating a team that is No 4 in the world opened the eyes of my players and allowed them to understand how good and capable they are. There is no magic trick, there is practice, and we are doing everything we can.

You’ve now been part of the team for six months. Could you tell us a bit more about your daily routines? Movistar Riders have one of the best training facilities in Europe, but were you surprised by the conditions that they provide?

Movistar Riders are the example of how an organisation should treat their players and look at esports. The management and the facilities that we have at our disposal give me the sensation that esports are the future of competitions. Sadly, with the coronavirus pandemic, we are all in quarantine playing from our homes, but they still manage to give me everything I need to focus on practicing and competing.

Being away from your family and friends from Brazil, how are you dealing with the worrying news coming from your country about the coronavirus outbreak?

Being away from Brazil in times like this is hard, I had some really bad days in the last few weeks, and being away from home and in quarantine could be the reasons why. I'm good now, I worked last week to be ready for Road to Rio, and I'm 100 percent focused on this tournament.

Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
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inb4 they lose to c0ntact now
2020-04-26 15:01
2020-04-26 16:10
North America SLGam1ng
2020-04-26 20:12
Switzerland x676
2020-04-26 21:47
2020-04-26 23:02
2020-04-27 13:14
2020-05-03 06:27
yeah aight cya on LAN
2020-04-26 15:01
have fun not making it to rio
2020-04-26 15:01
Japan pawbeast
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD it was just bad match frome chokesports got rekt by astralis 16-3 16-2 and og 16-5 x2
2020-04-26 15:01
Singapore Wadufuk
And the next day astralis got rekt by mousesports
2020-04-26 15:09
16 - 12 5 - 16 19 - 17 "got rekt"
2020-04-28 12:50
Singapore Wadufuk
a win is a win tho? no?
2020-04-29 15:53
mouz literally shitted on themselves
2020-04-26 15:01
2020-04-26 16:16
2020-04-26 15:03
Excuse me Do you mean "Blinded" Instead Opened their eyes?
2020-04-26 15:03
won an online game means better than actual top5 team. logic
2020-04-26 15:03
You got it wrong. '[...] how good they are' ain't the same like 'better than acutal top 5 team' logic :)
2020-04-30 18:57
2020-04-26 15:04
Lucas Lopes, steelega.
2020-04-26 15:28
Lucas Lopes, steelega. Born in Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz (Spain).
2020-04-26 17:19
He was born in spain?
2020-04-27 20:56
It's a joke. As he is the only Spanish of the team. Since steel arrived in Spain, a caster said he was from a town in Spain to make the joke that we have already nationalized him.
2020-04-28 10:01
Spain Holiwis
ez for riders
2020-04-26 15:04
Germany grabke
Bla Bla one win changes nothing maybe we can talk again if they actually manage to qualify fpr the major which is far away right now.
2020-04-26 15:04
Hahaha how much did you lost in that match? Ez4riders Go Steelega
2020-04-26 17:42
Brazil Lumiwnl
Cry is free
2020-04-28 14:11
Steel is just the nicest guy man
2020-04-26 15:06
We love you, Steel <3
2020-04-26 15:08
its possible, vamos riders!!
2020-04-26 15:08
I want to believe that but they need time to prove themselves
2020-04-26 15:08
Why so much hate against steel? Such a nice guy
2020-04-26 15:09
he stole name from the real steel
2020-04-26 15:10
Like He Stole the money of people right?
2020-04-26 15:12
who? Abdullah is really nice person. He would never steal.
2020-04-26 15:13
Mr Nissan would never
2020-04-26 15:14
France RoberP
2020-04-26 16:18
BR steel is the real steel, wdym?
2020-04-26 15:13
nonamer this is real steel
2020-04-26 15:14
2020-04-26 15:17
14k ID kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Real one is 7k
2020-04-26 15:47
2020-04-26 16:25
2020-04-30 01:15
BR steel 1 major final NA steel whomegalul
2020-04-26 16:45
+ 1
2020-04-26 17:48
B1T | 
Ukraine devitt
steleega such a nice guy, wish all the best for him
2020-04-26 15:09
he is
2020-04-27 18:51
woxic | 
Turkey mefe
xD. mouz played shitty you guys are not good
2020-04-26 15:10
Woxic worse player on mouz btw
2020-04-26 16:52
"steel says the team are working to make communication more clear" I guess there's a mistake in there
2020-04-26 15:12
2020-04-27 11:11
Europe H1P_STER
KEKW mouz tier 3
2020-04-26 15:13
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
camel riders > movistar riders
2020-04-26 15:14
Camel toe > Movistar toe.
2020-04-27 01:02
2020-04-27 11:11
and today lose vs c0ntact lul
2020-04-26 15:15
2020-04-27 00:03
Brazil g4laxI
Such a legend! Nice player! Nice guy! Steel, please keep focused! You guys already beat mouz, you know that can beat better teams, just keep focused. Go riderssssss
2020-04-26 15:21
go steel go riders
2020-04-27 18:53
Brazil g4laxI
2020-04-28 05:40
mega fluke win
2020-04-26 15:23
Switzerland x676
Movistar Riders are t1 material
2020-04-26 15:25
2020-04-26 15:26
Brazilian steel >>>>> NA steel
2020-04-26 15:27
Brazil g4laxI
That's a fact
2020-04-26 15:39
obvious: major finalist>thrower for skins
2020-04-26 16:19
are they speaking spanish? i don't know how similar it is to portuguese
2020-04-26 15:28
it is very similar my friend
2020-04-26 15:30
ty for info!
2020-04-26 15:32
that's why meyern is in MIBR
2020-04-26 15:32
i honestly didn't even think about that. interesting
2020-04-26 15:58
any Brazilian/Portuguese can play in a Spanish language team and any Spanish/Arg/Mexican/Latin American can play in a Portuguese language team
2020-04-26 16:35
it's not that simple
2020-04-27 11:12
Spaniards have more difficulties in understanding Portuguese
2020-04-27 18:54
i think for them it's as difficult in understanding Portuguese as it is for us to understand Spanish. Of course, if a Spaniard is not used to hear Portuguese, then he needs some time, maybe some months, to fully understand Portuguse. the same goes for a Br/Pt trying to live with Spaniards, after some time spending together you can at least 90% comprehend everything they say, even slangs
2020-04-27 20:09
It is, but steel knows portuguese, english and spanish, that's why :)
2020-04-26 16:52
steelega is polyglot lol
2020-04-27 20:10
Steel is a very kind person tbh
2020-04-26 15:29
One top 5 team defeated, 4 remaining Vamos Manitos
2020-04-26 15:33
no, mous just fluke t1 team
2020-04-26 15:34
2020-04-26 17:13
Spain Rethez
Steelegendaaaaaaaa! Next FAZE
2020-04-26 15:35
lol kay
2020-04-26 15:36
2020-04-26 15:36
2020-04-27 00:04
this aged well
2020-04-27 00:26
Brazil tskvsky
flukestars riders
2020-04-26 15:36
arT | 
Europe t.o.p
steel is nice
2020-04-26 15:40
Netherlands Throaky
Back to tier 3 cs soon
2020-04-26 15:48
ez4god steelega
2020-04-26 15:58
and they gonna lose to c0ntact now
2020-04-26 16:06
2020-04-27 00:04
2020-04-27 00:27
2020-04-26 16:12
2020-04-26 16:12
United States Fin4life
still a shit team....
2020-04-26 16:21
Myanmar xdavidlm
They re a good time but individual skill wise they re p bad
2020-04-26 16:54
one good or two roster changes could be incredible for them
2020-04-26 18:12
United States Fin4life
good for a tier 5 team....
2020-04-26 18:28
Brazil oldStar
Steelegal ! :)
2020-04-26 16:33
Brazil cadik
ez 4 Brasil
2020-04-26 16:38
winning one bo3 and all of the sudden they think they are some god tier players....
2020-04-26 16:43
ez4steel, ez4spain!
2020-04-26 16:46
Just checked MOvistar Riders Training facility. Looks dope man
2020-04-26 16:46
It is. NaVi, MIBR and other teams have been there training. Even LoL teams and other esports teams.
2020-04-26 17:27
Oh wow. Well I hope this team can improve a lot. looks promising
2020-04-26 18:05
okay . it's anti strat used . it's once time result . it's nothing grow or bounce
2020-04-26 16:54
Guatemala Nicaraqua
online anti strat
2020-04-26 16:56
Asia Blitzer
2020-04-26 17:20
close your eyes again...north did it too
2020-04-26 17:20
far more impressive tbh, wining with MSLulz in their roster
2020-04-27 00:29
oke but ur not lol
2020-04-26 17:25
Watch them get smashed next game
2020-04-26 17:25
2020-04-27 00:05
2020-04-27 00:29
it was against a dead team like c0ntact lol they won't have chance vs better teams
2020-04-27 16:32
K. Still didnt age well
2020-04-27 18:58
They play vs real teams they get hella stomped ma niggy
2020-04-30 20:20
k. still didnt age well ma whiggy
2020-04-30 21:22
Spanish immortals coming
2020-04-26 17:33
Netherlands itsm
The and only relevant steel.
2020-04-26 17:35
Spain klareNNNs
Nice match. It was clear that MR studied Mouz game on train
2020-04-26 17:52
Brazil maryjuano
Steel god
2020-04-26 18:11
whats with all the hate for this team? Am I missing something? Seems just like an honest roster making progress. Also steel dude pretty chill and nice person
2020-04-26 18:17
Venezuela Jorge_
It's HLTV, when you are successful you become the target of a lot of hate. They are doing well that's their flaw in HLTV users' standards xd
2020-04-26 18:42
+1, fucking fuck this fuckers!! i hate to c others succeed!!
2020-04-27 00:31
Brazil _Awper
German fakeflaggers mad because big and mouse lost
2020-04-26 21:45
2020-04-26 18:25
Best zoo player so far
2020-04-26 19:05
go steel
2020-04-26 19:06
Lithuania crxyolo
too soon to comment i guess
2020-04-26 19:47
Big respect for steel.
2020-04-26 20:17
-mopoz -loWel +Thomas +Surreal The trio of ALEX EasTor steel is really working very good. For me, with the change of mopoz and loWel they could really become decent in the future.
2020-04-26 20:28
spanish and uk ppl don't like each other
2020-04-26 23:06
??? but why??
2020-04-27 00:31
Really? We should ask Spanish/UK ppl why.
2020-04-27 09:18
Spain Jbc12301
i dont like uk people
2020-04-27 09:47
Most of countries doesn't like UK ppl, but it doesn't mean that they can't play together in one team.
2020-04-27 11:58
Spain Jbc12301
true but this team is build like spanish superteam not like a frankestein mix
2020-04-27 13:42
And this team would work better if it would be build like a frankestein mix.
2020-04-27 23:15
Spain Jbc12301
i dont think this would work because alex and eastor dont talk very well english. And the fans of this team are from spain so we prefer what we have now
2020-04-28 00:01
But if UK player's would join, this squad would also have fans in UK.
2020-04-28 02:01
Spain Jbc12301
ok that is true
2020-04-28 10:04
+1 i dont like uk people either and im not spanish
2020-04-28 13:42
LoWel is entry fragger, low numbers but big impact EasTor is awper and not even have good numbers -mopoz -EasTor +Mixwell +NikoM
2020-04-27 20:04
The entry fragger is Mopoz, LoWel plays as Lurker more than entry
2020-04-27 21:02
????????? Mopoz is lurker LoWel entry Lurker is the guy ho first take a advanced spot and stay there to cut a rotation, that's why mopoz looks like an entry but he sure is a lurker
2020-04-27 22:14
In csgo now a days Lurker and Entrys are barelly the same
2020-04-27 22:30
Yup but lurker most of the time will have more space to play as t compared to a entry NikoM played so well in t1 and isurus, he is wasting his time with JonY BoT
2020-04-27 22:33
loWel is one of the most overrated players currently.
2020-04-27 23:16
2020-04-28 01:32
2020-04-28 02:01
You are fan of mantuu He is overrated af
2020-04-28 02:54
We are talking about loWel, not mantuu.
2020-04-28 11:59
Spain Jbc12301
Nikom 2020 omegalul. If you want a good player who speaks spanish, he should be luken
2020-04-28 00:03
Makes sense too but idk if he wanna leave sharka
2020-04-28 01:31
Spain Jbc12301
shark right now it is not as good as the shark with meyern and riders has money so why not?
2020-04-28 10:03
How the fuck he will travel to Spain?
2020-04-28 13:42
Spain Jbc12301
wait 2 months
2020-04-28 13:45
mixwell valorant player man
2020-04-28 13:42
steel is banned from valve events who gives a fuck about this loser lol
2020-04-26 20:29
Mibr: - kngv - meyern + steel + fnx
2020-04-26 20:43
nice but steelega wouldnt want probably
2020-04-27 00:32
fnx? xd and keep taco _?
2020-04-27 10:48
Europe OG_Sour
He means a result of: Taco,Fallen,Fer,FNX and Steel
2020-04-27 17:33
Yep, this team fits. But will never happen.
2020-04-27 20:02
Cuz fnx is washed up
2020-04-28 18:20
Europe OG_Sour
This was the issue with girlfriend or something like that? Boobs rule the world ( • )( • )
2020-04-28 20:06
Rumors about some stuff like that. We will never know what really happened...
2020-04-28 22:57
or how shit mouz are xD
2020-04-26 23:14
Such a cool guy Steel
2020-04-27 00:51
this is interesting.. how did it even end this way, such an upset match lol
2020-04-27 04:40
China Rynaki
Steel is definitely the most likeable Brazilian pro for me. Disappointed at Mouz's performance but nonetheless GG and GL to Riders, would be really interesting to see them make it through!
2020-04-27 05:48
chill guy a csgo executive
2020-04-27 11:12
Europe OG_Sour
I hope Steel doesn't leave MR when MiBR offer a seat as IGL.. or maybe another Tier1 team. Anyway Movistar Riders has build a potential team and need some time to reach the max level and the better way is playing against the max level teams. Bets are introducing more toxicity into game than there has never been.
2020-04-27 17:30
Switzerland x676
2020-04-27 17:29
fluke win chill man
2020-04-28 13:41
fucking legend
2020-04-28 17:38
Brazil zZ3USz
thank you mister :D
2020-04-28 22:16
update : downloading aim has really helped my team see through walls and get info allowing us to win these matches we normally would never win .
2020-04-29 15:44
WTF bro lol i seriously laughed lol
2020-05-04 12:27
That "update:" made it funnier
2020-05-04 12:28
2020-04-29 18:36
Serbia XD___
2020-05-08 01:11
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