mirbit: "If we keep up the hard work, I have no doubt that we will reach the top 30 with this lineup"

HLTV.org caught up with Sabit "⁠mirbit⁠" Coktasar to discuss his career journey thus far, his ambitions with ALTERNATE aTTaX, and how BIG's rise to the top will affect the German scene.

A former member of PANTHERS, Berzerk and EURONICS, mirbit enjoyed a breakthrough year of 2019 with Sprout, who earned a spot in ESL Pro League and reached the final at Charleroi Esports and Copenhagen Games during his seven-month tenure with the squad. After leaving the team, he tried his hand at international Counter-Strike, but his trial period with Windigo was cut short as the organisation ceased operations one month into his stay, leaving the German player's future up in the air.

mirbit has no doubt ALTERNATE aTTaX will become a top-30 team

mirbit landed on his feet as the new year kicked off with a move to ALTERNATE aTTaX, taking the spot that had been left vacant by Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski. After a period of success that has seen his side shoot up in the rankings from 224th to 39th following a series of promising performances, the German team is looking to go one step further and break into the top 30.

In our interview with mirbit, the 23-year-old shed some light on his time with Sprout and what led to his departure, the aftermath of the Windigo team collapse, and his thoughts on BIG reaching no.1 in the rankings, among other topics.

You started your career in smaller German teams, including Berzerk and EURONICS, before making the step up to higher tier Counter-Strike with Sprout at the beginning of 2019, where you took on more challenging opponents. What was this transition like for you? And how would you describe your time with Sprout?

I didn’t really have a hard time adapting to better competition since I was grinding a lot of FPL back then. The most challenging aspect was my role and position change. Earlier in my career, I was being put in situations where I could shine and play more frag heavy. This changed when I joined Sprout. I had a lot of supportive roles and positions so I took pride (and still do) to help the team in any way possible and still put up decent numbers. We had a really good run and were the most successful Sprout lineup up to this day (#19) and I have made great memories and friends along the way.

Despite having a successful period with Sprout, you parted ways with the team after eight months, when you alluded to wanting to pursue new opportunities. Looking back, do you think it was a good decision? Do you have any regrets?

Towards the end of my time with Sprout, I was not feeling comfortable within the team anymore. A lot of playoff exits and failed chances caused some tensions within the team and tow b‘s departure to BIG basically sealed the deal for me. It was time for something new and I was confident that I will reach those heights again with the right players and organization. I don‘t regret my decision but it leaves a bitter taste knowing that my old team and I haven't been able to get back to that level yet.

Would you say you have a rivalry with your ex-teammates in Sprout, especially since you are separated by just ten places in the rankings?

Obviously the competitor in me wants to be on top and surpass my old team, but I’m good friends with those guys and I wish them nothing but success.

You later played internationally for Windigo for a brief period on trial, playing with the likes of poizon, hAdji and Calyx. How large of a change was this for you personally? How would you compare it to being on a German roster?

Having so many different nationalities and play styles on the team was really special and difficult to figure out at the same time. especially considering that we had about a month of preparation before ESL Pro League. Spending time with bubble (IGL) and Shockwave (Coach) talking about the game and different approaches, it became pretty obvious to me that the ‘German play style’ I knew was super structured and coordinated, without implying that a certain play style is good or bad. We tried to find the ideal mix for our lineup where we could utilize everybody’s strength.

Do you think you gained valuable experience from your stint with Windigo?

Yes, 100%. I got some different perspectives and gained valuable experience through my time with those amazing players and at the events we attended. I‘m confident with a more stable organization and some time we would have become a solid contender roaming around the top 20.

While in Windigo you featured alongside poizon, who had been tipped as a future star before joining Complexity. How would you describe poizon as a teammate and player? Did you believe he had the ability to perform at the highest level?

Valentin is a super nice and calm guy. We had some great moments in Windigo and I never doubted that he had the potential to perform at the top. He is one of the players — if not the player — with the highest mechanical skill I have ever played with, and manages to stay composed even under high-pressure situations.

The Windigo project collapsed and the organisation ceased operations, with you later securing a move to ALTERNATE aTTaX. Do you see this move as a step back in your career, considering that with Sprout you were consistently inside the top 30?

In a certain way, yes. With Sprout, we were constantly playing good events and were battling with BIG for the number one spot in Germany and with Windigo I competed against the best in the world in the ESL Pro League. ALTERNATE aTTaX was mostly competing on a national level back then. So after my arrival, I had to adapt to the new circumstances and we started the grind to climb the ladder together.

What are your ambitions with ALTERNATE aTTaX heading into the second half of 2020 considering the team's rise to 39th in the rankings following your performances in ESEA Advanced and the subsequent MDL season?

Depending on how everything will play out with the pandemic going on I definitely want to break through into the top 30. The most important thing for us is to work on our game and grow individually and as a team to get more consistent. If we keep up the hard work, I have no doubt that we will reach our goals with this lineup.

Do you feel the team has benefitted from the exclusive online format that has been established in response to the coronavirus pandemic?

In my opinion, the online format complicated a lot of things for us. With all the changes to the ranking system, a lot of CIS teams could farm points by playing each other [in regionalized tournaments] without the same kind of opposition other teams from Europe had to face. Now we are in a weird place where we feel like we are closing in on the top 30 but can‘t really reach it yet due to those changes which I mentioned. On top of that, the core of the team was always composed and performed pretty well on LAN, which we can‘t show for now.

Finally, I’d like to talk about BIG. They have displayed phenomenal form in the past couple of months since the switch to online play, becoming the first German team to reach no.1 in the rankings. What are your thoughts on BIG as a team? And how important do you think their recent rise to the top is for the grassroots scene?

From what I have heard they are putting an insane amount of time into the game and it obviously shows. A lot of things fell into place for them to reach that number one spot and it‘s totally deserved. Other top teams are going through roster changes and struggling throughout this online phase while BIG seems to thrive under the current circumstances. Regarding the future of the German scene: I hope some players and teams in the German scene will get inspired by their newfound success. I’m optimistic that with more ambition and a tougher mindset there will be more German teams competing at an international level in the future.

United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
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Germany Sabit 'mirbit' Coktasar
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Good luck mirbit men))
2020-07-14 15:30
Good luck mirbit men))
2020-07-14 16:55
2020-07-14 17:54
Respect him pls
2020-07-15 00:33
they can reach top 10 if no LAN event this year
2020-07-15 10:39
Ukraine YUR4S
name checks out
2020-07-15 09:40
2020-07-14 19:19
Finland Cucumber))
good luck mirbit mens)
2020-07-14 15:30
good luck mirbit men)))
2020-07-14 15:31
Spain elskio
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Turkey Xetax
2020-07-14 15:31
good luck mens))
2020-07-14 15:31
good luck mirbit men))))
2020-07-14 15:31
good luck mirbit men)))
2020-07-14 15:32
Syria LONE_8122
good luck mirbit men)))
2020-07-14 16:50
Portugal Agricultor
German ping > all
2020-07-14 15:32
+1 41 PT Ping on avec sv
2020-07-14 15:36
German ping > swedish/norwegian ping??? LOL
2020-07-14 15:46
I remember when Catch Gamer hosted SMS-rented 1.6 servers, and I had internet across a good stretch of open ocean from their partner. Had close to 0 ping all the time. Good times
2020-07-14 15:53
wtf??? xD
2020-07-14 16:03
literally a gift becoming a pro in 1.6
2020-07-14 16:17
good luck mirbit men))))
2020-07-14 15:32
attax LUL
2020-07-14 15:32
HAHAHAHAHA! This was a good one! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
2020-07-14 15:33
Fan of ZOREE lmao, HAVU out of top 30 soon
2020-07-14 15:34
Atleast they made it to top 30. Unlike bot attax
2020-07-14 16:39
Finland 5way
2020-07-14 17:16
Fan of ence, also on their way out of top 30.
2020-07-21 17:31
Finland 5way
And? has attax even make it to top30 yet? no I dont think so they have
2020-07-24 18:45
is it not better to have never had grace than to fall from it? Sure to have grace is better than both but it is better to have never been good than to fall so quickly.
2020-07-26 19:29
just wait until next week
2020-07-14 19:31
Finland 5way
im waiting
2020-07-24 18:46
Ahahahahah ur funny cuz they didn’t play in a tournament for a whole week
2020-07-24 20:38
good luck mens)) you can do it
2020-07-14 15:33
2020-07-14 15:33
Astralis out of top 10, in a year they're probably out of top 20-30
2020-07-21 17:32
*Top1 and won 2 majors more :D
2020-07-21 19:55
They dropped from #1 to #11 really fast, and most recently lost to #12. I have more faith in vp tbh
2020-07-24 03:37
2020-07-14 15:34
German cs stronger than ever!
2020-07-14 15:34
2020-07-14 15:35
Germany X5ander
good luc mirbit man ! another top player from germany !
2020-07-14 15:35
Who said what? KEK
2020-07-14 15:35
Europe Skraj
Play a couple of online cups, easy top 30
2020-07-14 15:36
Mirbit :(
2020-07-14 15:37
seems like a very humble, decent guy, i wish the best of luck to him
2020-07-14 15:37
good luck mirbit men)))
2020-07-14 15:37
mirbit is good but scrunK fucks AA -scrunK +JDC plzz
2020-07-14 15:40
They are doing really well lately hope they keep working on themselves and improve Gl guys <3
2020-07-14 15:42
yeah yeah. and then LAN came back, and we dont see them anymore
2020-07-14 15:43
Germany I_car
Good luck attax!
2020-07-14 15:44
Switzerland x676
2020-07-14 15:44
One more "XD" and this is it
2020-07-14 15:49
Serbia bra1np
Top20 really
2020-07-14 15:49
2020-07-14 15:53
the danish "every team who is hitting in online era is a fluke" cry baby is back
2020-07-15 09:50
Hacking 4 different top1’s in 4 months is definitely not due to online right?xD
2020-07-15 11:54
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2020-07-14 15:55
Good luck mirbit mens)))
2020-07-14 15:55
back in time Alternate Attax was always top5-10 team (CS1. 6). Sad to see they are fighting for top30 spot now.
2020-07-14 15:59
Iran oldHabit
2020-07-14 16:29
Which time? Navi pgs mtw fnatic sk lemondogs mouz lurppis and co millenium M5 EG halle and co and billions of other teams
2020-07-14 17:43
all the time.
2020-07-14 18:58
2020-07-14 19:12
i was their fan bro.. if u know better than me,cool..
2020-07-14 19:13
Im old one,im 26 atm and i srsly dong know about which time you are talking about where attax was top5 i just wondering,which time are you mentioning
2020-07-14 20:08
in 2006 you could definitely rate them as top5 team and the other years always a competitor to trouble the very top which got a bit overshadowed by the later mousesports line-ups
2020-07-14 20:38
mooN, CHEFKOCH, Kapio, roman, Chucky were top 5 while winning WSVG in 2006 against 3D. They slipped slightly to top 10 with approx and paN later after Kapio left for mouz. They fall out of it after roman went to mouz aswell. But they had a couple of good years.
2020-07-14 22:32
Kapio best IGL ever.
2020-07-15 02:02
I love Kapio, but he wasnt the classic IGL, he was more Co-IGL in ingame situations to mooN in aTTaX aswell as to gob b in mouz later one. But he wasnt THE solo IGL to be fair.
2020-07-15 13:25
He was solo IGL in Mouz. I can assure you that. I think Gob just took over at one point.
2020-07-16 01:20
Yes with the lineup around tixo, gore, Blizzard and silver, but that lineup was shortlived. Kapio IGL was from 1st January 2007 until gob b joined along with cyx on 12th July 2007 and replaced silver and Blizzard. So basically he solo IGL for half a year. He was Co-IGL with gob b, especially in the beginning, which was the far better role for him.
2020-07-16 13:56
youtube.com/watch?v=v6IP0_qyCHE&list=WL&.. EPS finals 11 which was at the end of 2007 Kapio still was the main IGL as you can hear in this video.
2020-07-16 15:36
hard work to reach top30. yeah, because you got 0 talent on that lineup. maybe try a different hobby.
2020-07-14 16:02
that made 0 sense, so what he cant work hard just because they got no talent?
2020-07-14 16:04
they set top30 as a goal through hard work because they got 0 talent. smh use the few braincells that you have.
2020-07-14 16:05
When i see comments like yours i really wondsr why i even check hltv anymore. Like,it should be an iq test before u register there
2020-07-14 16:17
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Austria doMK0
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Austria doMK0
Hate is for loosers
2020-07-14 16:31
slaxz- is really talented tbh. Also mirbit and kressy are also talented and you can also reach top 30 with only hard work so nt
2020-07-14 16:07
still didnt understand HAHAAAHAHA thats exactly what im saying. they can only hit top 30, because they've got no talent to do any better.
2020-07-14 16:21
top30 can be any rank from 1 to 30, just sayin
2020-07-14 17:23
Either he is a troll or he is really dumb and thinking that everyone can reach top30 "just by being talented and good at the game"
2020-07-14 16:22
there's a reason why he just types in hltv instead of working hard
2020-07-15 03:33
nt sabit 'mirbot' cockstar
2020-07-14 16:04
good luck mirbit mens))))
2020-07-14 16:11
good luck mirbit men))) Great and humble guy, wish him all the best, the current attax roster really shows promise and they do the best from their opportunities
2020-07-14 16:20
mirbit is a really good player. ALTERNATE aTTaX is insane, and I think it's just the matter of time before they will enter TOP 20. Good Luck Guys.
2020-07-14 16:23
2020-07-14 20:48
Good luck mirbit men))
2020-07-14 16:23
good luck mirbit men)) !! mirbit is pretty underrated in my opinion. alternate attax is good too!
2020-07-14 16:39
Germany BIG2020
gl mirbit mens))
2020-07-14 17:04
United States xiquo
more likely some team will buy the good players out of the team once that happens.
2020-07-14 17:10
arT | 
Europe t.o.p
I don't think so
2020-07-14 17:49
gl sabit abi .
2020-07-14 17:33
arT | 
Europe t.o.p
2020-07-14 17:46
good luck mirbit men)))
2020-07-14 17:58
2020-07-14 17:58
Germany ConAction
good luck mirbit men)))
2020-07-14 18:15
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2020-07-14 19:25
good luck mate
2020-07-14 19:57
GL, German CS rising
2020-07-14 20:10
Top 30... Top 5 should be the goal
2020-07-14 20:35
? there is no way a roster like this could have a chance to reach top 5
2020-07-14 22:33
Deserved by Germany. They did so good and their later success is absolutely deserved. BiG is amazing challenge for ALTERNATE aTTaX.
2020-07-14 20:48
2020-07-14 21:23
mirbit is LEGEND of cs, he and scrunK should join big (bug )to make history
2020-07-14 21:51
why would you destroy big?
2020-07-16 19:26
make great again
2020-07-16 19:28
legend alternate
2020-07-15 12:09
Yee! Go play more tier-4 tournaments and u will reach ur goal
2020-07-14 22:24
AM | 
Asia Yarrak
Is he turkish
2020-07-14 22:41
2020-07-14 23:02
AM | 
Asia Yarrak
2020-07-15 18:25
Keep going my Turkish friend.
2020-07-14 23:36
Well I have my doubts
2020-07-14 23:47
AA definitely on the rise, interesting for sure
2020-07-15 00:25
Have positively mind its good , man we need respect him atleast he still never give up for play valorant. clap
2020-07-15 01:16
No mantuu no carry
2020-07-15 01:21
Just climb 9 ranks 4head
2020-07-15 03:17
United Kingdom Easyyyyy
Honest, decent team. Good luck im sure they can push on.
2020-07-15 08:24
sabit “mirbit” cockteaser
2020-07-15 08:56
Finland SininenMF
Press x to doubt
2020-07-15 09:38
Attax is just legendary tag. Good luck to this roster!
2020-07-15 10:49
In CS1.6 they were amazing with their rosters and plays
2020-07-15 13:28
Mirbit is a great player, wish him only success
2020-07-15 11:48
2020-07-15 12:38
Haha lost vs gambots, never gonna break from t4 :DDDDDDD
2020-07-15 13:03
I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE WILL REACH THE TOP 30 - instantly lost to noob gambot dont flex next time mirbit. its good lesson for you.
2020-07-15 13:27
auf gehts mirbit!
2020-07-15 13:33
GL ATN, good team
2020-07-16 01:16
mirbit is an amazing player! good luck with attax!
2020-07-16 14:04
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2020-07-19 17:26
xDDD typical german of 21st century=arab
2020-07-25 15:41
United Kingdom sKz_gg
I dont think so
2020-07-29 15:51
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