MAJ3R on qualifying for MDL: "It's important for us and for the Turkish community as we have been through a rough journey"

We spoke to Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli after Sangal secured promotion to ESEA MDL Season 36 Europe to find out about the team’s development in 2020 and what's next for them.

Sangal will look to hit the ground running in 2021 with their promotion to the European division of ESEA MDL Season 36. The Turkish side, currently ranked 63rd in the world, confidently dispatched Movistar Riders in the Advanced league's grand final to cap off an unbeaten run in the double-elimination tournament.

"It means a lot for us, we want to bring a Turkish team to the top of the scene as we did in the past,” MAJ3R told HLTV.org. “I had to leave them last year and it hurt me a lot inside. Coming back to MDL and having a chance to be in Pro League and prove ourselves again is important for us and for the Turkish community as we have been through a rough journey."

MAJ3R targets ESL Pro League in Sangal's next steps

The team initially struggled to reach the heights they set their sights on when joining Sangal in April, as MAJ3R’s troops missed out on ESEA MDL Season 34 Relegation and lost the ESL Turkey Championship Winter title to Boca Boston. In response, Sangal released inexperienced youngster Anil "⁠FURIOUSS⁠" Bozdogan and picked up Ömer "⁠imoRR⁠" Karataş, who had played alongside Ahmet "⁠paz⁠" Karahoca and Engin "⁠ngiN⁠" Kor in previous iterations of Turkey5 and in the ex-Space Soldiers team that competed in ESL Pro League Season 9.

The 20-year-old has proved his worth with a 1.21 rating since his arrival in September,setting Sangal on a new path. MAJ3R described his addition as making the team "more complete" as well as allowing the other members to "step up more and feel more comfortable in their roles."

The veteran IGL has high hopes for Sangal, but believes it will take a lot more work to get the team where he believes they should be. "Creating a system and creating chemistry takes time, with Space Soldiers it took 1-1.5 years to be really good and to start having good results," he explained. "I feel really good individually and as a team and we’ll give everything we have to get back in the scene."

With the 2021 season set to kick off on January 18, MAJ3R has clear ambitions ahead: "Our goal is to be a better team day after day and get ready for the next step - Pro League. And of course to get invites to some tournaments where we can show what we have." Sangal have no new events on the horizon, but will be eager to prove themselves once ESEA MDL comes around in the new year.

Turkey Engin 'ngiN' Kor
Engin 'ngiN' Kor
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
798
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Turkey Anil 'FURIOUSS' Bozdogan
Anil 'FURIOUSS' Bozdogan
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.75
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Turkey Ömer 'imoRR' Karataş
Ömer 'imoRR' Karataş
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
208
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
s1mple_0_major_Sangal_1_Maj3r
2020-12-06 11:32
11 replies
nice one lmao
2020-12-06 11:44
4 replies
count money, they count majors, ahaha
2020-12-06 11:56
Lulw
2020-12-06 12:17
2 replies
Lulw
2020-12-06 12:31
kekw
2020-12-06 13:52
nice 1
2020-12-06 11:54
#27
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Turkey piriSHIP
+1
2020-12-06 11:57
+1
2020-12-06 12:10
XAXAXAXXA +1
2020-12-06 15:24
+1 nice one
2020-12-06 15:56
+1 EZ
2020-12-06 19:39
Turkish scene more dead than NA scene, how is this possible?
2020-12-06 11:31
13 replies
Na is bigger tho
2020-12-06 11:32
we love making kebap more than cs thats why
2020-12-06 11:38
2 replies
its kebab or kebap men?
2020-12-06 12:39
1 reply
turko=kebap englando=kebab
2020-12-06 12:54
Turkish scene always was more dead than NA
2020-12-06 12:03
2 replies
Lmao, Comparing the region and the country. It's like comparing Lithuania scene and cis. But somehow u still have more t1 players than Ukraine(
2020-12-06 23:36
1 reply
Guy above me compared them first. I didn't want to ;(
2020-12-06 23:38
imorr>every single NA player except ELIGE
2020-12-06 12:05
2 replies
bruh
2020-12-06 17:55
1 reply
thats fact
2020-12-06 18:54
#40
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Turkey yeeGeT
Turkish scene aint dead turkish players are mostly not well performing but still they try .d
2020-12-06 12:09
#119
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Turkey Thelard
first of all we dont have a scene ?
2020-12-06 15:26
#150
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Turkey kannore
there is no turkish scene. there is one turkish team
2020-12-06 19:49
Ok
2020-12-06 11:32
3 replies
#63
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Europe Abb3b
Flag and team checks out
2020-12-06 12:48
2 replies
#71
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Turkey samsepiiol
lol
2020-12-06 13:12
2020-12-06 14:08
#6
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Turkey vaxxle
#BelieveTheMyth
2020-12-06 11:33
2 replies
I remember god hardstyle, he is forever in my heart.
2020-12-07 00:58
1 reply
#163
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Turkey vaxxle
me too like SS
2020-12-07 09:02
#7
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Europe k1otaN
new era for Space Soldiers
2020-12-06 11:33
from t4 to t6 with bot ngin&co, when are they gonna learn?? XD
2020-12-06 11:33
8 replies
#13
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Turkey elizeN
Ngin best support player
2020-12-06 11:41
2 replies
#46
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Turkey Kaantas29
best .x
2020-12-06 12:13
support?? even a bot > him literally.. forgot his "performances" during SS?????????? 0 impact
2020-12-06 14:14
I think he is not that bad currently.I am still not believing him for the next step but they are good friends and i don't see he got removed so, Lets see
2020-12-06 12:39
2 replies
thats the problem.. "friends" we know what happens with friendships in serious csgo, zeus/kane, fntc, majer/ngin.............. keep business and private separated and drop ngin already, he was the reason SS didnt win shit, look at his stats and u'll agree, 0 impact literally
2020-12-06 14:14
1 reply
You are right.
2020-12-06 14:24
#146
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Turkey Yasino
Do you know how to watch cs pro match? Sure you dont know about in-team roles
2020-12-06 19:39
1 reply
U clearly have no clue about a “support” player’s role do ya son
2020-12-06 20:00
meanwhile poland still without superteam :(
2020-12-06 11:34
space soldiers comeback
2020-12-06 11:37
#12
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Germany NitczkaCS
Good job guys
2020-12-06 11:39
1 reply
#83
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Turkey Eliqyx
tyty
2020-12-06 13:37
#14
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Turkey OdunKafaYT
TR CS IS SHINING BACK
2020-12-06 11:41
about to reach 30, still tryna achieve something, helal kaptan!
2020-12-06 11:42
inshallah
2020-12-06 11:43
2 replies
#69
torox | 
Turkey orox2
uninstall
2020-12-06 13:08
1 reply
UNINSTALLAH
2020-12-06 13:58
who?
2020-12-06 11:44
Respect
2020-12-06 11:45
#21
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France Azimutt
Maj3r is a great man! Keep going!
2020-12-06 11:49
#BelieveTheMyth
2020-12-06 11:50
#23
??? | 
Jordan Zereeni
good luck
2020-12-06 11:51
no XANTAR0S no win
2020-12-06 11:54
2 replies
#31
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Turkey vaxxle
No need XANTARES
2020-12-06 12:02
#38
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Turkey Eliqyx
KEKW ♿♿♿
2020-12-06 12:06
#28
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Turkey Judgerol
gl capitan <3
2020-12-06 11:57
#29
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Lebanon Dogman69
he will move to Valorant in next 6 months
2020-12-06 11:59
5 replies
#32
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Turkey vaxxle
sangal have alrady have valorant team
2020-12-06 12:03
#43
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Turkey ayathehann
expected from a guy who says yalla is more good than sangal lmao
2020-12-06 12:11
He is nearly 30 he won't switch Valorant. probably when he quits cs he will retire.
2020-12-06 12:40
2 replies
#99
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Lebanon Dogman69
they will make a Valorant Turkey tournament like in LoL. He will move to Valorant then
2020-12-06 14:15
1 reply
#117
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Turkey yeeGeT
there already is a turkish valorant tournament with a lot of teams involved please shut your dumm mouth and deal with your own countries bullsh*t
2020-12-06 15:20
#30
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Croatia Esketite
ez
2020-12-06 11:59
#34
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Turkey LantarEZ
helaal, so hyped kaptan
2020-12-06 12:04
#35
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Montenegro IzAlaN
maj3r: "we will sell kebabs in all countries"
2020-12-06 12:05
1 reply
The world is not ready for Turkish kebap variety dude, sorry, later.
2020-12-06 12:12
nıce capıtano gl gl
2020-12-06 12:06
#BelieveTheMyth gl guys
2020-12-06 12:09
Lets go captain ! #RoadToEPL
2020-12-06 12:10
#44
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Turkey deWas1
#believethemyth
2020-12-06 12:12
This time we finally got an Awp player, if we make it to Epl we’ll have more variety of plays than SS&exSS had. Lets go.
2020-12-06 12:14
#48
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Turkey nghtmr_71
#BelieveTheMyth #RoadToEPL #SangalVertigoSoGood
2020-12-06 12:14
We are improving day by day. In 2021, we are coming to tier 1 scene to destroy everyone #BELIEVETHEMYTH #SANGALMANGAL #PAZZERS_TOP1_2021 #WOLF_IMORR_SNEAKY_ATTACK #SANGAL_1_MAJ3R_S1MPLE_AND_ZYWOO_0_MAJOR #NGIN_THE_TEA_MAN #LOGICMAN_LOGODMAN
2020-12-06 12:14
but shitty cs organizations keep inviting russian tier27373637733873 teams
2020-12-06 12:18
2 replies
+1
2020-12-06 12:54
sangal probably got invited to tournaments like 9 to 5, but they declined it to prepare for mdl
2020-12-06 13:08
#52
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Turkey kavcakar
Imorr
2020-12-06 12:19
#53
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Turkey TheTurks!
Lez go #SANGAL
2020-12-06 12:29
Report - Sangal targets woxic and XANTARES: hltv.org/logout
2020-12-06 12:30
2 replies
#60
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Turkey vaxxle
no woxic is counting dollars now. does not come to sangal
2020-12-06 12:40
imorr exist no need both
2020-12-06 14:50
#56
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Turkey has a huge scene, just Orgs need to look into the country more. European Orgs look over Turkey when trying to build a 'EU roster', there ae many talents like imoRR and XANTARES in Turkey. Also Orgs can probably get off paying less for a team with a potential greater than let's say an upcoming Swedish roster in MDL.
2020-12-06 12:36
2 replies
10 15 years ago turkish guys always playing fps like 1.5 1.6 but now they are playing more mmo games
2020-12-06 13:27
#123
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Turkey Tempexx
That's literally what 9ine did
2020-12-06 16:01
legend
2020-12-06 12:36
Sangal has a very promising roster.
2020-12-06 12:45
Nice man
2020-12-06 13:05
not having any good awper was the main problem for SpaceS. even though they lost their best player, they have two good awper in the roster now. i believe they can make top30
2020-12-06 13:06
#68
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
MAJ3R has been pretty good, important teamplayer. This Sangal looks insane, TOP 30 team for me. GL to them.
2020-12-06 13:07
#72
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France StickyRice
Bring back GOD DESPE DESPE was better than ngiN
2020-12-06 13:14
7 replies
#75
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Mexico kryzznovec
despe is awper so we dont need. we have also 2 high-skilled awper l0gicman and imoRR. he is not playing cs for a long time.
2020-12-06 13:28
1 reply
#77
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France StickyRice
Thanks for your reply, yeah forgot about roles but i was a bit sad seeing Space Soldiers keeping ngiN who was terrible while rejecting totally DESPE
2020-12-06 13:30
#78
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Turkey Xympo
ngiN support despe awper
2020-12-06 13:30
2 replies
#79
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France StickyRice
Yeah #75 (kryzznovec) replied as well. Thanks
2020-12-06 13:31
1 reply
#81
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Turkey Xympo
I didn't see dude sorry
2020-12-06 13:33
despe 4750$ decoy ngin 3100$ decoy
2020-12-06 13:39
1 reply
8/8 but ngin sometimes clutches (etc. Ngin v sk)
2020-12-07 16:17
first they need internet in turkey not KEBABNET than maybe XANTEROS will come back
2020-12-06 13:31
7 replies
#91
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Turkey vaxxle
bro we are using K*rd Telekom
2020-12-06 13:55
6 replies
#131
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Australia ezmenss2
reported idiot
2020-12-06 17:44
5 replies
#133
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Turkey vaxxle
no iam not lying bro. 35mpbs internet . 4 upload 20dolar
2020-12-06 17:48
4 replies
#135
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Australia ezmenss2
why are you cencoring a race its not funny
2020-12-06 18:05
3 replies
#136
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Turkey vaxxle
i don't have to love them ? what do you want?
2020-12-06 18:08
2 replies
#152
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Australia ezmenss2
thats called racism
2020-12-06 20:34
1 reply
guys I'm not racist, I just don't like Jermans
2020-12-07 21:14
#BelieveTheMyth
2020-12-06 13:36
#85
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Turkey en3ksys
#BelieveTheMyth
2020-12-06 13:45
-majer -ngin ez top1
2020-12-06 13:45
2 replies
The only reason for this team success is in maj3r
2020-12-06 14:47
1 reply
thats true
2020-12-06 21:26
#87
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Turkey TheKaiser
Let's hope that they can achieve what they want.
2020-12-06 13:47
#88
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Serbia LtN))
Ok
2020-12-06 13:48
#89
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Turkey ssal1_
lets go capitan <3
2020-12-06 13:49
-ngin +xfl0ud
2020-12-06 13:56
4 replies
Yes!
2020-12-06 14:18
why downgrade the team for xfloud?
2020-12-06 14:51
2 replies
wdym, xfl0ud is a big upgrade over ngiN
2020-12-06 14:53
1 reply
yes but -9INE +Sangal is downgrade for xfloud
2020-12-06 15:28
They should buy Xantares
2020-12-06 14:01
Turkey has talents but no decent coaches.
2020-12-06 14:17
2 replies
Turkey has talents but Turkish esports dont investing CSGO teams and Sponsors dont be part of csgo teams and PC and Equipments are so expensive for Young boys
2020-12-06 14:30
Turkey has great individual talents but no great gamesense players. Also we don't have decent coaches as you said.
2020-12-06 14:39
#102
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Turkey yunus06
nice kaptan. lets go we believe you
2020-12-06 14:21
#105
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Hungary Shiron212
Well done, gl
2020-12-06 14:37
lets go sangal #believethemyth
2020-12-06 14:38
Miss old SS Xantates Calyx Maj3r Woxic Imor Paz as 6th Huge team
2020-12-06 14:46
2 replies
theie 5 rifle plays were unique
2020-12-06 14:53
#127
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Turkey TheTurks!
Paz is even better than Xantares, he is so underrated.
2020-12-06 17:17
Xantares, woxic, and calyx be like : nah not for us
2020-12-06 15:13
Xantares woxic calyx paz imorr dream team
2020-12-06 15:30
1 reply
+1
2020-12-07 21:16
#124
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Turkey yeeGeT
Let's hope sangal makes it to the epl so that the turkish scene could blow up. I believe that there are many players willing to play cs go but dont kinda get into it just because they think that the game is dead which I think is about to change and actually changing worldwide. And there are underaged, arrogant teenagers and kids who play valorant which makes up the 80% of the games community in turkey. I say we keep 'em there for a better experience :D
2020-12-06 16:33
MAJ3R is a very handsome Turk
2020-12-06 17:01
8 replies
#126
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Turkey TheTurks!
0/8
2020-12-06 17:16
7 replies
why he looks very chad
2020-12-06 17:20
6 replies
#137
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Turkey TheTurks!
2020-12-06 18:15
4 replies
didn't get it
2020-12-06 19:27
3 replies
he is showing his boxer, so I think #137 is trying to imply that maj3r is gay or something. Just report him for homophobia
2020-12-06 23:51
2 replies
lol anyway he is the guy who said XANTARES's career is over
2020-12-07 15:09
Maj3r said '' I didn't have to say but I am taking my lucky boxer. '' or something like that and btw he is married. facebook.com/csgoarenasi/posts/737542799..
2020-12-08 18:56
#157
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Turkey yeeGeT
He is the definition of chad.
2020-12-06 21:46
yeeeyy
2020-12-06 17:36
to the major with "wolf_imoRR"
2020-12-06 17:38
Still team has no fire power.
2020-12-06 17:48
crazy that teams like sangal and MR have to qualify for MDL. Both teams would win NA MDL.
2020-12-06 18:21
#139
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Turkey EM4YS
legends never die we set a head on this road #BelieveTheMyth
2020-12-06 18:53
we are coming #BelieveTheMyth
2020-12-06 18:49
#RoadToEPL
2020-12-06 18:50
Füll föküs
2020-12-06 19:24
All remember that we are 2016 world champion as a national team..
2020-12-06 19:41
sangal number 1
2020-12-06 19:46
I miss space soldiers =((((((((
2020-12-06 20:52
#156
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Germany hatrez
I hope they will be performing like the old Space Soldiers Team
2020-12-06 21:30
You wont achieve anything until you guys kick ngiN I feel bad for paz,imor and calyx. These guys will be superstar for CS community if they start grind and go EU,NA
2020-12-07 13:46
1 reply
Calyx is playing for Team Envy. Nice try tho.
2020-12-08 18:48
the last hope for turkish csgo, j3r <3
2020-12-10 11:59
With real weapons , they r good In games , they are bad
2020-12-12 22:21
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