v1c7or: "I think VOYVODA can become an even better version of the mighty Windigo"

The Bulgarian player spoke about the team's impressive run in the DreamHack Masters qualifier and reflected on his career.

Nearly two years have passed since Windigo won the WESG 2018 World Finals in Chongqing, China, and netted the top prize of $500,000 after defeating the likes of MIBR, G2 and AGO. They peaked at No.13 in the world rankings in April 2019 but could not build on that momentum, with the team disbanding later that year after the Windigo organisation closed its doors due to cash flow problems. Valentin "⁠poizon⁠" Vasilev is the only member of the WESG-winning lineup playing at the highest level nowadays.

That, however, is about to change. Viktor "⁠v1c7oR⁠" Dyankov and Kamen "⁠bubble⁠" Kostadinov helped VOYVODA, an emergent Bulgarian mix, defeat the likes of OG and Cloud9 in the DreamHack Masters Spring Europe Closed Qualifier earlier this month and book a spot in the main event, which will have $250,000 on the line.

v1c7or said VOYVODA are just getting started

After those upsets, it’s almost inevitable to draw comparisons between VOYVODA and Windigo. "To be honest, I think we can become an even better version of the mighty Windigo," v1c7oR told HLTV.org. "If we keep grinding, rolling and believing that we are capable of winning great trophies, things will come naturally."

Despite VOYVODA's overnight success, the project has been months in the making. The core of v1c7oR, bubble, and Hristiyan "⁠REDSTAR⁠" Pironkov has been grinding together since October 2020, initially under the MBAPPEEK tag. The trio were joined by Martin "⁠mar⁠" Kuyumdjiev and Simeon "⁠dream3r⁠" Ganev in December, but the team didn't make a good impression at first, struggling in tournaments such as Snow Sweet Snow 2 Regionals and the European Development Championship Closed Qualifier.

"One of the reasons that led us to do well in the DreamHack qualifier is that we did not give up, even when we had bad tournaments under the MBAPPEEK tag,” v1c7oR explained. "Nowadays, the game is so stacked that anyone can surprise you in the next moment. It doesn't matter if it’s tier two, tier three or tier 100."

The team changed their tag to VOYVODA ahead of the DreamHack Masters Spring Europe qualifier as it sounds more like a team name than MBAPPEEK, according to v1c7oR, though they will not be using the new name much longer as they have already found a permanent home.

"It's not like we don’t have the support of an organisation," v1c7oR revealed. "We do have, but it’s a matter of time before it's registered as an esports organisation and we start playing under a real name. It's better if we follow the same path and just keep grinding. If we manage to fix some small in-game mistakes and work on everything else, good things will come."

With their results in the DreamHack Masters closed qualifier, VOYVODA have dethroned SKADE as the No.1 team in Bulgaria. While the revolution that many expected in the Bulgarian scene following Windigo's success didn't exactly materialise, v1c7oR is still happy with the current state of affairs.

Bulgaria may be well represented in CS:GO again

"There are a lot of teams taking it seriously and putting in a lot of hours," he said. "It’s really nice to see your homies trying hard. The scene has grown so much. There are some amazing players and I’m pretty sure that everyone might see more Bulgarian flags in prestigious events very soon."

Regardless of what happens in DreamHack Masters Spring, competing in this prestigious tournament is an achievement in itself for v1c7oR, who hasn't been in the spotlight since Windigo benched him in July 2019. He also spent several months living off savings following the delayed payment of the WESG prize.

"It was a really rough and long period," v1c7oR recalled. "Being away from the competitive scene wasn’t good at all. I tried to make a comeback several times during this period, but something was really missing all the time so I decided to take a step back from offers and keep waiting for something special.

"Right now, I feel the game and I feel that this could be my new place and home where we can achieve things together. We've got to have great teamplay, because this is not a one-man army type of game, it’s a team game. I feel this is just the beginning of something greater."

Bulgaria Hristiyan 'REDSTAR' Pironkov
Hristiyan 'REDSTAR' Pironkov
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
326
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1742
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
Bulgaria Martin 'mar' Kuyumdjiev
Martin 'mar' Kuyumdjiev
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
455
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1586
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Bulgaria Simeon 'dream3r' Ganev
Simeon 'dream3r' Ganev
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
822
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
949
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
yea right
2021-03-15 13:02
2 replies
#85
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Russia flennyiwnl
no he is daydreaming
2021-03-15 14:33
1 reply
ofc man lol
2021-03-15 17:28
nice expert lmao
2021-03-15 13:02
#7
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Bulgaria ok6og
good im happy for him
2021-03-15 13:02
VACtor
2021-03-15 13:02
>windigo >all mighty Choose 1
2021-03-15 13:02
31 replies
#14
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Lebanon Dogman69
CS:GO World Cup winners 2018, so best team in the world in 2018
2021-03-15 13:05
10 replies
i dont think thats how that works
2021-03-15 13:06
6 replies
let him be bro
2021-03-15 13:10
5 replies
ofc i will, i try to only spread positivity
2021-03-15 13:11
4 replies
good guy
2021-03-15 13:40
3 replies
ofc, everyone should do this :D
2021-03-15 13:43
2 replies
+1
2021-03-15 20:21
+1
2021-03-22 12:34
2019* wesg finals are year later than wesg main qualifier
2021-03-15 13:16
#89
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France Insidium
Could9 2018 major winning team so bestest team in 2018
2021-03-15 14:44
1 reply
And then they did fuck all rest of the year? 🥴 Astralis pog in 2018-19
2021-03-15 16:41
for our country this is the best team in history and probably the highest ranked team on our region (i dont remember the ranking position of Nexa, hunter and the serbian guys )
2021-03-15 13:07
12 replies
and u can be proud of that :D I just think all mighty windigo is an overstatement, sure they were relevant but they weren't like a major contender
2021-03-15 13:07
5 replies
doesn't matter every region has team who achieved the most (small but still a lot more compare to everyone) windigo were and are still the benchmark in our country and region
2021-03-15 13:13
4 replies
true, they were dominating bulgaria :D I mean i'm noscener i can't talk
2021-03-15 13:14
that was a huge upset, i still remember the comeback on cache and then shipz literally smurfing on ovp vs. g2
2021-03-15 13:25
2 replies
Interesting to note is that out of that team poizon actually went on to have the most success and noy shipz :()
2021-03-15 13:30
1 reply
that cr4zy team just wasn't a way to go, he basically just wasted time there and now he has to make a name for himself once again. kinda sad but he's still young
2021-03-15 13:34
current g2 (3 Balkans) > space soldiers > bulgaria cs omegalul
2021-03-15 13:56
3 replies
Dude just check out Liquid right know omegalol :D :D
2021-03-16 01:54
2 replies
liquid top5 bulgaria who?
2021-03-16 03:12
1 reply
liquid top 5 nice joke
2021-03-23 13:27
#81
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Canada GGNORE33
If they add toh1o as a coach this team can do something
2021-03-15 14:27
1 reply
Yo le noob, Isn't toh1o still banned tho?
2021-03-25 12:14
XD
2021-03-15 13:09
4 replies
sorry i can't take MiBR seriously either
2021-03-15 15:27
2 replies
#97
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United States ShawnM
this is when they were still decent, had gotten semis at major recently
2021-03-15 15:34
1 reply
in that case wp bulgaria
2021-03-15 15:47
#170
fnx | 
Brazil Moglao
Still hurts D:
2021-03-23 12:43
#10
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Portugal MGL257
ok
2021-03-15 13:03
#11
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Estonia E$t0
gl
2021-03-15 13:03
very happy for this man being under media lights <3
2021-03-15 13:04
cheaters
2021-03-15 13:04
#19
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Bulgaria goshyy
Good luck V1c7oR! I want to see a Bulgarian top 30 team!
2021-03-15 13:07
1 reply
#95
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Switzerland SimTheHoly
One day
2021-03-15 15:23
E-frag.net > Windigo Or is this happens because we are from Bulgaria?
2021-03-15 13:11
dr3amer VAC banned dog. Never forget that. Once a cheater always a cheater.
2021-03-15 13:11
5 replies
False i was cheating before as a kid and im not doing it anymore
2021-03-15 13:12
4 replies
#40
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
nt xiter >:(
2021-03-15 13:15
You probably steal money from your parents. Nt but as I said, you chose the wrong path and there is no turning back for you, it will just get worse with you
2021-03-15 13:17
2 replies
i didnt cheat since years and years lol
2021-03-15 14:22
1 reply
Nt cheater
2021-03-15 15:50
#32
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Greece m3s0v
dream3r is VAC banned, how exactly can they achieve anything special?
2021-03-15 13:12
10 replies
#41
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
you can play lots of things even with a vac
2021-03-15 13:15
#48
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Lebanon Dogman69
I mean there is no major in 2 years still can play in DH; ESL; BLAST etc
2021-03-15 13:22
4 replies
no major for 2 more years?????
2021-03-15 13:23
3 replies
for astralis? definitely
2021-03-15 13:32
2 replies
Comedy genius. Also one more day and you can start posting your daily threads so cya in 10 in advance!
2021-03-15 13:35
1 reply
ok
2021-03-15 13:40
They can't play major, what else?
2021-03-15 13:22
2 replies
Orgs will prob not like that so the change that they get picked up by one is significantly lower
2021-03-15 13:34
1 reply
stat-wise he doesn't seem very strong so surely they can replace him.
2021-03-15 13:36
#149
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Canada free_ropz
-dreamer +cerq ez fix
2021-03-16 22:09
#33
try | 
Italy ROMAG
If this team had rainwaker and shipz would be god like Redstar Vactor Mar/dream3r (prefer mar since he doesn't have vac ban) Shipz Rainwaker Shipz Bubbles (coach)
2021-03-15 13:16
5 replies
Dunno whats more funny in your comment - the fact that you put shipz twice or the fact that you dont give a shit about roles. Why would a team need IGL when it has firepower. Your next team suggestion would probably be Device, ZywOo, syrsoN, KennyS, JW
2021-03-15 13:55
4 replies
#90
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France Insidium
s1mple as coach dont forget
2021-03-15 14:47
#104
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Bulgaria goshyy
Rainwaker is IGL'ing for SKADE.
2021-03-15 15:58
1 reply
True, but since what...3 days ago. Still hasnt proven himself as IGL
2021-03-15 17:04
#116
try | 
Italy ROMAG
Big fan of shipz, but tell.me bulgarian brother, what is wrong with the roles?
2021-03-15 17:21
#34
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Germany Nachofish
gl to bulgaria <3
2021-03-15 13:13
#36
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United States GameZ_iwnl
-deam3r +literally any bulgarian who can be a star player +toh1o to coach
2021-03-15 13:13
3 replies
#79
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Canada GGNORE33
toh1o is ESIC banned, but he is the best bulgarian coach so he will be perfect fit to create another chapter like Windigo times.
2021-03-15 14:26
2 replies
have him work as an analyst or in another tactical role, since coaching in general is basically banned. Plus dream3r VACed so why not just get bannedgaria?
2021-03-15 18:01
1 reply
#132
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Canada GGNORE33
Yes I think he can help a lot on the tactical side as you can see they really struggling with that part, he would be really helpful but it's up to them to decide
2021-03-15 19:59
#39
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Best of luck to VOYVODA!
2021-03-15 13:14
#42
NiKo | 
Europe trey_
go vactor men😎
2021-03-15 13:16
Time to bet on blink :))
2021-03-15 13:18
3 replies
Nice username buddy
2021-03-15 13:20
2 replies
Well no Burkina Faso flag I had to use ivory
2021-03-15 14:22
1 reply
sad
2021-03-15 15:55
#46
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Brazil hugoooo
I was expecting lots of comments making jokes about him saying "mighty"
2021-03-15 13:19
cool story
2021-03-15 13:29
lmao cringe asf bulgarians won a tier 3 wesg and talking like they won a major go back to tier 5
2021-03-15 13:30
2 replies
nt wesg is major tournament
2021-03-15 14:30
mad cause g2 hasnt won anything big in like forever?
2021-03-15 16:06
Until they start fixing against tier 4 teams
2021-03-15 13:34
GL!
2021-03-15 13:38
#64
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Finland CleanMac
I think u have to be at least 1-time major winner to call yourself mighty lol
2021-03-15 13:41
2 replies
ikr? its fucking hilarious
2021-03-15 13:51
#157
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Bulgaria tick10
They won WESG 500,000$
2021-03-18 14:56
i dont think so
2021-03-15 13:49
gl to them
2021-03-15 13:49
#71
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Poland aiken
Windigo was a great team, bad luck it felt apart.
2021-03-15 13:53
"Nowadays, the game is so stacked that anyone can surprise you in the next moment. It doesn't matter if it’s tier two, tier three or tier 100." Yeah. Basically, he tells that the game is random and eventually it all depends on the day. Can't agree with him, cuz the gap between tier-1 players and amateur 3k elo players is almost invisible.
2021-03-15 13:55
2 replies
Explain Katowice then
2021-03-15 14:39
1 reply
I meant "cant disagree", my bad. He's right.
2021-03-15 23:13
#75
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Greece RedWinter
LEVSKI SOFIA IN CSGO SOON
2021-03-15 13:58
Gotta kick their vac banned player first before I or any meaningful org can take them seriously
2021-03-15 14:23
and windigo was an awesome roster!
2021-03-15 14:26
>Mighty Windigo >"Nearly two years have passed since.. ..2018" Trash
2021-03-15 14:29
1 reply
The event was held in 2019
2021-03-15 15:10
I hope they succeed. Come on guys!
2021-03-15 14:30
"the mighty windigo" lmao that's just such a funny statement
2021-03-15 14:34
#87
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Hungary Shiron212
Bulgaria bestest)
2021-03-15 14:35
#93
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Czech Republic Esiik
THINK VOYVODA CAN BECOME AN EVEN BETTER VERSION OF THE MIGHTY WINDIGO .... Few hours after >> loosing to random albania team 1:7 on vertigo xddddd
2021-03-15 15:14
1 reply
getting revenge for c9 ofc
2021-03-15 15:56
“Mighty”
2021-03-15 15:14
Mighty One fluke event win
2021-03-15 15:37
2 replies
qualifier btw
2021-03-15 15:56
0/8
2021-03-16 02:02
victor 1 world cup ecov3ce 0 world cup
2021-03-15 16:18
Poizon > Redstar Shipz > mar blocker > Dreamer Victor, stop drink pls :D
2021-03-15 17:01
#112
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Argentina matebad
"v1ktor looks like bane"
2021-03-15 17:02
Nt, 0/8 d1cktor Losing to Blink 0-2 kekw
2021-03-15 17:08
New COL: poizon awp Bubble igl VACTOR rifle SHIPZ rifle MAR rifle Ez top5
2021-03-15 18:13
gl v1c7or
2021-03-15 18:23
and then they lost to ffing albanian BLINK
2021-03-15 18:29
#128
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Hungary szia
the mighty windigo that will live off of their 1 trophy win
2021-03-15 18:58
People underrating bulgarian cs which would be a top notch if they had right organisation support back in e-frag days. Still remember HSBG from 1.6 same story. Sad for balkan we are so poor otherwise think many more stars would come up :). Gl bulgarians hope u make it
2021-03-15 19:03
kkkkkkkkkkk gl kkkkkkkkkk
2021-03-15 19:19
This aged well
2021-03-15 19:45
Very good team, but very inconsistent play. They can win against anybody as well as loose from anybody. I think, Dreamer is the curlpit in this team.
2021-03-15 22:28
Is v1c7or bane?
2021-03-15 23:00
#139
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Latvia PeaceDATA
kick rat mar, and you will have some chance to become better
2021-03-16 01:52
Simeon "dream3r" Ganev VAC banned from Valve events.
2021-03-16 02:01
They lost to belgians and albanians...
2021-03-16 02:33
#147
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El Salvador w7tv
interview and then proced to throw next two matches gj
2021-03-16 15:51
better money farming version pog
2021-03-16 16:40
#150
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Bulgaria ok6og
easy for mr.Vactor
2021-03-16 22:24
#151
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Russia Sa1to
but will forever remain just a miserable shadow of e-frag
2021-03-17 07:02
3 replies
lol sad hater
2021-03-17 16:20
2 replies
#156
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Russia Sa1to
i remember when old e-frag crushed TSM (current astralis) . now this squad can't even beat tier 999999 teams
2021-03-18 07:57
1 reply
NiP and VP won majors back then and now what? Their core is pretty much retired or irrelevant. Times change people get older, we can only be happy that these players still compete on a high level and win things from time to time.
2021-03-18 21:44
"mighty Windigo" omegalul
2021-03-17 14:24
who? did what? when? uhhhh what?
2021-03-18 00:50
ez money give interview to hltv saying you will accomplish great things after beating some t1teams then go 322 against several tier 3 teams in a row. this man earned back the unpaid wesg prize money just by throwing a couple matches
2021-03-18 16:57
victor the same guy who had "white power" tag in fpl?
2021-03-19 03:55
Windigo was top 1 matchfixing team So now they gonna be top #0 or what
2021-03-19 14:27
1 fluke run and already saying this lmao
2021-03-19 18:26
Lmaooo windigo was never even tier2, talk about delusion
2021-03-20 22:03
mighty? de fuq fear the mighty UK scene
2021-03-21 17:32
I really hope they do well.
2021-03-22 10:37
its hilarious what these delusional manbabies come up with in their uneducated heads. Any success windigo had(much like every top team) was from the cheaters they had: hint hint Dream3r hltv.org/news/13948/dream3r-comments-on-..
2021-03-22 21:59
Bulgarian beasts eastern classics from 1.6
2021-03-24 01:30
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