TaZ: "We hope for No.1 spot"

HLTV.org has conducted an interview with ex-Vitriolic man Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas in which he comments on his side's situation and chances at the WCG.

November began with the news that the two-time ESWC champions had exited Vitriolic following the departure of investor and co-manager Ahmed "Nordy" Al Muhanna.

Such a decision means that the Polish giants have been left without an organisation just days before the WCG event, for which they have been drawn in Group G, together with the likes of TyLoo and HiNet-UMX.

In this exclusive interview, Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas discusses his team's chances at the WCG, their relation with MYM and their future.

Your team has been drawn in the same group as Tyloo, F.azer.Z, HiNet-UMX and Nextlevel. What is your opinion about your group?

I think it's a fairly hard group, we know that Tyloo can play very well, and we don't know the other teams too well so we need to be prepared for anything, I just hope we will be able to finish in the top2 of our group but a first place would be a good boost before the playoffs.

How is your team preparing for this competition?

We've been preparing for this event for some time now, after WICKED esports used us and left us on ice, it was the only event we could go to, so we were playing for this event like old times, hehe. We had some disappoinments in Dubai, and we tried to take this lesson to our favour, I just hope that we can play better in China, and get our first good result in Asia.

Do you consider yourselves as favourites for this tournament?

Nope, I think that we should take it easy, play our game, have fun, get our fire burning and then we will see what happens. With a bit of luck and good spells we might show some great Counter-Strike.

What are your team's goals for this tournament?

We feel that we are in good form, we have the right spirit and the teamwork looks good, we hope for a No.1 spot, but we will be happy with top3.

Your team's preparation for this tournament has been rocked by news that you have once again been left without a home. When and how did you learn that you would have to look for a new organisation?

We are soooo used to it by now... We got so many words and promises, that everything would be great, that we would have great sponsors and that Vitriolic were behind us 100%, etc. that at some point we really started to think this way, we were like, "maybe this time it will work for real", when we went to Dubai, we had a blast at how Nordy was taking care of us, but then again we had heard so many promises, that when we got the news about Nordy leaving it was a hit for us... we never signed any contracts... and we had been waiting for the promised salary for over a month, we still believed that people would hold on to their word, because we gave our best shot when we represented Vitriolic, and we just hoped that we would be treated the same way... :/ Still there is no hard feelings.


You have been in several organisations since departing PGS, leaving MYM, WICKED and Vitriolic after they all failed to fulfill their promises. Do you think someone has cast a spell on your team or is it just bad luck?

Haha, if someone did cast a spell, please remove the curse! We have already been punished for 10 months, we promise that we will try to be better in CS and as individuals. Maybe it's just bad luck... and maybe the timing was bad for us? But well, I think that we got stronger as a team, at least that's what I hope.

Many people seem to believe that the main reason why you can't get a stable organisation is because of your wage demands after your time at MYM. Is there any truth to these thoughts?

That is not true, the reason why we can't get a stable organisation is that it looks like all they want to is to just use us for a few euros, get their organisation on the map, and then dump us like stock. People should ask how much fnatic, SK, mibr, mouz and mtw are earning, and when they ask us about how much we want they won't believe us.

Has your team been approached by organisations already?


We have got some offers, but we are still open for any talks. :P

After leaving WICKED, you said you would issue a statement on your situation and the whole MYM thing, but nothing has been announced so far. When are you going to comment on these matters?

At this point we are taking legal steps. We will comment on this situation very shortly, we just need to make sure it won't ruin the opportunity to get the money they owe us. It's funny that those people behave like nothing happened, one guy from MYM came to me in Dubai and said "Hi, wanted to chat", and it was one of those guys who had lied to us during our meeting in Germany at the ENC. It's amazing how shameless those people are. We also heard that they have told their players that they have already paid us everything they owed, it's just a rumour, but a funny one!

Do you have any events planned after the WCG?

We want to attend Dreamhack (invite us guys ), Arbalet Cup and I hope that there will be WEM this year. We have got some offers, so maybe we will attend those events.

There are rumours that PGS are interested in having you guys back. Is it true? Would you consider a return to your former home?

First place I hear about it. We have no hard feelings towards PGS, so if the right offer comes up, why not!

GL :D
2009-11-07 19:13
great
2009-11-07 19:14
GOOD LUCK!!!
2009-11-07 19:14
GL!
2009-11-07 19:15
GL !!!
2009-11-07 19:16
PGS... old times coming back ?
2009-11-07 19:19
dream on... for that they would need a year break and then a good motivation, training and support which as far as i can see they won't get for a long time.
2009-11-07 20:37
GOOD LUCK!!!GOOD LUCK!!!GOOD LUCK!!!
2009-11-07 19:20
gl;)
2009-11-07 19:21
TaZ is a great guy, his interviews are really interesting. too bad the MYM orga is acting like shit, I really hope the 5 guys will get the deserved money in the end, must be incredibly frustrating...
2009-11-07 19:22
HLTV.org SHOULD RECRUIT THEM!!!1!!1!111!! :D
2009-11-07 19:24
I'll have them on my wish-list for Christmas, that's for sure!
2009-11-07 19:56
It would be very nice haha :D
2009-11-07 20:06
ok really now..how much should the wage be to make them play under the tag hltv?Is it a number with 3 zeros???
2009-11-07 20:17
I have no clue really, but money we simply do not have in the safe on monthly base.
2009-11-07 20:24
I think they would with more than 300 euro each and the chance to attend to many events but that's only my opinion based on that what I know what polish players get each month
2009-11-07 21:04
Top players get a lot more.Probably Polish players get less cause Poland is a cheap country to leave.
2009-11-08 00:08
cheap country to leave? I can't get it
2009-11-08 00:57
thinks to buy are cheaper than e.g in London.
2009-11-08 01:04
I think that "things" are moreless at same price. And even if you were right why should it be reason to get lower salary from foreign organisation?:<
2009-11-08 01:12
I think that what p0k0 is trying to say is that the life level is lower in Poland - no offence - and that the "minimum salary" in Poland is 246€/month if I remember correctly, whereas it's 1361€/month in UK for exemple.
2009-11-08 12:06
ohh, that's true. Anyway, it shouldn't affect salariesof Again players if they represents foreign organisation.
2009-11-08 12:25
Yep, I agree with you on that one, organisations just take advantage of it unfortunately :/
2009-11-08 21:50
it's nothing about life standards in Poland, but about sponsors and how popular esport in Poland is
2009-11-08 23:09
PGS don't have enough money for them , taz can't say it here.
2009-11-07 19:25
polish fanboyz will go crazy now!!11
2009-11-07 19:26
And you seem to be more stupid than polish fanboy ...
2009-11-07 19:56
and then you guys complain about them and about their replys
2009-11-07 22:18
GL guys!
2009-11-07 19:27
nice interview!
2009-11-07 19:30
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Denmark zaney2k
Yea go back under the Pentagram G-Shock tag, that looks sweet :)
2009-11-07 19:31
WCG 2009: 1. AGAiN (hope for) (not polish fan boy) 2. fnatic 3. mTw
2009-11-07 19:36
#19
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Ukraine lancee
It's pretty interesting how much do fnatic, mtw, mouz and sk earn :)
2009-11-07 19:37
Think a contract with PGS would strengthen the team a lot!
2009-11-07 19:39
PGSpokerstrategy.cc | NEO ftw~ xD
2009-11-07 19:42
yup
2009-11-07 21:46
GL!
2009-11-07 19:46
i think they can win this event, after match against MYM they were so fresh.. new tactics / changes in game style.. looks like they prepare hard now, good luck ;)
2009-11-07 19:50
I have to agree on that.Though i dont know if being so offensive could work against top tier teams.
2009-11-07 20:18
maybe it was just pure anger to the tag, MYM?
2009-11-08 00:21
they cna easily win . just sad that no orgs will invest in a great team like this one. easily a top 5 team in the world when they are internationaly competing
2009-11-07 19:52
Very interesting interview with good answers,taz is a great guy and i realy hope that they will reach stable and good organisation. If that with MYM orga sutuation is true that people realy need to be A-S-H-A-M-E-D and go to mess with cartoons.
2009-11-07 19:54
I LOVE THIS MAN :D Good Look in Chinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!! < TaZ
2009-11-07 19:54
luck*
2009-11-07 21:08
even if i'm not a fan of them, i really hope that they'll do well at these event, to show the MYM orga that their choice was bad.
2009-11-07 20:03
Do you mean bad because they dropped these guys or bad because they picked up Zet, Jumpy and the crew?
2009-11-07 20:24
i meant that the orga dropped them
2009-11-07 20:32
Agree with you there
2009-11-07 21:07
wtf is "polish fan boy" ?
2009-11-07 20:05
just wait till their first game at WCG...
2009-11-07 22:17
GL boys, one organisation more, come on!
2009-11-07 20:22
Too bad that they will not win.
2009-11-07 20:24
Why are they so stupid to believe 'promises'. It seems like they don't realise that they are dealing with business people. First sign a contract than play. When will these guys learn it.
2009-11-07 20:25
A contract is worthless if you are not ready to go to court to uphold it.. Fact is that these organisations are often based in other countries than the players themselves, making it even harder to pursue legal options.
2009-11-07 20:28
In that case than can keep on believing promises & wait on their money.
2009-11-07 23:42
A promise is worthless even if you are willing to go to court..
2009-11-11 00:38
Uh?! I am just saying that a contract is no better than a promise unless you got a lot of money ready to actually enforce it.
2009-11-11 00:40
Then it's still better than a promise. ;)
2009-11-13 20:26
lol they havent choice play or bye they must believe promises you see other way ?
2009-11-07 20:30
"one guy from MYM came to me in Dubai and said "Hi, wanted to chat", and it was one of those guys who lied to us during our meeting in Germany at the ENC." no comment 'x'
2009-11-07 20:27
</3
2009-11-07 20:29
i hope mtw will win WCG
2009-11-07 20:44
dream, only - SK or fnatic or MYM or AGAIN
2009-11-07 20:49
MYM ? sk ? pfff mtw or fnatic
2009-11-07 20:56
Hahah, mTw, nice joke.
2009-11-07 22:44
why joke? havent seen them international after lineup changes so?
2009-11-08 23:16
He said "I hope". So why you have to reply to him "dream, fnatic wins" It's like fighting over wich is better: Pepsi or Coke. What's the point of it..
2009-11-07 21:17
everyone knows that Coke is better
2009-11-07 21:25
I knew that someone will reply like that :D
2009-11-07 21:53
Pepsi omg
2009-11-08 01:01
PEPSI FTW
2009-11-08 06:03
man!!!! you right :)
2009-11-08 11:30
Especially SK or MYM who are not attending on tournament ;d
2009-11-07 21:52
SK aren't attending, neither are MYM.
2009-11-11 00:39
This is not the first time that this polish team states such a thing, and unfortunately I don't think they can manage to win WCG.
2009-11-07 20:47
x2, i want them to win but i'm sure that this year will win a team who nobody expected to do it.
2009-11-08 00:23
that's right, fnatic will win it! nobody expects them! i swear!
2009-11-08 21:32
you are myth! LUq play a lot =D GooD LooK, you deserve :P.
2009-11-07 20:56
I hope to see them winning versus top teams so they can find a good organisation! They didnt place 1st on a big event from a long time =( Best of luck for you guys! I hope to see a form comming back to Luq and Kuben, I have faith in you guys!
2009-11-07 21:03
GOOD LUCK!!!
2009-11-07 21:08
GL! NEOWNAGE!
2009-11-07 21:11
"Haha, if someone did cast a spell, please remove the curse!" I'd go for Blixity. ?
2009-11-07 21:11
:D
2009-11-07 21:26
#59
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Argentina sebaxinho
hahah taz is a nice guy gl! NEO[t] ;)
2009-11-07 21:24
they are still good but i cant see them as a top 5 team anymore tbh
2009-11-07 21:24
STFU I LMAO They are in top three teams. 1. fnatic 2. SK 3. AGAiN Just one bad tournament don't make them a bad team. So, kid think before u say
2009-11-07 21:28
Thats just my opinion..and which tournament are you talking about? i just said that they where GOOD but not top5 imo.... i never said that they are a bad team.
2009-11-07 22:00
Name 5 better teams.
2009-11-11 00:41
Come down budd, he just pointed out his opinion... #60 I think the only teams that could be placed above AGAiN are fnatic, sk, mtw and mym. Anyway we will see after WCG what those non european teams will show!
2009-11-07 22:01
<3 Neo and co.............. GL
2009-11-07 21:24
Good Luck !! Hope you can show some nice matches in the upcoming tournaments.
2009-11-07 21:25
ya true They are "The Golden Five", they should bring the gold back what they did in 2006 as well as 2007, when they were considered as the best team ever in the history of cs 1.6
2009-11-08 07:35
taz is bleeding internally
2009-11-07 21:37
flick dat ace man ;d
2009-11-07 21:48
taz is still bleeding internally
2009-11-08 06:55
taz is still bleeding internally
2009-11-08 19:06
<3 that ace! THIS IS SENSATIONAAAAAAL!
2009-11-08 21:34
What is it I have missed?:(
2009-11-11 00:41
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWkyQpr7Sqk walle VS pentagram probably the most famous ace, after HeatoN vs 4k :)
2009-11-11 11:30
I have seen it, I just don't see where that ended up in this discussion, yeahyeah. :D
2009-11-13 20:15
:) gl
2009-11-07 21:44
They've never played WOW, so now they have no priest to dispell the curse :P Now more seriously: It's obvious they had to train hard. They've shown some nice performance agains mym. Even if they're playing same tactics on nuke-ct for example. Imho G5 was and still is a team whos tactics are best. Their problem is, they weren't shooting so well recently and that made them loose against top teams. I think it would be better for them to be under the biggest pressure. Because that's the situation where they will manage to play at their best level, because of Polish mentality. Poles are most motivated in hard situations, so it will help them for sure!
2009-11-07 21:59
Agree almost in everything but for me the biggest problem lately is stability of players always one of them presents a different lower level in some matches and in next day or even in next game the weakest is the best. Just look what happened aganist last game with MyM or Alternate in DUBAI when all played on the same level. Polish syndrome of concentrate, just look on Golota :P
2009-11-07 23:49
+11111
2009-11-11 00:43
They are "The Golden Five", they should bring the gold back what they did in 2006 as well as 2007, when they were considered as the best team ever in the history of cs 1.6
2009-11-08 07:35
i think SK 2003 is considered the best team in CS history. but they were clearly the best team of 2006.
2009-11-08 21:36
Ya SK in 2003 SK in 2004 NOA in 2005 PGS in 2006 mYm in 2007 mTw in 2008 fnatic in 2009
2009-11-08 22:02
#136
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Brazil hugoooo
ROFL!!! NoA 2005!??
2009-11-09 06:34
fnatic was ranked 1 in 2007 according to many ranking-systems.
2009-11-09 09:02
In 2006 Fnatic was a bit better then Pentagram and NiP but 2007 was year of polish guys for sure, most of rankings are big joke.
2009-11-11 01:07
03-04 SK 05 - NiP, cOL, SK(?) 06 - Pentagram, NiP, Fnatic 07 - Pentagram 08 - mTw 09 - Fnatic even if they lose all matches since now.
2009-11-11 01:16
eoLithic?
2009-11-10 15:36
nope, SK crushed everything back then, most of the time.
2009-11-10 20:19
#78
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Israel selukvey
i wish PGS would back :D
2009-11-07 22:59
PGS is crap organization, trust me :) they deserved smth better!
2009-11-07 23:47
too bad, they diserve a better organization.. GL AGAiN.
2009-11-07 23:03
old times:)
2009-11-07 23:34
I guess by this time they are now used to hopping organizations or either way, so it won't effect their game this WCG. xD
2009-11-07 23:37
They are "The Golden Five", they should bring the gold back what they did in 2006 as well as 2007, when they were considered as the best team ever in the history of cs 1.6
2009-11-08 07:36
gooD luck! taz
2009-11-07 23:38
i want to see the poles back on top again! cs is getting boring with sweden always winning!
2009-11-07 23:47
I second that, watch out for the Danes!
2009-11-08 01:38
I can certainly see that happening, mtw's form looks promising and with a little more time together it might just happen. But SK and fnatic are phenomenal right now so it won't be easy.
2009-11-08 10:27
HEEEEYYYY!!!!! ;D
2009-11-08 10:23
Gl guys. They r top 3 for the moment. 1.fnatic , 2.sk , 3 again 4. mym mtw alternate mouz .Top3 they make on wcg i think, but what place 1 - 2 - 3 i dont know. Gl - look foward 2 c mtw back on top , power gaming and soa i hope they show some good cs. taz nice one ,hltv thanks good job
2009-11-08 01:02
I doubt they're better than MYM.
2009-11-11 00:44
Neo photo: "I'll kill you"
2009-11-08 02:14
NEO,go go go!! LUq sucks
2009-11-08 03:15
+ pasha!
2009-11-11 00:44
GO BACK TO PGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
2009-11-08 03:37
GL
2009-11-08 03:41
i love u taz :)
2009-11-08 03:44
Go AGAiN ! NEO , TAZ , LOORD , KUBEN , LUq ! :) Go Back PGS ;D best team forever :)
2009-11-08 03:49
How old is taz??? plz tell me! thanks
2009-11-08 04:41
22 or 23
2009-11-08 19:28
so young!
2009-11-09 11:39
He looks +30. xD
2009-11-11 00:45
GO TOP1 WCG 361!!!
2009-11-08 06:05
PGS-Neo sounds so much better than Vitriolic,go back to PGS the organisation that made you guys who you are :D.
2009-11-08 08:36
I don't really know if PGS would be a good way out of this situation. I mean, the money needed to cover all their tournaments and salaries ain't that high for the west european based organisation, but here in Poland it won't change till our government start to make changes about our financess. I wish you guys all best. Show 'em all at China, I bet on top4.
2009-11-08 09:01
how did you come up with goverment? it's all about sponsors in Poland
2009-11-08 23:21
You're right too, but firstly our economy needs to get better before any bigger company will invest money in such unstable and unpredictable kind of sport.
2009-11-09 09:51
Anything but top4 is a big big disappointment. :)
2009-11-11 00:45
I mean in the worst situation.. :D
2009-11-11 16:14
GOOD LUCK! <3 Kuben, loord, luq, neo, taz!!!
2009-11-08 13:32
PLS PGS RE PLS PLS :) PENTAGRAM | NEO :)
2009-11-08 13:33
I hope they win so they can get back on track
2009-11-08 14:00
A shame that those kind of players can't get a freaking organisation. Please next time sign the papers before you play for them ;).
2009-11-08 14:05
You're not right m8 :> The average salary in Poland is almost 900 euros :) Edit: Unable to reply to the #117
2009-11-08 14:09
I miss old PGS. It will be grat if they go this orga, but obviously it won't happen..
2009-11-08 14:18
all taz can do is hope XD
2009-11-08 16:27
GL NEO! but I think you can't beat the teams like Tyloo mouz fnatic SK mTw! GL Tyloo@%
2009-11-09 10:08
mouz they can man- plus they not in good shape. Poles like play vs ger teams like mouz and my favorite attax ,and last matches they win with them ,tylo mtw hmm mtw can be realy danger , tylo aswel but not as other top teams. But vs fnatic they have 2 play top level ,and dont make mistake. gl all , show some crazy staff.
2009-11-11 03:54
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