mopoz: "Our goal is to reach top 10"

After a disappointing showing at V4 Future Sports Festival, Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano sat down with HLTV for a quick chat.

Movistar Riders are a team that have enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent months, appearing out of nowhere after a roster revamp to take IEM Fall by storm.

But it has been a mixed bag in general for the new roster, the impressive IEM Fall showing balanced by early exits at BLAST Premier Fall Showdown and here at V4.

mopoz is optimistic for the team's future

mopoz sat down with HLTV to talk about the performance here at V4, his team's showing at the Major, and what they need to do to reach the next level.

First up I have to ask about that Fiend loss; it was two close maps but you weren't able to take either, what happened there?

Against Fiend yesterday, what happened mostly was that we just choked. Mirage and Nuke, both maps we had in our hands and we were close to winning them, I mean they played well, but we didn't know how to close the maps. It's something that I expect, because we still haven't had enough time to practice and get used to winning matches, we are still fixing our mistakes. We are just not practicing and playing together enough, we are mostly talking about the officials. We didn't have enough time to practice, because since the team formed, we are playing a lot of tournaments and we don't have time.

It's fine, eventually we are going to get this experience and we are going to close these maps. Maybe not now, but in the future it is going to be easier.

What were your expectations coming into this event?

I don't know about my team, but for me at least, the expectation was just to reach the semi-finals or final. When we played in IEM Fall and the PGL Major Stockholm, we showed the world that we are playing really good and we can beat a lot of teams. Maybe not the best teams in the world, but we are playing great, so I had high expectations for this tournament. It is how it is, now we have to focus on ESL Pro League Conference that starts next week and see how everything goes.

Do you think the LAN environment played any factor in your loss against Fiend?

My other teammates don't have much experience in LAN events, but I don't feel like people were getting nervous or whatever, I don't think that the LAN affected us itself. It's mostly that we still aren't settled, we have really good maps or days, but there are a lot of times that we can't reach our 100% level when we are playing. We are going to lose some days, like yesterday, that's it.

Taking a step back, could you talk to me a bit about the roster shakeup you had recently, swapping out three players?

The main thing is that we wanted to make a change. Nowadays it's really hard to sign international players, because there are not a lot of players that could fit in the team. After a while of looking at players, we decided to go for a Spanish roster because we did not find the piece that we needed; we were looking at a lot of international players but they didn't fit us, so we decided to look inside Spain.

Iberian Family, the core of DeathZz, dav1g and SunPayus, they were playing really good, they even beat us, so we said okay let's give them a chance. We really wanted to play in our language, and everything is working well, they are such good people so it was really easy to make chemistry together. That's the key to the success.

It was definitely a success, as not long after those changes you had your breakout event at IEM Fall. How do you think you were able to get up to speed with the new roster so quickly?

It was mainly because they are hard workers. Also, when they were in Iberian Family, their main maps were also our main maps, except for Overpass. Inferno, Nuke, and Vertigo were their main maps and also ours, so they had the basics on those maps, and it was easy to perform really good in our map pool. We are not good on Mirage, alex and me, but they were really good so we need to create the basics on that map, and on Overpass they need to get the basics. So eventually, we need to keep working and everything is going to work good.

mopoz has set qualifying for Pro League as a key goal

After that IEM Fall event came the PGL Major Stockholm, how did you feel about your run there?

When we went to the Major, we were not in the best shape because we flew back from IEM to Madrid, then we had a bootcamp, then we came straight back to Sweden; we didn't have enough time to rest. What me and the rest of the team felt is that we were kinda tired, and we couldn't perform the way we wanted. We could have won a couple more games anyway, but overall it was a really good event for us.

Looking forward ESL Pro League Conference, what are the expectations for that event?

Our expectation is, of course, to reach the Pro League slot. I will try to fight for it because if you reach the Pro League, it is the moment that you can say you are a really good team. You can qualify for a lot of events, but is different to qualify for a regular league; that is our main goal, to reach Pro League so we can get more game time against the top teams.

In the longer term, what are you looking to achieve with this roster?

The first thing that I want is to stay in the top-20 for a really long time, maybe after this event we are going to go down and will be between top-20 and top-30. Our goal after that is to reach top-10.

What do you need to do to get there?

We have a couple of maps that I think that we play like a tier-one team, but there are a couple of maps that we play like a tier-two or a tier-three. The thing we need to focus on is just to improve the maps that we are not strong enough on, so that we are comfortable. For example, if we are playing Vertigo and we are 12-3 down, in TeamSpeak it's going to be like "it doesn't matter, we are going to have the chance to win this, we only have to win the pistol and we are going to make the comeback." We don't have that feeling on all the maps, so the main thing is that we need to have confidence on the maps where we are not that good, and eventually that will be the key to success.

A nice easy one to finish off the interview, who do you predict to win this event?

My prediction is going to be… oh, that is going to be hard. I would say Gambit, but I think Entropiq is playing really good nowadays, so I will go with Entropiq.

Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1040
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Already better than Gambit imo
2021-11-20 16:48
14 replies
Everything checks out.
2021-11-20 16:49
5 replies
+1
2021-11-20 16:52
#38
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Ukraine VoidWave
+1
2021-11-20 17:24
#57
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2021-11-20 17:53
+1
2021-11-20 21:47
+1
2021-11-21 21:10
true
2021-11-20 16:49
kek
2021-11-20 16:49
Name checks out
2021-11-20 16:49
True
2021-11-20 16:50
gambit haters kekw
2021-11-20 16:50
1 reply
now thats what I call a KEK!!!
2021-11-20 18:20
+1
2021-11-20 17:31
+1
2021-11-20 17:39
#7
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Belgium falmes
Pog
2021-11-20 16:50
xddddddddd
2021-11-20 16:51
#10
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Spain Nepomu
Mopoz I love u
2021-11-20 16:51
XDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-11-20 16:52
not gonna happen , sorry Spaniards.
2021-11-20 16:52
Mopoz is very optimistic xD
2021-11-20 16:52
#15
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CIS sat1mo
it can happen
2021-11-20 16:52
Top 10 Movistar Riders? JOKE of the Month....
2021-11-20 16:52
1 reply
They reached top 14 and they are 17 rn, not saying they Will be top 10 but isnt imposible
2021-11-20 18:51
not gonna happen
2021-11-20 16:53
#18
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Czech Republic Luckjeen
bruh, you cant bait your way into top 10 bud xd
2021-11-20 16:53
delusional
2021-11-20 16:55
Learn to close 13 5 score firstly on ct side…
2021-11-20 16:56
2 replies
Read the article low iq Russia wannabe
2021-11-20 20:06
1 reply
They won’t be in top 10 with such bad ct side, so it’s you who is low iq and Russia is shit
2021-11-20 20:48
GLHF
2021-11-20 16:56
top 10 HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH
2021-11-20 16:58
eksdi , our goal should be stay top 25
2021-11-20 16:59
try to reach top 20 lol
2021-11-20 17:02
5 replies
They are currently top 17 lmao
2021-11-20 17:14
4 replies
When you want to reach top 10 first you've to do is beating teams like fiend.
2021-11-20 17:40
2 replies
yes i agree but this guy said make top 20 first when they are currently top 17
2021-11-20 17:54
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Spain elk878
every team has a failed tournament, tell to BIG and Astralis in major both tier 1 teams, also low tier teams have more enthusiasm when they play against top tier teams, look at entropiq in major and cph flames
2021-11-20 18:05
+1 russian moment
2021-11-20 18:22
mopoz we understand its weekend but u had too much
2021-11-20 17:03
1 reply
xaxa
2021-11-20 17:09
Good joke
2021-11-20 17:04
kick dav1g
2021-11-20 17:06
1 reply
+1
2021-11-20 17:45
#28
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Ukraine futplxyer
Mopoz gotta be realistic, no smooya no top10. Atleast Fnatic can reach top10 for him :P
2021-11-20 17:07
1 reply
They literally got much better after kicking smooya lol
2021-11-21 20:05
This arent news bro stop hltv with these news like no ne cares
2021-11-20 17:07
try to beat atleast fiend
2021-11-20 17:07
1 reply
fiend top18 astralis top 19
2021-11-20 17:49
#31
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Latvia emzijs
Kick dav1g if you want to get to top 10 lol
2021-11-20 17:07
1 reply
+1
2021-11-20 17:45
lmao keep dreaming
2021-11-20 17:10
You had trouble with Enterprise guys , tier 3 team that is really close to t4 just this tournament. You guys are not good enough for tier 1 by far yet.
2021-11-20 17:14
Ofc that would be the goal but it is unrealistic af the top 15 is stronger than ever atm and online fluke is over
2021-11-20 17:14
They cant even beat fiend tf he talking about?
2021-11-20 17:15
got rekt 0-2 by Fiend with stand-in on LAN xD dead scene
2021-11-20 17:28
this guy have some humor, top10 good joke
2021-11-20 17:31
not with dav1g
2021-11-20 17:31
#43
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Russia Fimbly
Hearing it after them throw from 13-5 to 13-16 vs best 322 team Fiend is funny xd
2021-11-20 17:32
Oi morooooz morooooz, ne moroooz xuyni
2021-11-20 17:32
1 reply
propel
2021-11-20 18:33
#45
mopoz | 
Spain kE01
i only see hate on hltv, too sad :(( but what could i expect from kids who doesnt go outside
2021-11-20 17:33
Not impossible
2021-11-20 17:34
#47
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France Barburo
Bring back Lowel or Sausol to have a tiny chance.
2021-11-20 17:34
13 replies
What has lowel done recently
2021-11-20 17:34
12 replies
#50
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France Barburo
In "bring back", you have to understand he is not playing CS lately, but sill better than Dav1g imo.
2021-11-20 17:35
11 replies
#55
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Spain Crusher_CS
skill wise miles better
2021-11-20 17:48
#66
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United Kingdom legji
Better offering Mixwell the big bucks to come back if you want real talent.
2021-11-20 18:31
9 replies
True but LoWel and sausoL fits the role better, Movistar already have their awper, they need a strong holder (exactly the role LoWel had)
2021-11-20 18:56
8 replies
#73
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United Kingdom legji
Mixwell was a good rifler, he was only AWPing back in OpTiC because they forced him too. Like back when the G2 move was going to happen for him he was meant to be rifling like he wanted.
2021-11-20 18:59
7 replies
He has always been the awp, in optic, Riders and c9. The only reason why he wasnt awper in G2 its cause of KennyS
2021-11-20 19:00
6 replies
#76
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United Kingdom legji
Its because he was forced to man hltv.org/news/20407/mixwell-embraced-the.. "Also I've been AWPing a lot more than before. I've embraced the AWP role because we need it, I kinda hate it though. I hate it a lot, but I have to do it for the team. I'm getting better and better every event and hopefully I'll be one of the best ones in the world soon." - Mixwell
2021-11-20 19:04
5 replies
#77
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France Barburo
He is playing operator in Valorant now, with sucess so he wont leave the game + doesnt fit the role.
2021-11-20 19:08
2 replies
#78
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United Kingdom legji
Didn't his team fail to qualify for the champions? I'd start looking back at the greener grass if I was him since Movistar can actually qualify for the major with him could be an actual top 10 contender which in CS is much more lucrative than Valorant. I'd rather put mixwell who has actual talent over lowel or sousol who both can't put up good numbers against any top team. Even I know mixwell won't come back sadly. Loss of good talent and the potential for a top Spanish team.
2021-11-20 19:21
he isnt, he has been playing centinel role instead of duelist last 4 months and dindnt pick the operator
2021-11-20 19:28
ye but he ended playing awp anyways, he tried to igl but failed and he never played as rifle (except for some games in g2 and last few days in c9)
2021-11-20 19:27
1 reply
#81
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United Kingdom legji
He was a rifler in the mixed EU OpTiC for a while until allu was too bad with it to the point the coach forced him to use the AWP. Still I think he could be a good rifler since he had good enough aim with it back in the day.
2021-11-20 19:30
MOPGOD
2021-11-20 17:35
ez for riders
2021-11-20 18:23
not gonna happen
2021-11-20 18:44
#70
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Netherlands Sem0733
Yeah and I'd like to be happy someday. We all got dreams, pal.
2021-11-20 18:52
Mopiland <3
2021-11-20 18:57
-dav1g +faceit lvl 10 (IGL)
2021-11-20 19:01
3 replies
The IGL is ALEX not dav1g.
2021-11-20 20:54
2 replies
WTF... so why they didin't kick dav1g? He is uselss
2021-11-20 21:20
1 reply
#91
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Denmark nicram64
Try to watch games instead of looking at stats only
2021-11-21 03:15
top 10? Keep dreaming lmao
2021-11-20 20:40
This can only happen if -dav1g +sausol
2021-11-21 00:17
#90
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Denmark nicram64
Reasonable goal
2021-11-21 02:30
wuld be awesome to MRS to be in top 10 but i think that if they make it to the EPL they may can reach it, for a week at least
2021-11-21 13:13
top10 with david1g?XDD no way
2021-11-21 22:48
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