woxic: "I am really proud because I am leading this team"

Özgür "⁠woxic⁠" Eker has led Eternal Fire to the Challengers stage of the PGL Major in Antwerp, but it was not an easy journey.

After a long road at the European RMR, Eternal Fire have finally secured their place among the Counter-Strike elite in Belgium. The tournament saw them go all the way to five games, defeating Dignitas, fnatic, and OG in the process.

Eternal Fire will play at the Major.

Following their victory in the do-or-die match against OG, the Turkish AWPer turned in-game leader sat down with us to talk about the experience of playing from Turkey, the influence of his past IGLs, and the bomb incident against Dignitas.

Congrats on your win. You are going to the Major! It was a pretty long run with all five games, most against pretty big names. How does it feel and did you expect it to be ending like this?

Yeah, we had a pretty tough schedule actually, only playing games against very good teams, basically top teams. We just said to each other that if we wanted to go to the Major, we would have to win against anyone that comes up against us, the fact that we could not make it was not even discussed.

All the games you won were pretty close, such as the one against fnatic, and especially against Dignitas. For that game, you had a problem with the bomb and there was a pretty long technical pause, talk me through it.

Basically, if I want to make it short, it was when I was calling during that round, I was not even checking the radar because I was not supposed to carry the C4. When we were up on the A site, I was dead, and then after imoRR died too he said: "guys, there is not C4," and XANTARES was on the site but could not plant. That's why I said to the guys to push and try to kill them, and after that, we talked about it with the admins.

The round finished and we got the technical pause, and the admins came to Dignitas and asked them what had happened, and then they came to me and I explained the situation as I did now to you. Afterward, they said that they were going to check the stream and come back with a decision. Even though it was a 3v2 situation, the round had to be repeated because XANTARES had the time to plant, but actually ran away. If the CTs were not pushing through the smoke, we could have planted and that's probably why they wanted to restart the round.

You have been together as a team for quite a bit now, two of the most important changes with the squad have been the benching of ISSAA and you taking the in-game leader role. So talk me through the first, what went wrong with ISSAA?

He could not adapt in Turkey. He started to get lessons, but of course, it's really hard when you are doing hard work in CS while also doing hard work outside of it for the language. The Turkish language is really hard, the grammar is really difficult and even though he had some time to adapt, he could not, and we cannot blame him. After, he just told us: "guys, I cannot make it. It's not about you or anything, I cannot learn the language and we would still have barriers in English."

imoRR doesn't speak English so well, he understands it, but he can't create many sentences, that's why it was it was difficult. Sometimes one guy might say something, but another might understand something else when speaking in English. That's why we had to change the language back to Turkish.

woxic took over the IGL duties from XANTARES

Talking about the IGL, it was initially XANTARES but it did not work out so well. You took the reins and have gotten some good results since, and now you are going to the Major. What have you been doing differently?

Well, he [XANTARES] started playing as the entry fragger with imoRR and I said: "I could do it [IGL] for you guys, this is not my main role, but when I am just holding with the AWP I can just call." Also, I am well experiences after playing with guys like karrigan and ANGE1, so I learned stuff about this game like rotations and everything, but the other guys had to help me as well because I was not the main IGL, and I was doing it for the first time in my career.

That's why it was hard at the beginning, and it's still hard actually because sometimes my mind goes away when holding an angle and while I do that I don't see what's happening on the radar, and if I look at it I die if someone peeks. I am always checking on the top right corner who's about, who is throwing the flash for the other, who is playing there, etc. Sometimes these things make me not have my usual impact at all, but if we are winning in the end, it does not matter.

You said you are sometimes not doing 100% of the calls in games, who's the one that steps in these kinds of situations?

In that case, we just say at the beginning: "I will do that, but XANTARES, if you see something in-game you just tell me and I'll change the call." We've been working like this, and it's working well if we look at the results. Sometimes I don't need the input at all, but when the game is so close and tough while I'm holding something or just doing moves with the AWP, I can tell him [XANTARES] just control the others or do the calling while I'm doing something, because otherwise, we would have no opinion.

You mentioned ANGE1 and karrigan, but you have also played with ALEX. Which IGL has been the one that you look up to the most for inspiration, and the one that had the most influence on you?

I would say karrigan, but I cannot say ANGE1 had no influence at all because I was in my first professional team in Europe with him and I had just started speaking in English. I was so bad, I could not create any sentences, I was just saying words together and it was very bullshit actually. He suffered a lot actually [laughs], but also helped me a lot, and whatever happened he just saw me as a star, and he wanted to make me one. ANGE1 had played with s1mple before so he knew how to use me.

I have to mention karrigan because that guy is the mastermind, we went to five different tournaments and played five finals, winning four of them. That's why if you are learning from him, you cannot be a bad player at all.

One of the other changes you had at the start of the year saw Calyx benched for a few days before coming back. What was the deal with that?

He had some personal issues and said he could not focus on his game, but we needed another guy because we had officials. That's why we got the guy [duggyversus], but it was never permanent, when he arrived he knew that he was going to give the place back once Calyx was ready.

It's not the first LAN for you, or for XANTARES and Calyx, but it's the first one for you guys as a team and especially for imoRR and xfl0ud. How does it feel for you? Are the youngsters feeling any kind of pressure? if so, how are the veterans helping?

I don't feel any kind of pressure because I used to play in LANs, Majors, Pro League, etc. I know how these games can be hard and stuff, but of course, it's different when you are in-game leading because you need to do the calls and that can change everything, that's why it puts some pressure on me but not 100%. As a player, I am confident, but as an IGL it can sometimes happen.

For the boys, we are really proud of what we have done because it was really hard to make it here, way before from Turkey, and now we just came back and shared our experience to help them and level up their game sense. They are listening well and working well, so basically, I am really proud because I am leading this team.

You mentioned playing from Turkey, why don't you tell me about the difficulties of playing from there in regards to ping, visas, etc.?

The thing is that if you are from Turkey you need to basically get visas to get anywhere around the world. Anywhere a Counter-Strike tournament is happening, we need a visa.

Also, this might not be the most important part for me, but having really high ping. It's not super high, but everyone who we play always has better ping than us. We never had a better ping, sometimes it can be just an excuse, but sometimes when it's happening on screen it can get in your head and you start to complain about it.

Sometimes, I need to say on TeamSpeak: "guys forget about the ping, write 'net_graph 0' in the console, don't see it, and don't press tab." It should not even happen, but this is what we are able to get for now, and for the future big events which we missed like Pro League, if we could play this in some boot camp area outside of Turkey, it would be better. We cannot say we lost because of this, but this is a part of our excuses [laughs].

Now you are going to the Major in a little less than a month. Have you got anything prepared for it? Any boot camps, any scheduled practice?

Yes, we are going to do it. After this, we are going to discuss what we are going to do with our coaches and analyst, make the schedule and we are going to go forward on it. It depends on when our guys get visas because some of them will have to have to apply again for Belgium as some are out of date. It might not be possible to organize a boot camp outside of Turkey, but we can still make it there because we are in a gaming house.

It doesn't matter, there will be a lot of practice, and if we are working on our things knowing that they are going to work on LAN, it's a win-win situation.

Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Özgür 'woxic' Eker
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Congrats! Those blue stickers are going to look nice af
2022-04-20 15:44
2 replies
8/8
2022-04-20 16:04
#129
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Ukraine Yuras
+1
2022-04-21 10:12
#2
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Europe Niko0
Woxic bad player
2022-04-20 15:43
15 replies
#22
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Albania Al1Vesel1
Underperforming ? Maybe Yes . Bad ? Either you started watching csgo yesterday or you u r stapid . Mousesport won few events cuz of him . Ungrateful :P
2022-04-20 15:58
13 replies
+1
2022-04-20 16:09
Wouldn't say it was JUST because of him. But he was definitely their best player at that period. But frozen ropz and even chrisj were popping off in that period as well
2022-04-20 16:38
8 replies
i would put ropz ahead of woxic on the 2019 mouz run, but woxic was also god on LAN
2022-04-20 16:55
5 replies
The tournaments mous won in late 2019 woxic was the best rated player averaged through those tournaments. However if we're talking literally any period before or after those tournament wins it was ropz. Correct me if im wrong but I remember woxic being their best player during that period rating wise atleast. (I watched that mous teams games like a hawk as I was a fan of literally every player in the team even frozen before he was announced)
2022-04-20 18:38
4 replies
#95
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Czech Republic Evis1337
i mean if you are awping you should have the best rating i think
2022-04-20 19:12
3 replies
This i agree with , I was going to mention how the awper should have the most impact as the team is typically built around them. But I both felt my comment was long enough, and felt that people would argue the lurking position ropz plays is "ez" so I figured I'd just leave it out. But I do agree with you personally
2022-04-20 21:30
2 replies
#134
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Czech Republic Evis1337
if its ez, why is no one as good as him?
2022-04-21 14:48
1 reply
I mean coldzera. Niko. Olof. Get right. All number one players. Were lurkers
2022-04-23 05:24
+1 for chrisJ mention. He was actually very good then but I think people forget it because he sucked like mouz have been sucked after 2019
2022-04-20 17:32
1 reply
I personally like Chris as a player and agree that he was impact player but if you are going to be as sharp as mouz was back then, every player must be above a high standard. This high standard was teams average and ropz-woxic was even beyond that
2022-04-20 21:57
+1
2022-04-20 17:04
#82
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North Macedonia andrej4o
+1
2022-04-20 18:13
underperforming for years = bad = washed up
2022-04-20 18:31
Just mad Cus mouse is trash lol
2022-04-20 16:36
#3
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United States post_poster
Poggers
2022-04-20 15:43
LET'S GO WOXIC LET'S GO
2022-04-20 15:44
WOXIC'S AN ANIMAL!!!! HE DOES NOT WANT TO LOSE!!!!
2022-04-20 15:44
2 replies
+1
2022-04-20 18:22
#100
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Germany Ump404
good old times... feels like forever ago...
2022-04-20 19:31
#6
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United States Zedsamcat
GOAT TEAM
2022-04-20 15:44
"I AM REALLY PROUD BECAUSE I AM LEADING THIS TEAM" - aka my ego is larger than the Moon.
2022-04-20 15:44
14 replies
#11
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China Zhusha
Maybe read more than the title
2022-04-20 15:47
4 replies
+1
2022-04-20 16:03
The title sounds terrible tough.
2022-04-20 16:15
1 reply
hltv baits all the time
2022-04-20 16:44
+1
2022-04-20 22:04
??? Should he not be proud of himself?
2022-04-20 16:02
1 reply
who said he shouldn't be proud?
2022-04-20 16:17
#35
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United States ColdSmooth
Yeah and comparing himself to s1mple lol this guy needs a reality check
2022-04-20 16:14
1 reply
Come on, he didn't say I'm equal to s1mple. He said ANGE1 used me as star like he used s1mple before and it's true. He was the star player of Hellraisers.
2022-04-20 20:27
I am really proud (of myself) bc ... I am pretty sure this is the sentence he thought there. It makes more sense in turkish and since he thinks in turkish then speaks in english, so it should've been like this.
2022-04-20 16:29
2 replies
I don't speak Turkish, just sounds horrendously bad in English. And he has had his ego on a showcase before so..... maybe brainfart translate, maybe a reality.
2022-04-20 16:31
1 reply
Hyped up so %50 ego %50 fail of translating his thoughts.
2022-04-20 18:12
Dont see an ego in that sentence actually, igl is probably the hardest and most needed player so why would he not be proud?
2022-04-20 17:26
I'm pretty sure that he meant "It's honor to me, leading this team"
2022-04-20 20:29
get an actual igl and let woxic to dominate with the awp
2022-04-20 15:45
7 replies
Only solid igl we have is Maj3r and he is 31 years old valorant player now.
2022-04-20 16:22
6 replies
damn. go international?
2022-04-20 16:26
5 replies
No, old Sangal players and coach found a turkish valorant team and it's not even good.
2022-04-20 16:31
#70
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Turkey edsvi
They have come together to be a local turkish team lmao.
2022-04-20 17:16
3 replies
damn. get loba?
2022-04-20 17:26
2 replies
#78
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Turkey edsvi
As a coach maybe
2022-04-20 17:35
#102
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United States cdilsiz33
yeah man loba could be very good igl with his turkish swears lol
2022-04-20 19:55
He's back 🔥
2022-04-20 15:46
more karrigan praise
2022-04-20 15:47
proud cheater.. nice
2022-04-20 15:48
2 replies
#43
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Turkey zane_
Cheat?
2022-04-20 16:20
1 reply
hes coping
2022-04-20 16:45
XD
2022-04-20 15:48
#14
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India psn46
Forsaken > woxic
2022-04-20 15:49
3 replies
#17
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United Kingdom Veracious
you mean Forsaken > Every pro in every esports scene
2022-04-20 15:52
+1 Edit: I'm still fan! <3
2022-04-20 15:56
+1
2022-04-20 22:26
woxic is my oz brother.
2022-04-20 15:50
xantares is the reason why eternal fire even pops off lol
2022-04-20 15:52
1 reply
Yes of course! Top tier rifler, experience, others listen to him, high confidence and so on. I would say XANTARES alone is the 50% of the team. But, others are trying hard as fuck too. Calyx had really good games, imorr sometimes won crucial rounds (Overpass last round vs Fnatic), Xfloud good holds and couple of clutches, woxic leading. I would not say XANTARES is the "only" reason. :) I know you did not say "only" but I'm adding my extra opinion to it.
2022-04-21 00:35
Those stickers are good af, holo sexy
2022-04-20 15:53
1 reply
#23
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Turkey tomriseag
where
2022-04-20 15:59
Ez4ef
2022-04-20 15:54
#21
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France bhanas198
Well done they showed great fight
2022-04-20 15:58
Hope visas won't be an issue
2022-04-20 16:02
lanxic
2022-04-20 16:02
#30
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Romania Toolfuti
GG EF looking forward to see more from this amazing team
2022-04-20 16:04
Congrats boys! Go on!
2022-04-20 16:09
LFG
2022-04-20 16:10
BUG USER cant take u serious GOBIG
2022-04-20 16:10
3 replies
#36
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Canada Yaokon
BIG fans talking about bug abusing 😶🤣
2022-04-20 16:14
2 replies
i was like bruh
2022-04-20 22:04
1 reply
yea its not EF fault compared to BIG...
2022-04-21 01:03
really want them to make it to the Major only bc they had the best team logo the sticker will be blaze
2022-04-20 16:14
#38
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Poland msfalif404
GOATRIGGAN MAKING ANOTHER LEGEND
2022-04-20 16:14
1 reply
#44
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Turkey zane_
+1
2022-04-20 16:21
good inteview
2022-04-20 16:23
#48
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Germany who|cars
+1 bye2 cloud9 (biggest scam in 2021) & mouz
2022-04-20 16:24
#55
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Europe peagod
I love woxic so much. his ambition describes exactly CS:GO.
2022-04-20 16:41
#59
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Chile 1cristiaan
gratsss
2022-04-20 16:45
GODXIC <3
2022-04-20 16:53
Letsss goo
2022-04-20 16:56
#63
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Azerbaijan hacizeynal
Well done team !! :)
2022-04-20 16:59
#64
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Turkey yeeGeT
first good thing ever happened to the turkish nation since 1920s
2022-04-20 17:00
2 replies
#77
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
lmfao
2022-04-20 17:35
lol
2022-04-20 19:19
Just like eternal fire advanced i hope anonymo could be a surprise as well going to the Major
2022-04-20 17:04
2 replies
Good luck to them
2022-04-20 21:10
Anonymo just suprised G2, maybe they will continue that trend
2022-04-21 12:57
Niceee
2022-04-20 17:06
#72
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Poland Krzych0a
Very Nice Eternal Fire GG !
2022-04-20 17:22
#76
NiKo | 
Kazakhstan azamot
turkish is not that hard actually. i used to speak it fluently after just 2 years in high school, but that might be because of my turkic mother tongue
2022-04-20 17:35
2 replies
dude u are kazakh. u are familiar with turkish. my all turkic mates learned turkish in preparatory year even they have english lesson system in collage. turkish is a very difficult language in terms of verb conjugation and grammatical tense
2022-04-20 18:29
1 reply
Then again, you don't need grammar for callouts. I wanted to know how hard it was for bntet to learn Chinese calls so I tried, too. Pretty much the only things you need other than numbers are "drop", "all", "save", and "rush".
2022-04-20 21:06
Congratz Woxic
2022-04-20 17:57
Well deserved GG
2022-04-20 18:12
cool
2022-04-20 18:15
woxic <3, we missed you man, welcome to LAN
2022-04-20 18:21
GODXIC!
2022-04-20 18:41
#91
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Turkey wiPekZz
gg wp for EF and OG.
2022-04-20 18:51
Helall beee helaaaall
2022-04-20 19:09
Cool interview.
2022-04-20 19:10
#97
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Turkey Sendurmen
wox <31
2022-04-20 19:24
#98
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Czech Republic JameS_19
love how he completely avoided answering the question about ALEX
2022-04-20 19:28
2 replies
+1
2022-04-20 19:56
+1
2022-04-20 21:12
Congratz EF
2022-04-20 19:55
We want more!!
2022-04-20 20:06
Maybe can ask jame, cadian how to improve in calling and awping at the same time.
2022-04-20 20:16
woxic is on its way to becoming a good igl. good luck woxic and good luck EF.
2022-04-20 21:10
#113
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Germany KEMSN
i'm happy for him
2022-04-20 21:15
I dislike him
2022-04-20 22:14
5 replies
ez ban XD
2022-04-20 22:11
4 replies
Ok i change sry men
2022-04-20 22:13
3 replies
It doesn't matter :D I have already reported it before you change it :D
2022-04-20 22:15
2 replies
Ok bro
2022-04-20 22:16
1 reply
I actually dont care i forgot
2022-04-20 22:16
#127
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Turkey PhauX
woxwox <3
2022-04-21 03:14
congratz
2022-04-21 07:52
#131
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Turkey _PKD_
xfloud is using paz AK :(( youtu.be/txmUsGo8lkQ
2022-04-21 10:21
#135
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Poland zJe
LETS GOOOO
2022-04-22 04:18
i love this team
2022-04-23 13:29
#138
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Turkey recoTa
<3
2022-04-24 16:04
#139
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Turkey lazzoff
Thank you woxic
2022-04-27 18:45
gained respect for him for idolising GOD KARRIGAN
2022-05-05 02:43
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