F1KU: "I think that in every team atmosphere is the key to success"

In the midst of a shock run here in Lisbon, Maciej "⁠F1KU⁠" Miklas found some time for an interview with HLTV.

OG have just completed a rebuild, bringing in hotly-touted youngsters F1KU and Adam "⁠NEOFRAG⁠" Zouhar in a change of philosophy from the previous roster.

Their first campaign at a big event took a blow as Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski was forced to withdraw through sickness, being replaced by Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov, but the team have shattered expectations by beating Natus Vincere and ENCE to make the semi-finals.

F1KU has had a dream start with his new team

Fresh from defeating world #2 ENCE, F1KU took some time with HLTV to talk about that match, how the team has pieced together their current style, and how he felt about Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's recent comments.

Congratulations on another great win, did you expect to be beating teams like this so soon?

Obviously, yeah of course!

Full confidence?

Yes.

Talking about the game specifically, on the Dust2 T side you lost a few rounds to time, what do you think that was down to, communication?

I don’t really remember the maps that I play because I am focusing on it round by round, I am not thinking about what has just happened so I am not getting tilted, they are not in my mind. It’s hard to say for me, I would have to watch the game.

Speaking more generally, why was the Dust2 so strong, is it maybe easier for you guys to play as a more puggy map?

I think we were strong on Dust2 from the first pracs, we are feeling comfortable on this map, especially degster, so we are happy. You could see that he was peeking long non-stop, giving really valuable information, and of course nexa is using it absolutely perfectly.

Moving on to Vertigo, it’s a map that OG previously didn’t play, but you and NEOFRAG did play it with your previous teams. Were you bringing ideas on that map?

Yes, we were, on B I have a free hand and NEOFRAG has a free hand on A because we used to play these positions and OG believes in us. I am really happy that they are believing in what we are doing, and hopefully it’s going to be working as much as it’s working right now.

I want to talk about the T-side pistol specifically, as you pulled off a very clean double-fake. Who called that?

That’s a legendary pistol of NEOFRAG, from SINNERS. We are praccing this since we joined because we were like “what pistol are we gonna play?”, because you know how it is, we have no preparation. We were just playing from the ideas that we used to play in our previous teams, and NEO said “GUYS GUYS GUYS, I HAVE A PISTOL WITH 100% WINRATE!” and then we’re like finally “okay okay, let’s go let’s do it” (laughs).

It seems you guys have a great atmosphere and relationships within the team, is that a key part of being so successful so soon?

I think that in every team atmosphere is the key to success, when you have no atmosphere you don’t want to play CS. You play with the closest people to you because you are spending with them the most time that you have in your life, so I think the atmosphere is really important.

You mentioned getting a free hand on Vertigo, in general the style has seemed fairly loose so far, will that continue?

I think we’ll get some specific setups if we get some problems with the tactics or something, for example we are taking mid control and then we don’t know how to position. Then maybe we will do specific setups, but right now I think this, like I am calling on B on Vertigo what we are going to do, it’s working right now so I think we are going to keep it.

If something goes wrong, we will do some fixes.

nexa mentioned an interview with HLTV that you and NEOFRAG were what OG could get for what they could afford, did you see it?

(nods)

The names that have been mentioned as the first options were jks and YEKINDAR. Do you care at all that maybe you weren’t the first choice?

No.

Not at all?

(shakes head)

Fair enough. One last question: have you set any goals yet with OG?

To be honest we didn’t have the time for it, we wanted to play Dubai for full preparation for BLAST, and then unfortunately mantuu got sick. The player break is coming, I think the goals will be set after then.

Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1243
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Poland Maciej 'F1KU' Miklas
Maciej 'F1KU' Miklas
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
598
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Poland Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
689
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
Czech Republic Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
666
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
sick premier brother
2022-06-17 00:31
2 replies
Its not his premier dubai was
2022-06-17 02:18
1 reply
this is his t1 premier, Dubai was warmup
2022-06-17 02:46
#2
arT | 
United States Regit99
ez tournament for GODster, sexa and co.
2022-06-17 00:33
Smart man
2022-06-17 00:33
*Shakes head*
2022-06-17 00:35
6 replies
(shakes head)
2022-06-17 00:46
5 replies
<shakes head>
2022-06-17 01:25
2 replies
{shakes head}
2022-06-17 16:18
1 reply
"shakes head"
2022-06-19 01:33
#19
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United States DarkFX
**Shakes head**
2022-06-17 01:28
(nods)
2022-06-17 11:27
F1KU MIKU
2022-06-17 00:36
1 reply
raz dwa trzy musi siku
2022-06-17 11:49
Do you care at all that maybe you weren’t the first choice? No. Not at all? (shakes head) yes yes very nice interviewer
2022-06-17 00:36
15 replies
#9
NiKo | 
Poland pinky02
Wtf did you expect him to say?
2022-06-17 00:39
11 replies
like wtf is that all he has to ask him ??? if the player is jealous that he didnt be the first choice??
2022-06-17 00:42
10 replies
Why would he? He was prisoned in the Polish forever tier 999 lineup without future for almost 3 years, he got a chance from one of the best orgs on the scene, there is nothing to be jealous about, he knows that jks and YEKINDAR could be a potentially better options, because they proved themselfs in tier 1 scene
2022-06-17 00:45
9 replies
"Why would he?" , i guess there is a missunderstanding here :v
2022-06-17 00:46
7 replies
You didnt even read my comment so I will not lose my time to talk with people like you Goodbye and good luck in the future
2022-06-17 00:47
6 replies
You are the one who didnt understand, the guy was picking on the interviewer who asked those 'jelousy' questions not on f1ku's responses.
2022-06-17 06:51
5 replies
#29
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Poland parsnip
+1
2022-06-17 08:38
+1 lol
2022-06-17 10:49
Alright, I was drunk
2022-06-17 13:56
2 replies
Happens
2022-06-17 16:18
Happens
2022-06-17 17:06
#30
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Poland Patio1950
the guy was talking about interviewer not F1KU and you go full passive-aggresive mode on him LMAO dude it's you who didn't even read his comment
2022-06-17 09:53
F1ku Gigachad
2022-06-17 00:40
#20
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United States DarkFX
Wtf kind of shit question is this?
2022-06-17 01:28
bad interviewer , asking yes/no questions
2022-06-17 14:58
(Shakes head) Based af
2022-06-17 00:38
#8
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Europe R2D2s
12 yo talent
2022-06-17 00:39
1 reply
Xdddddd
2022-06-17 02:33
#10
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Argentina V4len
FIKU MASTERCLASS PLAYER, FUTURE AND PRESENT OF CSGO TIER1
2022-06-17 00:40
#17
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Poland Berbe123
Nods
2022-06-17 00:53
#24
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Algeria Crashwow
talent
2022-06-17 03:04
Does this mean that mantu is toxic?
2022-06-17 04:55
No wonder why niko never reached top 1
2022-06-17 05:32
OG spend money great. early gold nova always cheap
2022-06-17 06:35
Choko pls read this.
2022-06-17 11:14
neofrag, the legendary member of sinners vertigang
2022-06-17 11:37
#36
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Russia DevilBr0
SIGN ABDUL PLEASE. This roster is amazing
2022-06-17 11:50
1 reply
#39
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Sweden skorpan
Not the lineup that’s amazing, it’s degester who is amazing! It’s like he sparkled up all the individuals at the same time he’s wrecking the opponents. So much Fun to see!! Just by looking at degster u get a smile on your face :D
2022-06-17 14:17
Gotta be honest, i am kinda biased when it comes to OG because Kuroky, Puppey and n0tail are some of my Dota favorite players ever! And after all the success OG had (despite me liking TI7 Liquid, Nigma vs OG Finals and nowadays Nigma a little bit more) when n0tail bought an house in Portugal... at that point i just gave-up to my primordial cave-man feelings in CS (sorry, but i guess i'll always ride with Kuroky in Dota) and i was convicted they could win anything in CS!... I was wrong, but giving this demonstration, with some more work, true and real talks instead of bs statistics... I'm really glad for them! The feeling i have is that i'll either see Faze or OG in the Finals or win this tournament!... and that is a great feeling! ;)
2022-06-17 14:10
The questions about him not being the first choice seemed kinda unnecessary, otherwise a nice interview
2022-06-17 17:00
#45
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Chad kdorek
"From defeating world #3 ENCE" ..
2022-06-17 17:09
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