magixx: "The CIS region is rich with promising players; the hard thing is to try them all out"

After Spirit played their debut with new AWPer Igor "⁠w0nderful⁠" Zhdanov, we spoke to Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev to get his thoughts on the new addition.

Coming into IEM Cologne, Spirit are one of the big question marks following the shock decision from Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov and the team to part ways despite their stunning run to the semi-finals at the PGL Major Antwerp.

Having brought in w0nderful two weeks ago, a young Ukrainian upstart who is now tasked with filling the shoes of the star AWPer, the team arrived in Germany to make their debut with the newest signing, and so far they have passed their first test after making it past Complexity in the opening round.

magixx says Spirit tried out four AWPers before opting with w0nderful

To find out how the new member is meshing with Spirit, what made him stand out in their trials, how different to degster we can expect him to be, and how close to Major form Spirit think they could be in Cologne, we sat down with magixx for a quick interview before they head into their second match:

First of all, what were your initial thoughts when you heard degster was leaving? How did you react to that news?

Personally, I can say that it was really unexpected news. The team, they were on bootcamp, and they had the CEO come to them and tell them the news. I wasn't at the bootcamp, I was in Moscow doing a visa, so I received the news via phone call. It sounded like 'wow, what the fuck?' It didn't sound good, but we just have to accept this and move on.

How difficult was it to find a good enough replacement for degster, who was one of your best players?

The CIS region is rich with a lot of young and promising players in all the different roles, riflers, AWPers, so you can get a lot of candidates, but the hard thing is to try them all out and find out who fits you better. Finding a replacement isn't tough, the tough part is to find the perfect one who suits you as a team.

So what made you go with w0nderful, then? What made him stand out?

We played with four snipers throughout our test period, and he's just been playing above the others. His decision-making, reaction time, the way he shoots, the way he thinks, and he's also fine with being supportive. He fits our team really well.

You mention him being supportive, which is also something your coach has communicated before, that you wanted an AWPer who could be both aggressive and passive. Do you expect w0nderful to be different to degster in terms of playstyle, not going for opening kills as much, for example?

Yeah, personally I do expect him to be a less aggressive player than degster had been. This guy can just set up other players with nades and finish the rounds because you can easily win clutches with the AWP, and we can make space for him. Still, he has room to play aggressively, to do his picks, and he's allowed to do them. There's no issue, he just has to be involved in the structure of the playstyle of the team.

What are your expectations for Cologne? How close to Major form do you expect yourselves to be here?

In terms of preparation, we've been playing a lot individually, like before the Major. I can't mention any goal or placement at the tournament, I'd just say the goal is to enjoy the game, to play what we have been practicing, and we'll see how deep it brings us.

Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
686
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
630
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Igor 'w0nderful' Zhdanov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
178
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.58
CIS region has a lot of potential if you mix the corect players
2022-07-05 12:52
Nice magixx thanks
2022-07-05 12:51
cool
2022-07-05 12:57
cool mens))
2022-07-05 12:58
e6i ix w0nder, mo4i ix w0nder, gasi ix w0nder, unizhay ix w0nder <3 LESSSGO SPIRIT
2022-07-05 13:01
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Germany at0myq
magixxbossu <333
2022-07-05 13:15
1 reply
#10
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Hungary H0bbesCS
*possu haha
2022-07-05 13:33
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Indonesia Fazaa
Agreed cis is taking over. in two or three years top region would be 1.Cis 2. Asia copium 3. Europe
2022-07-05 13:16
Nice
2022-07-05 13:19
Difference between east and west is that in west you get a lot more opportunities in life, so games are seen as a hobby. In east, it's seen as an opportunity to make money
2022-07-05 13:41
1 reply
Was about to write the same. It is a lot more competitive and there are a lot many more trolls who like to trigger try-hards
2022-07-05 14:01
GOD I wish that were us
2022-07-05 13:56
18 replies
NA pros chose $$$ and fame ("content") over actually training to compete with the best
2022-07-05 13:58
17 replies
Dude you see stew in a twitch chat talking about him being the face of NA, I hate this region sometimes reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/vr..
2022-07-05 14:01
16 replies
Yes I was know this details
2022-07-05 14:01
If Stewie is the face of NA, NA is fucked. Elige, NAF, nitr0, all better guys than him. The best player of NA is Twistzz anyway, and didn’t fluke out a major win either
2022-07-05 17:57
14 replies
Not sure if Twistzz is better than NAF, I believe NAF was the best one when they played in Liquid.
2022-07-06 13:30
13 replies
Twistzz is far better at the moment, if you doubt this then look who was won what the last months
2022-07-06 16:48
12 replies
LOL, if NAF was in Faze and Twistzz was still in Liquid... It's not an individual game. But, when they were in the same team, NAF was the better one.
2022-07-06 19:38
11 replies
Who cares and who cares about your “what about if” nonsense. Today twistzz is the better player. End of story, go look for player rankings
2022-07-06 19:50
10 replies
LOL, yeah, and Klay Thompson is better than Jokic and Doncic cause he won the last championship. It's a team game!! You should now frozen is better than misutaa, although Vitality is ranked ahead of Mous. Not that hard, try to think about it.
2022-07-06 20:01
9 replies
We’re not talking about basketball here and your analogy doesn’t stick. CS is way less team game than BB or football is, one strong player can dominate everything. NAF is very good, but Twistzz is simply better, did you even watch recent games? Lol it’s so obvious not even worth a argument
2022-07-06 20:07
8 replies
I watched when THEY PLAYED IN THE SAME TEAM!!, just before Twistzz got traded to Faze. And NAF was clearly the better the, he was Liquid's carry.
2022-07-06 21:48
7 replies
Do you always care so much about the past?
2022-07-06 21:53
6 replies
LOL. When the past is less than a year ago, and it gives relevant info, yes, I care.
2022-07-07 00:48
5 replies
Liquid and Twistzz is 2 years ago if not nearly 3.
2022-07-07 00:51
4 replies
Since January 2021
2022-07-07 15:40
3 replies
That’s 18 months not “less than a year”
2022-07-07 16:41
2 replies
That's not nearly 3 years, shut up.
2022-07-07 17:07
1 reply
I’m more right than you are, stfu
2022-07-07 17:15
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Finland HARD4ENCE
Can confirm. Cyrillic letter nicknames always have +90% hs in MM.
2022-07-05 15:06
hf in the east
2022-07-05 20:29
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