STYKO takes up IGL mantle for Apeks

The 26-year-old will take the reins of the international project heading into the second half of the season.

Martin "⁠STYKO⁠" Styk will transition into an in-game leader role for Apeks, the Norwegian organization has announced. The change follows just days after the addition of Justinas "⁠jL⁠" Lekavicius, who joined the team as one of the replacements for Hugo "⁠chawzyyy⁠" Günther and Asger "⁠AcilioN⁠" Larsen who were both benched at the start of the tournament break in July.

The role and positional change for STYKO marks the start of a new period for the Slovakian journeyman, who tells HLTV.org that taking up leadership duties is something that has been suggested to him by many of his teammates, managers, and peers over the years, and is something he feels ready for now with the support of Jakub "⁠kuben⁠" Gurczynski, Pål "⁠Polly⁠" Kammen, and the team's incoming fifth player.

STYKO is set to assume leadership duties for Apeks

"Coming into the player break we were not sure yet who we will pick instead of AcilioN and chawzyyy, but we had a list of players," STYKO said in response to a request for comment. "There were two scenarios, either we find direct role replacements of IGL & passive rifler or we would be able to find upgrades in other positions and move me into IGL spot.

"We went for the latter option as I believe the replacement for my T side lurk positions were an improvement, my anchor CT positions as well and we were unable to secure any IGL that we would be confident with reaching our main goal for this season — the Major."

STYKO has been a part of Apeks since January, joining the team alongside Joakim "⁠jkaem⁠" Myrbostad as the roster looked to break into the upper echelon of tournament play. However, they had a dismal showing in the first half of the year as they failed to qualify for any Big Events and missed out on attending PGL Major Antwerp, with their only notable result being a first place finish at Tipsport Cup Bratislava over SINNERS.

STYKO will hope to improve those results as he now takes up calling duties for the team, with the change also helping to facilitate additional role changes and add more firepower to the lineup as they set their sights on making it to the IEM Rio Major in November. The team are also set to announce their fifth player in short order, with the start of the season now just under a week away.

Lithuania Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
351
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Asger 'AcilioN' Larsen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1765
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1317
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1569
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Hugo 'chawzyyy' Günther
Hugo 'chawzyyy' Günther
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
405
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
Norway Pål 'Polly' Kammen
Pål 'Polly' Kammen
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
460
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
#1
 | 
India Lunat1c777
Chai tea best beverage, yes or no?
2022-08-09 23:28
24 replies
#16
 | 
Argentina WaSTe_D
Yes
2022-08-09 23:32
2 replies
#29
 | 
United States ILOVEFEET
boba better
2022-08-09 23:52
1 reply
Flag
2022-08-10 09:09
"Chai Tea" 🤓
2022-08-10 00:04
5 replies
#72
 | 
India Lunat1c777
Bro it killed me to write that, but i don't know how many people on this dumb site know chai means tea
2022-08-10 07:33
4 replies
Wierd way to write čaj
2022-08-10 09:06
3 replies
čaj tea LUL
2022-08-10 09:42
Neasi KEK
2022-08-10 13:32
+1
2022-08-11 10:08
#41
 | 
Japan kitzune
I prefer Yerba-maté, it gives strength and the way you drink it is also a very bonding experience
2022-08-10 00:05
no
2022-08-10 00:14
#55
 | 
Yugoslavia Acceb
Just pick up zehn or emi
2022-08-10 00:54
I only drink chai when i have bad throat
2022-08-10 03:06
I prefer death
2022-08-10 04:58
Chai means tea in many languages, which makes this "Tea tea"
2022-08-10 05:31
7 replies
#73
 | 
India Lunat1c777
Ofc ik that, I wrote chai teq to make it easier for people who don't know what it means
2022-08-10 07:33
5 replies
Don't know what? Word "tea"? Are u ok? Why not just use " tea" it's chai on english and absolutely everyone knows this
2022-08-10 09:26
4 replies
Somebody might not know the word chai. Everybody knows tea.
2022-08-10 13:22
3 replies
yeah and u wrote "chai tea" which doesnt make sense at all when u could write just "tea"
2022-08-10 22:24
2 replies
I just wanted to write chai
2022-08-11 06:22
1 reply
nvm im dumb
2022-08-11 09:54
same
2022-08-11 11:17
#74
 | 
Netherlands joostlek
Nah man, I like sweet tea more
2022-08-10 08:15
#79
 | 
Yugoslavia seeeed
Hmm yes, i truly love tea tea
2022-08-10 09:03
#2
l | 
Germany _car
Unexpected
2022-08-09 23:24
make styko great again
2022-08-09 23:24
+aleksiB
2022-08-09 23:25
#5
 | 
Brazil Frez7y
daily who? hltv post.
2022-08-09 23:25
8 replies
STYKO > Furia
2022-08-09 23:34
4 replies
#32
 | 
Brazil Frez7y
STYKO is irrelevant since 2018 wtf
2022-08-09 23:55
3 replies
Furia is irrelevant since 2018 wtf
2022-08-10 00:00
2 replies
#37
 | 
Brazil Frez7y
What was the last time he did get into a playoff?
2022-08-10 00:02
1 reply
furia 1-4 in EPL, calling it now
2022-08-10 00:15
daily newfag comment
2022-08-09 23:38
#28
 | 
Finland Cucumber))
FURIA vs FunPlus Phoenix Nuke
2022-08-09 23:45
bruh
2022-08-09 23:52
#6
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
Instead of AleksiB, Alex etc , they choose to go with this option ?
2022-08-09 23:25
14 replies
Probably didn't want to join
2022-08-09 23:27
3 replies
#14
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
a "failure" like Alex would get on any team that throws an offer at him and would still be a better option than Styko but Styko hasnt done it before so we really cant say how its gonna go though
2022-08-09 23:30
2 replies
#44
 | 
Denmark baitpolice
if i remember right he was doing secondary calling in mouz in 2018
2022-08-10 00:25
1 reply
#45
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
Oh I am sure he has done second calling in a lot of rosters that he has been part of
2022-08-10 00:30
dont think they can afford buy from G2
2022-08-09 23:31
2 replies
Apeks is super rich. He prob wouldn’t wanna immediately join a team with no partnerships without at least testing out the waters next player break
2022-08-09 23:33
#46
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
Ain't an issue when it comes to Alex.
2022-08-10 00:30
ALEX have a pretty bad track record since leaving Vitality tbh. He have always done okay but just not enough to reach the expectations. AleksiB was probably too expensive or he didnt want to join since I am confident that they would reach out to the best available igl atm. Styk0 might very well be the second best available igl after AleksiB but thats for us to find out for better or worse.
2022-08-10 00:04
4 replies
#47
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
I am not an Alex fan by all means , don't have any kind of hope from him infact I call him overrated by anyone who rates him but I still think he isn't bad of an option for any Intl mix looking to be consistent Top 30. Styko is for sure an interesting choice but not the one I see paying off.
2022-08-10 00:32
3 replies
Agree completely but I am under the impression that Apeks really want to reach the major which would probably need them to be able to beat top 20 teams and maybe a few top 15 teams. And thats something I would not trust alex to do considering last year’s qualifiers.
2022-08-10 00:39
2 replies
#51
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
Well I don't think this squad is good enough to be at the Major itself . Sure they can make it to the closed qualifier from the open ones solely based on the names on the paper but it felt like the paper last Major showed the same signs yet it didn't pay off. They should definitely still at least be making to the Closed qualifier but Alex or no , I don't think they can go further . Now if the 5th was Device or some shit , then maybe....
2022-08-10 00:43
1 reply
Agree again. It would require an absolutely brilliant signing and that styk0 learns to call at a high level fot them to reach it.
2022-08-10 00:46
#80
 | 
Yugoslavia seeeed
Styko was on the roster for a while. He just changed roles.
2022-08-10 09:04
1 reply
#96
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
I am very well aware of that
2022-08-10 11:06
#7
 | 
Sweden Mansson
Apeks gonna be top 20 in the near future, trust me
2022-08-09 23:25
5 replies
+10
2022-08-10 00:04
+1
2022-08-10 00:38
I trust you men but you better not disappoint or u owe me one 3 cent BIG sticker.
2022-08-10 10:37
2 replies
#99
 | 
Sweden Mansson
hahaha sure thing dude
2022-08-10 11:44
1 reply
O kurwa - they just signed shox - the pieces are falling into place, the stars are aligning! This team can kick ass (if shoxiejesus joins the server)!
2022-08-11 22:38
Styko traktor emoji
2022-08-09 23:25
1 reply
Lakatoš
2022-08-10 13:34
#10
 | 
Finland Cucumber))
I really expected that this would happen, Devilwalk always said how great of a mind STYKO had for the game 😎
2022-08-09 23:26
So their fifth will be a lurker and anchor. Not sure who it could be. Snax, Valde, Zyphon, or Niko (Danish) maybe?
2022-08-09 23:32
7 replies
snax washed, valde prob to astralis, zyphon to sprout, niko terrible likley would be someone from dignitas, forest would be cool but more likely lekro or heap
2022-08-09 23:37
6 replies
Idk he said the person would be a better lurker/anchor so I’m assuming it’s a pretty solid player.
2022-08-10 00:00
5 replies
snax and niko arent solid players wdym
2022-08-10 00:48
4 replies
#54
 | 
China ynafan
Smax is a solid t1 player still.
2022-08-10 00:52
3 replies
dont think hes good cus he had one fluke tournament as a stand in. he went back to his own polish team after ence and did terribly
2022-08-10 01:02
2 replies
Teammates matter. It’s easier to play t1 with good teammates than play with t3 with bad ones
2022-08-10 11:23
#104
 | 
China ynafan
bro, its easier to play with team that has everything setted up than with mix
2022-08-10 18:34
#13
ropz | 
Slovakia nvrn06
STYKO is smart guy ! GL !
2022-08-09 23:29
Inevitable move for him, one of my favorite players too
2022-08-09 23:34
#19
 | 
Australia crewy
Where AZR
2022-08-09 23:34
4 replies
#48
 | 
United States cybonics
+ 1
2022-08-10 00:33
must be g2
2022-08-10 03:08
#64
 | 
Australia boblao
Must be order
2022-08-10 04:51
Must have been the wind.
2022-08-10 10:39
now +michu
2022-08-09 23:35
2 replies
OMEGA LUL
2022-08-09 23:39
1 reply
cringe
2022-08-10 04:02
#23
 | 
Finland AliSabid
very nice
2022-08-09 23:37
STYKO <3
2022-08-09 23:39
it's gonna be f0rest 100%
2022-08-09 23:39
1 reply
#33
 | 
Poland moistu
pls no grandpa
2022-08-09 23:58
Honestly probably his best move, if he can become a solid IGL and still drag decently the market for IGL’s is trash and he could eventually get an opportunity for a tier 1 team this way.
2022-08-09 23:52
EZ 4 GOAT STYKO
2022-08-10 00:01
I guess another fragger to the roster, I wonder how apeks will work out
2022-08-10 01:00
interesting
2022-08-10 01:21
I actually think this is a pretty cool move for both Styko personally and for the team as a whole. Styko always seemed like a pretty smart player and rarely felt like a liability on rosters he has been a part of. Could see him becoming a proper T1 IGL if he has the right support system.
2022-08-10 02:25
GL i hope they do well
2022-08-10 04:30
#66
 | 
World streetson
styko goated
2022-08-10 05:12
styco goated
2022-08-10 05:56
Nice that means they won’t sign emi
2022-08-10 06:06
Congrats Styko. GL
2022-08-10 07:19
goat styko all the fpx guys are finding new homes
2022-08-10 07:21
2 replies
#75
 | 
United States Festive_
he's been in this team for half a year dawg
2022-08-10 08:24
1 reply
yes but apeks looking more like a tier 2 to tier 1 team
2022-08-10 19:26
Styko is a player who has a great overview of the game and his videos on YouTube are of great value even for beginning players.
2022-08-10 08:27
He was heading this direction for years imo. Not surprised, he looks smart and collected. Might be good IGL, let's see. They can still sign one good rifler, hope they won't screw up...
2022-08-10 08:43
This makes a lot of sense. STYKO is a very smart guy with a leadership personality. Tier1 needs more IGL's right now so it's the right time. Who could be their lurk/anchor? I'm thinking either Snax or valde. My money on valde
2022-08-10 08:54
4 replies
#84
 | 
Egypt BomberMan_
Depressing for valde to go from joining astralis with device to now joining apeks when there was a spot in Heroic as well. OG should bring him back instead of f1ku. So many teams would be better off with valde instead of whatever support they got.
2022-08-10 09:09
3 replies
That's true - Apeks might not be good enough for him. He belongs in Astralis really. If Astralis didn't give xyp9x a 3 year contract extension, they might have been able to sign valde . A classsic Astralis move of missing out on the best danish talent
2022-08-10 09:29
2 replies
#89
 | 
Egypt BomberMan_
Astralis get dropped blameF and k0nfig to boost that shameful squad and then they pay Xyp a kings ransom for the rest of his career to do fuck all and maybe play decent 1 tournament out of 10.
2022-08-10 09:30
1 reply
sad truth
2022-08-10 09:31
Its about time! Always thought he would excel at calling.
2022-08-10 09:06
#83
 | 
Egypt BomberMan_
They should get boros. Someone should get boros
2022-08-10 09:08
I'm excited. Hope it works out for the team.
2022-08-10 09:22
would f0rest fit?
2022-08-10 10:12
Nice
2022-08-10 10:18
should get heap or boros or even sergej
2022-08-10 11:44
I thought that it read manlet
2022-08-10 14:55
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.
Now playing
Thumbnail for stream
United Kingdom
ESL TV
81052 viewers
Top streams
All(61)
Casters(43)
Streamers(9)
Organizers(9)
United Kingdom
ESL TV
(81052)
Brazil
gaules
(17663)
United Kingdom
ESL TV B
(17602)
Russia
Maincast
(15538)
Russia
Maincast 2
(8291)
France
1pv
(7693)
Other
ohnePixel
(4522)
Kazakhstan
AdreN
(3663)
United Kingdom
ESL TV C
(2657)
Spain
ESL TV
(2218)
Portugal
RTP Arena
(2094)
Montenegro
Lobanjica
(1567)
France
KRL
(1494)
Serbia
ArenaEsport (YouTube)
(1185)
Philippines
Focus Fire
(1136)
France
kennyS
(1121)
Russia
sL4M
(1037)
Sweden
f0rest
(984)
United Kingdom
Richard Lewis
(913)
Romania
jaxi
(879)
Brazil
Apoka
(813)
Turkey
Brosskiez
(800)
Ukraine
Maincast 2
(765)
Sweden
HeatoN
(736)
Poland
ESL TV B
(698)
Finland
Elisa Viihde
(676)
Sweden
GeT_RiGhT
(657)
Ukraine
Maincast
(633)
Russia
1WIN
(586)
Russia
Maincast 3
(530)
Germany
99Damage
(507)
Argentina
forg1
(458)
Canada
jasonR
(374)
Brazil
Jogando Junto
(352)
United Kingdom
ESL TV D
(348)
United Kingdom
BanKsTV
(283)
Other
Playtonia (YouTube)
(273)
Denmark
wonderbai
(212)
United Kingdom
ESL TV E
(182)
Russia
1ceN1ce116
(168)
Hungary
Esport1 TV
(165)
Brazil
velhovamp1
(122)
Poland
fines
(121)
Spain
ESL TV B
(104)
Ukraine
1mpala
(102)
Brazil
oReidasBetsTV
(96)
Serbia
ArenaEsport
(96)
Brazil
gaules TV
(73)
Russia
MPKBK
(54)
Portugal
RTP Arena 2
(48)
France
BeHopGG
(43)
Russia
Maincast 4
(39)
Czech Republic
PLAYzoneUP
(26)
Ukraine
Maincast 3
(23)
Brazil
00NATION
(14)
Brazil
BTSBrasilFPS
(14)
Finland
VILPE
(12)
Brazil
JokerBR
(4)
Russia
Maincast 5
(3)
Ukraine
Maincast 5
(2)
Ukraine
Maincast 4
(1)