HooXi: "If I was anyone else, I would put all my free time into [CS2]"

The Danish IGL is in favor of an immediate switch to Counter-Strike 2.

HooXi says his biggest regret is not making it deep at a CS:GO Major

G2 have ended the last LAN CS:GO event with a quarter-final exit after falling to a warmed-up MOUZ in a three-map series. Despite their setback, the European combine has had a fruitful year. They won IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne and currently stand at No.3 in the HLTV world rankings.

As the professional scene enters a period of uncertainty due to the release of Counter-Strike 2, G2 look to continue their bid to become the number-one team in the world despite focusing on the new game being harder for established teams, according to Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen.

HLTV spoke with HooXi after G2's quarter-final loss to MOUZ to discuss his career in CS:GO, his feelings about CS2, and his future plans.

First of all, commiserations on the loss. Did you have bigger expectations for this tournament?

Our expectations were to win, so that's of course disappointing. We had really unfortunate circumstances, the whole team besides me got sick during our off days here. Four players, a coach, and one manager got the flu. Not that it's fully an excuse, but it's obviously not optimal, and that just sucks.

This tournament is pretty much the end of CS:GO. Looking back, I think you can be happy with your career, especially after winning Katowice and Cologne in the final year. How would you look back at your career as a whole?

A long, long journey to get to where I want to be [laughs]. It took me ten years basically to get to tier one. And I think it was only starting to become really fun in the last few years when we went to a Major with Copenhagen Flames, and now on G2.

If you told me two years ago that I would be playing at three Majors and having a Katowice and Cologne trophy, I would probably have said, 'That's all good.' So I cannot be unhappy, but it would've been nice to at least play a bit deeper in the Major playoffs. That's what I regret the most.

You now move on to the BLAST Showdown, which is still played in CS:GO. Do you have any comments about that?

I definitely think that even though the game is not fully ready, the worst thing we can do as a community and the competitive scene is to sit there and switch between CS:GO and CS2 all the time, it's just annoying for everyone. We need to take a leap of faith and just switch. There will never be an optimal time to switch, it will always be a problem in some way. And I think we should just get going on CS2 as soon as possible.

And what are your general feelings on CS2? Did you play it much?

I haven't played it since the last season of EPL, so I have no clue. But from what I watched in the practice room when the other guys were playing it and what I see on streams, it looks decent. There's still a lot of room for improvement with the general feeling of movement and stuff like this.

I think that 64-tick, or sub-tick, whatever they want to call it nowadays, is a bit unlucky that we didn't manage to get that done in a new game. But there are also a lot of positives, and I just hope that they will remove this HE-smoke mechanic, and I'll be a happy man [laughs].

What are your plans now for the future? Will you transition straight away to CS2 or will you practice some more CS:GO for the BLAST Showdown?

I hope that BLAST will realize that it's better to play CS2, and that they will switch when they hear the opinion of the players, the organizations in general, and also for their own viewership. I will go to my hotel room now and play CS2 deathmatch [laughs].

You're at the top of the competitive scene now, but how much do you expect the scene to change when the new game comes out?

A lot of fundamentals, like understanding the game on a high level, will stay the same. But I think you will see some new players, some new young talents that grind the game, having like 150 hours in the past two weeks for the first two months. Then obviously they will be on top of everything.

For teams like us, what I have in front of me right now is like 80 hours of traveling, going to Sydney, and then to China, and that's 80 hours where I can't play CS2, and also it's just really exhausting. It's the best opportunity for any aspiring young talents and people who just want to give it a shot in the competitive scene. If I was anyone else, I would put all my free time into it.

Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
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Hooxi finally going to China. Copenhagen confirmed win for Niko.
2023-09-30 10:50
1 reply
Czech Republic MartyCzech
"get ready to learn chinese buddy" -nicoodoz
2023-10-01 13:36
noob hooxi
2023-09-30 10:54
2 replies
+1 Excuse #4729490 “team sick” 😂 Never thought twistzz would pull up excuses too but hey hes under karrig0ne’s wings so he learned from the best omega.
2023-09-30 12:23
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Canada Hayaaa
NO ONE. has more excuses than niko. lmfao. a tleast karigon won a major. niko is just a loser.
2023-09-30 15:36
Hooxi to Guangdong Tigers confirmed
2023-09-30 10:57
2 replies
2023-09-30 12:11
he is too old to upgrade.
2023-09-30 12:20
:DDDDD typical virgin answer. ”use all your freetime to play videogames” HAHAHAH
2023-09-30 10:58
12 replies
Italy Karimk03
It's his job lmao
2023-09-30 11:00
3 replies
Work is not free time
2023-09-30 15:57
1 reply
Czech Republic MartyCzech
well if he uses his "free time" to get better at his "work" then he basically works in his free time
2023-10-01 13:47
ive got job too but its 8hrs
2023-09-30 18:09
Virgin that gets paid tonnes to play games vs guy crying about his job daily
2023-09-30 11:19
1 reply
i love my job 12hr shifts 4 days in a row and then 6 free days
2023-10-01 11:22
United States Jakkkk
Bud you're sitting here hating on someone on HLTV while he's getting paid hundreds of thousands to play video games. Who's the loser here?
2023-09-30 14:02
2 replies
:D yea me spending like 3-5min daily on hltv makes me bigger nerd then 30yo pro player with bad posture
2023-10-01 11:21
1 reply
United States Jakkkk
the fact that you're trolling only makes your life more pathetic
2023-10-01 12:34
Typical idiot from internet. Congrats, ur parents must be super proud
2023-09-30 18:35
2 replies
i know they are because i do somthing important woth my life. hint* not playing videogames as a 30yo
2023-10-01 11:21
1 reply
Yeah, super proud of an idiot
2023-10-03 01:30
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Russia DriIla
i think u should too, its ur job mr hooxi
2023-09-30 11:02
Romania Toolfuti
I'd rather play something that is fun and not full of toxic people crying out loud because CSGO got removed.
2023-09-30 11:07
2 replies
Europe dooddi
haven't met any guy on my games crying about that
2023-09-30 13:42
1 reply
+1. honestly don't even think this guy plays cs2 tbh
2023-09-30 15:33
Mongolia k0ng0
lol "biggest regret" make it sound like he could have gone deep in a CSGO major just if he wanted to, but just decided not to. Weird phrasing on that one.
2023-09-30 11:10
2023-09-30 11:12
Ireland KarLybop
HooXi saying the entire team got the flu except him.. Then goes and posts the lowest rating in the match vs. MOUZ by far with 0.60 rating.
2023-09-30 11:46
1 reply
he was nursing 6 guys so obviously it was hard on him
2023-09-30 11:50
I don't take life lessons from a failure sorry
2023-09-30 11:56
6 replies
2023-09-30 11:57
"failure" who earns more in a year than a lot of ppl do in their whole life bro
2023-09-30 12:09
1 reply
nepotism is very gud
2023-09-30 15:42
Talk shit how much you want but he owns you in life and probably in game also ; )
2023-09-30 12:38
1 reply
dont tell me he cucked u mens?
2023-09-30 15:42
France dark_fesse
where is ur cologne trophy
2023-09-30 18:47
Fun fact: G2 had worse results at Majors with HooXi than with AleksiB.
2023-09-30 12:02
7 replies
that was fun maybe this is funnier. g2 won didley shit with aleksib on the team.
2023-09-30 12:23
1 reply
That's just common knowledge. Everyone knows that.
2023-09-30 12:43
Exactly thisss
2023-09-30 12:23
Argentina fribergoat
Aleksib 0 trophies hooxi 3?
2023-09-30 18:13
3 replies
Everybody knows that. But the fact that G2 was doing worse with HooXi at Majors somehow goes over peoples heads even when someone points it out.
2023-09-30 19:02
2 replies
That, or its totally irrelevant
2023-10-01 08:49
1 reply
Major placements are irrelevant - you heard it first here :)
2023-10-01 17:03
the HE mechanic should stay, it will give us great memories in the feature and nice plays
2023-09-30 12:45
Cs2 in the current state is not worth putting time into imo
2023-09-30 12:53
If I was anyone else, I would put my free time to practice so that my team will have the best outcome from the last csgo tournament.
2023-09-30 12:56
Afghanistan Pewpo
You'd still suck.
2023-09-30 13:01
Armenia VirtusNo
you will have alot of free time soon
2023-09-30 15:29
1 reply
true hahaha what a fucking bot he's the proof of nepotism
2023-09-30 15:41
Bangladesh ImpacT_
shit excuse for the disguising performance yesterday
2023-09-30 15:37
u should follow ur own advice u fakin bot xaxaxa
2023-09-30 15:43
BOT so so soooo soo bad
2023-09-30 18:18
Literally can't stand playing the game after just 2 days, sori mr.hooxi
2023-09-30 20:01
how much Hooxi?
2023-10-01 04:14
If he was anyone else Niko would have a major lol
2023-10-03 01:40
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