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Interview: Counter-Strike legend Filip 'NEO' Kubski11.07.2019, 19:00

NEO: "We were some kind of heroes in Poland"

Counter-Strike recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. That's reason enough to have a personal chat with one of the game's greatest veterans. Our editor kautzy spoke with none other than Filip 'NEO' Kubski during the finals of the ESL Pro League Season #9 in Montpellier.



(Picture Credit: ESL)




CS is turning 20. Do you remember the first time you played it?

It was Beta 5.2 or something like that. M4 had a zoom and I think I tested it at our neighbour's. We had a neighbour who owned a PC company and had a stable internet connection. We only had a modem at this time. It was really fun playing with other people.


When was the first time you realized you could make a living playing CS?

I guess it was when we started winning tournaments. It was around 2004, when we won our first smaller international tournaments. We already got some prize money from that. At this time there wasn't any salary, but after getting to the top, we started earning some. That's when we found out we could actually make a living from playing games.


What did your parents think about that in the beginning?

My parents were always with me. My dad was the first serious manager in Poland. Even before he was just driving us all across Europe to different tournaments. So, I think I was in a different situation than everyone else. My parents have been supporting me throughout my whole career and I'm very grateful to that.


When did you start getting recognized as a CS player?

Right now you have all these media days, interviews, cameras in everyone's faces and Instagram and all that stuff, so we are more recognizable. But back in the days it was more like ingame. So, there wasn't that much recognition. Probably around 2007, when we were Top 1 in the world and CS was growing more and more. We were some kind of heroes in Poland, for bringing Poland into the international scene. Young players started looking up to us and began following us.


What was the most emotional moment of your CS career?

There have been too many moments like this. Winning the first WCG in 2006, which was a World Championship. ESWC one year later or even the first WCG qualifier in Poland 2003, when we became the Polish number one team. And of course the EMS Katowice Major 2014. There've been a couple, so it's really hard to pick one.


Out of all the lineups you played with so far, which one was your favorite?

I believe the atmosphere within a team is always great when your team is having good results. In all of the lineups we've had quite a good atmosphere at some point. But when we started struggling, it wasn't that great anymore. It's really hard to say, because we've had fun in all of our lineups.


Has there ever been a CS personality you looked up to in the beginning of your career or even now?

There were a couple of players, yes. I remember the times, when there was no GOTV or something like that. Before that, you watched other people's frag movies or you downloaded players' demos. There was a video of a German player from DkH, I think it was BurningDeath. It was the first time a saw a guy one-tapping people. That was a demo on Aztec. And then there was the first actual HLTV demo, where you could freely fly around. I think it was from a CPL final between NiP und 3D. I watched that like a thousand times, every angle and stuff like that. There have been a couple of great players. Back in the days you just rewatched frag movies like every day before your games. It was a lot of hype.



How do you keep yourself motivated after so many years?

Probably it's just because I love the game and its competitiveness. It's really great to have a team to work with together, get to know each other and then go to places and play against other teams. I just love that part. I mean, I've been ingame leading for most of the time, so that's a different approach to the game. Because you're not that focused on yourself but on the whole team. But it's still so much fun to do that. So, maybe that's why I'm so motivated, I guess.


Do you have any plans for after your retirement?

No, not really. There are lots of options, but times have changed a lot. There're so many options these days compared to ten years ago. You can be a manager, a coach, a streamer, or whatever. Right now I have the opportunity to play in FaZe Clan, just enjoy the moment and try to do my best. We'll see.


If you had one wish towards Valve to change something about Counter-Strike, what would it be?

I've been thinking about that for a while now. Esport and CS:GO competition have grown so much. But since CS:GO there have been a lot of weird and suspicious things going on around the internet with different players. We even had a guy cheating on stage of a grand final in India. It was an obvious demonstration that the VAC system does not work, as he was not banned by the system.

So my wish would be to have proper security systems. In League of Legends they provide you with gear from the organizer or you're not allowed to login to your own account. There are plenty of ways to do that. I've heard about people downloading cheats and stuff from the workshop. Although we're getting more and more professional, we're still not changing anything. So this would be my only wish.






Geschrieben von vdr

Quelle: Picture Credit: ESL (Helena Kristiansson)



 
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#1
REVyAw schrieb am 11.07.2019, 19:07 CEST:
Zu seinem Wunsch kann man nur ein ganz großes und dickes +1 zeichnen.
#2
marcel -_- schrieb am 11.07.2019, 19:08 CEST:
neo bester mann
#3
DannyLog schrieb am 11.07.2019, 20:15 CEST:
FILIP KUBSKI! <3
#4
iamthewall schrieb am 11.07.2019, 20:31 CEST:
schönes Interview! Aber die detusche Übersetzung ist leider eher so mittel ;/


neo schrieb:
Obwohl wir immer professioneller werden, ändern wir weiterhin nichts an dieser Situation. Das wäre mein einziger Wunsch.


das sieht wohl jeder so. Nach dem Cheateraufruhr 2014(?) gab es ein paar Änderungen; genauso wie nach dem "Doping-Skandal" rum um die US-Teams. Da wurd bei 2-3 Events die große Marketing-Trommel gerührt und seitdem ist wieder alles beim Alten.

Mir gehen diese "Es cheaten eh alle!!11"-Verschwörungstheoretiker hart auf den Sack; aber wer abstreitet, dass im Top-CS regelmäßig gecheatet wird, streitet auch ab, dass im Radsport, Kraftsport oder Fußball gedoped wird...
#5
marcel -_- schrieb am 11.07.2019, 23:21 CEST:
iamthewall schrieb:
wer abstreitet, dass im Top-CS regelmäßig gecheatet wird, streitet auch ab, dass im Radsport, Kraftsport oder Fußball gedoped wird...


und wenn in china nen sack reis umfällt passiert das auch in deutschland ja?
#6
RandomNN schrieb am 12.07.2019, 06:18 CEST:
marcel -_- schrieb:
iamthewall schrieb:
wer abstreitet, dass im Top-CS regelmäßig gecheatet wird, streitet auch ab, dass im Radsport, Kraftsport oder Fußball gedoped wird...


und wenn in china nen sack reis umfällt passiert das auch in deutschland ja?


Deine Analogie ist Unsinn, weil es zwischen einem Sack Reis in China und einem Sack Reis in Deutschland in der physischen Beschaffenheit keinen kausalen Zusammenhang gibt. Beim Cheaten aber schon. Wenn Clan A aus Land X cheatet, dann erhöht sich die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass auch Clan B aus Land Y cheaten wird, wenn die Clans in Turnieren regelmäßig aufeinander treffen. Schließlich möchte auch Clan B international mithalten.
#7
pioDE schrieb am 12.07.2019, 09:13 CEST:
RandomNN schrieb:
marcel -_- schrieb:
iamthewall schrieb:
wer abstreitet, dass im Top-CS regelmäßig gecheatet wird, streitet auch ab, dass im Radsport, Kraftsport oder Fußball gedoped wird...


und wenn in china nen sack reis umfällt passiert das auch in deutschland ja?


Deine Analogie ist Unsinn, weil es zwischen einem Sack Reis in China und einem Sack Reis in Deutschland in der physischen Beschaffenheit keinen kausalen Zusammenhang gibt. Beim Cheaten aber schon. Wenn Clan A aus Land X cheatet, dann erhöht sich die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass auch Clan B aus Land Y cheaten wird, wenn die Clans in Turnieren regelmäßig aufeinander treffen. Schließlich möchte auch Clan B international mithalten.


Das ist völlig korrekt! :)
#8
reneDD schrieb am 12.07.2019, 15:25 CEST:
Das waren noch Zeiten...das Video zwischen DkH und mTw ist schon nostalgisch anzusehen oder an die GameStar Ausgabe mit dem Video von TAMM.
#9
alex m schrieb am 14.07.2019, 18:50 CEST:
Die verlinkte Demo ist zwar auch von BurningDeath auf de_aztec, ich glaube jedoch er meinte die berühmte Demo von BurningDeath auf dem Publicserver von Dkh (Hordenwelt). Ist ebenfalls in dem verlinkten Kanal zu finden. War damals auch im Frag Or Die Movie...
 

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