Oskarish: "I did not have time to question [being cut from LoungeGaming]" & "the style in which [CHEF-KOCH and approx] explain the game is on a very high level"
Max "mki" Kieturakis: So I think congratulations are in order as you weren’t left without a team for long. The first question that comes to my mind should be quite obvious. Taking a step back to your time at 65:LoungeGaming; how did your departure really go down? Was it their decision, your decision or a mutual decision to stop working together?
Oskar "oskarish" Stenborowski: They made the decision to stop working together. I didn’t even have time to question it. I had quite a few problems with my game, then I moved so I had internet issues and all in all a lot of factors came together I believe to influence their decision. I have no hard feelings over it, I don’t have any regrets either. Clearly they wanted to go back to the roster in which they felt most comfortable not only outside of the game, but in it as well.
Moving on, you left LoungeGaming on January 27 (not even a full month ago). So I have to ask about how your current team was formed. From the information I could gather, it was Antonin "TONI" Bernhardt who put together the team. Question: how long have you known you would be playing in this team and how was it formed exactly?
The formation of this team actually started earlier, in the beginning of January. I joined only after I found out I would not be playing for LoungeGaming anymore. I was in constant contact with TONI and I knew of his plans. He wrote to me, informing me that they’re looking for a player like me for their team. For this reason I joined the team and also because of the people and players who are leading the entire project. Everything is handled very professionally. The atmosphere is great and it looks like things are shaping up nicely – time will tell.
Have you had a chance to play some matches (even scrims) together yet? Without a doubt this is a team which looks to take advantage of a mix of experience (Manuel "approx" Zeitz, David "CHEF-KOCH" Nagel) and young talent. If you have had a chance to play together, how are the matches going? Can you share something about your teammates as well?
We have indeed had a chance to play together already; we’re working on our chemistry and more importantly getting to know each other better. Each one of us has big ambitions and a lot of motivation, as well as an ideal mindset to reach the goals expected of us. CHEF-KOCH and approx are legends of the German CS scene and have come back out of retirement since they want to continue fighting on the German and European scene. Their experience and the style in which they can explain “the game” are on a very high level. TONI and Dimitrios "stavros" Smoilis are also well known in their scene; Stavros was a very good CS:S player while TONI is a great friend of mine who has always shown amazing AWP play. I’ve also had a chance to play with TONI in my first professional team, in fact, it was him who gave me a chance to learn the German language at a very important time which I am very grateful for. As of right now, we’re doing quite well. There are a lot of things we still have to improve, however, we’re addressing all of our issues. We’re giving it our all. Only time will tell how everything will function in the future.
I have to ask about your organization. Namely, Lioncast. Can you say something about the organization itself? Have you had any contact with them? What are your first impressions about the organization?
Team Lioncast is a very professional organization which wants to expand and has set the bar very high regarding what they want to achieve. They approach each matter in a very nice and collected manner. When we travelled to Berlin to meet the management responsible for the team we didn’t have any negative things to say. Great atmosphere, everything well planned. In conclusion – the right people in the right spot; whether it be the editorial crew or the founders themselves.
So I guess it’s time for the last question about your team before we move on to a few questions about you. This one will be in regards to the goals that are always set when a new team is being formed. Have you already clearly gone over what the team’s goals are? (Everyone wants to win a Major, that’s clear, but I’m curious about any internal discussions that actually took place on the topic).
We have talked about it actually and at this moment we have not set any higher goals other than being crowned German champions. As I said, time will tell how everything will develop, what our results will be. Right now we’re focusing on the German EPS, however, we haven’t forgotten about other European leagues as well.
As promised, let’s move on to you. I believe I saw a picture of you attending Cracow Game Spot this weekend (Feb. 21-22) where you placed second. You were playing with some known (albeit not the most famous) players in a mix team so maybe… something else was being planned. Did you have offers from other teams or players during the time you were teamless? Care to share?
I had two more offers, one from a foreign team and one from a Polish team. I made the trip to Cracow only as a stand-in. They asked me if I didn’t want to make the trip with them and I thought to myself – why not? Truth be told, we were very close to winning the tournament as a mix. However, I won’t share who the offers were from. I can say that if I would be left without a team I was definitely ready to make my own, strong European team.
Can you share something about this European team or was it too early in time to even think about which players would be on it?
That time didn’t come, it was only in my plans.
You’re playing in a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team and are firmly rooted in the international Counter-Strike scene as one of the best Polish players. However, let’s take a step back a few years. What were some of your dreams regarding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive before this time?
When I first started playing CS, I didn’t have the slightest clue that one day I would make any money from playing the game. At the beginning I had set the bar quite low; I just tried to train as much as possible and improve by playing DM. I had modest dreams, for instance, I wanted to be mentioned on a news portal or for my highlight or even a frag movie to be shown somewhere. In general, I wanted to keep improving. I believe I have been able to achieve this, however, this definitely isn’t the end yet. I still plan on giving it my all and play with full motivation. I hope to show some amazing play in the European scene – whether it be online or offline.
For many years now, Virtus.pro has been at the top of the Polish CS:GO scene. Can you share some opinions and observations regarding them? Especially because of the fact that since CS: 1.6 absolutely no one in Poland can get close to them.
Their years of experience give them an amazing advantage. Same goes for the way they behave in certain situations, they approach official matches completely different; they play cool and collected. This definitely is a trait which makes them better than any team in the Polish scene. They are also very skilled regarding raw aim which finishes the equation. I don’t think that anyone will be able to get close to them in the coming future. It will stay the same as it was, nothing will change.
Let’s close this out with a light game of bests. Best team which you’ve been a part of? Best organization you’ve represented? Best tournament you’ve participated in? Best Polish CS:GO player? Best CS:GO player, period? Which tournament would you like to participate in which you haven’t yet had the chance to?
The best team I’ve played for in every regard was KILLERFISH. When it comes to organizations then LoungeGaming. The best tournament was the Stockholm Qualifier to DH Cluj-Napoca. The best Polish CS:GO player is Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski, in my opinion. Overall, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist. The tournament I would like to play in is without a doubt, some Major.
Alright – all I can do now is thank you for the interview and great answers – best of luck to your new team and I wish you a lot of success.
Thanks for the interview and interesting questions. No problem!