The last couple of weeks have been a little bit hectic for Gamers2’s CS:GO team, which underwent two roster changes as they look to scale greater heights in future tournaments. The initial signs have been promising, with the team picking up back-to-back wins against PENTA Sports and Copenhagen Wolves to silence critics.
We sat down with Michał “MICHU” Müller, one of the newest additions, who shared his experiences in the team so far and revealed some interesting facts about the early stages of his career.
You have been on the team for little over two weeks now. How is everything going so far?
So far, all is going really well, but obviously there is still a lot of work to do. On my first day, we surprisingly managed to beat teams such as Flipsid3 and Orbit, but unfortunately we were unable to keep this level of play in the following matches. We are still adjusting our style of play and hoping for better results.
You had played for the team before, when it was known as ESC Gaming, so you know everyone already. How does it feel to be back?
It feels really good to be with my old friends on the same team once again. Since my departure about a year ago, my team-mates have made a huge progress and achieved a lot of success in Poland and Europe as well. I am enjoying this chance and I think I will learn a lot from them in the near future. I have the opportunity to fight in the international stage of CS:GO again and I hope we can work together to seize that chance.
Results have so far been a little bit mixed. What seems to be the main issue right now, and what is the team doing to fix it?
In my opinion, it is way too early to judge our level of play. There is no real issue with the way we play, we just need a little bit more time. We are still adjusting our style of play and I am getting used to my new role on the team. Recently, we’ve been working very hard on the tactical side of our game. We are trying out a completely different style and we will see if that works.
You are widely regarded as one of the top talents in the Polish scene, so fans expect you to make a difference. Do you think this is an extra source of pressure?
I think that some sort of pressure inside me might exist, but then again it does not affect my game or what I do. I am trying my best to make a difference and to help my team win. Obviously, it is very nice to read positive comments about you as they give you that extra motivation.
What are your expectations regarding the team? How far do you think that it can go?
My expectations, team’s expectations and the organisation’s expectations are all the same – we expect to improve our level drastically in the near future. We hope we can fight head-on with the world’s best teams and acquit ourselves well at upcoming events. I think we have the potential to achieve this.
How is the atmosphere between the three biggest teams in Poland, Virtus.pro, Gamers2 or INSHOCK? Are you all friends or is there some rivalry going on?
It is a very difficult question to answer. It seems that we are all good friends, but deep inside my heart I know that is not true. I think that there is friendship and at the same time rivalry between us and Virtus.pro, although we are aware there is still a lot of work ahead of us to catch up with them.
You are mostly known as a rifler, but you can also use the AWP (which you have in some matches for Gamers2). What will your exact role ingame be ?
Before the recent update, I was more of a ‘complete’ player than I currently am. I used to play AWP more often, but right now I do not feel confident with this weapon anymore, so most likely I will focus on rifling.I hope I can bring new ideas to the team and our game style will probably change slightly, but we believe in each other and we are doing everything we can to be a better team.
You attended two events with Virtus.pro as a stand-in, the GameShow finals and the Gfinity Spring Masters. What was the experience like?
I was very happy to get the opportunity to play in this amazing team – it was something unbelievable. The mere possibility of listening to strategies from players like NEO (who at the time was IGL) and the rest of the team is something I will not forget for the rest of my life. It was a great adventure. Watching their POVs and just sitting next to these talented players was also a valuable experience, which helped me improve on my individual mistakes. I was also able to learn a lot of new things from them, and it helped me become a better player.
You burst onto the CS:GO scene in a small team called GG Wellplayed, that also featured bialy and Snax. Did the three of you expect to make it to this level?
I certainly did not think so, although I kept dreaming about it. I don’t think it was any different with byali and Snax; even though they were at a very high level already I don’t think they expected to end up in one of the best teams in the world.
For those who were not familiar with you before that time, can you tell us a little bit more about your background?
About 5-6 years ago, I started playing Counter-Strike 1.6. My career (if you can call it that), then continued in CS:GO and I represented teams such as GF-Gaming, Imperium-Gamers, ESC Gaming and INSHOCK. In each of these teams, I played with better and better players, from whom I could learn. The knowledge and experience gained have allowed me to become a top player myself.
What is your opinion about the current state of the Polish CS:GO scene?
Since I can remember, we have had many changes within the top teams (excluding Virtus.pro) in our scene (I am part of the reason). In my opinion, the Polish scene has been improving of late; we have many more leagues and tournaments, bigger prizes and this shows the potential of CS:GO. I believe that INSHOCK is another team who can play on a very high level. Mariusz “Loord” Cybulski’s team is playing really well recently and I hope they will soon get a chance to show that on the international stage.
A lot has been discussed about the latest changes to CS:GO, such as the AWP nerf. What is your take on this subject?
I am not really sure about this update, but if someone was a truly great sniper, then they will definitely remain one, even after the recent update. Obviously it is much harder to play as a sniper right now, since you cannot run while zoomed and it makes peeking much harder, but nevertheless the best players will cope with this update.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself. What do you like to do in your free time?
I am a high school student and an ordinary teenager who, besides being into CS, is interested in football and motorcycle speedway. Outside of practice, I like to hang out with my friends.
Where do you see yourself in, let’s say, five years? Do you think you will stay in e-Sports for that many years?
I can’t tell what I will be doing tomorrow, let alone in a few years. E-sports are growing very quickly, so I do not rule out the possibility still being involved in them in the distant future.
Recently, innocent credited Loord for the fact that Poland could have a second top team and added that players like yourself and MINISE learned a lot from him. Do you agree with this statement?
I completely agree with him. Undoubtedly, thanks to Loord I learnt most in my CS:GO career. Honestly, I think that he actually tried to make me a better player by pointing out the mistakes I was making so that I could improve my game. I am very grateful to him.
Thank you for the interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
I would like to thank my parents, who fully support me during matches, my ex-team INSHOCK and their great manager ‘RED’, to whom I owe a lot. Also special shout out to my current team, the Gamers2 organisation and to all of the readers of this interview.