Hi everyone, thanks for having me.
My name is Matija Omerzel, I'm 22 and I come from Slovenia. I'm the ingame leader for the team KlikTech which consists of a mix of croatian and slovenian players.
Yes, I'm a student at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. I've been living here for around 4 years now, when I decided to leave my home town to study here. I think having a balanced lifestyle is important even in CSGO. I think having a good social life as well as doing other sport activities, for me either basketball or swimming, are needed in order to be successful in CSGO, since otherwise your brain kind of overloads on just CS.
It's honestly my dream to be playing CS professionally and making a living out of it. At the moment with great support from our friends at KlikTech it might actually become a reality in the following months, which I think would make all of our dreams come true. In the last year it was actually really tough for us since we didn't get the proper backing from an organization and even other teams from this region didn't realistically have a chance to go pro, apart from Valiance who were and still are by far the best team in the region since the region had basically no proper leagues and events. Now with this year's investment from ESL and also from Fortuna, the region is in an upward swing and hopefully it can develop to the point where it's possible for teams to be living from it professionally.
I would say so yes. Of course, the results weren't really there to support having really good salary and stuff, apart from the previous mentioned Valiance team. But once we started to get better and got to play some teams that we knew had good salary and that we could play against them and even win some of our games, we felt a bit disheartened since we knew we couldn't get the support they were getting.
My team got created around 3 years ago, or should I say the core of it. A good friend of mine, Matafe was actually the one who invited me into his team at the time and we started to grind out from the beginning, playing open leagues and trying to make it into the better ones. Eventually me and him invited the best player from Slovenia, Saveeey to join us and we created some slovenian rosters and kept grinding. After a couple of roster changes, the three of us still stuck together and when realizing that we have gone through the current talent in Slovenia decided to look into our neighboring country Croatia for players, we soon discovered St0le and eventually also Brky. I think in our minds we always wanted to make something more of it, of course we were always friends but we had to put friendship behind us a lot of times, when making roster changes, which hurts me to this day. We didn't start out all as friends, after me joining the team. The current teammates and I formed sort of a bond and eventually befriended each other, but apart from Matafe and another player from that team, I didn't actually know anyone beforehand.
Yes of course. We think that making the LAN finals is a must for us and I'm sure we can do it. Although I believe that Valiance is the big favourite for winning the entire thing, I think everyone is beatable and I'm sure that we can show up to play, if we make it to the LAN.
I think right now we are where we expected to be at the beginning. We started out rough, since we made a roster change just before the league started which I think hurt us a lot since the preparation just wasn't there for us. For now we will play one more BO3 with one of the teams in the league for the lan finals spot and I'm confident we can take the win and go to the finals. I think that it will be a real challenge to face other teams on lan, since we have way less experience playing on lan than for example Valiance or Squared.
I believe we need a bit of everything, practice is of course the foundation for everything. Every team who intends to make it to the pro scene has to put in many hours of practice per day and if we aren't doing that, then we don't stand a chance versus them. We had a lot of problems with this in the past but now I think we fixed them and the future is bright for us. Of course there is also always the question of experience which is in my opinion one of the most needed things in CS to succeed and they outshine us in this matter a lot. They are all well established players from 1.6 even and some of them played with the best serbian team, whereas if you look at our roster, apart from bomez and saveeey, the three of us started with CSGO and every step we have taken and take from now on is a brand new experience and we all need time to grow as players.
I think the hardest series for us was actually the match vs Ripple esports, which we managed to win 2:1. After we stomped them on Overpass they came back on Inferno and we nearly blew a lead on the last map Mirage. It was the hardest game for me not because we were facing the best team in the league but because the implication of losing the match was weighing on us. We would have been fighting for the last spots for the playoffs, a position we simply didn't want to be in.
I think the most attractive part of CS for me is that you can play the game in so many different ways and not a single one of them is the best, you just have to find a style that works for you. I also like the fact that sometimes making the perfect play in a specific situation won't win you the round and sometimes making a bad call, but doing the execution properly will still result in a won round. The things I'd like to change is removing Cobblestone from the map pool, simply because I hate the map and maybe fixing the CZ again, since I feel that it is a bit too strong at the moment.
I think it's possible. At the moment though only Valiance have what it takes I think to make it to the best tournaments. If they hit a good streak of form when the qualifiers are being played, I'm sure they can make it. As for us, at the moment I feel like we need a lot more practice and are nowhere near the level we can be and need to be in order to make it to such tournaments. Given more time, maybe in a year or so, if we stick around for that long and find a steady roster, everything is possible.
Of couse we are. We have participated in the past 3 years in this tournament. We never actually managed to make it to lan, but hopefully this year we can change that. I think ESL's CSGO tournaments are really well run and have fixed rules about the prizes, scheduling, format and even rosters, which I like a lot, because you know what you're getting and you know there won't be any questionable things happening mid-season with rosters like in some other leagues. One pet peeve of mine with ESL is their anti-cheat client, which with specific users sometimes doesn't work properly and it can be disturbing to the match being played.