Leaving Virtus.pro after so many years was scary, and so was joining Team Kinguin. It was a new adventure.
I decided to join Team Kinguin – which later became the foundation for devils.one – mainly because I knew Viktor Wanli, the owner. We spoke a few times before I joined and even then, we talked about me joining the team numerous times.
I knew it was the place I wanted to head to because Kinguin had invested the most in esports in Poland. It was obvious that he wanted to create something huge in Poland and has been in the industry for many, many years.
He was there even before I started to play Counter-Strike. That’s how long he has been in the industry.
I also liked some of the players that were already in the organisation, most people didn’t see the value that I did in them. I knew it would be easy to work with them if I was to join.
The one thing I hate more than anything is losing. Devils.one shares that feeling. When I was just helping to build the team from nothing last year, losing was literally painful. It was hard to cope with losing at every tournament we attended.
Not so long ago, I had a few conversations with a sports psychologist. Those talks made me understand that I was being too competitive, too much of a perfectionist. That is why this year we are taking a small step back so that we can be ready to make a big jump in the future.
My involvement with devils.one at the moment is mainly working on the performance in Counter-Strike. It makes sense, as this game is one of the most important in Poland.
But I also want to have an impact on the organization as a whole. To help build a culture. I want to show fans and players how things should be, how respectful you should be towards each other. The Polish fans will have something to look up to, whether it’s as a fan, player, staff member, or anything else.
This is what I said in my conversations with Viktor. If I can help with investors, sponsors, and partners too, then that is even better. My long career has allowed me to gain plenty of experience, and I’m hoping that I can use that to help devils.one behind the scenes as well.
But you must have a clear head if you want to win.
I am still completely committed to winning with my team, and therefore I will wait until I am ready to stop playing before I step things up with the organization. The people behind the wheel are capable of doing things without my advice, I know that.
Last year was difficult. I’m not happy about it, but when I look back, I can say that I am satisfied. It was like coming in blind to the Polish scene since I had never played with any of these players before. My expectations were not high, I just wanted to get things moving.
Our team was formed with three days before a roster lock. With things like that, you never know how it is going to go, but sometimes you just make the team and see what happens.
Basically, we had 11 months of slow and steady improvement, and then one month of terrible results.
There was really nothing we could do during that one month of bad form. When you go to lots of events you don’t have the time to change players, fix your mistakes, or even create tactics. You just have to try and power through the tough times.
In the end, we won the ESL Polish Championship but bombed out from the European Minor in unlucky circumstances. A result like that is disheartening, but I was determined to continue.
Since then we have swapped one player, but we don’t have any results to judge ourselves on at the moment. All I can say is that I am extremely excited about what we have built so far.
Everyone always knew me as an ambitious person, and that’s why my goal is beyond making Poland the best nation in CS:GO. Astralis are doing incredible work and ENCE look fantastic also, but my ultimate ambitions are beyond that.
For now, I would like us to get into the top three teams in the world. I believe it’s possible with hard work and the right mindset.
For now, we need more time to work on the team and improve on the results from last year.
But we can get there.