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In Spotlight: mOE

By T. 'Southn' M.
Jul 30, 2014 21:31

ImageBeautiful times for the CS:GO Community are coming up. Today we sit down with former CGS Legend Mohamad "mOE" Assad.

Hello Mohamad, thank you for taking the time today for SK Gaming. Do you mind introducing yourself to the readers which do not know you ?

"Im Mohamad Assad (known as mOE ingame) I have been playing Counter-Strike professionally for 10 years now. I started playing in CS 1.3 and played every version since competitively. Most of my success came from playing Counter-Strike: Source as I was able to actually play on one of the best teams in the world for a long period of time."

The whole community is awaiting in the next month big tournaments for the CS:GO Scene like Gfinity Lan or the Major ESL ONE, do you think that this is the right step for the game ?

"I think these are 100% the right steps for the game. CS:GO has the potential to be bigger than 1.6 and Source ever were. In some ways it already is. With skins and streaming the game is at a level that’s very exciting for anyone who is a fan of the cs franchise, and I am very grateful to be able to see it evolve."

Do you think that something like CGS Ladder would be possible again in the future for CS:GO?

"Of course, I feel CGS was before its time. I think if CGS happen today it would have been a giant success. What CGS tried to do is what will eventually happen. The idea that gaming is a sport. I think pro gamers can be looked up to like any major athlete is looked up to. A lot of people look at the top players and treat them like role models. I hope an org or company or even Valve themselves realize that making a global league with franchises for every major city would be the way to make this game a true global sport."

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Let's talk about something personal in your professional career. Do you really regret your Cheat Ban from ESEA, and can you sum up what exactly happened for those who didn't follow the news?

"I don’t have many regrets in life, but this is one of those rare moments where I do. I wish that I had actually sat down and thought about what I was doing instead of just going with the flow. It was a stupid and ridiculous mistake by me. I have always been the first one to crucify a cheater , and I realize I let a lot of people down both fans and friends. I do not want to bring up exact details about what happen as I want the whole thing behind me, but it was 100% my fault. I thought at the time that I had limited choices and looking back now I realize I could of just simply not done it. I will serve out the ban and hopefully come back and compete at the highest level again."

You said in a news recently that you will not give up playing competitive and you will come back, for instance you are playing CEVO Ladder at the moment. You also plan to comeback at ESEA?

"Its hard to know exactly what I'll be doing 8 months from now, but if im gaming still you can bet that ill be on ESEA. As for CEVO I love playing with the guys I really think they have potential to grow, but its also selfish of me to expect to keep playing in these matches. Having me on the roster limits their ability to practice against teams. So for now I will say I am an official 6th for CEVO."

In general do you think NA Teams are ready for the big tournaments in Europe because in the past they fell short in Majors.

"I think teams like IBP and CoL have already proved they can compete at the top level. As for the rest of north America is really a combination of instability amongst teams, and simply not knowing how to prepare the right way. In north America most teams just log into ESEA and scrim scrim scrim…. No one really takes the time to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses. I'm finding out first hand how much NA relies on ESEA. Since I am unable to play ESEA now, its next to impossible getting any north American team to play you on your own private server. This is what really hurts the NA teams. All the teams care about is getting in a server and checking their stats afterwards to see how “good” they did. Before ESEA became a league teams scheduled practice on MIRC every team had their own server and no one cared about stats all people cared about was improving as a team. This is not to knock ESEA down what they have done for the game is amazing, but I wish the teams would revert back to the old ways to see the real benefit of being on a good team."

Where do you see the difference between European Teams and NA Teams?

"Everything I mentioned in the earlier question pretty much. EURO teams still schedule scrims on IRC. They could careless for their stats. They don’t look at individual play but look at their play as a whole and they prepare the right way."

If there would be a chance to attend ESL ONE for example over an BYOC Qualifier would you attend?

"Of course I would. The hardest thing about that happening is getting the funding to go to such an event. No sponsors in NA would send a new team across the world for a tournament. You have to show them you can be the best or at least top 2 in your region to earn that honor."

The game has changed a lot in the past months, are the improvements good or bad?

"I feel like the changes are both good and bad sometimes. It seems like they fix one thing and then break another, but I feel like valve is actually on the right track. i mean i would rather have them updating constantly than never updating at all. Eventually the game will be at its best and we will stay with it for a long time."

As one of the regular streamers in the NA Scene thousands of people watch you every day, did this also help the scene in NA to grow?

"There’s no doubt in my mind that streaming is a major factor of growth for cs-go. There are new players getting the game every day due to watching it on stream first. Its very exciting to think about how big gaming will get with streaming getting more and more main stream."

You are known for being one of the most emotional players, is it something you can't stop?

"I'm very passionate about the game. I like to win but more than that I like to play it with players I enjoy playing with. People watch me on stream and think I just “rage” and get mad and yell at my teammates. In reality every real team I have ever been on knows how I really play. Even when I stream real matches you can see how I act. I do not put teammates down I do not rage at them. I encourage my teammates to get better. Every player I have ever played on a team with has improved as a player because I give them confidence in themselves. I have played counter strike long enough to know what psych’s people out and what makes people play bad and I try to get my teammates over all those obstacles. I might be a little louder than others, but that’s because im alpha as F***"

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Thank you Mohamed for the interview, the last words are up to you.

"I just want to thank all the fans and friends that supported me through these past few months. I honestly considered just quitting until I saw the out pour of supporters. I know I made a mistake and I'm glad most of you have forgiven me. I would also like to thank area 51 for coming through and picking up me and my teammates for CEVO and ESEA. They came in and didn’t even think twice about the inclusion of me on the roster, and that's a sign of an amazing org. Last but not least a shout out to SK Gaming for doing this interview, the SK name has been a giant amongst cs fans for years and its simply an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of it."

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