YEKINDAR: "I need to prove that I'm a top player not because of's system"

At IEM Cologne 2022, Liquid's standin Mareks "YEKINDAR" Galinskis is looking to prove that his status as one of the best players in the world is not the result of playing for That is what the player said in an interview with a journalist during a press conference ahead of the Cologne event's group stage.

The Latvian also noted that he never thought about how a hypothetical poor performance of Liquid in this tournament would affect his game and the prospects of finding a good team in the future.

The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.

If this happens, it means that I am a complete loser and should no longer play CS. If I want to prove myself and be one of the best in the world, I must perform well in any team. I need to prove that I am a top player not because of's system. I am grateful to Jame, dastan, all the former teammates and VP as an organization, but I don't think they gave me anything special. Just experience. It's time to move on and I'm ready to try my hand in a new team. I am an ambitious person.

Talking with the press, YEKINDAR also compared work processes in the European and the North American region. According to him, earlier in everyone treated CS as a job, while in Liquid the atmosphere is more relaxed, while players often joke around.

Describing the North American team's playstyle, Galinskis emphasized that in this region, many often try to act based on individual skills. He believes that such an approach makes it difficult to succeed at the tier 1 level.

YEKINDAR will debut as Liquid's standin tomorrow, July 7. At 20:30 MSK, his team will go up against Team Spirit in the IEM Cologne 2022 group stage.