Rising Stars: Robin 'ropz' Kool
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is defined by great moments, great matches and incredible plays at the highest level. While these memories come from the games between the world’s best players and teams, it is also of utmost importance that we pay attention to the lower tier scene where the future superstars of
The arrival of online services such as FaceIT’s FPL or ESEA’s Rank S brought about the opportunity for lesser known players to move up the ladder and get noticed by the community and professionals playing at a top level. It also allowed the more established players to scout potential talent for their team and see how well those young players can communicate and play in a more serious environment.
Today we will delve into the mysteries of the remote Estonian scene. Robin “
But who is Robin and where did he come from? Let’s take a look!
Like most professional players, Robin was introduced to Counter-Strike at a very young age. At seven years old, his step-brother showed him 1.6, a game he plays even today for the
On and off, Robin has a sum of near 10 years of Counter-Strike experience.
Interestingly enough, he wasn’t interested in pursuing a pro career until more recently. Around early 2015, he realized he both the potential and correct mindset to play at a professional level.
His conditions, however, were suboptimal, as he didn’t have a proper computer until last summer, and had to play on a rig that gave him an average of 100 FPS. Funnily enough, he was still able to perform much better than fellow semi-pro players. His competitiveness and desire to be better than others drove him.
In due time, the first cheating accusations were thrown his way, a rite that every rising player has to go through. However, his confidence didn’t waver. If he underperformed, he was his own biggest critic and pushed himself to become even better. While he doesn’t consider himself a professional player yet, he thinks that his consistency is exceptional and that is one of the reasons he was able to make a name for himself.
As such, he was able to qualify for FPL. One can see his dedication is genuine, as he fell short of qualifying for FPL four or five times before finally making it into the league.
Unleashing his potential
Right now, Robin is mostly known for his prowess in FPL. Something he describes as:
“Amazing and weird at the same time. Weird in a way, that at one point I'm playing with my friends, just some regular pugs. Next thing I'm in FPL and for example s1mple is trying to talk and communicate with me and then I've sometimes questioned myself, is this really happening or am I dreaming?”
Naturally one might ask about the offline results Robin has achieved. Online performances, while perhaps impressing, don’t carry as much weight as offline achievements.
Since Robin hasn’t had a lot of exposure to professional play yet, his arsenal of offline placements
“He’s playing so good in FPL that if he plays like this in a team he would be Top 20 player next year.”
- Dennis “
dennis” Edman on ropzto HLTV.org
Robin is still on the search for a team to play in. He emphasized that he would prefer to play on an English speaking team given he speaks English quite well and sees more opportunities on going down such a path, as opposed to playing on an Estonian team, which are usually unable to stay together for a longer period of time.
While he feels like he is ready to join a new team, he is aiming for the very top. He sees no future in joining a team where he is the best player, as he believes it would be more fruitful to throw him into the deep waters right away and let him unleash his potential in the face of a challenge.
While qualifying for FPL, Robin had to play multiple roles such as
“I'm not sure he will be in the top 20 next year, but I do think he has potential to be there, he just needs some time and an opportunity.”
- Nikola "
NiKo" Kovač on ropzto HLTV.org
The future is still uncertain for Robin. As he is still a student, he would like to focus on school while building a name for himself in
It's clear that Robin is very dedicated. Regular PUGs, official games or even if he is playing with friends, he doesn’t play a single match without preparing for it appropriately in advance. Such a mindset is highly valued in all tiers of professional play.
If you are interested in getting in touch with Robin, you can reach him on his Twitter at @ropzicle.
Special thanks to Robin for answering my questions and helping me write this spotlight on him.
Blaze 'Draulon' Lengyel