We sat down with Abdeali “luDAcriS” Mandviwala and talked about the Pakistani CS:GO scene and his experiences.

PGRepublic : When did you begin your journey in counterstrike?

luDAcriS : I began playing Counter-Strike : Global Offensive in late 2012/early 2013. You can say I was one of the few people who shifted from Counter-Strike 1.6 to CS:GO right from the start.

We are aware that you had a youtube channel where you made fragmovies for Counter-Strike 1.6 ; could you list some players from that era that you remember particularly for how well they played?

Yes, I really liked making frag movies for CS 1.6 and CS:GO. I was so passionate that I used to make tournament highlight videos such as ESWC 2012 Pakistan and many other online tournaments. I don’t actually remember the players who were at the top at that time, since I was late in the cs 1.6 scene.

Who are the top players in the Pakistani CS:GO scene currently if you could pick a few?

Pakistan has a huge pool of talent and there are many good players in Pakistan. I think each player has his own play style which is unique in its own way. To name a few, in my opinion, the best players right now are “soulm8”, “HSB”, “MUSAB” and “CAPRI”.

What difference do you see in the current scene and the scene in 1.6?

Well, I came very late into the cs 1.6 scene probably around 2011 and therefore, missed out on many things but nevertheless, I played some good cs 1.6. What I do see now is that the players are more disconnected in CS:GO as there is no single TeamSpeak or discord where all the community can gather or communicate like “Pakgaming”. There are very few local hosted servers hence very few scrims happening which is why the community is not developing as a whole, only the best few teams reach the top. Teams are not developing like they did in the past and are disbanding within 2 months. This is a HUGE PROBLEM in the Pakistani CS:GO scene. Apart from that, esports itself is growing and now there are many more opportunities for future gamers to avail with the arrival of the Portal Esports.

You began your career in semi-pro Counter-Strike : Global Offensive with a LAN win at GHQ in 2012; What has changed and what made it hard to keep the top seed?

I remember I made a team after KGA 2013 was announced and participated with a mix team. It was my first major win in CS:GO and as well as on LAN. I was super happy and motivated but times changed and more good players have emerged. In the beginning, the competition was not that great, there were very few CS:GO tournaments in Pakistan, FACEIT (a third party matchmaking service) only had servers in Europe which made it difficult to play in 130ms and Pakistani internet was pretty bad at that time. Now everything has changed and players from all around the world can play with each other making the competition more intense and challenging. This new competition that has emerged over the few years have made it difficult for teams to maintain the top seed.

What do you think is the main reason behind the dominance of the trio of HSB, traNz and KriminaL in the local scene?

For any team to succeed they need coordination apart from aim and I think their secret to winning lots of tournaments is that their core team has always remained the same.

How do you see the CS:GO scene in Pakistan shaping up with so many new events being announced having such massive prize pools?

I think esports in Pakistan is really growing and is headed in the right direction. Teams from Pakistan are playing international events after a long time and have international recognition and I think credit goes to Portal Esports as before their support players couldn’t even manage to get visas let alone manage to travel. Now many reputed organizations such as Telenor’s Gamebird and Pepsi Co’s Mountain Dew league have proved to be total game changers for the CS:GO community by providing immense opportunities for young gamers.

What do you think is the main issue behind so many roster shuffles in CS:GO teams from Karachi?

I think players in Pakistan are quite greedy and egoistic about getting fame in a short span of time. They want fame for themselves and don’t want to play as a team which is why there are lots of fights and roster shuffles. There is still a mindset of ‘Carrying the team’ and everyone wants to be the one who leads his team to victory and have the highest kills but that is not the case. Everyone has a role in a team and they must play accordingly as a team to win. You can’t make a successful team with all 5 entry fraggers, there has to be someone to support the entry fraggers and that is a role no one wants to take.

PGRepublic would like to thank Abdeali “luDAcriS” Mandviwala for taking time out to share his thoughts with us and wish him all the best for the upcoming tournaments in the near future.