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Exclusive Interview: Swole Patrol’s Austin “Cooper-” Abadir

Posted 24th October 2018 By: Derpina    588 Views

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Esports News – Swole Patrol, an orgless American CSGO team, has been on a steady rise after their impressive wins at Fragadelphia 12, Gfinity Winter Series 2018 – North America, and ESEA Season 27: Global Challenge. The team is now set to compete at the EPICENTER 2018 Wild Card Qualifier in Moscow. Let’s hear what Swole Patrol is up to from the perspective of Austin “Cooper-” Abadir.

Stages of progress

So far, Swole Patrol mostly competes in CSGO minor tournaments. They’ve put up good rankings since then, even before entering ESEA and EPICENTER. When asked about what caused the team to compete in a higher level of competitions, Cooper answered: “CSGO is the first Counter-Strike game that I picked up and I have only been actively playing for a couple of years. I started off as a rifler but eventually picked up AWPing and just continually did everything I could to improve my game. I haven’t changed much, if anything, of what I’ve done in the past. I just think it takes time and effort to be able to be good enough compete at higher levels.”

Offline game split

Cooper and his teams don’t always miss LAN matches, but ever since the 2018 season started, their participation dipped. According to Cooper, these are the attributions: “Most of us on the team had never been to real LANs or competed at a high level until this team. I think it just takes time to be able to consistently perform against higher ranked teams. Missing out on Pro League obviously sucks and was the main goal of our team but everyone was still focused and just looked to the future because we know we’d get another chance.”

Relationship with other players

Aside from the preparations and strategies of Swole Patrol, Cooper also shared his brotherly relationship with Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir. “I never played CS actively or competitively until I saw Ryan (Ryan “freakazoid” Abadir) competing on stage for Cloud9. After that, I knew I had to make it and haven’t looked back. It took a while before I was able to make it to a level where Ryan could be confident in me being a good teammate. We definitely are close and are 100% more critical of each other than anyone else, but it’s good to be able to have someone tell you that you messed up and then the next round be able to focus on the game again.”

First impressions and fans’ expectations

Cooper is Swole Patrol’s AWper, but he doesn’t have any significant major international performances before the EPICENTER 2018. For that reason, he shared what first-time viewers should expect from him as a pro player. “I’ve tried to develop my own style over the years, but I have watched a lot of different players and definitely try to incorporate different things into my game. I try to be as consistent as possible but will definitely do everything I can to help my team win.”

The chalks in the EPICENTER 2018

Wild Card players like Swole Patrol will compete next to the chalks in the CSGO competitive scene, facing HellRaisers, Virtus.Pro, and 5POWER. Here’s Cooper’s take regarding this matter: “I haven’t followed those teams as much until recently but I feel like if we come ready to play and stay focused that we could win. I haven’t put much thought into us being underdogs but we do have the least international LAN experience so this is definitely good for us, especially if we can go home with some wins.”


Written by Derpina