In this week’s induction of our “Introducing” series we spoke to one of South-Africa’s seasoned CSGO players known as Andre “Onbekende” Stander.
Onbekende was not fortunate enough to own a Gaming PC when he was young and he had a friend who introduced him to the world that is Gaming. They had to make turns playing after school at the friends house until Onbekende was able to convince his parents to buy him his own Gaming PC. The Gamertag “Onbekende” has also not been around forever though as Andre was first known by the name “Ghost” in his early days as a competitive Player.
His competitive gaming career started with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and holds some of his best gaming memories to this date. It was also the start of great things to come as he is currently playing in the highest division that CSGO South-Africa has to offer, the VS Gaming Prem League.
His greatest achievement came in the 2017 VS Gaming Championships with Berzerk Gaming as they reached the finals for the event. To make this even more impressive is that Onbekende was not only playing, but also managing the team at the time.
Onbekende is a realistic person that has a clear goal of what he wants to achieve in life as well as in his Competitive Career, one such goal is to compete on the Masters stage of the VS Gaming Championships at ComicCon. He is currently in such a position that this could be achieved in 2019 as they are already playing within the top 8 teams of South-Africa.
We asked Onbekende a few questions to understand what a person needs to become a force within the South-African CSGO community and ZA Esports in general:
Q: Once you reach your goals (Playing in Masters at ComicCon), what is your future plans?
A: After playing in masters at ComicCon I will most probably decide whether I want to continue or not with the overall experience being a factor. I am currently studying part time while having a day job so its a tough commitment a lot of the time. I will lessen my gaming and focus more on my studies and where I am heading in life, but will still be active in the gaming scene.
Q: How did you end up playing for Ladon e-Sports?
A: Me and Kenpachi (Ladon.CSGO Captain) played together in 2017 where we achieved 2nd place at DGC, so we were already accustomed to how well we play together. We talked a bit and agreed that I will join Ladon to compete in this years leagues.
Q: What does it take to be one of the top CSGO players in South-Africa?
A: That is a question that I feel will differ from player to player. In my opinion its about having a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and an overall happy attitude, this will not only help you play and think better but also make it a better overall enjoyable experience for your teammates. Other than that, it takes a lot of your time with constant practise with your team and individually to achieve your goals, like anything else, it takes hard work, time and dedication to reach the top.
Q: What advice do you have for new players and how would they be able to make a name for themselves?
A: Practise, practise, practise.. Whether it be watching pro teams, your own demo’s, theory crafting when you supposed to be working (sorry boss) or practising aim, everybody has something that can be improved.
Don’t expect great results in a short amount of time as most of the top players has been playing for years to be where they are now.
Q: What is your relationship with your teammates?
A: We haven’t been a team for a long time, and I didn’t even know most of the teammates before we started playing together. Overall for me I love this team, we encourage each other, we make jokes, we bash hard when we feel like it. But at the end of the practise session we are all friends.
We are all normal human beings and we treat each other that way.
Q: How do you and the team cope with a big loss?
A: A good motto for me is, if you win you win, if you lose you learn. A loss is more valuable to me than a win if you learn something from it. After a loss we tend to have the mind-set of we should have won that game, but after that we each learn from our mistakes and improve as a team from there. After each loss the team have only improved and our scores are evidence of that. We are still developing as a team and i see great potential going forward.
Q: What is the most important thing to you when it comes to Competitive gaming?
A: HAVE FUN! I am sure when I say this I speak for most of the community, we all started gaming as a way to escape reality, as a way to relax after a long day, whether you are just a casual gamer or a Competitive player, we all just want to have fun.
Onbekende definitely has a lot of insight about the Community as well as Competitive Gaming as a whole.
A lot of young and new players can learn from him as he is a great example of what the community can be if you show the right attitude towards people you come across!
We thank Onbekende for his time and we hope this creates a clear picture to who Andre “Onbekende” Stander is and what everyone else needs to strive for to have a bright future in gaming.